hyde park, london: the best place to live in the city?

Hyde Park is one of the most sought-after locations in London. Let’s find out why.

Moving to London can be a daunting experience. With so many areas to choose from and different opinions out there, it can be hard to make a decision about where to make your home. So we’re here to help explain why, when it comes to living in the capital, you just can’t beat Hyde Park.

the location

Situated in central London – in the borough of Westminster – Hyde Park is one of four Royal Parks, alongside Green Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’s Park. It is within easy reach of some of the city’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Royal Albert Hall and is bordered by Mayfair, Kensington and Knightsbridge.
Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park London
Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom
Cycling in Hyde Park London
Cycling in Hyde Park London

the transport links

Hyde Park and surrounding areas can all be accessed on foot or by bicycle. The park is filled with plenty of smooth, wide pavements, perfect for children with push scooters or those with a penchant for rollerblading.

Hyde Park can also be accessed via the Underground stations Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge (on the Piccadilly line) or Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch (on the Central line). The area is dotted with various bus stops from which you can catch one of London’s famous red buses to almost anywhere in the city. Or for those seeking a true Londoner’s experience, you can always hail a black cab and marvel at their impeccable knowledge of the streets they drive. The majestic Paddington Station – the namesake of a rather famous talking bear – is a short bus, tube or taxi ride away and provides easy access to the whole of the United Kingdom.

a beautiful park

With 350 acres of lush English vegetation, not only is Hyde Park the largest in central London, but also one of the most varied. It is home to the famous Serpentine, a 40-acre lake that is surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees. The lake is home to the Serpentine Swimming Club – the oldest swimming club in Britain. Famed for braving even the chilliest water, members swim every day of the year, between 5:30am and 9:30am, with an annual race on Christmas day.

On a stroll through the leafy oasis you can find ponds, a rose garden, historical monuments, the infamous Speaker’s Corner, the Diana Memorial Fountain, and even an art gallery, The Serpentine Galleries. The park is home to multiple festivals, including BST Hyde Park and Winter Wonderland. The Royal Parks offer this brilliant Self-Guided Walk, for those wishing to explore the greenery in a little more detail.

Hyde Park Lake
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom
The exterior of Pasticceria Marchesi 1824, Mayfair, which serves traditional Italian pastries and baked goods. Photo: Penguin’s Egg

what can you do around hyde park?

If you consider yourself a foodie, you will find plenty of places to indulge in some delicious gourmet dining or mouth-watering on-the-go options. For those caffeine-and-cake fans out there, there are plenty of cafés to be sampled with everything from coffee, tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches to full, nourishing meals.

Don’t want to leave the leafy environs of the park? Not to worry: there are even a few spots nestled within the green, including the Serpentine Lido Cafe or the Lodge Café at Hyde Park Corner, which serves up simple, hearty British and continental fare. 

There is an amazing array of boutiques and designer shops located in Mayfair, and the famously lively Oxford Street is a short walk, bus or tube ride away. There are many world-class museums to be discovered around Hyde Park, each with its own unique history and culture, from The National Gallery and V&A to the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.

the schools

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while you study, the Hyde Park area is a perfect launchpad. With the fantastic transport links listed above, you have easy access to universities including the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and London School of Economics and Political Science.

For those interested in the performing arts, institutions including The Royal Ballet School, the Central School of Speech & Drama and the National Youth Music Theatre are all in the area.

For those with younger members of family to consider, we have a variety of top-tier primary schools nearby, including St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Hampden Gurney School. In terms of secondary schools we’ve got world-renowned options such as Westminster School, Francis Holland School and Queen’s Gate School on our doorstep.

University Students Studying in London
University Students Studying in London

There are many reasons why finding somewhere to stay around Hyde Park, London, is a competitive endeavour. From an unbeatable location, an enormous park, and beautiful surroundings, a life lived near Hyde Park is a life well-lived. 

Need help finding accommodation? Hyde Park Residence offers a classic, secure home at the heart of Mayfair village, London. Our serviced apartments are located on Park Lane in Mayfair, home of London’s most discreet and charming district. Find out more at reservations@hpr.co.uk.

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