There will be a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queen's birthday.
The Queen famously has two birthdays every year (how did she manage to wangle that?), but this is her real one. I appreciate that it's impolite to discuss a lady's age, but she will be 93 years old this year. But I think you will agree with me when I say that she doesn't look a day over 80. (Especially if you look at her picture on the stamps.)
The gun salute will be fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA), and take place in the north-eastern corner of the park, a short distance from Speaker's Corner.
Be warned that these gun salutes are incredibly loud.
Note: Another gun salute will take place one hour later at the Tower of London. Here is our full list of gun salutes and military parades in London.
Craig’s review of Hyde Park – “I don't get on very well with the sun. Put it this way: we're not friends. If I'm going to be walking around a park for two hours then I usually like to do it in the rain -- but it's sunny today. It's hot enough to boil the tears off my cheeks. So if I wilt halfway round then you'll understand why, because Hyde Park is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. I'm startin… continued”
Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake – 1 Apr to 31 Oct 2019 – Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 21 to 25 May 2019 – The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot, and is held in the grounds of Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital.
Check out our guide to all the daily parades in London
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Hyde Park then you might like to visit Green Park (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Marble Arch to Green Park), Kensington Gardens (walk it in 16 mins or catch the tube from Marble Arch to Queensway), Regent’s Park (catch the train from Marble Arch to Regents Park) and St. James’s Park (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Marble Arch to St Jamess Park)
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