Near Hyde Park
The Craven Hotel is located minutes from Hyde Park via Bayswater Road. Entering Hyde Park from Lancaster Gate you are close to the Italian Gardens, Peter Pan Statue and The Long Water. Further along South you will come to the Serpentine.
If you go west after entering Hyde Park you will be moving towards Kensington Palace and Gardens, the Round Pond and Princess Diana Memorial Playground.
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There is so much to see and do around Hyde Park and the Craven Hotel is an ideal location from where to start.
In 1536 King Henry VIII acquired Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey. Its primary use was for hunting. The park was opened to the public in 1637 by King Charles I. The current layout of the park was designed by architect Decimus Burton in 1825.
Every year Hyde Park Attraction millions of visitors. Hyde Park is one of 8 Royal Parks in London. Hyde Park opens from 5:00 am until midnight all year round. Hyde Park in London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts and a children’s playground.
Hyde Park spans 350 acres and is home to many famous attractions including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers' Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Here is some information on a select few.
Located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street, Speakers corner is a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the mid 1800's. Historical figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell have all used the site to demonstrate free speech.
Even today, on a Sunday morning, it's not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers' Corner to listen to enthusiasts expressing their views on a number of subjects. Anyone is free to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.
Diana Memorial Fountain
Opened on the 6th July 2004, this unique memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales contains 545 pieces of Cornish granite. Each piece is shaped each shaped by the latest computer-controlled machinery and pieced together using traditional skills.
It symbolises Princess Diana's quality and openness. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain.
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is a seven-mile-long walk, charted by 90 plaques set in the park which takes you within sight of famous buildings and locations associated with Princess Diana during her life. During the walk, visitors will see three palaces and two mansions which figured in the life of the Princess:
• Kensington Palace
• Buckingham Palace
• Clarence House
• St James's Palace
For more information on the range of activities and attractions available in Hyde Park visit the official site.