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  • Friends Visit to Winter Wonderland 2017

    Ice Kingdom, Winter Wonderland

    The Friends had a generous invitation to Winter Wonderland thanks to Suzy Griffiths, who is Head of hospitality at this event. A group of 28 Friends met at the Crystal Lounge (the V.I.P entertaining area) for mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. This was followed by a tour, some rides, a visit to the Ice Kingdom and finished up with the Cinderella Ice Ballet. Cathy I’Anson, a member of FriendsHPKG describes the eventful afternoon ….

  • Security Update for Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2017

    Winter Wonderland

    The Royal Parks has informed us that additional security measures will be put in place during this year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

    In light of events across the U.K. and the world, the Metropolitan Police Service have reviewed and requested that hostile vehicle mitigation measures are put in place across the Park to protect those attending Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It is important to stress that there is no change to the current security threat, but it was felt that additional mitigation is important to reduce all possible risks at this time.

  • Theft! Hyde Park Loses Plants

    Autumn bedding planting was completed on Thursday 26th October and the Rose Garden at the Hyde Park Corner end looked magnificent. Only two days later on Saturday morning 28th Oct it was obvious that about 40 plants had been stolen from that area, some time either during the night or very early in the morning, leaving large gaps.

  • Visit to Old Police House Stables

    At the Stables

    A beautiful warm and sunny summer’s day in mid-July, the scent of hay, the sounds of horses’ hooves on cobbles coupled with the odd contented whinny, followed by refreshments in a country-style garden with an abundance of beautiful wild flowers. Where were 12 lucky Friends on 18 July?

  • Friends Summer Party 2017

    Summer Party 2017

    The Friends summer party took place in July, with thanks Steve Riley who organised a bowls and putting competition in the magnificent Will to Win garden in Hyde Park.

  • The outcome of the recent Green Flag and Green Heritage judging that took place in Kensington Gardens back in May has been revealed. For both Green Flag and Green Heritage Awards Kensington Gardens has achieved an overall score of 80+ which is the uppermost banding.

  • The Royal Parks have informed us that West Carriage Drive will be subject to closures during the upcoming Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park concert series.

    In light of events across the U.K. and the world, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have reviewed and requested the road closure of West Carriage Drive on all event days. It is important to stress that there is no change to the current security threat, but it was felt that this additional mitigation is important to reduce all possible risks at this time. The MPS has emphasised that the road closures are a precautionary measure and are not in relation to any specific intelligence.

  • Upcoming works for the Cycle Superhighway along South Carriage Drive, West Carriage Drive and Victoria gate will commence on 1st May 2017. This will have impacts on traffic and pedestrians …

  • Visit to Albert Memorial Undercroft

    Friends in the Undercroft

    Following the success of the previous year’s visit to The Albert Memorial Undercroft, in April a group of Friends put on their hard hats and explored the tunnels beneath the Albert Memorial.

  • Cycle speeds as high as 32mph are being tackled in London’s Royal Parks as part of an initiative designed to slow down cyclists and improve safety for all visitors.

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