Living on the fringes of Hyde Park, one of London’s finest Royal Parks, allows residents a sense of tranquility amongst the chaos of Central London. Everything the capital has to offer is moments away from the shops of Knightsbridge to the restaurants of Park Lane, yet the presence of this beautiful expanse of green space lends an element of peace and calm to everyday life.
Land once belonging to the Catholic Church, Henry VIII acquired Hyde Park following the dissolution of the monasteries, and transformed it into a hunting ground for sporting purposes and entertaining foreign dignitaries. In 1637 Charles I opened the park to the general public, and during the eighteenth century efforts to landscape Hyde Park were introduced with the development of the Serpentine Lake. Notable features of the park now include Speakers Corner, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial, and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
As the park borders the areas of Mayfair, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Kensington, residents can enjoy both the community and amenities of these distinct quarters while also benefiting from views over the park.
Architecture in Hyde Park
Architecture in the properties surrounding Hyde Park is predominantly Georgian and Victorian, with the occasional contemporary building. Most properties were built in the Italianate style, stucco-fronted, purpose-built blocks of apartments and maisonettes, although some red-brick period properties can be found to the north of Hyde Park. In contrast, One Hyde Park on Knightsbridge is a modern tower of glass and steel, – a stunning display of contemporary architectural techniques.
What makes Hyde Park so special?
A sprawling green oasis in the heart of a modern city, Hyde Park allows Londoners the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace of life in natural surroundings. The historic park is one of London’s most treasured features, and living nearby gives residents the chance to treat this huge expanse of historic parkland as if it were their very own garden – but without responsibility for the upkeep.
Hyde Park property types
Properties around Hyde Park vary greatly depending on which boundary of the park you have chosen. In every case, the roads which border the park are considered to be the most prestigious, such as Bayswater Road to the north, Park Lane to the east, Knightsbridge to the south and Kensington Palace Gardens to the west.
Bayswater Road is dominated by red-brick mansion houses and contemporary portered blocks, with developments such as Porchester Gate situated here. Park Lane is a famously exclusive address, home to some of the world’s finest hotels such as The Dorchester, and equally a number of long and short-term property developments including Grosvenor House Apartments. Knightsbridge offers the ultra-premium One Hyde Park development, while Kensington Palace Garden is home to large detached villas and various embassies.
Schools in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is located close to a range of excellent schools in the private sector, with co-educational, single sex, boarding and day options available from prep to sixth form. Particularly outstanding schools include Wetherby School in Pembridge Square, Westminster Senior School and Eaton Square Kindergarten.
Things to do:
The park itself offers residents and Londoners over 625 acres of entertainment, including the Serpentine Lake, riding stables, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Winter Wonderland during December and January and outdoor music concerts during the summer months.
After working up an appetite taking in all that Hyde Park has to offer, residents of the area can enjoy dining in some of London’s award-winning restaurants. Serving only the best haute cuisine, renowned establishments surrounding the park include Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Koffmann’s, Nobu and China Tang. Many of the luxury hotels on Park Lane and Knightsbridge also serve premium afternoon teas, with the offerings at The Dorchester and The Mandarin Oriental particularly popular for their vintage champagne and bespoke cakes.
Shopping in Hyde Park
Residents of the streets surrounding Hyde Park are fortunate to be located within walking distance of London’s best shops and boutiques, whichever side of the park they have chosen. To the east of Hyde Park lies Mayfair and Oxford Street, with many flagship designer stores including Burberry, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, as well as luxury auction houses Sotheby’s, Bonham’s and Christie’s, Selfridges department store and car showrooms from BMW and Aston Martin on Park Lane.
South of Hyde Park lies Knightsbridge and Belgravia which boasts its own designers such as Jimmy Choo, Bulgari and Prada, along with Harvey Nichols and Harrods.