One of the largest of London’s eight Royal parks, Hyde Park has perhaps become the most famous and visited, thanks to the huge events and concerts regularly held there during the summer. Visitors can enjoy a spot of tennis, horse riding or head out onto the boats on the Serpentine. Every Sunday Speakers Corner is open to anyone who wishes to get up on their soap box and share their opinion to passers-by.
King Henry VIII founded the park in 1536, seizing the land from Westminster Abbey to use it as a site for hunting. 1637 saw it opened up to the public and in the early 18th century a number of duels were also held there. It was also the original site of The Great Exhibition in 1851, which featured the magnificent Crystal Palace, before being moved south of the river.
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