8 Hyde Park Activities and Attractions that You Wouldn’t Want to Miss

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Hyde Park is a world-renowned park that travelers to London should really find the time to explore. This park that covers a massive area of 350 acres has plenty of sights to see and things to do for locals and tourists alike. Nature lovers will love this place for lush trees, scenic lake, and soothing atmosphere despite the crowd it draws. With a wide area to explore, anyone can always find either a quiet place to relax or somewhere with a lot more activity for those who do not mind the crowd. Here are some of the activities and attractions that you may not want to miss when visiting the area:

1. Kensington Gardens – Kensington Gardens is a popular attraction in its own right. It boasts of verdant trees and lush flowering plants. There are several statues to be found along with memorials that offer interesting histories. To the north lies the Italian Gardens. It features some beautiful statues and a Tazza Fountain. The Allotment in Kensington Gardens is also another attraction that offers educational activities for those interested in learning how to grow their own organic fruit and vegetable garden. For art lovers, the exhibitions at the Serpentine Art Gallery should be worth a visit.

2. Kensington Palace – This grand palace has been a royal home since the 17th century. It is now the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with other members of the royal family. While it is a private residence, some parts are accessible to the public.

3. Enjoy a cup of coffee by the lake – The Serpentine Café is a good spot to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the birds that frolic around Serpentine Lake.

4. Row or swim in Serpentine Lake – A pleasant spring or summer day is a good time to go rowing on the waters of Serpentine Lake. There is also an area where you can go for a relaxing swim

5. Get active or play a sport – There is a wide range of sports and recreational activities to enjoy in the park. You can go for a bicycle ride, learn horseback riding, or play tennis with friends or people you meet at the park.

6. Go for a traditional afternoon tea – There is probably no better place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea but in the midst of a breathtaking expanse of gardens with the Kensington Palace as a backdrop. The Orangery offers a wide selection of scrumptious breakfast and lunches on top of their traditional afternoon tea offerings.

7. Catch seasonal events – Hyde Park also has its share of entertainment shows. You can check concert schedules or wait for bigger events like the winter wonderland from November to January. Have fun during the holidays by taking part in the festivities and trying out some of the activities like ice skating.

8. Go for a walk and take the scenic route – Whether you are heading out somewhere or just want to have a relaxing stroll, Hyde Park is the best place to go for a walk. You do not have to take the bus if you are not going far. The park offers a more scenic route that can refresh your mind and body in the midst of the city.

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Where to Eat in Knightsbridge without Breaking the Bank

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Knightsbridge may be a posh district, but it does not mean that exploring the area should be costly. It may be teeming with exclusive shops and high-end restaurants, but it also has affordable alternatives for those who do not want to break the bank. If you are looking for a place to eat during a sightseeing trip in the area, here’s a list of some of the restaurants you can try for a good meal:

Al Arez

Located in 128 Brompton Road, Al Arez serves excellent food at reasonable prices. Food quality and serving sizes are superb. For a restaurant that sits in the midst of an exclusive neighborhood this place certainly knows how to whip up amazing meals for less. Try their falafels, feta salad, hummus, lamb stew, and shawarma. There are actually so many good food to choose from so this place is certainly worth checking out.

Bosphorus Kebabs

Bosphorus Kebabs is a small restaurant located in 59 Old Brompton Road. You can either dine or order one of their delicious meals to go. This is a good place to visit if you are looking for a filling meal for less than you will usually spend in this exclusive district. The kebab is tasty and you might also want to try their mixed grill that features chicken and lamb kebabs. The pita bread is good.

Carluccio’s

This Italian food chain in 1 Old Brompton Road offers value for money pastas, salads, soups, and other scrumptious choices. They also have a menu selection for kids which make this a good option if you are exploring the area with children in tow. Try their chicken Caesar, handmade focaccia, and ravioli among many others.

Haandi

Haandi is an Indian restaurant located in 7 Cheval Place. It features an open kitchen that provides diners with a view of the chefs preparing food to serve to their guests. Visit this place if you are looking for delicious Indian dishes like bhindi masala, curry, mint naan, and more. The food selections on the menu range from vegetarian and seafood. And meat lovers will have many options to choose from including the minced lamb cooked with peas among others. The food and drinks are reasonably priced. Not a bad pick for a meal if you are in Knightsbridge.

Sandwich Shop

If you want a quick bite for cheap, head to the Sandwich Shop in Gloucester Road in Kensington. Expect no seating area and the crowd can swell especially during lunch rush when students from the Imperial College grab a meal. For fairly cheap eats this sandwich shop offers plenty of good food. Some of their selections include the chicken curry wrap, falafel, paninis, samosas, and more.

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Top Things to do when in Knightsbridge

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Knightsbridge is not only steeped in history. It is also one, if not the most, of the most exclusive areas in London.  It is not in the usual itineraries of many travelers and even local tourists who may find the posh address and high-end establishments a bit intimidating. It is swanky and glamorous but not exactly the type of place most people would frequent. But if you look past the luxury that oozes out of this place, you will find that there are plenty of historic and modern-day gems worth exploring. And here are just a few of them:

Stroll around Hyde Park

Three hundred and fifty acres is a lot of ground to cover. But that is what makes Hyde Park a great place to visit. There will be no shortage of things to see and do. Stroll around near Serpentine Lake or get on a boat for a morning or afternoon of rowing on the water during summer. The park is also home to a wide array of wildlife. Beautiful roses and other herbaceous plants make the Rose Garden one of the main attractions in the area.

More points of interests are the Diana Memorial Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Statue of Achilles, and many other statues and fountains. The Apsley House near Hyde Park is also worth visiting. While it still serves as a private residence for the heirs of the Duke of Wellington, a section of the property is used for the Wellington Museum which can be viewed by the public.

Explore Kensington Gardens

Kensington is a well heeled district in London. Its most notable landmarks are the Kensington Gardens , Kensington Palace, and Kensington High Street. The Kensington Gardens is a great place to explore. Lush trees and a wide array of flowering plants provide a spectacular backdrop to a vibrant landscape. It is less crowded than Hyde Park, which makes it a better option for people who want more peace and quiet.

The Kensington Palace is also a sight to behold even from afar. There’s a pond nearby where you can see swans swimming or frolicking across its waters.

Visit the Science Museum

Knightsbridge also has its share of must-see museums. The Science Museum located at Exhibition Road is known for its exhibitions. Some of which are even accessible to the public for free.

The Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius exhibition is currently open until 4 September 2016. And that is just one of the many offerings the museum has all year round.

Spend time at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A has over 4 million arts and design pieces. It showcases artworks from across the globe. It has several galleries featuring an extensive collection of ceramics, jewelries, paintings, sculptures and more from different periods in history.

Like the Science Museum, the V&A also has several exhibitions worth seeing.

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Kumo could mean "cloud" or "ceiling" in Japanese. Both words depict a certain kind of beauty. They could also mean opportunities to see what's beyond. Think parting clouds or breaking through ceilings. They suggest looking through what is comfortable and familiar. This blog provides you with a glimpse of activities, attractions, and travel destinations in Knightsbridge and beyond.

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