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Kensington Gardens, London

Kensington Gardens is a 111-hectare (275 acres) park in Central London situated on the western side of the adjoining Hyde Park. The park is another green lung in the bustling heart of Central London and one of the eight Royal Parks of London. The focal point of the park is Kensington Palace, one of the residences of the British Royal Family.

Kensington Gardens was once part of Kensington Palace and owned by the British monarchy for their recreational purpose but eventually converted into a public park. The public generally regard Kensington Gardens as a western extension of Hyde Park but differentiates itself with the appearance of a formal private garden with landscaped settings. Furthermore, Kensington Garden only opens to the public during the daylight hours whereas Hyde Park opens from 5 a.m. until midnight.

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About

Kensington Gardens was previously the western section of Hyde Park until 1728 when Queen Caroline had the section separated from Hyde Park and transformed it into a landscaped garden with formal avenues. Within Kensington Gardens is Kensington Palace, a 17th century Jacobean mansion that was once the royal residence of the monarchs during the 17th and 18th centuries until Buckingham Palace became the royal residence. The park gradually opened to the public during the later part of the 18th century and even then only to the most respectably dressed.

See & Do

Kensington Gardens is a beautiful park featuring grass-covered lawns, delightful flowerbeds, tree planted avenues, beautiful Italian gardens and playgrounds for children. There’s also an ornamental lake called the Round Pond and a man-made recreational lake called the Serpentine. There are several footpaths across Kensington Gardens, which are very popular with strollers and joggers as well as designated paths for cycling. The Broadwalk Cafe opens daily and in summer, there are refreshment kiosks serving drinks and snacks.

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Queen Victoria was born and lived at Kensington Palace until 1837 and Diana the Princess of Wales once lived here from 1981 until 1997. The early 17th century building is now the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The State Rooms are open to the public including the Queen's State Apartments and King's State Apartments as well as the palace gardens. Exhibits include digital presentations, artworks, furniture, memorabilia, costumes and dresses once worn by royalty who lived at Kensington Palace.

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The ornamental Italian Gardens is an elaborate water garden situated on the northern side of the park near Lancaster Gate. Built in the 1860s, Prince Albert came with the idea for an Italian-style water garden for his beloved Queen Victoria. The ornamental garden traces its layout and design to the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight where the Royal Family spent their holidays. The beautiful garden comprises of four octagonal-shaped water ponds enclosed by a balustrade and features ornate carvings of statues, urns, colourful flowerbeds, raised terraces and fountains.

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The Diana Memorial Playground (Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground) is located in the northwestern corner of Kensington Gardens. The playground is a paradise for children featuring a large wooden pirate ship, a beach, a giant swing and a tree house with walkways, ladders and slides. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk stretches 11 km (7 miles) passing through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. The walk takes you pass sights of famous buildings once associated with the Princess including Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Spencer House.

Visiting Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens opens to the public from 6:00 a.m. until dusk – earliest closing time at 4:15 p.m. in December and latest closing at 9:45 p.m. in June. The park is accessible from several London Underground stations including Queensway and Lancaster Gate Stations serving the Central Line. Other nearby Underground stations includes High Street Kensington and Notting Hill Gate Stations serving the Circle and District Lines. Another is Bayswater Station serving the District Line.

Kensington Gardens on the Map

Westminster, West End, London W2 2UH, UK

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