It’s not very often we visit the big parks in central London, give the kids a bit of grass and a couple of trees and they’re happy, but sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere a bit more special and the other day Betsy, Art and I fancied a bit of an adventure so we all took the tube into Knightsbridge and explored a bit of Hyde Park.
All the trees in the park were on the turn and I ended up with a bag full of leaves, chestnuts, acorns and bits of sticks as we walked.
I have to admit, my main reason for wanting to visit Hyde Park was to see the pavilion outside the Serpentine Gallery.
The design of the pavilion changes every year and I was particularly keen to see this year’s as it looked like something the kids could enjoy. Designed by architects selgascano, this year’s design was a colourful affair, with tunnels surrounded by brightly coloured walls that reflected the sunlight and walkways made with miles of floral ribbon. Betsy and Arthur loved it. It was quiet when we went which was a good thing as all they wanted to do was to run around and explore.
Unsurprisingly, the pavilion is super photogenic.
Inside is a little cafe selling teas and coffees and we bought some ice cream to have. The food is from Fortnum & Mason so it’s pretty good. Betsy chose the most delicious strawberry flavour while I opted for the rose and violet, which was gorgeous for a bit, but became far too perfumy for a whole portion. In between the pavilion and the Serpentine gallery are a few benches under yew hedges which makes for a lovely place to relax and soak up the atmosphere. There’s plenty of running around space for kiddos to make use of too.
We popped into the Serpentine Gallery itself, but Boo wanted out pretty quickly. She doesn’t really get the concept of just looking and no touching just yet, especially when there’s a piece you’re welcome to walk through, but not allowed to touch. Still, the staff are welcoming there and the loos are free (unlike the park toilets that charge 30p for entrance now)!
Rather than go back to the same Tube station we came out of, we carried on walking over to Lancaster Gate so we got some sweet views of the Long Water and see some of the wildlife (ie, seagulls, cormorants and herons) living there.
There was even a freshly cut tree stump for Betsy to climb, although the thing she absolutely loved to do more than anything was to lie in the long grass. She’d do it roughly every two minutes in between saying hello to all the dogs that passed us.
A lovely day out. Nice and simple (and cheap!). As we were walking home, Betsy asked when we could go to Hyde Park again, a sure sign of her having had an awesome time!