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  1. © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  2. © Giles Barnard, The Royal Parks
    © Giles Barnard, The Royal Parks
  3. The Albert Memorial © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    The Albert Memorial © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  4. © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  5. The Elfin Oak © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    The Elfin Oak © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  6. Horse riding lessons © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    Horse riding lessons © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  7. The Serpentine Gallery © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    The Serpentine Gallery © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  8. The Diana Memorial Playground © Anne-Marie Briscombe
    The Diana Memorial Playground © Anne-Marie Briscombe
  9. Diana Memorial © Andrew Brackenbury
    Diana Memorial © Andrew BrackenburyDiana Memorial Fountain
  10. The Round Pond © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    The Round Pond © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  11. The Sunken Gardens © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
    The Sunken Gardens © Greywolf, The Royal Parks
  12. © Giles Barnard, The Royal Parks
    © Giles Barnard, The Royal Parks
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Time Out says

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.

To the west of the Long Water lies the secluded Serpentine Gallery, which hosts an ever-evolving programme of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists. While right in front of the palace is the Round Pond, where playwright JM Barrie met Jack Llewellyn Davies, the boy who was the inspiration for Peter Pan – a bronze statue of whom was erected there in 1912.

The gigantic green space also pays especial homage to Princess Diana, with a Memorial Playground that’s a favourite for children thanks to its massive wooden pirate ship and accompanying ‘beach’. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, a shallow stone ring of trickling water, is also popular for paddling.

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Details

Address:
London
W2 2UH
Transport:
Tube: Lancaster Gate/Queensway/High St Kensington
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
Daily 6am-9.15pm
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