Hyde Park is absolutely beautiful. In my mind, it trumps Central Park as my favorite city park. It's and spacious, with a surprise around every corner. We walked through it several times on our way to attractions near our hotel and here is a compilation of pictures that we took over multiple days.
Isn't this giant horse statue fabulous? It was so popular, that we had to queue to take a picture with it.
We kept snapping pictures as we walked through Hyde Park.
It was hard to find, but we finally made it to the Peter Pan statue.
The Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain was very peaceful and a touching tribute. It was so long, that we couldn't take a single shot of the entire fountain. It was technically in Kensington Gardens, but I had a difficult time distinguishing what was considered Kensington Gardens Vs. Hyde Park. They bleed into each other.
Across from the fountain, is a large body of water called The Serpentine. There were paddle boats for hire and although it was too cold in October, there was also a swim beach. Clearly though it's the birds that own the place.
My favorite part of Hyde Park was the Italian Gardens. So pretty!
I got very excited when I found a copy of Nick Hornby's How to Be Good sitting on a bench in the Italian Gardens. Although it was not an official Bookcrossing release, the previous owner had left his book for a new reader to find, as he indicated with a note in the book. I got really excited, until I got back to the hotel and figured out that I had already read the book many years ago. This happens...frequently... so, I took the book back to the park the next day and left it on the same bench. It's good book karma.
I was really impressed with all of the beautiful parks in London, but Hyde Park was a stand-out.