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News items include the latest news from the Friends and news items relating to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, which may be of interest to Friends. The biannual newsletters provides further news on developments within the Parks and Friends events.

  • Winter Wonderland: Key Information

    Winter Wonderland is Coming!

    Further to the mailshot the Royal Parks sent earlier this year, they have written to us to ensure we have all the information we need ahead of this year’s Winter Wonderland.

    The Royal Parks is working hard with the event organisers to minimise disruption to park visitors and the local community.

  • Refurbishment of the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen

    An artist impression of the finished project

    The Royal Parks have informed the FriendsHPKG of the extensive works planned at Hyde Park’s Serpentine Bar & Kitchen.

    A complete refurbishment of the café will take place, including the re-design of the seating area and serving counters, as well as a new outdoor kiosk for the summer months.

  • Members Photographs

    Member's Photo: Autumn in Hyde Park

    In our recent newsletter we said that we would love more members to contribute their photos. We were delighted to subsequently receive some from member Rosa Davies.

  • Kiosk installation - Ritz Corner

    Kiosk Installation at Ritz Corner

    The first of 8 bespoke central kiosks is being installed at Ritz Corner (November 1st), ready for opening mid November.

  • The Mastaba : Some photographic jottings

    Mastaba, Serpentine

    By the end of August 2018 many of you will now be familiar with the installation by Christo and Jean-Claude known as the Mastaba. Installed in the Serpentine, Hyde Park, a couple of months ago, it has proved controversial. Will it contribute to the ambiance and character of the Royal Park; will it generate crowds which can’t be managed; will it upset the ecosystem of the lake?
    Paul Shelley, Accredited Photographer, Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, provides an insight …

  • The FriendsHPKG have been informed that Transport for London are going to carry out much needed drainage and re-surfacing works in Hyde Park.

    To facilitate these works the West Carriage Drive southbound carriageway will close to all traffic from Victoria Gate to Coalbrookdale Gate for 2 weeks from the 24th September 2018.

  • The Royal Parks has written to inform us that all park roads will be subject to closures during the upcoming BBC Proms in the Park and BBC Radio 2 Live concert series.
    The current terrorist threat level remains at severe. The Royal Parks have been working with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to review their security measures and they have agreed that closing the roads during the concerts is an essential mitigation measure to reduce all possible risk to park visitors and concert goers.

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