ABOUT HYDE PARK
Hyde Park is termed as the area north of Hyde Park itself, within the City of Westminster. Edgeware Road borders the area with neighbouring Marylebone to the east, the park to the south, Queensway to the west and the Westway (A40) to the north.
HISTORY OF HYDE PARK
The area originally belonged to the Abbey of Westminster when the Domesday Book was compiled. Hyde Park was procured by Henry VIII in 1536 from the canons of Westminster Abbey, who had owned it since the Norman Conquest. It remained Henry’s deer park and private hunting grounds for 101 years until Charles I opened it to the general public in 1637. The farmland north of Hyde Park was occupied by the infamous Tyburn Gallows until the eighteenth century, where highwaymen amongst others were executed. Afterwards the developers moved in and Connaught Square was the first large scale property development in the area.
During in the mid nineteenth century and the section of the parish between Edgware Road, Westbourne Terrace, Gloucester Terrace and Craven Hill, and south along Bayswater Road, was known as Tyburnia. The Serpentine was formed in 1733 by damming the River Westbourne that flowed through the park at the expense of £20,000 of the public’s money.
In 1969, The Rolling Stones famously performed a free concert in Hyde Park just two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones, with the gig also serving as the introduction to new guitarist Mick Taylor.
PROPERTY IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park generally falls into four key smaller areas: Connaught Village, The Hyde Park Estate, Lancaster Gate and Paddington. There are many Grade II listed white stucco fronted buildings providing outstanding apartments for example Hyde Park Gardens and popular new development The Lancaseters. The Lancasters was originally an elegant parade of fifteen magnificent stucco-fronted Grade II listed houses dating from the mid nineteenth century. They are now a development of seventy-seven homes facing south with views onto, or across Hyde Park. The new Paddington Basin redevelopment area offers a number of new modern apartments in portered blocks as well as The Hyde Park Estate towards Edgeware Road. To the west of the area, you will find stunning white stucco properties such as Cleveland Square and Queens Gardens, both very popular for period conversion flats. The Church Commissioners of England (a body managing the historic property assets of the Church of England) still own a large swathe of property in the area.
You can find beautiful garden squares such as Hyde Park Square if you are looking to buy a white stucco fronted apartment and Gloucester Square as well. Connaught Square is one of the area’s most desired locations to buy a Georgian town house, perfectly positioned next to marble Arch and the West End.
LIVING IN HYDE PARK
Hyde Park is a peaceful and quiet area, and largely residential. Residents are on the doorstep to some of London’s finest restaurants on Park Lane for example, and shopping such as Selfridges on Oxford Street. Residents benefit from Paddington train station with the addition of Crossrail due to complete in 2018 offering direct access from west to east London, including Heathrow Airport. Connaught Village offers boutique shops and the open spaces of Hyde Park are second to none for central London, comprising of 350 acres of parkland. Within the park are the Serpentine Lake where you can hire a pedalo boat, riding via Hyde Park stables who are based in Bathurst Mews, or visit the Serpentine Gallery to see world-renowned temporary exhibitions. Also now a popular attraction is Winter Wonderland, a Christmas fayre with rides and ice skating. Hyde Park also hosts a number of music concerts throughout the summer months. Queensway, to the west of the area, is going under major redevelopment after large parts were sold to a Middle Eastern investor. The area will be redeveloped and is becoming known as the ‘Bayswater Village’.
SCHOOLS IN HYDE PARK
St James & St Michaels Primary School and Connaught House School.