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Kensington Palace & Gardens, London: 125 reviews and 263 photos
Update March 2014: extra photo, minor corrections to text
This is another of my favourite London parks, and it’s particularly nice for a Sunday afternoon stroll, when these photos were taken. A lot of families come out to enjoy the open spaces, even in winter, especially when the sun shines. Some paths are designated for use by cyclists, skateboarders etc, while others can only be enjoyed on foot. There are wide expanses of grass for ball games, and even a special area for horse riding.
Some of the particular features and sights here are;
The Round Pond – popular with model boat owners and a great place to spot various water-birds
The Serpentine Lake or Long Water – another place for water-birds but also used for boating and, in summer, swimming (access for these sports is via neighbouring Hyde Park – most people can’t see the join between the two parks however!) On Christmas Day, members of the Serpentine Swimming Club traditionally have a race in its very chilly waters.
Statue of Peter Pan – on the west side of the Serpentine, this is a must-see for fans of the book. Peter stands on a small mound covered with climbing squirrels, rabbits and mice.
Albert Memorial – on the south side of the park is this elaborate monument erected by Queen Victoria in memory of her late husband, Prince Albert. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and was opened in 1872. It contains a statue of Albert ceremonially "seated" beneath an ornate canopy. See separate tip for more info.
Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground – an adventure playground aimed at children under 12.
The Serpentine Gallery – an art gallery in the centre of the park – again, see separate tip.
Kensington Palace – dating from the 17th century, this has been home to some of Britain's most famous kings and queens, and more recently to Diana, Princess of Wales (see the Kensington Palace website for more info)
Various events take place in the park, including a series of guided walks (see the website below for details). In the summer, deck chairs can be hired, or bring a blanket and a picnic, and relax in the company of many Londoners doing just the same!
The park is open from 6am to dusk all year round.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Directions: Nearest tubes are Lancaster Gate & Queensway (both Central Line), Bayswater (District Line) or High Street Kensington (Circle & District Lines). Numerous buses also pass the park.
Phone: +00 44 (0)844 482 7777
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