Following last week’s epiphany that I need to make the most of being in London, last weekend I took the opportunity of a gorgeously sunny Sunday to kick things off with a walk through some of London’s parks.
It’s interesting how people flock to green areas as soon as the sun comes out. Modern architects fill the city with concrete areas and metal sculptures, but as human beings we seek out nature to get away from it all.
I took the tube to Lancaster Gate, on the north side of Hyde Park. One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park covers 350 acres that began as the private hunting ground of Henry VIII. The park is probably most well known today for Speakers’ Corner up in the northeast corner, but I chose instead to walk along the man-made lake in the centre of the park.
It’s actually not the centre of the park because as it turns out the west end of Hyde Park is, in fact, Kensington Gardens, after William III bought the area back in 1689 (yes, I’m a bit behind the times). Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, on the far west side of the park, while The Albert Memorial was unveiled on the south side in 1872 to commemorate her husband.
All in all, a lovely walk through three of London’s Royal Parks!
So, what’s next?…