Preparations for the State Funeral for HM The Queen mean Hyde Park is not available
The 2022 edition of Swim Serpentine, scheduled to take place in Hyde Park on Saturday 17 September, will not take place due to the preparations for the State Funeral of HM The Queen.
Hyde Park, along with the other Royal Parks in central London, will be a public viewing location for the ceremony and procession on Monday 19 September.
Swim Serpentine has been deferred to September 2023.
All entrants and charities who bought places for the 2022 event will be offered the choice to defer their entry to 2023 or a full refund.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director for London Marathon Events, the organisers of Swim Serpentine, said: “On Saturday 17 September, London will be preparing for the State Funeral of HM The Queen, and Hyde Park, along with the other Royal Parks, will play a key role on that historic day. Sadly it is therefore not possible for Swim Serpentine to take place as scheduled. There is no alternative date in 2022 so the event will take place in September 2023.
“We will inform all entrants today and everyone will be offered the choice of deferring their place to September 2023 or a full refund. We know this will be very disappointing for everyone who has trained so hard for the event, but we hope everyone will understand the reasons it cannot take place next Saturday.”
The exact date for Swim Serpentine in September 2023 will be confirmed in due course.
Some 6,000 participants had entered Swim Serpentine to take on half-mile, one-mile or two-mile swims in the famous Serpentine Lake.