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Kensington Gardens, London

Kensington Gardens is one of central London’s prettiest open spaces. One of London’s eight famous Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens forms a westward extension of Hyde Park – which can be reached by crossing over the Serpentine via a bridge.

Kensington Gardens was once the private gardens of nearby Kensington Palace. The Palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, and was also home to members of the Royal Family including William III and Mary II, as well as Diana Princess of Wales. Following her death in 1997, Kensington Gardens became the main point of focus for public grief, with mourners famously leaving a sea of flowers in the park.

The gardens now contain the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, a popular destination for families particularly in summer. Other landmarks include the Italian Gardens – a 150-year-old ornamental water garden with attractive fountains and elaborately carved marble features; a statue of Peter Pan (the park is a setting for one of JM Barrie’s books about the famous character), the Round Pond and the Albert Memorial.

Kensington Gardens is an ideal location for walks and picnics, thanks to its magnificent avenues of trees and ornamental flowerbeds, and is very popular throughout the year with Londoners and tourists alike.

Getting to Kensington Gardens: Nearby Tube stations include Queensway and Lancaster Gate (both on the Central Line) on the north side of the gardens, and Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) on its southern side. To plan your journey to Kensington Gardens,

Hotels: Kensington Gardens is conveniently located for all types of London accommodation. Nearby hotels include the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, Shaftesbury Hyde Park International, Hyde Park Premier London Paddington and London Premier Notting Hill. To find out more about these and other hotels near Kensington Gardens, visit @ The Shaftesbury London to book budget hotels in London.

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