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Boating on the Serpentine - Hyde Park

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published April 25th 2017
How to rediscover London's most famous park

During a long Sunday walk, you can easily hurt the soles of the feet. There is, however, a way to visit the most famous park in London while resting a bit - boating in Hyde Park. Three options are possible - two of them are active and the third is completely relaxed.

For the two active ones, both are at the same price - the pedal boat or the simple boat. It is fair to say that the pedal boat has some advantages, in addition to the nostalgic fun it can bring. The boats also have the advantage of being close to the animals in their natural habitat, including the swans, ducks, and geese.

Once you are on the boat, you may find that the time goes by quickly. If you only want to have a little boat trip, not a full activity, you can go for half an hour but you are advised that it will go fast.

The prices for adults are 12 for 1 hour or 10 for 30 minutes, 5 for 1 hour or 4 for 30 minutes for children (under 15) and 29 for 1 hour or 24 for 30 minutes for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Be careful, as boating on the Serpentine is only open from April until October 31. The opening times are from 10 am until around 4 pm in the winter and until 8 pm in the summer.

If you are really lazy or tired, another possibility does exist. From March to the end of September, the solar-powered solar shuttle ensures the transfer of passengers between the north and south shores of the lake. With its 14 meters length and 42-passenger capacity, it is the largest solar-powered passenger boat currently in service in the UK. More information on their website.
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