I have to say I thought this was a great bargain. The rooms were 145 pounds a night (October) and that was a pretty good price, especially for the terrific location -- close to the tube, a bus station at the corner, and right across the street from Hyde Park. We were within easy walking distance of good restaurants. The room was relatively small but the breakfast large and hearty -- enough to keep us going all day!
We stopped at a nearby shop and picked up a large sandwich to share, found a tree in Hyde Park and enjoyed a warm and sunny day!
A magpie (my first) was nearby, but left us in peace!
We continued our walk through the park, stopping first at the Italian Garden.
It was quite lovely, with beautiful statuary and ponds.
It all felt rather elegant and formal, but many were enjoying the lovely day with a sandwich or a book.
And we did see a wee bit of color!
I loved this grayish swan -- I'd never seen one like it before, though I would see others before our journey was done.
As we continued on we came to the Albert Memorial, facing the beautiful Royal Albert Hall.
The memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria as a memorial to her husband, Prince Albert. It was opened in the summer of 1872.
The statuary around the edges represents Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.
It's quite large and rather impressive. A number of architects and sculptors were involved in the design and execution of the memorial.
And although it is simply a monument, nothing one can tour or interact with, it was still quite handsome and I was glad we saw it.
Then a quick rest by a charming garden area...
...and on to Kensington Palace, Queen Victoria's birthplace and home until she became Queen.
(Two sites with more of the interesting history of the memorial's design can be found here at Royal Parks and HERE at wikipedia.
Sharing this week with: Pink Saturday