London Parks, England
A map of the west half of Hyde Park, known as Kensington Gardens though there are no fences or other indications that it’s any different than the east half, apart from containing more tourist attractions, namely Kensington Palace, the Serpentine Galleries, the Albert Memorial and Lady Diana’s Memorial Playground.
Some London Parks – Hyde Park, St James Park, Green Park
Getting to Hyde Park
Ironically for such a green space this is one of the few places in London that does benefit from using a car as there are a handful of sizeable car parks inside the park and tube stations are some distance from useful park attractions.
Tube stations: on the south side – which is best for the Albert Memorial, Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Lake attractions – the nearest tube station is High Street Kensington about 10 minutes from Kensington Palace but more to reach the Serpentine or South Kensington (our choice) which is 15 minutes brisk walk (past the Natural History, V&A and Science Museums) to reach the edge of the park.
On the north side of the park Lancaster Gate is close to the park but not to anything very interesting, Queensway brings kids near to Diana Memorial Playground while Marble Arch is at the junction of Park Lane, Oxford Street Bayswater and Edgeware Road but not near anything useful in the park apart from walks or skate routes.
Buses are a better option as many run up and down both long sides of the park. For the south side we’d suggest taking one of these buses to Alexandra Gate – #9, #10, #52, #452 via Knightsbridge or Kensington. On the north Bayswater Road side buses are #94, #148, #390.
Bicycles: There are currently two Barclays bike docking points conveniently placed one on each side of the Serpentine at Serpentine Car Park and Triangle Car Park but more around the edges, for example at Queens’s gate, Kensington Gardens.