Kensington Gardens

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Address:
Kensington Gardens, Kensington W2 2UH
Web:
royalparks.org.uk

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Kensington Gardens was purchased by William III in 1689, as an adjunct to Kensington Palace. It covers an area of 275 acres west of the Serpentine.

The Serpentine lake

The Serpentine is a man-made stretch of water that forms a boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. It was created in 1730 for Queen Caroline – the wife of George II – as a place to bathe and row her boats. They joined several smaller ponds into a 28-acre lake by damming the Westbourne River.

Many events have taken place here – including a great fair in 1814, when they acted out the Battle of Trafalgar. It is also known as the place where Shelley’s first wife took her life.

The Serpentine Gallery is an old pavilion set to the south side of lake. It shows contemporary works by the likes of Damien Hirst and Tomoko Takahashi.

Peter Pan statue

Kensington Gardens has a couple of attractions for kids: a bronze statue of Peter Pan covered in squirrels, and an Elfin Oak from Richmond Park – carved with painted pixies, elves and urchins.

The Peter Pan statue was erected in 1912 and commemorates the child in J M Barrie’s Little White Bird – which was set in Kensington Gardens.

The Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1872. It measures 180-feet from tip to toe and the Prince himself is three-times life-size. The whole thing is gilded-gold and surrounded by 169 marble figures from history.

 
  • bobby – “We had a lovely day in kensington gardens today. We walked around the outside of the palace and had a lovely cup of tea in the orangery, which is absoutely beautiful. It was just a shame that we couldnt go inside the palace because we didnt have enough money, but you can see a lot of the gardens and peer through the windows. Then we had a wander round the lake to see the ducks, which was quite breezy. It always seems to be a lot colder when you're standing near water, I don't know why. It's probably in my head! Then we headed back to kensington to do a bit of shopping. It was quite a nice day!.”

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> Craig’s review of Kensington Gardens – “What is it with birds and their mating dances? I couldn't be faffed with all of that baloney, doing a dance every time I wanted a date. But there's not a lot to do in Kensington Gardens apart from walking around, sitting down and watching the birds. I sat here for months once, just watching the leaves turn from green to orange, watching my beard turn from brown to gre… continued”

If you enjoy this then try: Albert Memorial (you can walk it in 6 mins); Kensington Palace (you can walk it in 7 mins); Princess Diana Memorial Fountain (you can walk it in 7 mins) and Serpentine (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from Queensway to Serpentine).

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