Hyde Park and the Serpentine

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Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London and one of the Royal Parks of London. The park is divided in two by the Serpentine Lake.


Hyde Park history.

1536 The land was acquired by Henry VIII for hunting. At that time woodland and rough pasture was bounded to the North and East by Roman roads. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the area was used mainly for hunting, military reviews and outdoor entertainments.

1690 Kings Road (Rotten Row) was created to link St James's and Kensington Palaces. This road is now used for horse-riding,

1730 The Serpentine was created.

1783 Hanging at Tyburn gallows ceased.

1872 Public meetings were authorized and Speakers Corner was designated for Public Oratory. Speakers' Corner is an area where public speaking is allowed, and is located in the north-east corner of Hyde Park. Within this area, a speaker is allowed to talk about any subject without fear of legal repercussions. Only two subjects are off limits: the British Royal Family and the overthrow of the British government.

This is the Bluebird Boats Serpentine Solarshuttle.
27 curved glass modules collect the energy provided by the sun. They create an output of more than 2kW.
A specially designed system stores the energy in batteries and optimises the performance of solar modules, batteries and motor.
Two silent electric motors make this boat easy to handle and allow it to turn on a point.
The boat takes tourists across the Serpentine.