Places To Visit Near Hyde Park

London is renowned for its many Royal Parks, which offer a serene and tranquil atmosphere away from the stress and strain of city life. Of these one of the most famous is Hyde Park, which is spread over more than 350 acres in the heart of the Central District. It is a great place to visit and popular both with locals as well as visitors to the city.

The area around Hyde Park has some great luxury hotels like the Corus Hotel Hyde Park, which is a 200 year old Georgian building located at No1 Lancaster Gate. The Corus Hotel Hyde Park offers comfortable rooms, excellent service and convenient access to all the attractions in the vicinity. Some of the prominent attractions worth visiting in the area are:   

Apsley House: It is a stunning metropolitan, neo-classical mansion that was designed by Robert Adam and built in the 1770s. Apsley House has a rich and captivating history. Architect Benjamin Wyatt was assigned the task of remodelling and renovating large parts of the mansion, which was originally done by the Duke of Wellington in 1818.

The local authorities have ensured that Apsley House is well preserved and retains its original decor and style. It is known to be one of the two remaining English town houses from that era.  It is generally referred to as the ‘Wellington Museum’ and most areas of the house are open to the general public.

Apsley House is a Grade I listed building and has been historically known as ‘Number 1 London’. This is due to the fact that it is the first house to be found after you cross the old Knightsbridge tollgates. It was the Home of the first Duke of Wellington and later his descendants and is renowned for the Duke’s excellent art collection. His extensive collection includes furniture, sculpture, paintings, porcelain and a classic silver centrepiece that was crafted in Portugal. One of the biggest attractions in the Duke’s collection is the work of Canova, a 3.45 metre marble statue of Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker. The Duke bought it from the Louvre in Paris in 1816. There are many art pieces which formerly belonged to the Spanish Royal Collection, which came into the Duke’s possession after his victory in 1813 in the Battle of Vitoria.

Serpentine Gallery: London is well known for its numerous art galleries and one of the most popular is its famous Serpentine Gallery. It attracts thousands of visitors especially art lovers to its display every year. Known for its striking architecture, fine exhibitions and a slew of educational programmes, it is one of the most active venues in the city that promotes modern art. The Serpentine Gallery has a very unlikely beginning, being initially a tea pavilion within Hyde Park. Over time it has evolved into one of the most exciting venues that showcase contemporary art, which includes works by Allan McCollum, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley and many other artists.  A great place to visit if you have a fascination for modern art!

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