a Walk in London England – Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly

 

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My London, England Walks and things to do in Knightsbridge and Hyde Park  I am going to scream if I look at another photo of London Bridge or The Tower of London, posted by an enthusiastic blogger! Take a quick peek, if you absolutely must, but there is so much more to London.  Tipped over the edge by yet another Tower shot, I am writing a series of walks for those of you visiting London and who are unfamiliar with the city.  Those of you who know London well, feel free to comment and give your suggestions.

My first walk starts early in the morning by the Serpentine in Hyde Park.  Early morning, after breakfast is a magical time in the park with the swans and birds waking up on the lake.

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You can have a wake up coffee in the Cafe if need be.  Culture enthusiasts can pop into the Serpentine Gallery,  a small but delightful gallery by the Serpentine that usually has some interesting exhibitions.http://www.serpentinegalleries.org

Walk through the park, towards Kensington Gardens, taking a look at the Albert memorial along the way.  Erected by Queen Victoria for her beloved Albert.

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London Walk – The Albert Memorial

Stroll in Kensington Gardens towards Kensington Palace – this is where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with her children when she is in London.  Kensington Palace is worth a visit, if you are a Royalist.  Not many people know that you can rock up in a Taxi and drive through the main gates to visit the exhibition.

Next, head over to Knightsbridge – see if you can spot this on the way!

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(hop in a cab or a bus if you don’t feel like walking).  One of my favourite things to do is visit Bonhams if they have an auction – I have picked up some lovely bargains over the years.  Check their sale calendar here http://wwww.bonhams.com. One of my top tips is to avoid the pricey jewellery shops and buy something fabulous in Bonhams!  Right next door you will find Montpeliano’s, an old fashioned Italian restaurant and a convenient stop for lunch. I am revisiting old favourites at the moment – so bored with ‘foam’ and if I see any more ‘dry ice’, I’m off!

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Montpelier Street – Montpeliano’s, Bonhams and Brompton Road at the end of the road. http://www.montpelianorestaurant.com

However, if the weather is lovely go across the road to Harrods Food Department and buy some lovely picnic treats and head back to the park for an al fresco lunch.  I can rarely resist popping into Harrods if I am in Knightsbridge – I could quite happily live there! http://www.harrods.com

Afternoon

After a delicious lunch head over to another of my favourite places The Royal Academy.  People tend to associate the RA with it Summer Exhibition  but they have wonderful exhibitions year round.  I have just visited the Monet collection, they have a bar and cafe too.  This always seems like a quiet  oasis, you relax as soon as you step through the gatesjust off Piccadilly opposite Fortnum and Masons, The Wolesely and The Ritz Hotel so just the best location!

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IMG_1863-2After the RA pop across the street to Fortnum and Mason

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Fortnums is a great place for afternoon tea, you need to book for the ‘posh’ tea on 4th Floor in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon but there are more informal and less expensive places within the store for tea.  http://www.fortnumandmason.com.  You will probably be exhausted by now! Another favourite http://www.thewolseley.com also serves lunch, afternoon tea and an early dinner, you can always find something delicious to eat here, at any time of day or night.

If you have the time, and energy after tea, leave Fortnums by the rear exit onto Jermyn Street and you will find some of London’s best bespoke shops.  This is a place to buy handmade British shoes and your Top Hat for Ascot races!

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Jermyn Street Shops

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Round off the day with a cocktail at the Ritz Hotel Bar, London

We love to go to The Ritz Hotel bar for cocktails.  It is a very special treat serving the most delicious cocktails and a super bar menu too!

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Map of my walk – follow the little black line – ENJOY!

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34 Comments

  1. March 29, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the walk idea! Look forward to giving it a go next time in London.

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 6:44 am

      Let me know if you do! Thanks Cristal.

  2. March 29, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I lived in Brighton then moved up to London for a few years, and you so perfectly described a typical weekend for me. The Royal Academy of Arts has lovely exhibits. Thank you for the stroll down memory lane, and I reminder that I have been away far too long!

    • marie
      March 29, 2016 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks Jen, you write beautifully.

  3. March 29, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Love it! Wish I’d have had this prior to my 8 hour visit last March!

    • marie
      March 29, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      Next time!

  4. March 29, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Walking is such a great way to see a city and any city that allows me to do that automatically gets extra points 😉 I also love your recommendations for Afternoon Tea and that you only share the places that you love and enjoy.

  5. marie
    March 29, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Thank you Maria!

  6. March 30, 2016 / 6:20 am

    Love just walking around cities and seeing what i can find… 🙂

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 6:38 am

      Me too!

  7. March 30, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Great post! Last year I spent 2 days in London without a map or a GPS and I walked a lot. I wanted to explore the city all by myself. Anyway, it’s always good to check out what locals recommend.

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you Evelina!

  8. March 30, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I myself like to discover the non touristy parts of London. Last time I was there I visited Shoreditch, which I recommend you to also do, it’s a wonderful quickie little neighborhood. I have been at the Royal Academy of Arts, but that was long time ago. 🙂

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Hi Joanna, I’m breaking the walks into different areas, Shoreditch is a good idea, thank you.

  9. March 30, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I love this, what a great idea to post different walks!!! I also try to explore in areas that aren’t filled with tourists – will be using this when I go to London!! 🙂

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you for the nice comments Brianne!

  10. March 30, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    I know exactly how you feel when I read enthusiastic blog posts about New York City with the most touristy stuff ever. I plan on going to London soon since I live in Amsterdam and will def. pin this for the future!

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I’ll include some foodie places n my next walk 🙂

  11. March 30, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    I really like how you’re taking us to see some other side of London. I think such big cities (even though big) can best be explored on foot.

    • marie
      March 30, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Naomi, you are right – it is fun to explore on foot.

  12. March 31, 2016 / 12:10 am

    If you only have one chance to go to London, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic over The Tower of London and the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. 🙂 But after the touristy things, I love exploring any city by walking. Gives great insight to its personality and people.

  13. March 31, 2016 / 6:54 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Kensington Gardens since I’m such a JM Barrie fan. We’ll be visiting London in 2017 and I can’t wait!! 🙂

    • marie
      March 31, 2016 / 8:13 am

      You will love the statue! Go early or late in the day.

  14. March 31, 2016 / 7:54 am

    Great post! I am wondering if its doable to see some of those points when you have a 8, 9 layover in London. Or is it too risky for missing the flight?

    • marie
      March 31, 2016 / 8:12 am

      I would definitely get out and about if it is City or Heathrow airport. Gatwick is too far away. There is a great tube line into central London that doesn’t take long at all. 9 hours in an airport is too long 🙂 Thank you for the nice comment.

  15. March 31, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    How this post made me miss London!! And at the same time I’m so excited that I’m heading there again in May and I’ll see some of the places you listed that I didn’t see before! (like Fortnum). thank you again

    • marie
      March 31, 2016 / 4:42 pm

      Sabrina, May is a lovely time of year in London – you will have a great trip! I’m glad you liked my post.

  16. April 2, 2016 / 9:03 am

    I was in London when I was 8, but in my memories, the city is much… darker. Perhaps I should revisit 🙂

    • marie
      April 2, 2016 / 9:13 am

      Oh yes, definitely come back! Oscar Wilde said “He who is tired of London is tired of life”. Avoid the tourist spots is my only advice and that applies to any city in the world.

  17. April 26, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Wow! Thanks for all the great tips…going to London in June. Can’t wait!

    • marie
      April 26, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks Lucie, have a great time in London. June isn’t far away!

  18. June 9, 2016 / 4:23 am

    Okay what is going on with those statues where you mentioned “see if you can spot this on the way”? Is that a bunch of weird alien people playing football? I’m confused LOL

    • marie
      June 9, 2016 / 7:46 am

      I guess it is the angle that I shot the famous bronze statue making it unrecognisable!

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