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Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens is one of the royal gardens, which actually extends the Hyde Park area. The gardens are located to the west of Hyde Park, only separated by a road.

As the name suggests, one of the main attractions in the park is the Kensington Palace on the west side of the park. The palace is situated next to a broad pathway named Broad Walk, which goes through the park from Bayswater Road in the north to Kensington Road in the south. On the other side of Broad Walk, you'll find the Round Pond, an ornamental lake that attracts a lot of people on a beautiful summer day.

The north-west corner is home to Diana Memorial Playground, which is a playground with plenty of things for children under 12 to play with including a wooden pirate ship. Next to the playground is the Broad Walk cafe with the Time Flies clocktower.

On the north side, close to the road dividing the parks, you'll find the Italian Gardens, an ornamental garden with four basins with fountains and statues surrounding the area. The garden is on the north end of the Long Water, and it provides a fantastic view of the lake.

The park also has many famous monuments such as the Albert Memorial dedicated to Prince Albert. 

The Peter Pan statue was built in 1907 and has been renovated in 2019. It is located next to the Long Water. Kensington Gardens has plenty of parakeets, and many of them are so used to people that they might sit on your hand.

The park also contains two galleries, Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery showing contemporary art and architecture.

Kensington Gardens are a well kept and pleasant place to visit, as are all the parks in Central London. You can also rent deck chairs between March and October if the weather allows it. The chairs cost £1.80 for the first hour and £9 for the whole day. You can also rent bikes, which you can only ride on bike routes around the gardens.

Getting there

The nearest underground stations are Queensway (Central) and Notting Hill Gate (Central, District, Circle), roughly a 10 minute walk away.

Nearby

Kensington Palace is in the garden area, and Hyde Park is on the opposite side of the road. Right below the gardens is the Royal Albert Hall, and slightly further South are the Kensington museums, so the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.