Kensington Gardens

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© Giles Barnard, The Royal Parks
The Albert Memorial © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
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The Elfin Oak © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
Horse riding lessons © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
The Serpentine Gallery © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
The Diana Memorial Playground © Anne-Marie Briscombe
Diana Memorial © Andrew Brackenbury
Diana Memorial Fountain
The Round Pond © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
The Sunken Gardens © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
© Giles Barnard, The Royal Parks
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At the end of the seventeenth century, William III – averse to the dank air of Whitehall Palace – relocated to Kensington Palace and consequently, a corner of Hyde Park (Kensington Gardens) was sectioned off to make grounds for the residence. Nowadays, Kensington Gardens is only delineated from Hyde Park by the line of the Serpentine and the Long Water. Beside the Long Water is a bronze statue of Peter Pan, erected in 1912: it was in Kensington Gardens beside the Round Pond eight years earlier that playwright JM Barrie met Jack Llewellyn Davies, the boy who was the inspiration for Peter. Princess Diana's presence in Kensington Gardens is also strong: Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is a favourite for children, especially its massive wooden pirate ship, complete with accompanying ‘beach’, teepees and play sculptures. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, a shallow stone ring of trickling water, is also popular for paddling. For adults, the Serpentine Gallery, the sunken garden and the beautiful flower walk provide alluring ways to while away a sunny afternoon.

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Venue name: Kensington Gardens
W2 2UH
Opening hours: Daily 6am-9.45pm
Transport: Tube: Lancaster Gate/Queensway/High St Kensington
Price: Free
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Tom Bruce

Nowhere in West London is better than Kensington Gardens if you're in need of a little tranquility and solitude. Of course, it's the perfect environment for all the family too. There is a playground.

Reading a book beside the Roman-style Queen Victoria memorial fountains in late summer is a joyous experience, as you soak up the sun, peeping your head up every now and then to observe a duck rustle its feathers or wryly smirk as a cigar smoking American struts emphatically up and down the promenade, taking it all in.  

Statues of interest include one of the man who fixed measles or small pox or... well, definitely one of those vulgar child snatching viruses anyway. And he deserves his place there, standing tall and proud as he surveys some of the most beautiful patches of horticulture London has to offer.

Go. Go now. Go for a walk. Look at some squirrels. Sit on a bench. Bask in the glory of well-kept nature. Not right this exact moment, obviously. It's 23:35, on a Tuesday. You'd have to be a nutcase. Just look at my picture, and pretend you're basking.

Victoria A

It was so peaceful to walk through the garden watching the birds swimming in the lakes and children playing on the greens. The rose gardens next to the palace is delightful in the summer. In spring time, enjoy the beautiful daffodils and crocuses on the lawn.