Hyde Park is among the largest parks in central London, together with the near Kensington Gardens forming an area larger than the Principality of Monaco. The park and the gardens are separated by the Serpentine lake. This division was made in 1728, when Queen Caroline took almost 300 acres from Hyde Park to form Kensington Gardens and she separated the two parks with a long ditch. The lake was formed by damming the Westbourne Stream. This was one of the first artificial lakes in England designed to look natural. Many of the park's features were created in the 18th century by Queen Caroline.
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