If you are going to visit London and are a nature lover, a tour of some of the Royal Parks is an absolute must! Beautifully landscaped, with a variety of flora and fauna these are the perfect getaways to escape the crowds and the noise of the city. They also are home to several attractions and host a wide variety of events and activities all through the year. Summer or spring are the best times in the year to explore these tranquil oases, that are often referred to as the lungs of the city.
When searching for accommodation in the city, explore the hotels near London Paddington as they are central location wise with excellent connectivity to the rest of the city. If you are lucky you might even be able to pick up any of the exciting London Paddington hotel deals.
Hotels like the Chilworth Paddington offer some very attractive prices and promotional offers. Apart from having easy access to the major attractions, there are several restaurants near Paddington railway station, where food lovers can indulge themselves to the hilt.
Hyde Park lies nearby and is well worth exploring on a warm and sunny day. Once these were the hunting grounds of members of the Royal Family, including King Henry VIII. He also received foreign visitors in the area and got the area fenced and had ponds added to the location. During King James I the access remained limited. Finally, in 1637, King Charles I opened most of the area to the public (with a few sections private until 1949).
Hyde Park is the most popular of all the Royal Parks and organises a diverse variety of festivals, concerts and events etc. Sprawling over 142 hectares, there are many attractions and installations including memorials, gardens and monuments. There even is a manmade lake, the Serpentine. In the northeast of the park, there is Marble Arch, a War memorial for animals. The northwest corner houses the Diana Memorial Playground, statues of Queen Victoria and King William III and Kensington Palace and Gardens.
Towards its south-west corner is the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. The oldest bandstand in the UK, the Hyde Park bandstand lies in the Southeast section. Also, in this section are the Achilles statue and the Holocaust Memorial Gardens. The serene and scenic Serpentine Lake which extends 40 acres lies in the centre of the park. The south wing features the Peter Pan statue and the amazingly attractive Italian Gardens are to the north.
Princess Diana was an intimate link with Hyde Park. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk stretches for seven miles and covers all those spots that were connected with Diana when she lived. There are a number of plaques found along the route that serves to guide visitors. Spring and summer seasons are when the Park is crowded with locals and tourists. In the month of December, the park plays host to the bedazzling and exciting Winter Wonderland.