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The Serpentine

London

United Kingdom

Contributed by 
Kate Weingarten
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
August 22, 2002
December 14, 2017

Small lake within Hyde Park

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The Serpentine is a small, narrow lake within Hyde Park. A wide path in the North side provides good viewing spots of the many ducks in the lake, and on the South, the horses and riders galloping along 'Rotten Row,' a bridle path in the park whose name is thought to be a corruption of Route du Roi, road of the King. There is a cafe, boats to rent, many benches, and great people watching (also ducks and horses).

Access & Linkages

It is accessible from all parts of Hyde Park, and while there is plenty of automobile traffic, there are paths along side the road for bikers and walkers, and paths to get away from the road traffic.

Comfort & Image

Safe, clean, plenty of food.

Uses & Activities

Like all parks in London, this area along the Serpentine is well used. The horses are a bonus, as is the Serpentine Gallery, a fine space for contemporary art.

Sociability

Here, in the middle of London, people are clearly enjoying themselves and one of the world's great parks, Hyde Park.

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

Hyde Park became a Royal Park in 1536 when the land, which was previously owned by the monks of Westminster Abby, was acquired by King Henry VIII. The park is a large area of open space in the city centre comprised of 630 acres with a perimeter of 4 miles. The Serpentine was fromed when the River Westbourne, which flowed through the park, was dammed.

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