Hyde Park one of the largest parks in central London and famous for its Speakers' Corner and being the venue for large out-door concert. The park is divided in two by the Serpentine and is contiguous with Kensington Gardens. Although often assumed to be part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens has been technically separate since 1728, when Queen Caroline made a division between the two.
Sites of interest in the park include Speakers' Corner, located in the northeast corner near Marble Arch, where any one can speak about anything. South of the Serpentine is the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial, an oval stone ring fountain opened on 6 July 2004. To the east of the Serpentine, just beyond the dam, is London's Holocaust Memorial. Another memorial in the Park commemorates the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks, in the form of 52 steel pillars - one for each of the dead.
The park has been the venue for some famous rock concerts, including the major location for the Live 8 string of benefit concerts. Queen played here in one of their most popular shows, in 1976. It is estimated that 150–200 thousand people turned up for the event. However, the record concert attendance is probably for the 1969 concert by the Rolling Stones. According to much of the press, the crowd then was estimated between 250,000 and 500,000.
Since 1996, the park has been the London venue for the Proms in the Park concerts, held on the last night of the BBC Proms.
To get there from the Americana; turn left when you leave the hotel it will take about 10 minutes to walk down to Oxfords Street. When you get to Oxford Street, turn right to walk to the Marble Arch corner of the park.
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