Ah, British summer. The phrase should be an oxymoron, but when the rare heat wave does come along, a trip to Hyde Park to pedal around the Serpentine is a must. And a GREAT mates date.
It’s not quite Yacht Week, alas, and doesn’t really compare, but it was the next best thing in our hopes to recreate that week of bliss at sea (…when we were 23).
It’s a great little experience for when the sun is shining, and was a proper feel-good-summer-take-me-back-to-my-childhood outing. And if you’re going with mates and get two boats, you can link up, just like YW really.
Pedalos and rowing boats are available to hire from the Boathouse for an hour or half an hour.
We chose the half hour option as we thought it would get a little monotonous (we mean strenuous), but ended up going back the next day to hire the boats for a full hour, because the outing really was that fun.
The sun shone, we pedalled around the lake, got excited when cygnets swam past and had a picnic by the bridge. Bliss, away from the hustle and bustle of London.
We definitely recommend spicing up a park outing with a pedalo ride round the lake. Just don’t fall in like Jo.
Date factor: Great for mates dates, day dates, 100th dates
Price: £12pp for one hour; £10 for half an hour
Getting there: In the middle of Hyde Park
More info: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park