London’s unique Hyde Park

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Hyde Park

London’s Hyde Park is one of the many great parks in west London, and is one of the few Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers’ Corner.

The park was the place of the Great Exhibition of 1851, when the famous Crystal Palace was designed by Joseph Paxton. Hyde Park has meanwhile become a traditional location for mass demonstrations. The Chartists, the Suffragettes, the Reform League,  and the Stop The War Coalition have all had their share of protests within the park.

Sites of interest for tourists in the park include Speakers’ Corner (located near Marble Arch), close to the former site of the Tyburn gallows, and Rotten Row, which is the northern border to the site of the Crystal Palace. South of the Serpentine is the Diana,a  Princess of Wales memorial, practically an oval stone ring fountain which was inaugurated on 6 July 2004. To the east of the Serpentine, just over the dam, is London’s gruesome  Holocaust Memorial. Another memorial that stands in the park commemorates the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks, 52 steel pillars—one for each of the dead.

London’s Hyde Park has been the host for famous rock concerts, including the main location for the Live 8 string of benefit concerts where legendary  Pink Floyd reunited for the first time  their classic line up in over 30 years. Queen also played here in one of their most attended shows, in 1976. It is estimated that 150.000–200.000 people participated in the event. However, the record concert attendance is probably  held by the Rolling Stones and their  1969 concert. According to the press, the crowd  was estimated between 250,000 and 500,000. Blur played here as part of their reunion as well. They have released two live albums recorded at the park called All the People: Blur Live at Hyde Park (2009) and Parklive (2012).

 

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