Hyde Park, the largest of London's four royal parks, was established in 1536 and opened to the public in 1637. The western edge of the park transitions seamlessly into Kensington Gardens and the two parks cover 253 hectares (2.53 square km, 625 acres, almost one square mile).
We enter Hyde Park from the Marble Arch at the northeast corner and first see great fields and paths for pedestrians and horses.
There are groups and teams of all ages playing various games and sports in the open areas of the park.
Few people are out on the lake (The Serpentine) today, probably waiting for better weather.
The floral gardens scattered throughout the park are a joy to view: vibrant and well maintained.
We enter the South Flower Walk through a gate and find another separate world of tranquility and beauty.
Just outside the Italian Gardens is a small house, Buckhill Lodge, reminds us of gingerbread houses (but slightly larger).