This run incorporates London’s famous inner city Royal parks: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, and St. James Park. It is a way-marked ‘figure eight” loop, in honor of the late Princess Diana. Start at Hyde Park Corner near Big Ben, and run counter-clockwise, beginning with the lake in St. James Park. Each park has its character and highlights: the lake and mall in St. James Park, with views to Buckingham Palace from the bridge over Duck Lake; the tree-lined alleys of Green Park; busier Hyde Park, with Speakers’ Corner, the Serpentine, large lawns and many recreational opportunities; and the beautiful horticulture and Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.
The run can be shortened by cutting out one of the parks, or easily lengthened by adding some trails within the parks, or running along the Thames near the start/end of the run at Hyde Park Corner. Of course you can create your own random route incorporating these parks. See the maps below.
Our route is 7.2 miles. Shorter and longer options:
Shorter option: Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens ~4 miles; Green/St. James Parks ~2 miles, which are closer to hotels in Mayfair area.
Longer Option: Add Regent’s Park, which is 1-mile north of Hyde Park
Note: Kensington Gardens is restricted after dark. Our thanks to Hayden Shearman for this route.