Baywater, Hyde Park and Paddington
A beautiful area of London - stunning throughout the year
With its stunning open spaces and array of trees and plants throughout the year, London's magnificent Hyde Park is ideal for strolling with your family and friends and provides an ever-changing backdrop to your stay in London. Enjoy balmy summer days, autumn meanders and fresh winter mornings. Hyde Park ensures a colourful display of nature in the raw - whenever you visit.
One of the best properties we offer in this area for families is Fountain House - situated just across the road from Hyde Park's Italian Gardens - a lovely place for children to enjoy and features a beautiful fountain and lake. A range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are offered at competitive prices, some of which have park views. There is even an impressive 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom top floor penthouse - perfect for the larger family or family travelling with nannies or maids - which boasts a roof atrium that allows light to flood in and magnificent park views.
And alongside Kensington Palace further along the park, there is the lovely Princess Diana children's idyllic playground where you can enjoy a coffee while your children play on the great range of play equipment on offer.
Boating on The Serpentine: in Hyde Park there is a fleet of rowing and pedal boats for visitors to enjoy gliding across the lake. Such a lovely way to spend a summer's afternoon meandering around on the shimmering water. For refreshments, the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, inspired by English country living, is a retreat for both Londoners and visitors alike serving a wide variety of tasty hot meals and snacks, sandwiches, salads, cakes, puddings and drinks. A great place to stop off during your stroll through the park.
Towards the Bayswater end of the park we offer some very competitively priced family apartments set in period buildings in Princes Square which you might like to consider if you are seeking a budget option for your family. Accommodating up to 6 guests, these apartments are a cost efficient option for visitors to London and are ideal for the family on a budget.
The Diana Memorial Fountain: Built from 545 pieces of Cornish
granite, the design was inspired by the mercurial nature of Diana's
life with water flowing in two directions, cascading, swirling and
bubbling before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom. There
are three little bridges where you can cross the water and go right
to the heart of the fountain.
The Lido Bar and Cafe offers stunning views of The Serpentine and has a large alfresco dining area - again this is a lovely treat during the summer.
Speakers' Corner is a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the 1800's when protests and demonstrations took place on the corner of Hyde Park. Historic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell were known to use the area regularly to exercise their right to free speech. On a Sunday morning, you can wander along and see crowds gathering at Speakers' Corner to hear a range of enthusiasts expounding their views on the political issues of the day. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject, as long as the police consider their speeches lawful.
If you are looking for a luxury property within walking distance then we recommend Grosvenor House Suites with its superb 5* guest services and apartments overlooking the park. From studios to a stunning 5 bedroom penthouse apartment with butler and grand piano this is a truly superior place to stay. With the reception on the ground level, the apartments and magnificent atrium are accessed by lift.
Wildlife: Hyde Park provides a unique habitat for a diverse
variety of species of flora and fauna and positive changes in
management practices in recent decades have encouraged new species
to become established in the park. The creation of the meadow area
gives a flavour of how Hyde Park once looked in years gone by and
this area has become more diverse year on year since its creation;
of special delight to visitors is the sight of colourful
butterflies feeding off the native wildflowers which grow in the
Trees, shrub beds and herbaceous plantings provide rich habitats for many song birds including, among others, robins, dunnocks and tits. Look out for small groups of long tailed tits that hop around from tree to tree looking for insects and nesting materials. Sadly, the over feeding of aggressive feral pigeons and squirrels threatens the native song birds as they are unable to compete with these pests.
Goose Duckling: The Serpentine attracts a large number of wildfowl, many of which are winter visitors to the park. Look out for the exotic looking great crested grebes and observe their spectacular mating rituals. The lake also attracts a large number of insects and that provides a perfect feeding ground for bats. A prime example of the food chain on which all living creatures rely..... The best places to view bats are on Dell bridge around dusk and also close to Serpentine Bridge.
Much of the wildlife in the park goes unnoticed by the majority of visitors. This includes a large number of 'minibeasts' such as beetles, bees and ground foraging insects. These insects are a vital component of the park ecosystem and the creation and careful protection of their habitats is very important for the overall health of the park.
Look out for other exotic and unusual visitors to Hyde Park. Recent sightings have included a black swan, a buzzard and egyptian geese.
Sports: The Hyde Park Tennis and Sports Centre is located
at the western end of the Sports Field at the junction between West
Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive. There are 6 high
quality tennis courts, a well-maintained 6 rink lawn bowling green
and a 9 hole putting green, a cafe and changing facilities.
Tennis: There are 6 high-quality tennis facilities, accredited by the Lawn Tennis Association, at the Hyde Park Tennis and Sports Centre. Holidaymakers to London are encouraged to simply turn up and play while for regular players, a range of membership options are available. Coaching courses are run for children and for adults alike. Tournaments are organised and teams can also play in local tennis leagues.
Lawn Bowls: The Hyde Park Tennis and Sports Centre has a well-maintained 6 rink flat green bowling green. The bowling green (or an individual rink) is available from May-October (weather dependent) to individuals, families, groups of friends or established clubs to hire on request and can be pre-booked. Bowls of all sizes are available for hire.
Putting Green: The Centre also has a challenging and well maintained 9 hole putting course, popular with both groups and families.
Newly refurbished, we are delighted to offer you some excellent corporate apartments in Sussex Gardens where breakfast is provided. Ranging from studios, through one bedroom apartments to two bedroom apartments which are suitable for families, this property is perfect for business travellers on the move!
Bayswater is a cosmopolitan area with a whole host of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars for visitors to the area - a vibrant district of London.
The Bayswater Road art market is on Sunday mornings and is a great place to find a beautiful painting whilst experiencing an authentic part of London life. You will be able to browse thousands of paintings in a variety of genres, colours and forms all lined up against the black metal park railings at the side of the road. And on the opposite side of the road there are many pubs and eateries where you can sit down and enjoy some well earned sustenance!
Hyde Park is open from 5:00 am until midnight all year round.
Getting to Hyde Park
Hyde Park is highly accessible by public transport, both by underground and by bus. There is also limited car parking available but we recommend that visitors come to the park by public transport. The general postcode for the park is W2 2UH, but it covers a large area so we suggest you plan your journey carefully. Tube stations close to Hyde Park are: Lancaster Gate (Central Line), Marble Arch (Central Line), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line). The Park is served by numerous bus routes.
Serviced apartments are the ideal home from home offering you the freedom and independence of your own accommodation, with kitchen and WiFi, alongside the services of a good hotel including regular cleaning (including linen and towel change) which is standard in all our properties.
The apartment options we offer are extensive - please call us on +44 208 421 5411 to discuss your requirements.