Listen to a speech at Speakers’ Corner

Address:
, Hyde Park (at the northeast corner, by Marble Arch), London 51.511841 -0.159565
Dates & Time:
The busiest time to go is usually around noon on a Sunday, but speakers can congregate at any time of day. It's possible that you may end up seeing nothing at all
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch (or even to take part!)
Minicabs:
Book a minicab near Speakers’ Corner
Buses:
The following bus routes go near Speakers’ Corner: 2, 6, 7, 10, 16, 23, 30, 36, 73, 74, 82, 94, 98, 113, 137, 148, 159, 274, 390, 414, 436
London bus fares 2017
Trains:
The best London underground train station to visit Speakers’ Corner is Marble Arch
London train fares 2017
Disclaimer: London Drum has no association with Speakers’ Corner. Whilst we make every effort to ensure the event information is accurate, talks in London are sometimes cancelled or amended without us being notified. You should always reconfirm the talk with Speakers’ Corner before making plans

Videos give an impression of the event only

Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve tried this event myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos and a video.  Ask me a question about this event

Speakers' Corner can be found at the north-west corner of Hyde Park (near Marble Arch).

It's not much to look at when you get there, and if there's nobody speaking when you arrive then you'll probably wonder whether you've got the right place, but if you turn up at Sunday lunchtime then you'll see a lively crowd of a few hundred people.

Its reputation as a place for free speech dates all the way back to the 1700s when Tyburn was still used a site of public execution. (Tyburn was by modern-day Marble Arch). This area was on the outskirts of town back then, out in the fields, and they used to drag the criminals up from Newgate Gaol and allow them one final speech before meeting their maker. By 1872 the area had gained a nationwide fame for oratory, which contains to a lesser extent today. It certainly doesn't get the crowds they enjoyed back then (some of them even turned into riots!), but it still attracts a few hundred every weekend.

The best time to go is Sunday lunchtime (it's busiest around noon), but speakers are free to turn up whenever they like. There are no guarantees that you will see anything good -- or even anything at all. Most of the speakers seem to have a religious bent, or are trying to get their least favourite Western politician arrested for war crimes. And sometimes they are just plain nuts.

Craig has written a big review of Speakers' Corner on his blog, which you might like to read before you go. It will give you a taste of the atmosphere, the crowd size, and the level of intelligence of the debate (not very high!). Most of the fun comes from listening to the lively hecklers, which can be very amusing indeed. They butt-in with jokes and put-downs, and always raise a laugh. It's always amusing to hear a pompous know-it-all speaker get punctured by a witty one-liner.

If you'd prefer to watch some real political debate, then why not attend a session at the House of Commons? You can even go and watch the Prime Minister at PMQs. Craig has written big reviews of the House of Commons, House of Lords and PMQs as well. Another option is to attend the Mayor's Question Time at City Hall (read Craig's review).

 

Got a question? – Talk about this event

JerrySmith – “I went to Speaker's Corner a while ago on one of my Sunday walks, just to have a nose what was going on and it was full of nut jobs. One guy was standing on a box and getting himself so worked up into a tizzy i thought he was going to pass out. Some of the other speakers were alright, you could see they had done it before. The most entertaining one was having a right old ding dong with the crowd about and there was lots of shouting, which was quite entertaining for 5 minutes, but it was like bear baiting without the blood. Nobody was going to change anybody's mind so what's the point? I still go there sometimes on my walk, just to see what is going on, but dont expect to learn anything”

 
 

More political events · More talks · More outdoor events · More free events · All events at Speakers’ Corner

If you like talks at Speakers’ Corner, then you might also like these other London events…

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons – 9th January 2017 to 30th April 2018Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free, and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons.

Attend PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) – Every WednesdayYou can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions.

Common Council meeting, with the Lord Mayor – 12th Jan, 9th Mar, 27th Apr, 25th May, 22nd Jun, 20th Jul, 14th Sep, 12th Oct and 7th Dec 2017Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall, and see the Lord Mayor of London dressed in all their finery.

Sadiq Khan in LondonSadiq Khan, at Mayor’s Question Time – 22nd Jun, 13th Jul, 10th Aug, 14th Sep, 12th Oct, 16th Nov, 14th Dec 2017 and 18th Jan 2018The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall.

Simon Thurley in LondonThe Tudor World, with Simon Thurley – 11th September 2017Join TV historian Simon Thurley for a talk about the Tudor monarchs, their palaces and private lives, at the V&A Museum.

Grayson Perry in LondonTypical Man In A Dress Part 2 — Grayson Perry – 2nd November 2017Grayson Perry will be talking about identity, popularity and art at the London Palladium, in 'Typical Man In A Dress Part 2'.

 

Buy our London guidebook 2017 – (read a free sample first)

500 pages packed with money saving tips, reviews, photos and street maps

Honest reviews of London’s most popular attractions and landmarks

Example itineraries – two weeks of ideas, including one week for kids

Insider tips – look inside Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s for free

Bus and train fares – a detailed guide to the buses, trains, Oyster cards and fares

Amazon.com:  $3.99 ebook · $15.99 paperback
Amazon.co.uk:  £2.99 ebook · £11.99 paperback

Copyright © 2017 London Drum. All rights reserved · Contact London Drum · Privacy policy / Terms of use / Cookies

By category

By day

By month

By venue

Find events

London Pass

Save some money with London Pass Cheap entry into London attractions

London Pass

Learn more about London Pass

> Save moneyFree or discounted entry into top attractions

> Save timeJump the longest queues with Fast Track entry

Oyster card

Get an Oyster for the cheapest fares The easiest way to travel in London

Oyster card

Learn more about Oyster cardsBuy an Oyster card

> Save moneyGet the cheapest fares on London transport

> Easy to usePay as you go credit on the buses, boats and underground trains

London blog

Read our review:
Club Quarters St. Paul's

I quite liked the Club Quarters St. Paul's when I first entered the room, but I've cooled on it now that I've been here… more