One of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park is also the most stately. Snaking past Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace, it was originally created as a hunting ground for King Henry VIII. These days, it’s the perfect spot for cyclists, pedestrians and picnickers to enjoy the grand 350 acre expanse. In the centre of the park, the Serpentine Pavilion showcases some of the most innovative examples of architectural experimentation, contrasting daring modern design against its surroundings’ storied history. And for those who assume London in winter is dreary, think again – the annual Winter Wonderland fills Hyde Park with fairground rides, circus shows, an open-air ice rink, and a German-style Christmas market.