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Published August 24th 2012
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Sometimes when you're a city girl the hectic lifestyle, the continuous sound of traffic and the steady stream of people everywhere can get on top of you. It's nice to get away for a bit. London is lucky enough to have an escape haven right in the midst of the city- Hyde Park. Transported from the grey streets of London to a lush green environment, the park has a wide range of recreational activities to pursue- whether you are on your lunch break or are looking for activities to do over the weekend.

1) Picnic
Grab some food, friends and most importantly a picnic rug and choose a spot from the 300 acres available in Hyde Park. Hyde Park is the perfect environment for a picnic. With such a wide space, you will always have your own space to socialise with friends but can also people-watch the mass of visitors to the park each day. And for the divas who won't rough it on the picnic rug, there are deck chairs available to hire from March through to October. With any luck the weather will hold out for a couple of hours.

2) Boat Ride
Who doesn't love a little boat ride? Hyde Park offers rowing boats, pedaloes and the UK's first solarshuttle, powered only by the sun. A boat ride on the Serpentine in the park is a sure-fire way to transport you out of the city and into a relaxed little world. The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen or The Lido are the perfect pit stops after your boat ride, serving freshly prepared hot meals, snacks and sweet treats alongside lovely views of the Serpentine.

3) Sport and keeping fit.
There are wide selections of sporting activities available in the park, from swimming in the Serpentine to tennis and the ultimate park sport, Frisbee! There is a sports field where football is frequently played and you will always see joggers and cyclists using the park for their daily fitness routine. It really is one of the best environments to exercise in London. Not forgetting the older generation, Hyde Park has a wonderful senior playground which has six apparatuses which are designed to strengthen, improve flexibility and balance and ultimately make exercise a bit more fun.

4) Special Events
Hyde Park is one of eight royal parks in London and is used for many special events. This year alone it has become a venue to watch the Diamond Jubilee concert and of course for the 2012 London Olympics where part of the triathlon ad marathon took place. It's a great place to watch events like these as the atmosphere is fantastic with such a large number of people coming together to celebrate a British event. In the winter it's also transformed into a winter wonderland, with rides, ice-skating, food and drink on high supply.

So when you're feeling a little bit too stressed and need to take some time out, let Hyde Park be your number one escape route!
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Why? To escape the city!
When: All Year Round
Phone: 0300 061 2000
Where: Hyde Park, London
Cost: Free (boat rides will cost extra)
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