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Hyde Park In Pictures

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Serpentine Gallery

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Serpentine Gallery
Royal Albert Hall
Science Museum
Oxford Street
 

Credit: John Offenbach

When the sun's out there are fewer places in London as scenic and special as Hyde Park, which hosts the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming events for the London 2012 Games.

 
 

The venue

 
Hyde Park Serpentine

Hyde Park Serpentine

 

The Triathlon will begin with a 1,500 swim in the iconic Serpentine Boating Lake before the athletes continue with a seven-lap, 40km bike ride around a stunning course that takes in Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch, as well as various paths around Hyde Park. To finish, there's a four-lap, 10km run around the Serpentine to the finish in front of a 3,000-seat temporary grandstand.

 
 
 

From an aerial perspective

 
Hyde Park

Hyde Park

 

As seen in this aerial photograph, Hyde Park is a vast open space and commonly attracts thousands of visitors for a number of leisure activities. As well as hosting sporting events during the Games, Hyde Park will also be host to many music, theatre, film and cultural events which will run alongside the Olympics throughout the summer of 2012.

 
 
 

Sporting events

 
Triathlon

Triathlon

 

As well as the Triathlon, Hyde Park will also host the Marathon Swimming event – with a women's 10km and a men's 10km taking place in the Serpentine. They will be the only Swimming events to take place outside the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

Olympic Events

Triathlon
4th August & 7th August
Marathon Swimming
9th & 10th August

 
 
 

Nearby Food and Drink

 
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Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

Restaurants

Serpentine Bar & Kitchen

  • At Hyde Park
  • On the eastern edge of the Serpentine, this eaterie offers all day meals in an idyllic setting
The Park Terrace
  • 10 minute walk
  • A pretty al fresco spot attached to the Mandarin Oriental hotel
The Chicago Rib Shack
  • 10 minute walk
  • Vast racks of ribs, grilled chickens, and bowls of pulled pork come dripping in sweet, sticky barbecue sauce
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
  • 10 minute walk
  • A labour of love between the snail porridge pioneer and his long-time cooking partner Ashley Palmer-Watts
Pubs/Nightlife

Victoria

  • 11 minute walk
  • A pure patriotic Victoriana pub that combines old fashioned charm with history and colour
The Pantechnicon
  • 15 minute walk
  • Georgian townhouse split into three levels serving scallops, oysters and steak
The Coburg Bar
  • 17 minute walk
  • High priced, expertly made cocktails are served in a Mayfair grandeur interior

 
 
 

Nearby Attractions

 

Located in central London, Hyde Park has the capital's offerings on its doorstep and all top London sights are within easy reach. With such a generous selection to choose from, here is just a sample of what is nearby:  

Entertainment & Attractions

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

  • At Hyde Park
  • A magical kiddie's wonderland with a pirate ship, mermaid fountain and tepee camp 
Serpentine Gallery
  • At Hyde Park
  • A platform for contemporary artists with frequent changing exhibitions
Royal Albert Hall
  • 15 minute walk
  • Host to classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, and the world-famous Proms series
Science Museum
  • 20 minute walk
  • A comprehensive collection that looks at the development of science and industry in a fun and creative way
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
  • 20 minute walk
  • Over 4 million items are housed here, spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures
Oxford Street
  • 20 minute walk
  • London's busiest street, with over 200 million visitors a year, more than 300 shops and 5 million square feet of retail space
Natural History Museum
  • 20 minute walk
  • Home to more than 70 million specimens from the natural world, including insects, fossils, rocks and a Dinosaur gallery
Shopping

Harvey Nichols

  • 11 minute walk
  • The younger and more fashionable cousin of Harrods, offering designer clothes, furnishing and food
Harrods
  • 14 minute walk
  • Britain's most famous store and possibly the most famous store in the world, Harrods features on many tourist 'must-see' lists
Selfridges
  • 17 minute walk
  • Huge department store with scores of excellent clothes retailers, a superb Food Hall, a number of restaurants and ever-changing, groundbreaking window displays

 
 
 

Travel

 
London Rail and Tube Services

London Rail and Tube Services

 

There are numerous options when travelling to Hyde Park. Driving is not advised due to high levels of traffic and restricted parking - limited, pre-booked parking will be available for disabled spectators. Public transport options include:

National Rail

There are two National Rail stations that are within walking distance from Hyde Park:

London Underground

Many London Underground stations are located within walking distance from Hyde Park. The recommended stations are:

Walking and Cycling

With Hyde Park being so centrally located, walking and cycling are easy options. Free, secure and managed cycle parking will be provided at various locations around central London.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

29th August 2014

 

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