London audio tour: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Royalty, Relaxation and Rebellion

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Royalty, Relaxation and Rebellion

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Explore two of London's most beautiful and famous Royal Parks with me. As a Londoner, I’ve grown up visiting Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and I know all they have to offer, from their best spots to little-known vistas. The parks are filled with stories and secrets that most visitors miss, but if you take this tour, you won’t be one of them.

Some of the tour’s highlights include:

• Speakers’ Corner where you can find the finest free show in London.
• The story of the creation of the Royal Parks. How did we end up with over 600 acres of parkland in an area where land prices are through the roof?
• The Serpentine Lake where you can relax and enjoy the swans
• Memorials dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, including a fountain and playground
• How to spot the beautiful birds around Kensington Gardens
• A grand view of Kensington Palace
• A 900-year-old oak tree and the little elves that hide within it.

Let’s leave the crowded streets of London together and jump into its green heart!

Tour Producer



Hi, I'm Gio! I was born in London and I've been guiding around the city for almost 10 years now. I own a tour company and also write travel books on the city. I love sharing this city with visitors and want to make sure you enjoy yourself and want to return again and again.

Major Landmarks

  • Hyde Park

  • Kensington Gardens

  • Kensington Palace

  • Marble Arch

Directions to Starting Point

Facing Marble Arch with Hyde Park and Park Lane behind you.

Closest tube station: Marble Arch

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Places to stop along the way

Lido Cafe and Bar, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Kensington Palace, Diana Memorial Playground, Diana Memorial Fountain.

Best time of day

Any time. Start this tour at least 90 minutes before sunset as Kensington Gardens closes at sunset daily.


Beware of cyclists when crossing cycle paths.


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Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Royalty, Relaxation and Rebellion