Once a while, we need to de-stress ourselves from work therefore planning a beach vacation will be a good idea. But the worst part of planning for beach vacation can be quite a task to decide for the destination to have your holidays. As you may know that there are many locations all over the world you can go like exploring those beaches in Hawaii or just having a relax sport in golf. Well, here will be some of the recommendation that maybe able to help you to decide where you want to have your relaxing holidays.
First choice will be the Hawaii resort where you can make use of your frequent flyer mileage for a good use and be on the island of Hawaii to enjoy the beach vacation. At the resort beach, you will be able to relax or swim in the ocean and have a game of golf and even to indulge yourself in one of those relaxing spa treatments to de-stress from work. You can indeed enjoy one of the best weather in the world in Hawaii thus making this to be one of your best selection to enjoy a relaxing beach holidays.
Or you can opt to go to Georgia beach and have a relaxing golf sport at the same time. It is one of the popular are in the East Coast, Cloister at the Sea Island in Georgia where it does provide you with 54 holes in championship golf with sandy beaches and a variety of stuffs you can be involved with.
Another recommendation will be the Oahu beach holidays resort for relaxing. You can book the hotel at Kahala Mandarin Oriental and you will be surprised with the kind of treatment you will be pampered like you never experience before. Over there, you can enjoy yourself with a good spa, learn how to scuba dive in class lessons or even go for a great swim with some dolphins. The location of this resort is conveniently within 15 minutes distance from Honolulu and Waikiki beach and you will definitely enjoy your moment.
A nice holidays vacation can also be going to the Virgin Islands. This is also one of the tourist’s spot in vacation destination as you simply can help yourself to enjoy those blue waters and sandy beaches. You can stay at either the Ritz Carlton or St. Thomas resorts which will give you the best offer as luxury hotels during your stay in Virgin Islands for a much more relaxing beach vacation.
Have you heard of the Half Moon Bay in California? It is just located in a distance of 30 minutes drive from San Francisco and at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay will be one of the best place you can have a quick beach holidays away from those hectic normal busy work life in the city. Yet you can have a choice to go to the luxury Beach Resort in Bermuda which will be only 2 hours away from the New York City. At Bermuda, this will be a great place to have a quisk and yet ideal holidays away from the East Coast area. At Ariel Sands resort, it offers you with 47 guest rooms that serves gourmet food while you enjoy those breathtaking views in the hotel.
You might want to enjoy some form of romantic vacation, then the choice of seclusion in Jasmica will just fit in your idea. At this place, it has unique rooms with a great splendid views of the Caribbean which includes gourmet cuisine with amazing beaches you can enjoy. At the Caves resort in Jamaica will simply provide you with the type of beach holidays mood that you have never experience before in your life. Some other people might prefer the Lakeside Resort in Georgia that will be close to Altanta Georgia as the Lake Lanier Islands provides a splendid golf course for all those golf lovers as well as a waterpark that comes with several water rides, slides and alot of the water attractions to allow everyone to enjoy their moments of vacation.
Lastly will be having your family vacation in Hawaii at the Kona Village Resort where it offers you will a numerous vacation options of activities which include snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, volleyball game, tennis, fishing, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours as well as many other entertainment and food that covers your holidays vacation needs.
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If you love the sea then you might want to consider to charter an adventure in sailing for vacation that can bring you to any places in the world you dearly desire as the destination. But the bottom line will be that you will have to fork out a great deal of money to pay for the crews plus meals and fuel to sail in the sea. Nevertheless, you can start saving up money to have the holidays in sailing or you can buy a yacht instead. Then the only thing you need to know will be how to navigate and control the yacht while sailing in the seven sea.
The best option to have your own yacht will be that you can be ready for any trip that you wish to have a sailing holidays at anytime you desire to do so. This means that you do not need to contact a travel agency for making the reservation offline or online as you have your own yacht waiting at the dock just for you to come aboard. For every trip you wish to travel, you will just require to buy food and fuel that can bring you for a round trip back to your port of original.
Having your own yacht has its own financial benefits since when you are not in use of it, you have the option to rent it to anyone who wants to have their sailing holidays at the price you want. This will be your additional revenue for owning the yacht provided you maintain it in a good condition.
If you are conducting a business on board the yacht, it will be ideal case for registering it as a place for business since you will have it as tax deductible. In order to understand further with regards of the matter of tax deduction, you need to get in touch with your tax advisor about it. We do know that it can be a financial benefit to own your personal yacht since you can also make it to be your second home to stay. The condition will be that you have your own berth to alongside with a permanent gallery with toilet under the requirement set by the IRS.
Should you be unable to purchase your own personal yacht, you do have an option to be fractional boat ownership that simply means you can do whatever you want with the yacht at certain period of the year. So, with this type of ownership, it allows you to plan your vacation with your family whenever you want during that period of the year.
Having this type of ownership will be great since it will be owned by a group of people to share the cost of owning the yacht that included its maintenance, insurance coverage, moorage, fuel, repair costs and equipment onboard.
In order to be able to sail your own yacht, you will need to complete a boating safety course including the safety orientation conducted by the organisation. Unless you have already acquired the certification to sail a yacht and have all the necessary knowledge of how to use the equipment that includes charting, compass and GPS that comes in with the yacht. If not, you can actually join in the boat club which means you do not own any boat. The advantage of being a member of the club, you will be entitled to have up to 4 advanced reservations in any of the given time to have access to powerboats or sailboats that can be up to 30 feet in length to be used by you. This means that the club will bear all the cost of expenses like maintenance, storage, cleaning and insurance coverage.
All over the world, there will be many of such clubs and you can easily choose any of them to join. Some of these clubs do offer boating classes who want to learn for fun or as a sport. Of course we do understand that having a sailing holidays will be truly better with you owning a yacht since the only task will be just steering it over the dock and having the necessary gears onboard and eventually sailing away towards the sunset for a nice fun vacation.
Arrived in Bangkok and managed to drag our luggage all the way to our hotel that we booked numerous times in our vacation over those years. It seemed to be one of our best choice in selection for our vacation as we loved the environment and convenient location as well as the good services they provided during our stay.
After we checked in our hotel, we went to Terminal 21 to have our meals. It was very convenient to walk to Terminal 21 from the hotel as it was just around 5 minutes stroll.
We ordered two different version of Pad Thai to try and turned out to be very tasty and nice. For all our trips in Thailand, we would ordered this particular dish as it was much tastier than those places we can get in Singapore. Somehow the taste is much better when you are getting it from Thailand itself. Maybe the seasoning they used for Thai people is different from those we get in Singapore.
We were there in late November 2019 and we could see that the streets were already filled with Christmas decoration.
Another dessert that we would never miss will be the Mango Sticky Rice. It is always the delight to taste the freshly cut mango with the sticky rice. Though we tried making our own mango sticky rice here in Singapore, we still loved to get our mouth filled with it when we are in Thailand. It is something that we will never miss to try during all our visits in Bangkok.
It was time for our breakfast and we ordered a few items just to get ourselves ready to shop for the rest of our day today. Overall our breakfast was pretty nice.
Our first visit to start off our day was the Erawan Shrine.
A quick look at the layout of the area we would be exploring after our visit to Erawan Shrine.
Here we passed by Amarin before reaching Erawan Shrine.
A quick stop for photo shoot.
We finally reached Erawan Shrine and everyone was making their prayers.
After finishing our prayers at Erawan Shrine, we proceeded to go for our lunch at the MK restaurant.
This time at the MK Restaurant, the food overall was just okay unlike the last time we were here. Somehow the food wasn’t as nice as we had previously experience. Wondering why…
We continued shopping at Terminal 21.
We took the MRT to Wat Mangkon.
Took a break and had ice-cream.
Our next stop was to Chatuchak Park.
We dropped by the Children’s Discovery Museum to visit.
We went to MixT Chatuchak Food Court to have our meals.
Our trip lasted for 7 days as there were lots of shopping to buy stuffs as well as tasting different types of Thai food. There were lots of photo taking and we believe that you too will be able to enjoy yourself when you visit Thailand. We had lots of fun while having our vacation and also kind of relaxing as we were not in tight schedule since we were doing our own free and easy travel vacation unlike tour packages.
Of course if you book tour packages, you can covered more attraction sites but it would rather be kind of tight schedule. We loved to be travelling free and easy as we could control our timing as where we wish to visit without the stress.
Here are some more photographs before we end our trip in Bangkok. Unfortunately we cannot upload all since we took more than hundreds of photos during this trip.
Hope you will also enjoy your trip to Thailand as we did.
Taking a break from the hectic life of working and enjoy a week vacation in Thailand – Bangkok. Set off on a Sunday to Changi Airport Terminal 1 in the morning. We took our time as we had 3 hours ahead of our flight so we spent a while admiring what was there at the airport. Our flight was slightly delayed as the plane just landed in Singapore airport and it took about an hour for them to clear the passengers and cleaning up before we were allowed to go onboard.
We boarded Thai Airways for our flight to Thailand. It had been awhile since we took Thai Airways but to our surprise that the food provided onboard for seafood and muslim meals weren’t nice. In the past, we had better meals than this. Guess it is no longer true for present time. Both of our flight from Singapore to Thailand and Thailand back to Singapore were similar and it tasted horrible. The appearance looked good but not for the taste though.
Finally we had arrived in Bangkok and checked into our hotel. Here were snapshot of the Queen size bed including the shower and wash basin. This place is where I stay for all my years of travelling in Bangkok. It is pleasant and nice including the services provided by the hotel staffs.
Went to Terminal 21 to enjoy a simple meal of Pad Thai with 2 different types of noodle servings. Frankly, it was much better than those we had tasted in Singapore in comparison.
Here was one of the tallest Christmas Tree we saw while walking passed the roadside.
Whenever we are in Thailand, there is one thing we surely help ourselves will be the Mango Sticky Rice. It is our favorite food that will never be missed when travelling to Thailand.
We took a trip to CentralWorld as well as to visit the Erawan Shrine for prayers.
We arrived at the Erawan Shrine and made our prayers.
Next favorite place to eat would be the MK Steamboat meal.
Had a nice dinner at MK steamboat. It is still as nice as the last time we came to Bangkok. Recommended to try at least once if you are in Thailand.
Had ice-cream in the New Chinatown area.
Had fun at Children’s Discovery Museum. Took quite a lot of photographs but only showing some in this blog though.
Went to MiXT Chatuchak where we had our lunch.
Comparing the Pad Thai from MiXT Chatuchak with Terminal 21, I still preferred the one in Terminal 21 as it tasted better.
Another huge Christmas celebration display.
Had our meals at the Central World.
Will have to stop here as I am going for lunch. Will update more soon. Hope you can also enjoy yourself if travelling to Thailand.
Stop 1 – Cutty Sark
Continue on with the river behind us, heading up Greenwich Church Street. From here turn left onto Turnpin Lane, boasting many fine houses dating back to the early 1800’s, into Greenwich Market
Stop 2 – Greenwich Market
Exit the market onto Nelson Road and turn left along King William Walk. Enter Greenwich Park and walk up the hill.
Stop 3 – Greenwich Park
Continue up the hill toward The Royal Observatory
Stop 4 – The Royal Observatory
Stand at the centre of world time and space, on the prime meridian of the globe. The Meridian line crosses the Observatory courtyard (entrance fee) and it also crosses Greenwich Park. We can see the line up close for free by going through the small gate to the right of the clock and the examples of British Weights and Measures on the wall next to the Observatory.
Trivia: To help people synchronize their clocks to Greenwich Mean Time, the Astronomer Royal in 1833, John Pond, had the time ball installed on top of the observatory. The ball drops daily at 1:00pm all year-round – so get our mobile phones and our watches ready!
Stop 5 – National Maritime Museum
Leave the Observatory and head back down the hill. Follow the marked paths and signs toward the National Maritime Museum
One of the highlights is the actual jacket that Nelson wore during the Battle of Trafalgar (allow for 2 hours).
Walk along the marked path towards The Queen’s House
Stop 6 – The Queen’s House
From here walk towards the river and turn right onto Romney Road. Then make a left onto Park Row and walk all the way down to The Painted Hall
Stop 7 – The Painted Hall
We can take part in their guided tours of the space or download their self-guided tour http://www.ornc.org/assets/images/shared/ORNC_PH_leaflet_(ENG).pdf
Stop 8 – The Trafalgar
We could also have a look around the Old Royal Naval College (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/old-royal-naval-college.php). Don’t miss the famous Painted Hall and Chapel (allow for 60 mins).
If you haven’t already had a spot of lunch, then we recommend walking into the historic town centre. Greenwich (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/greenwich.php) is a World Heritage Site that dates back hundreds of years, and there are plenty of old pubs in Greenwich.
When you’ve got some energy back, take a stroll up the hill in Greenwich Park (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/greenwich-park.php), for some fantastic views of the London skyline. Then check out the Royal Observatory (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/royal-observatory.php). The museum covers everything from time-keeping to astronomy, and there is a large planetarium on site with several shows a day (allow for 3 hours in total).
After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.
National Maritime Museum
10:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF
Tel: Work 0208 312 6565
Ticket cost:Adults free entry
Time required:A typical visit to National Maritime Museum
lasts 1½-2 hours (approx)
From South Kensington Station Walk about 4 min , 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Estimated time to spend: 1 to 2 hours or less.
Option A: At any of the cafes or
Option B: Bring our own food to be eaten at dedicated picnic areas in the Museum: the Picnic Terrace on Level -1, and outside Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery on Level 3.
Natural History Museum
Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more
“Dippy” a 32 meter long replica of a Diplodocus Carnegii skeleton
In the Large Mammals Hall you can see the skeleton and model of a blue whale which is 25 meters long.
Another giant is Archie, an 8 meter long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands in 2004.
The Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery is a collection of 22 of the most unusual exhibits in the museum like the fossils of dinosaur teeth; the Emperor Penguin Egg which was brought back from the Antarctic by Captain Scott; a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the intricately carved 17th century Hans Sloan’s Pautilus Shell.
Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals
Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be the weapons of Zeus
Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.
Earth’s Treasury, where you can see real sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… plus some lowly grains of sand
Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more
Depending on time, we have 2 options:
Option 1 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Option 2 – Shopping at Harrods
Option 1: Walk to Royal Albert Hall
Option 2: Take Bus 360 from South Kensington Museums (Stop K) to Royal Albert Hall (Stop RC). 3 mins non stop
Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself.
Royal Albert Hall – Take pix of The figure of Albert and The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall.
It’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.
Albert Memorial – photo op
Kensington Palace (Paid), Kensington Gardens (Free) – look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up
Serpentine Galleries, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
Go for Dinner nearby, if still not tired may do some shopping in Oxford Street.
To Buy from Harrods:
Harrods English Butterscotch Biscuits (Cookies) Price: £7.95
Harrods Coffee in an Exclusive Tin Price: £10.95
If time permits we may visit Harrods – the world’s most famous department store. You’ll find it a short walk down the Brompton Road (allow for 1 hour shopping time, or more if you use the restaurant).
May also visit nearby shops – Top Shop, Zara, Sainsbury’s Local
Dinner will be at nearby places.
McDonalds, Brompton Road
2 Courses £25.00, 3 Courses £28.00 (Available for reservations made Monday – Thursday 12-6.30pm and Friday – Saturday 12.00-6.30pm, 10pm – 10.30pm)
To try – sticky toffee pudding, dessert with chocolate and salted caramel https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/knightsbridge/food/lunch-dinner/
From Harrods to Hotel:
Total travel time is about 22 mins.
From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Knightsbridge Station
Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 from Knightsbridge Station to Hammersmith Station
Total travel time is about 11 mins (5 stops)
From Hammersmith Station Walk about 6 min , 0.3 miles to Hotel. After a satisfying steak dinner and shopping, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.
The V&A Museum
holds the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design objects!
Some of the over 4.5million pieces include music instruments or statues,
relating to fashion or history, as well as a rotating collection of fantastic
exhibitions. Our personal favourite, the “Britain” gallery with artefacts
relating to the history of Britain includes an entire Jacobean room that has
been rebuilt inside the Museum.
Science Museum [FREE]
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Address: Exhibition Rd., South
Tel: 0870 870-4868
A family favourite,
this museum offers a lot of hands-on exhibitions, creating an awesome
interactive experience. From the world’s oldest steam locomotive, the first jet
engine, and even an IMAX theatre showing science and nature documentaries,
there is a lot to see here.
Natural History Museum [FREE]
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:50pm
Address: Cromwell Rd., SW7, Southwest
The Natural History
Museum is filled with fascinating pieces collected from all over the world:
extinct animals, and even better a T-Rex dinosaur that moves while you stand in
the shadow of the skeleton, a cutting of one of the largest trees in the world,
and collections of spiders and butterflies. You can take a walk through the
solar system or take a close look at the gemstone collection that rivals the
Royal Albert Hall
One of the most famous concert venues in Europe, the Royal Albert Hall opened to the public in 1871, and quickly became one of the most high-profile musical venues in the country, hosting more than 350 events every year. The Hall is named after its’ founder, Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) who never lived to see the completion of the Hall, having died in 1861. Today the Hall holds various events including concerts, Cirque du Soleil performances, film premieres and the BRIT awards. It is possible to tour the Hall with a paid-for-guided-tour but it’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.
The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall is a
dedication that reads: This
hall was erected for the advancement of the arts and sciences and works of
industry of all nations in fulfilment with the intention of Albert Prince
Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of
the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen
Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her
Majesty the Twenty Ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the
greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. For all
that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. The wise and their works are
in the hand of God. Glory by to God on high and on earth peace. …whew!
Walk AROUND the Royal
Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert
himself. With the statue and the Hall behind you, go down the steps. Turn left
onto PRINCE CONSORT RODE. Walk until you come onto EXHIBITION ROAD and turn
RIGHT. This road will take you straight to the SCIENCE MUSEUM, THE V&A
MUSEUM and THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.
Commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late husband,
Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial was opened
in 1872 by the Queen herself. The Memorial is 176 ft tall (54 m) and was built
at a cost of £120,000 – which is the same as over £10 million today! It took
ten years to complete the structure, which depicts a seated golden Prince
Albert, under a canopy and surrounded by statues that represent the areas of
the globe (Asia, Africa, America and Europe) as well as arts and sciences
(agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacture). To provide a base for
the gigantic statue, the gardens here were dug up and filled in with a series
of stone and brick arches to support the Memorial, which was then covered up
and relayed with grass, leaving no trace of the huge work that was undertaken
The figure of Albert is
facing your next stop.
Kensington Palace (Paid)
Nov-Feb 10:00am – 4:00pm, March-Oct 10:00am – 6:00pm
Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London
Tube: Queensway, High Street Kensington
The side of the Palace facing the pond features a marble statue
of Queen Victoria (actually carved by one of her daughters) who was born here
on the 29th of May 1819. The Palace was built by King William III and his wife
Queen Mary II in the 1680’s and much of the work seen today was completed by
noted architect Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral).
In the 1990’s, Kensington Palace became home
to Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons on her divorce from Prince Charles and
it was here that Diana was living when she was killed in Paris on the 31st of
August 1997. Many people will recognise the golden front gates of the Palace as
the location for millions of flowers and tributes (reaching over 5ft deep) that
were placed here shortly after her death.
a happier note, it is here at Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, William and Kate, live with their son, George (and soon-to-be baby
number 2, as of writing). The palace is open to the public, but the quarters of
the royal-couple are completely off-limits.
Once you have explored
the grounds – or indeed the palace itself – position yourself with your back to
the marble statue of Queen Victoria. Turn RIGHT and walk down the path you are
standing on (THE BROAD WALK) until you get to the edge of the park. Turn LEFT
and walk until you reach the ALBERT MEMORIAL and ROYAL ALBERT HALL.
Visit Duration: 1 hour, 30
6:00am – -dusk
Address: Kensington, London
High Street Kensington, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, South Kensington Web:
Number: 030 0061-2000
KM, 15 minutes walking from Hyde Park
lovely Kensington Gardens which border with the Hyde Park well deserves a spot
in any trip itinerary to London. Like the Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens was
also a royal garden and was later opened for the public. The Garden is somewhat
more quiet than Hyde Park and less crowded. This piece of greenery is a perfect
location for a stroll or picnic under the shades of the lovely trees.
Gardens’ most noteworthy view is the Kensington Palace which was the birthplace
of the Queen Victoria and was the former residence of the Late Princess Diana.
in the park, look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as
a reminder to the Boy who never grew up. It was also the garden which was where
the shooting of the film “Finding Neverland” featuring Johnny Depp as the
famous J.M. Barrie had taken place. The park has been the location for many
other films such as Bridget Jones Diary,
Edge of Reason, Wimbledon and many others.
Apart from being a film favorite
location, Kensington Gardens is a nature lover’s perfect park. You will find
swans swimming in the lakes and the beautiful Italian fountain garden in the
midst of the garden. Kensington Garden is considered to be more formal than the
Hyde Park as it is only open during the day. This garden is an excellent place
for joggers, morning walkers and cyclists. On a fine day, you will even find
many sunbathing or enjoying a picnic.
Serpentine Galleries Here are two contemporary art galleries, located a short walk from one another. Both museums are free and have a constantly-changing schedule of various pieces and exhibitions, both inside and outside their buildings. The original Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and has held works by people like Andy Warhol, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, etc. Read our post on free London museums and galleries.
The second gallery was opened in 2013 and is located inside a
former gunpowder store from 1805.
through the park in a north western direction. You will soon come to the Round
Bond, and just beyond this pond is KENSINGTON PALACE.
Created by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, wife to King George II in
1730, this beautiful recreational lake has a surface area of 16.2 hectares and
marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. The Serpentine
today is visited by the public who come here to feed birds, take pleasure boats
along the water, or even swim in the summer months. During the London Olympics,
the Serpentine was the venue for the men and women’s triathlon and marathon
swimming events. Think about grabbing a drink at the cafe here and enjoy your
walk along the water!
Keep heading west along
the water until you get to CARRIAGE DRIVE, which will allow you to cross the
water. Turn LEFT onto the bridge, then make a RIGHT when you see the SERPENTINE
This north-easy point of Hyde Park has been a popular place for
public speaking since the 1800’s. Any member of the public can speak here,
however, police can intervene if the speech is said to be “unlawful” or
“profane.” Today, most speakers here are preaching on religious and political
matters, both topics having actually caused riots to break out here in decades
gone past. Notable Speaker’s Corner orators include Vladmir Lenin, George
Orwell, and Karl Marx, just to name a few.
Follow one of the paths
through Hyde Park – keeping an eye on posted maps as you go to keep you in a
southwest direction. Soon you will come to THE SERPENTINE.
Built in 1827 by esteemed architect Sir John Nash (who also laid
out Regent’s Street), the Marble Arch was originally supposed to be an entrance
to Buckingham Palace, and it was first placed outside the Palace when it was
constructed – where the famous balcony at the East Front of the Palace is
today. In 1851, Buckingham Palace was
expanded and the arch was moved to its current location. Traditionally, only
members of the Royal Family and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to pass
under the Arch!
Leave the Marble Arch Roundabout and into the park. Cross over CUMBERLAND GATE and come to the corner of HYDE PARK. As soon as you enter, you will be standing at SPEAKERS CORNER.