Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

Serpentine, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London 51.505178 -0.166505
Dates & Time:
Pedal boats (Apr to Oct): 10 AM to approx 8 PM (Mon-Sun, summer); 10 AM to approx 4 PM (Mon-Sun, winter)
SolarShuttle (Mar to Sep): 12 noon to dusk (Sat-Sun, Mar-May and Sep); 12 noon to dusk (Mon-Sun, Jun-Aug)
Tickets & Cost:
Pedal boats: £12 an hour per adult, or £10 for half hour. Children (under 15) £5 per hour, or £4 for half hour. Families (2 adults and 2 children) £29 per hour, or £24 for half hour
See royalparks.org.uk for more information about the pedal boats, and solarshuttle.co.uk for the SolarShuttle
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The Serpentine is a massive man-made lake that splits Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in half, and between April and the end of October you can spend an hour pedalling around in a little hire boat.

Each boat carries up to 6 people -- but remember to bring your dad, or your boyfriend, along with you, so you can get him to do most of the pedalling (it's a lot more fun if you can just sit back and enjoy the sunshine, whilst someone else does all the hard work!).

If you don't fancy doing the pedalling yourself then you can catch the SolarShuttle instead, which glides silently across the water powered by the solar panels on its roof. The SolarShuttle carries up to 40 people.

Note: Dogs and children under 12 months are not allowed on the pedal boats. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Craig has never been on the pedal boats himself (he's far too lazy!), but he has written a review of the Serpentine lake, with some photos. You might like to read his review of Hyde Park as well, and his one of Kensington Gardens.

There are plenty of things to see in the park once you've finished on the boat. If it's a Sunday lunchtime then you could go and visit Speakers' Corner (there's not much point going on any other day of the week, because there won't be any speeches). You can also go and see the Albert Memorial and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Or you could walk across Kensington Gardens to Kensington Palace, to see where Princess Diana lived in her final days.


Admin – “That is a very good point, thanks for spotting that. The guy that wrote it has now been sent back to school for extra spelling lessons”

 Guest – “£29 per hour for a family is a ridiculous price!”

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