Speakers Corner

Speakers Corner, London: Hours, Address, Speakers Corner Reviews: 3.5/5

Speakers Corner
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
About
Speakers Corner in London's Hyde Park is the oldest free speech platform in the world. People won the right to speak in mass protests in the 1860s and early 1870s. Some people believe the tradition is connected to the right of the condemned to a last speech before being hung at the Tyburn gallows, a practice that stopped at the end of the 18th century. Every Sunday people from all sorts of convictions come to Hyde Park in the afternoon to spead their message or to have fun.
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  • Marble Arch • 2 min walk
  • Bond St • 9 min walk
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T R E K
London, UK284 contributions
SPEAKER
Aug. 2021
What a corner !!!! this place is full of drama, facts and opinions, it reminded me of a Ghetto Parliament,, lol.

check it out
Written August 22, 2021
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ShaunH290
London, UK1,509 contributions
Action on Sundays!
May 2021
Speakers' Corner is in the north-east corner of Hyde Park by Marble Arch tube station. The park is huge - 350 acres - so if you want to see the action, go on Sunday and start at this corner. The Marble Arch itself is impressive but the rest of the Royal Park (one of eight) is yours to explore afterwards.
Written June 14, 2021
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TravelinSuz
Chandler, AZ899 contributions
Fun break where you might learn something
May 2019
Anyone can start orating about anything. Sometimes you agree with the speaker, sometimes not, but always interesting.
Written April 9, 2020
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Brian K
Renfrew, UK509 contributions
Sunday visit
Jan. 2020 • Couples
I have known about speakers corner for a long time but had never been able to go during previous visits to London . There is a great history behind the reason/ purpose of the corner and there are a few information panels which give a brief over view of its history . Located in Hyde park it is easy to get to either on foot or by the tube . The day we went there was a fair number of people there . Some were in small groups having what seemed to be reasoned discussions . There was also a few people up on small step ladders who’s main thing seemed to just be to shout slogans loudly. Mostly about religion .. I regarded it all as a bit of street theatre and watched without joining in any particular argument . I think it all depends on the individual and perhaps the quality of the arguments bring put forward .. it’s worth a wander past and a bit of your time as you walk through the park .
Written January 20, 2020
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Elizabeth D
2 contributions
Symbol of free speech for 150 years
Oct. 2019
We had a very informative conversation with a supervising Police Officer about the concept of speakers corner, the symbol of free speech. He was very positive and supportive of the Hyde Park/Speaker's Corner experience, however he has the very unenviable job of having to monitor the very fine line between free speech, and hate speech, and to step in if required. This is a relatively recent need to the concept.

Most of the speakers participating the day we were there, were yelling, loudly, over their audience who were also yelling loudly; very counter productive as no one could be heard, and no one was listening to the other side. (mainly they were religious based)

We did however, find a group of speakers who had come together, each taking their own turn to deliver very positive speeches. The interaction with the audience was productive and enabled a great exchange of ideas (it was not religion based, but considerations re going into the future with the introduction of A.I., robots etc.

I suppose how much you may get out of this experience very much depends on the day you go and the speakers participating, .

I did not know what to expect, going in that day, I just wanted to see what it is all about, since I have heard about Speakers Corner, all of my life. I came away a little more enlightened, and isn't that the whole point?
Written November 19, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,559 contributions
People required
Nov. 2019 • Solo
Unless you here someone having their right to free speech really nothing to see. Famous spot for speakers and hecklers
Written November 2, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Always Wanted to See
Sep. 2019
This was completely not what I was expecting. However, this place has always fascinated me and I've always wanted to go there and see it.

I was expecting a grassy area with some sort of soap box built in where people speak, however, I was greeted with a concreted area and lots of information boards.

I don't care about what it looked like. It's the values stod for in the area over the many years: free speech, democracy and valuable discourse which has helped shape our society today.

Very pelased I've finally seen this.
Written September 24, 2019
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Bruce H
Murton, UK450 contributions
A bit of a disappointment
Aug. 2019
What's to say? All was quiet when we passed (and I didn't feel the need to have a go myself lol!) Couldn't even heckle lol!
Written August 30, 2019
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John T
London, UK75 contributions
Noise upon noise
Aug. 2019
My wife was away for a few days and I was looking for something to do low key on a Sunday. A friend suggested, do Speakers Corner. Up for a laugh why not says me, slow bus from Charing Cross & I am on it. Well it is hilarious. Best act was what looked like a Muslim cleric debating with half a dozen christian believers if Jesus was God. Wow both sides of the debate were so stupidly disconnected it was worth hangin about for sheer hilarious entertainment.
During my visit there would have been approximately 10 speakers drawing a crowds of between a dozen to 80 each depending how vocal they were on a mix of topics. Quite fanatical some were which makes it all the more fun to observe. To me this was the fun side of free speech in action. Misguided - a lot of it but they are free to speak out. Long may it continue.
Speakers corner cafe have great food to enjoy and served up the best Mocha I have had in London yet.
Hyde park in the background was lovely
Written August 14, 2019
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BobBonHere
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,273 contributions
I'm not sure what I think of Speakers Corner
Aug. 2019
I'm not sure what I think of Speakers Corner. When we visited just one speaker was gaining the attention of the majority of people there (and four others had no-one to speak to). The speaker with the most attention seemed to be 'preaching' from the Bible against Muslins consequently half of those 'listening' where vehemently shouting against him, the rest of us where watching the 'battle.' I'm all for free speach but neither side were listening to each other and there was no prospect of either changing the mind of the other. Perhaps it was significant that a policy can was parked 50 yards away!
Written August 13, 2019
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  • Sun - Sun 12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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