Kensington Gardens, London

Kensington Gardens, London (must see)

Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, is one of the Royal Parks of London. Most of it is in the City of Westminster, but a small section to the west is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The park covers an area of 111 hectares (275 acres). The open spaces of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James's Park together form an almost continuous "green lung" in the heart of London between Kensington and Westminster.

Kensington Gardens was carved out of the western section of Hyde Park and designed c.1728-1738 by Henry Wise and Charles Bridgeman, with fashionable features including the Round Pond, formal avenues and a sunken Dutch garden. The park is the setting of J.M. Barrie's book Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, a prelude to the character's famous adventures in Neverland. Both the book and the character are honoured with the Peter Pan statue located in the park.

Why You Should Visit:
Fabulous place to take a walk or enjoy a picnic. Serene setting and beautifully maintained. Boating is one of the main attractions.

Tip:
Be sure to look out for the Sunken Gardens near the Kensington Palace.
Also, bring an apple or sunflower seeds so you can hand-feed the parakeets!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Kensington Gardens on Map

Sight Name: Kensington Gardens
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Kensington/Knightsbridge Walk  

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