Created in 1730 as part of the general redevelopment of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for Queen Caroline, wife of George II, and involved constructing a dam on the River Westbourne and the loss of several natural ponds. The park was later redesigned by Decimus Burton in the 1820s and John Rennie built the Serpentine Bridge in 1826 thus formally dividing the lake into the Serpentine (eastwards) and the Long Water (westwards).
In 1816 the pregnant wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Harriet Westbrook, committed suicide here by drowning. Immediately below the dam a secluded garden contains London's Holocaust Memorial.
There are rowing boats for hire on the north bank, and swimming is available during summer months at The Lido on the southern bank.
Hyde Park: 5am until midnight
Telephone: 0207 298 2100
Address: Hyde Park, W2 2UH
Website: Royal Parks
Hyde Park Corner Station
We would really like to know what you think of this map.
To leave us some feedback, please click here.
Download this map onto your smartphone so you can use it when visiting London. Because the maps are stored on your phone you'll have instant access and no data charges.
Download the Visitors'' Map of London eBook for iPad or KindleDownload this map as an eBook for your iPad or Kindle to plan your visit to London. If you've got an iPad with GPS the eBook will even show your position on the map as you travel around London.
Enter a street, place of interest, hotel, station or postcode to search the map.