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Kensington Gardens, London

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#5 of 100 in Parks in London
Take respite from the bustling city in one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. William III purchased the area in 1689 to be made into the private gardens of Kensington Palace; the asthmatic King enjoyed its tranquility and salubrious air. Today, Kensington Gardens serve as a peaceful refuge for all people living in, working in, or visiting Central London. Stroll through the avenues of trees and ornamental flower beds, pop into the Serpentine Gallery, and take in some of the Gardens’ most famous landmarks including the Albert Memorial, Peter Pan Statue, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. For travelers who use our international travel planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kensington Gardens and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Typical English garden, enclosing a marvel inside. The kyoto garden. Not to be missed
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  • August 20, 2017
    What a fantastic place to just stroll around, chilling out. So beautiful and so well kept, some great photo opportunities Highly recommended.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Fabulous. A green lung in the heart of the city that extends into one with Hyde Park for over 2.5 square kilometers. Great walks in the company of squirrels who come in search of food without fear.
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  • Absolutely beautiful green oasis in central London. Home to the two Serpentine Galleries, Henry Moore's Arch, Peter Pan, Nature gardens and the Diana Princess of Wales memorial garden (amongst others!). Beautiful walks along the Serpentine lake or amongst the trees and flowers. Perfect for picnics and relaxation.
  • Great for photos, especially for couples. Very symmetrical design to the garden with little enclosures for you to sit and pose. Even the most amateur photographer can get a good photo here. Also it's free to visit and changes seasonally I believe. Sign said it was one of Princess Diana's favorite spots. Highly recommended if you have a girl that wants a cute photo.
  • Beautiful walk through Kensington Gardens then on to see the house with lots to see there and learn about. The Princess Diana fashion exhibition was very interesting with details of what she wore and when and also how her unique fashion sense evolved. Thoroughly recommended.
  • Very nice park, I like there rules on dogs. As long as you are responsible with the dog we are fine with it. And there some nice birds that aren't shy of people. Very nice place to make a walk in the middle of the city center.
  • I walk through here regularly and it makes a beautiful start and end to my working day. The gardens are well maintained without being manicured and there are plenty of rough, wild areas for nature to live. The wild stars of the area are the ducks and swans which can be fed from a few easy vantage points; while the parakeets and squirrels are incredibly tame and can be fed by hand but it's discouraged by the park wardens.

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