Family day out at Hyde Park and The Diana Memorial

Family day out at Hyde Park and The Diana Memorial

Recently I met my brother and sister in law in London’s Hyde Park.  We don’t get to see each other much as we live in opposite ends of the country so it was a rare treat.  The cousins love spending time together and it was one of those rare perfect days – the sun was shining, the autumn colours were in their full glory, everyone played together so nicely and I didn’t want it to end.  I haven’t been to Hyde Park since I was a child and I had completely forgotten how beautiful it is.

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We had a play in the playground which they would quite happily have stayed in all day, there was a nice coffee stand where the adults got much needed refreshment and a chance to catch up while the children played.

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We walked further round past the beautiful Serpentine lake banked by Willow trees which they played hide and seek under, it brought back happy memories of my childhood; I grew up in a town with a river with lots of Willow trees and it remains my favourite tree, I remember feeling sorry for it because it was always doomed to be sad!

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We then came across the Diana Memorial – I hadn’t realised it was there so it was a complete delight to see.  I remember when she died, I was in France at the time and it’s still such a tragedy.  I thought it was beautiful, such a fitting tribute, the water flowing round in a circle with different currents and a waterfall and everyone being allowed to splash about and have fun.  Phoebe immediately wanted to get undressed and get in – we resisted initially, after all it was October but so mild and you can only battle child logic for so long, the weather was warm, we had spare pants with us so she stripped down to her top and pants and in she went- she must have gone round at least 5 times and still cried when we wanted to move on!

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The fearlessness and joyful abandonment she displays every day whether she’s dressing up as a cupcake maker or splashing about in a fountain makes my life a pleasure and I treasure those moments.  I hope she continues that way as she gets older, she definitely has my optimistic side although I’ve been taken over slightly by my cynical realistic side.  Her brother and cousins joined in too although slightly more cautiously and lucklily clothes didn’t get too wet.  I also introduced my brother to The Selfie whilst we were waiting, I can’t believe he hasn’t ever taken one!  He’s camera shy though so I won’t embarrass him by putting his picture up.

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We crossed the bridge and made our way down the other side of the lake, the wildlife at the park are so tame, there’s even exotic birds that have made their home here (escaped pets I think), we saw a heron and fed geese, ducks and squirrels from our hands.  We had to have an ice cream of course and then found a rock garden which the children loved.

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The planting is amazing everywhere, very inspiring and a photographers dream!  You feel like you’re in someone’s stately home garden but it’s all free!  If you are planning a trip to London it’s so worth visiting, I’ll definitely be going back.

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Have you been?  I’d love to hear about your adventures.  What’s your favourite free activity in London, any good tips to share?

Take a stroll with me around London's world renowned Hyde park, and paddle in the Princess Diana Memorial fountain.

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75 Comments

  1. November 14, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Wow, those are amazing pictures! I wish I lived closer to London; there’s so many places I want to see! I’ve been to Hyde Park once before, but it was super busy because it was the Winter Wonderland. It’s definitely on our to-do list! Great post! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 14, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks, I think we were lucky, it was half term but not that busy and the weather was great.

  2. November 14, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I have never been to Hyde Park, last time I visited London we had an amazing afternoon in St James Park sunbathing and marveling at how different it was to where I live up north!
    #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 14, 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Ah, St James is lovely too

  3. November 14, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    It looks lovely! I’ve been to London a few times but never to Hyde Park, I’ll have to put it on my to-do list. 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 14, 2015 / 10:46 pm

      Do, definitely xx

  4. November 14, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    What great photos capturing those lovely shared family times. You obviously all enjoyed the day – especially Phoebe! I love Hyde Park but we haven’t been for a couple of years. London has so many great outdoor spaces. Richmond Park is another we have enjoyed spending time at. Thanks for sharing and co hosting #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 14, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      You’re welcome I don’t think I’ve been to Richmond Park, one to check out x

  5. November 14, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    This is one of my favourite London parks, so much space for kids it is hard to remember you are in the middle of the capital! I love your photos, a perfect place to meet up and let the cousins be together. #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 7:53 am

      Thanks x

  6. November 14, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    I haven’t been to Hyde Park since I was a child and not been to London at all in ages, in fact. Never seen the Diana Memorial either! I like London, and like all the museums & historical places, and shops. But I hate the crowds. & the tubes, so I have to walk a lot there! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 7:54 am

      Luckily we went straight to Victoria and walked from there as we didn’t fancy the tube with a buggy!

  7. November 15, 2015 / 12:21 am

    Great pictures, great post. It is always nice to catch up with family, isn’t it? I have been to Hyde park before, but haven’t actually seen the memorial yet. I do remember where I was on the day of the funeral. I kept flicking between the German news channels and all the English speaking news channels I was able to watch via our cable provider. It was just so moving! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 7:55 am

      It’s worth a look when you can it’s very fitting.

  8. November 15, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Oh I love Hyde Park although I haven’t been for years. Seeing your lovely pictures of the Diana memorial remind me of going here on a very hot day when I was pregnant with my daughter and dipping my very swollen feet in the water to sooth them a little bit. We should definitely go back. #KCAKOL

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 7:56 am

      An excellent use for it! My sister in law used to dip her feet in our paddling pool when she was pregnant!

  9. November 15, 2015 / 2:41 am

    This looks so lovely – I’ve never been to the Diana Memorial which is quite shameful being as we live so close to London. Looks like you had gorge weather for it #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 7:57 am

      A true Indian summer day!

  10. November 15, 2015 / 3:10 am

    Such beautiful captures and what a lovely park! I’ve never been to Hyde Park though. The only park we visited in London was St James Park and we loved, loved, loved it especially the pelicans.

    #KCACOLS

  11. Mim
    November 15, 2015 / 6:42 am

    Ah I’ve never been but I would love to go to the memorial. What a perfect day with the weather too, the photos are awesome! I love England in the Autumn with all the leaves and different colours around 🙂 Mim x #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 8:26 am

      Yes I’ve been so inspired this autumn

  12. November 15, 2015 / 8:23 am

    Oh wow what gorgeous pictures to match a gorgeous day in Hyde Park. Gosh i can’t remember the last time I went to Hyde Park but I think it was well before I had Ella. I remember taking my eldest niece there and renting a peddling boat to go out on the Serpentine, that was such a lovely day. xx #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 8:27 am

      Thanks, maybe you can go back with Ella in the spring x

  13. November 15, 2015 / 8:48 am

    What a beautiful place. You so wouldn’t think you’re in London. I really want to go back to Hyde Park next time I’m up here. I haven’t really explored it properly, but it looks so stunning and what a lovely family day out xx #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 9:03 am

      It’s really worth a visit x

  14. November 15, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Lovely photos! Every summer I plan to visit the Diana memorial fountain but have still not made it 🙁

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 9:35 am

      Next time, it’s lovely x

  15. November 15, 2015 / 9:31 am

    I’ve never actually been to Hyde Park, despite being in London every day for work! It looks so beautiful! Especially with the Autumn colours. Thanks for sharing.

    #kcacols

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 9:35 am

      You’re welcome x

  16. November 15, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Looks like you had a great day out! I love the pictures. And the free-spirit of your daughter 🙂
    We enjoy going to Bushy Park and Richmond Park – both a definitely worth a visit especially with children. So much to see and lots of animals snap a picture of. Thank you for co-hosting #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Bushy park sounds great! Thanks for linking up and hope to see you back next week x

  17. November 15, 2015 / 10:14 am

    It looks like a lovely day out, and you were so lucky with the weather! Becky #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks x

  18. November 15, 2015 / 10:21 am

    I love Hyde Park!! It is my favourite park in London! We have been there several times. My girls love it. The Serpentine Lake is beautiful. The playground is amazing! They also have at the other side of the park The Diana Memorial Playground which is beautiful. This is near Kensington Palace. And during the summer they also have a lido which is really good too. I love your photos! It looks that you all had a fantastic time! You definitely had a good weather which is always a plus in this country!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS and for being my guest co-host for this week!! I hope you enjoy it!! 🙂 xx

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks I am enjoying it x

  19. November 15, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Great photos, it looks like you all had a brilliant day. I haven’t been to Hyde Park since the year Diana died, so I haven’t seen the memorial, it looks lovely. Thanks for sharing the great pictures.
    Amanda #kcacol

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      My pleasure x

  20. November 15, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Stunning Photo’s ! i don’t think we have actually spent any time in Hyde park, I didn’t realise it was so scenic! What a lovely day out for you all 🙂 Thanks for sharing (and co-hosting) #KCACOLs

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      No problem, you wouldn’t know you’re in the middle of London there x

  21. November 15, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    What a fantastic day! Lovely you managed to take so many pictures. I have never really been to London properly to explore, I’m only an hour away from Waterloo now on the train now so planning to go soon. Splashing in the fountain looks fun, my boy would be straight in there too xx #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      Yes take a change of clothes!

  22. November 15, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely day, the photos you took are absolutely fab. I have yet to take my children into London, I think I am a bit too chicken about coping with a pram on the tube. But there really are some great places to take them #kcacols

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      Yes you have to pick and choose what to do and definitely need 2 adults!

  23. November 15, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Great pictures. Hyde Park is such a great place. The memorial is fab. I didn’t know you were allowed to let the kids play in it! Even better. Definitely somewhere I will take my daughter next summer #kcacols

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks, yes put it on the list

  24. November 15, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Looks like you all had a fab day out. Love the way your daughter was happy to go splashing about in the water! We went to the playground in Hyde Park a few weeks ago which I thought was brilliant. We don’t live far away from London but the traffic is always a nightmare at the weekend so we don’t visit that often, but after seeing all your amazing photos I think I’ll be putting this on my list of things to do. #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks, glad to share x

  25. November 15, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Beautiful photos, thanks for posting. It looks like you all had a lovely time! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      Yes thank you we did x

  26. November 15, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    The fountains look incredible and your photos are lovely. The last time I was in Hyde park was for winter wonderland so it was slightly hellish! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 6:41 pm

      Yes someone else said that one to avoid I think!

  27. November 15, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I have not been to Hyde Park yet as it was rather far, we’re far up in Scotland. However, you all seemed to have a fab day, great way to meet up with family member and reminisce childhood memories through the kids. Lovely post! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 15, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Ah, I’m sure you have beautiful places in Scotland, I’d love to go back there only been once as a teenager x

  28. November 15, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Just seems like a great day out for you all. The Diana Memorial is so fitting isn’t it. As well as the kids having a fantastic time I hope you managed to have a god catch up with your brother. #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 16, 2015 / 5:23 am

      Yes I did thank you, shame they live miles away!

  29. November 15, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Hyde Park is somewhere I have dashed through many times but I’ve not taken the time to stop and look around. You’ve inspired me to take a closer look next time I’m in London #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 16, 2015 / 5:24 am

      Wonderful!

  30. November 16, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    That looks such fun! I’m ashamed to say I’ve not been to Hyde Park, but will suggest a trip when the weather’s a bit better

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 16, 2015 / 1:17 pm

      Yes I think we lucked out the day we went!

  31. November 16, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    This is just down the road from my work! I love the memorial park – there is just so much to do! My eldest has been there a couple of times with me but we’ve not managed to take both boys yet – its on my to-do list! We also love visiting Science and Natural History museum when we are in the area (both are also free) So you can make it a proper day out! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 16, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Yes the museums are a great day out too, I lived in London for 3 years and still have so much on my to do list!

  32. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme.com)
    November 16, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Lovely photos! Hyde park is a fab place to spend a few hours in having fun 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 16, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks xx

  33. November 16, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    Looks lovely, I have never been! I love finding new and interesting places to go, especially for free! Lovely photographs too, looks like you had a great day 🙂

    #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 17, 2015 / 7:43 am

      Thanks, it was such a special day x

  34. November 17, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Beautiful Photographs, looks like great fun was had! I just love the fresh sunny autumn days! #twinklytuesday

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 17, 2015 / 10:53 am

      Thanks, I was so pleased to capture those moments and the feeling of autumn.

  35. November 17, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    The last time I was in Hyde Park was when I attended Lady Diana’s Funeral (from the side of the road, with thousands of others).

    This was such a tragedy, and even to this day, I don’t think some people realise how much of a loose she is to this country.

    I was one of the fortunate few that met her through a certain charity. Until that moment, I had no idea how genuinely concerned she was for other people, especially those that had suffered.

    Whilst we were in Hyde Park, I just had to visit the Peter Pan Statue. I’m a big fan of J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan.

    And the birds, aren’t they lovely, chattering away to each other in the tops of the trees? It’s alleged that they’ve been around since 1855 and have steadily increased since.

    Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 17, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      Thanks, it made me stop and look around and enjoy the moment x

  36. November 17, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve read about Hyde Park in books but have never seen it in person. If I ever go to London, it is on my list of places to visit. Thank you for sharing your lovely day!

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 18, 2015 / 3:36 am

      You’re welcome, I was so pleased to be able to capture the lovely moments of the day, it meant so much x

  37. November 18, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Oh I love London! I haven’t been to Hyde Park for years though, not to the ‘park’ anyway, I have been to a few gigs there but not enjoyed the beauty of it for a very long time! I think that has to be one of our ‘to do’s’ next year! xx

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 18, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Yes, definitely go when you can x

  38. November 18, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    What a lovely post! It looks and sounds like a great day out and makes me miss London and the UK, it looks so beautiful in the autumn sunlight. I haven’t been to Hyde Park in years and have never been to the Diana memorial. I’m sure my daughter would love splashing around in it, and seeing the ducks and other wildlife. That parrot photo is great! #KCACOLS

    • Midwife and Life
      Author
      November 18, 2015 / 11:42 pm

      Thanks so much!

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