Saturday, March 24, 2012

London Parks

There are so many wonderful parks to explore in London. Hyde Park is located in West London, by our apartment, so I have spent a lot of time there. The entire park is about 350 acres with a large recreational lake called The Serpentine. Before you enter the park off of Piccadilly Street you see Wellington Arch and Memorial. The first thing I thought of was a small version of the Arc de Triomphe from Paris.  
The Queen Elizabeth Gate leads you into Hyde Park.
Stumbled upon the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment practicing.

Kensington Gardens was originally in Hyde Park but Queen Anne expanded the garden 30 more acres. The two most significant memorials at the garden is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial and the Albert Memorial.

The Albert memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband Prince Albert.
Directly across the street from the memorial is the Royal Albert Hall. A concert hall most known for holding The BBC Proms concerts, which is an eight-week summer season holding classical orchestras daily.
The design for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial is supposed to reflect her life with water flowing from the highest point in two directions. It is meant to encompass her "inclusive" personality.
Kensington Palace is still a royal residence and located in Kensington Gardens. It was the official home of Princess Diana and birthplace of Queen Victoria. 

 Regent's Park located north of the city center is 410 acres. The park has a beautiful rose garden, lake, open air theatre to hold evening concerts and is the largest outdoor sports center in central London.  Additionally, the London Zoo is located in the northern part of the park.

I do enjoy going to the zoo but thought it was a bit pricey. It was £21.50 ($35 US) but then everything in London is expensive! I invited Staniela and her two young girls to join me. They are the family of one of Scott's co-workers and I met Staniela in Vienna so we had a fun time catching up.

St. James Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and surrounded by three palaces -  one being Buckingham Palace. The park is not very large, just 58 acres, but has a nice lake through the entire park.

Our apartment is between two parks.  Hyde Park and Green Park.  To get to Buckingham Palace from our place you walk through Green Park.
View of Buckingham Palace walking through the park.
There are a few more parks I would like to visit before I leave so hopefully I will have time.
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