Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks of London, first opened to the public in 1637, by Charles I. It had been previously a deer park used by Henry VIII for hunting and, before that, a monor owned by Westminster Abbey since before the Norman conquest. Today all its 625 acres are opened to the public. The park is divided in two by the Serpentine, a recreational lake created in 1730, extending from Lancaster Gate to Hyde Park Corner. Entering the park via the Thriumphal Screen you may wait at this point to see the Household Cavalry emerging their barracks every day at 10:30 am, ride across the park to Horse Guard Parade for the Changing of the Guards.
The north-west part of the park is known as The Speaker Corner, traditionaly the place where anyone can freely express their opinions and discuss about any subjects. It is also the only place in the UK, where demonstrators can meet without asking permission to the authorities. Although in the past it had seen many distinguished speakers, like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell, today you may easly find sone bizzare folks.