Despite being a thriving city packed full of historical attractions, busy business districts and world- famous shopping experiences, London also has a reputation as a city renowned for its beautiful parks and green spaces.
One of the most well known and most loved parks is without a doubt Hyde Park, and there’s plenty to do there at any time of the year.
If you’re visiting London this autumn, then check out our top three things to do in Hyde Park.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
Hyde Park is perhaps most famous for the Diana Princess of Wales Fountain, a beautiful memorial opened by the queen in 2004. Built using Cornish granite, the fountain looks more like a stream as it cascades and swirls before reaching a calm pool at the bottom.
There is also a beautiful children’s play area located nearby complete with a pirate ship, slides and swings, so the kids can burn off some energy while you enjoy the tranquillity of the memorial and take in the wonderful autumnal hues of the falling leaves.
Getting to the memorial in Hyde Park is easy, simply leave your Chilworth London Paddington hotel and walk for approximately seven minutes which will take you straight to the park entrance.
The Serpentine Gallery
If the weather is less than favourable for your visit to Hyde Park, then pop into the Serpentine Gallery to browse their unique collection of artwork and exhibitions for a few hours.
The gallery building is an attraction in itself and was used to house ammunition during the Second World War before being converted into the popular gallery thousands of art lovers visit today.
There’s usually an outdoor exhibit placed on or near the Serpentine lake next to the gallery too, so there’s plenty to see if there’s a break in the weather.
If a morning browsing the artwork has made you a little peckish, you can enjoy afternoon tea near Paddington Station or pop next door to the Lido Restaurant.
At the Lookout, you can enjoy the picturesque vista of the leaves changing colour in Hyde Park while you and your family learn more about the wonderful wildlife that called this beautiful green space home.
Again, just leave the Chilworth London Paddington hotel and head towards the entrance for Hyde Park. From there you can follow the signposts for the Lookout or stroll around the park for a while to see what birds and animals you can spot.
If all that nature spotting had made you a little peckish, then the Chilworth London Paddington also offers an excellent afternoon tea near Paddington Station, so head back to warm those frosty fingers and enjoy a delectable array of dainty cakes and finger sandwiches as you sip on a cup of Earl Grey.
A great way to enjoy a few hours on a chilly afternoon in London, just don’t forget to wrap up warm before heading out for the day.