If London were a buffet table, then Hyde Park would be the centrepiece. That may seem like an odd comparison, but when you think about it, the majority of London's tourist attractions and points of interest are clustered around the capital's most famous royal park. Hyde Park Corner is, needless to say, in the centre of London. It lies on the southeast corner of Hyde Park like a stepping stone between the park and Buckingham Palace, which makes it a very busy tourist hotspot. Being in the vicinity of Mayfair, most of the hotels are of the luxury variety (and include London's most expensive hotel, the Lanesborough, where each guest gets a personalised butler service) and there are 12 five star hotels within half a kilometre of the station alone. As long as you don't mind a short walk there are a few 3 star options too. If money is no obstacle then it's a perfect destination for a sightseeing holiday. Hyde Park Corner is on the Piccadilly line, which doesn't make it the best transport gateway, but the neighbouring station of Green Park has more comprehensive services.
If you're looking for something to keep you occupied then there are few better places to stay than Hyde Park Corner. Hyde Park itself has the potential to keep you occupied for days. Besides the sprawling park grounds there's the beautiful Serpentine Lake, the famous Weeping Beech, a rose garden and a collection of memorials, as well as Speakers' Corner in the northeast, which is a free-for-all for people to publicly talk on any subject they like. During the summer the park plays host to many festivals and live music events and is the bubbling communal centre of the city. On the other side of Hyde Park Corner Buckingham Palace is just a 15 minute walk away (the four star Forty One hotel is closest) as are the theatres of Victoria. Westminster, Covent Garden and the Natural History Museum are all short tube rides away.
Most eateries in the area, including the Hard Rock Café, are clustered around the southeast corner of the park, though there are also a lot of venues just south of Buckingham Palace. Bbar and Restaurant is one such venue, notable for its proximity to the palace, serving a range of light snacks and meals. The drinks menu includes various cocktails as well as an extensive wine list with over 100 wines. The area plays host to all styles of cuisines from all over the world and, though there are a few, the cheaper options may take some looking for.
As a rather upmarket area Hyde Park Corner isn't the capital of the city's nightlife, but the options that it does have tend to be rather laidback and sophisticated, comprised mainly of restaurants and luxury hotel bars. For those who are so inclined there is the Playboy Club, which is no less chic than its neighbours and stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are also a few more traditional bars and pubs hidden away on the backstreets and the joy of these lie mainly within discovering them for yourself. The area in itself is pleasant to wander around at night but if you're looking for a party your best bet is to take the Piccadilly line four stops north to Covent Garden.
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