Renting property in Hyde Park, London W2
If you are hunting for property to rent near Hyde Park, London W2, you have come to the right place. Residential Land is London's largest private landlords, offering over 1200 flats and houses to rent in and around Hyde Park.
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Why rent in Hyde Park?
The largest green space in central London covering 625 acres, Hyde Park provides a quiet living area that is still within fast easy reach of the hustle and bustle of the rest of the capital. Tourist attractions such as Marble Arch and the shopping mecca of Oxford Street are a five minute walk from the park, and Knightsbridge and Harrods are also close by. The City of London's financial district is 15 minutes on the tube and Heathrow Airport is just a 20 minute ride on the Heathrow Express from the nearby Paddington mainline railway station.
Technically speaking Hyde Park is actually two separate but adjacent parks: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. However, historically and for practical purposes the parks merge into one vast area under the title of just one of the parks. Walking through the park you are likely to stumble across a wide variety of activities including horse riding, rollerblading, swimming, boating, tennis, cycling, bowling and putting as well as informal games of cricket, football, rugby and rounders.
Hyde Park is known for a number of features including the Serpentine lake, a Lido and an art gallery, whilst in Kensington Gardens you will find Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Peter Pan statue, the Albert Memorial and the Diana Memorial playground.
Property near Hyde Park
The area around Marble Arch which sits on the edge of Hyde Park offers a hugely diverse range of property styles, types and sizes; so whether you are looking for a rental apartment in the Hyde Park area or a studio flat to rent you are likely to find what you are looking for. Marble Arch also marks the point where many of London's major roads cross meaning that by living and working near Hyde Park you will have easy access to virtually everything great about London.
Grosvenor Hill and
Hill Street in Mayfair are two great examples of buildings near Hyde Park that offer the best in contemporary living accommodation and an enviable location within close proximity to Bond Street, the famous Burlington Arcade and of course to Hyde Park and everything it has to offer.
Many of the larger properties located to the north of the park are occupied by big corporations and public bodies, whilst to the east is the shopping area of Oxford Street which spills into Marylebone. Between them you can find some amazing rental opportunities such as
Paddington flats to rent in Merchant Square. Located waterside, in the newly developed and vibrant Paddington Basin, Merchant Square is a contemporary block comprising 60 luxury 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments set over 15 storeys, many of them with canal views.
To the south of Hyde Park is Park Lane where you will find a number of residential properties to rent. In all of these areas around Hyde Park, the houses and flats are very exclusive. Places to live become more accessible as one goes north, towards Edgware Road, Westway and beyond into the Maida Vale and Kilburn areas.
Rental property in Hyde Park, with its amazing facilities and position, are difficult to find and are much sought after with people wanting to buy and rent property within its W2 postcode area.
Transport links in Hyde Park
There are five London underground stations located on or near the edges of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens including, Hyde Park Corner which is served by the Piccadilly line, Knightsbridge also served by the Piccadilly line, Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch, all of which are served by the Central line and Bayswater served by the Circle line and the District line.
Many buses also serve the local area.
History of Hyde Park
Hyde Park was originally created as a huge private hunting ground for Henry VIII and other members of the royal family after he seized the land when, in 1536, the monasteries that had previously occupied the area were dissolved. The site was fenced off, the streams turned into drinking ponds for the deer and the park was used for personal pleasure as well as to entertain visiting foreign diplomats and dignitaries. The park continued to be used in this way by Queen Elizabeth I, who also used the area next to the park, now known as Park Lane, to review her troops.
Hyde Park lost its royal connections for a time but remained tied to the history of the monarchy. It was here that many forts were built on the eastern side of the park during the Civil War between 1642 and 1649 to help defend Westminster from Royalist attack. The Royalist eventually won the battle though and in 1660, when the monarchy was restored, Hyde Park became a royal park again and Charles II replaced the wooden fence along the park's perimeter with brick walls, restocked the park with deer and arranged carriage parades again.
Hyde Park remained remarkably unchanged after this for almost 100 years until in the 1820s, King George IV organised a complete transformation of the park. These changes included building the Triumphal Screen which can still be seen today as well as the Wellington Arch, which was later moved to its present position at the centre of the Hyde Park Corner. The brick walls marking the park boundary were once again returned to fences and he had a bridge built over the Serpentine lake. He further separated Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens by creating the West Carriage Drive as a wider passage way through the area.
Further developments to the Park happened in 1851 when the Great Exhibition took place and Crystal Palace was built in the park to house much of it. However, this was only a temporary arrangement and after the Exhibition, Crystal Palace was moved intact to Sydenham in South London.
Since then, the development of Hyde Park has slowed and the park has only seen a few minor changes, for example the widening of roads at the southern edge of the park and, more recently, the addition of the memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales.
Attractions in Hyde Park
Being so central to the city, Hyde Park is easily the best location from which to experience everything that London has to offer. From world class restaurants, unrivalled shopping, theatres and museums, every major London attraction is within easy reach whether on foot, road or direct tube.
Known as the more relaxed of the two parks, Kensington Gardens are popular with walkers and joggers alike. Its most famous attraction, Kensington Palace, is the former home of Princess Diana whilst other features of the park include a bronze statue of Peter Pan and the 180ft high Albert Memorial which was built between 1864 and 1876 to commemorate Prince Albert I, husband of Queen Victoria.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is known the world over for being the host of one of the world's largest festivals of Western classical music, the Proms. However, the Hall has also played host to a number of other musical genres and artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Abba and even Meat Loaf. Music is not the only thing played in the Hall, it has been used for events such as ice skating, tennis and even sumo wrestling.
Situated right on Hyde Park Corner, Apsley House also known as Number 1 London, was the home of the Duke of Wellington and his descendants and gained this name as it was the first house to be seen after passing the London toll gates at the top of Knightsbridge. The house is now filled with artifacts from all over the world, much of which was given to the Duke following successful military campaigns.
One of London's best loved galleries, The Serpentine Gallery displays a variety of modern and contemporary art attracting up to 800,000 visitors a year with its excellent exhibitions, architecture and education and public programmes.
Shopping in Hyde Park
Oxford Street starts at the edge of Hyde Park and Marble Arch and is undoubtedly one of the world's most famous shopping strips. Home to major department stores and numerous high street brands, as well as hundreds of smaller shops, Oxford Street is the major shopping street in central London, although by no means the most expensive or fashionable. However, it's not just Oxford Street that has the shops. Regent Street, Bond Street and other smaller streets branch off of Oxford Street and all have their own unique but also well known stores, including Liberty.
For many British chain stores, their Oxford Street branch is regarded as their "flagship" store and used for celebrity launches and promotions. Major stores include: Selfridges, which has been on Oxford Street for over a century and is the second largest department store in the UK; John Lewis, the flagship department store of the John Lewis Partnership, was opened in 1864 and is the third largest department store in the UK; Marks and Spencer, whose store at Marble Arch is the company's largest; Debenhams, which was known as Marshall and Snelgrove until 1973, is a national mid-market chain; House of Fraser, which traded as DH Evans until 2000, is located in an art-deco building completed in 1935 on Oxford Street, and is their London flagship; and Topshop which is located next to Oxford Circus tube station and claims to be the largest fashion store in the world.
Restaurants in Hyde Park
Rhodes W1 Brasserie
Launched in 2005, by Gary Rhodes this Brasserie in Marble Arch showcases the chefs considerable talents in a slick contemporary environment by offering a menu with a strong emphasis on modern European dishes with a British twist.
Located on Connaught Street close to Hyde Park, Arturo is a little slice of Milanese style in central London. Whether you are holding a business meal or a social party, this chic and discreet Italian restaurant is perfect, serving as it does fabulous food and a superb selection of Italian wines.
Pizza on the Park
A large restaurant overlooking Hyde Park, Pizza on the Park offers a simple Italian menu featuring 17 pizzas, complemented by a wide selection of drinks that include Italian wines and beers.
Taman Gang is an exotic retreat from the bustle of the restaurants in the West End. Situated at the Marble Arch end of Park Lane, you will be surrounded by Buddha statues and oriental art and offered a feast of beautifully presented treats from the pan-Asian menu. After dinner why not move on to the club for cocktails and music provided by the resident DJ.
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