Tuesday 9 August 2022

Let’s draw Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens - Saturday 27 August 2022

The Albert Memorial
Sketch by Joe Bean

[by Sasala Wickramasinghe]

In August we draw Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens 

The buzz of our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend last month is settling, but the sketching continues! Come and join us in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in August.  

Hyde Park is the largest of the four Royal Parks. Together with Kensington Gardens, it covers 625 acres, set right in the heart of London. 

There is no cost to join us on the day. Just turn up with your drawing kit.

The Serpentine Lake from the Serpentine Gallery
Sketch by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

Key times and meeting points

11 am

We will meet just outside the gates of the Serpentine North Gallery (see image below). In case of rain, there is some shelter inside by the cafe on the left. 

The Serpentine North Gallery

1 pm

Our first 'throwdown' and group photo will be outside the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, by the glass-fronted area facing the lake (see image below). 

The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen

3.30 pm

Our final throwdown will take place at the same location by the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. 

We can go to the Rose & Crown pub (see location map) for a drink afterwards. With cafes and bars around Hyde Park, there are many other options for anyone who wants to explore further.

More information and ideas for sketching

Serpentine Galleries 
Both the North and South Galleries are open and free to visit. For more information, see What's On

Memorials, fountains and statues
Nineteen fountains, memorials and statues are spread out across the park, including the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Holocaust Memorial, the Hyde Park Bandstand, and the Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary.

The Royal Artillery Memorial
Sketch by John Swanson 

Speakers’ Corner
Speakers' Corner is located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Historic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell were known to often use the area to demonstrate free speech. This may be an ideal spot for sketching people -- or you might like to exercise free speech yourself, as anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject (as long as the police consider their speeches lawful). 

Speakers' Corner

The LookOut 
The LookOut Hyde Park is a unique eco-friendly building nestled within an acre of enclosed grounds in the park. 

Italian Gardens
A picturesque park near Lancaster Gate, with multiple carved historic pools, fountains, sculptures and walking paths.  

Kensington Gardens
On the western side of Hyde Park is Kensington Gardens. Options for sketching include the Peter Pan statue, The Albert Memorial and spectacular views of Kensington Palace across the Round Pond. 

Cafes and bars
Hyde Park has a variety of cafes, restaurants and refreshment kiosks, including Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Serpentine Lido Café, and the Lodge Café.

Practical information

The Tube station nearest to our meeting point is Lancaster Gate (Central Line).  Marble Arch (Central Line) and Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) are on the Northern and Eastern side of the park, respectively.

Hyde Park public toilets are located at the LookOut and the Lido (see map for locations). There are also toilets in the Serpentine Galleries and the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen.

Location map

See you at Hyde Park!

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Save the date! 8 - 16 October 

Urban Sketchers London 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition 

We're staging a 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition in October at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. It will be free to the public and will feature activities for visitors, including demonstrations, sketchwalks and a large communal artwork that everyone can contribute to. The call for submissions will be announced closer to the time -- watch this blog and the Urban Sketchers London social media accounts for updates. Come join us at Mile End Park!

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