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Kensington Gardens

The former gardens of Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born, continue to provide a picturesque area of trees and lakes in the center of the city.

Kensington Gardens is one of the Royal Parks of London that used to belong to a palace. Now, the gardens cover an area of 242 acres (98 hectares) in the city. Along with several other large parks, Kensington Gardens adds a scenic and tranquil quality to the heart of the city. It has large trees, well-kept lawns, sports areas and lakes. There is a memorial to Princess Diana that serves as a playground for children. Queen Victoria was born in the palace designed by a famous architect.

Take a look at Kensington Palace. It was commissioned by King William III and designed by the famous architect Christopher Wren, who also masterminded St. Paul’s Cathedral. It has a rich history entwined with the monarchy and is the birthplace of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Victoria. It was also the official residence of Princess Diana until her death in 1997.

Take the kids to the late princess’ memorial playground. It features a giant wooden pirate ship, a climbing frame and a sandpit. Have breakfast or lunch at The Orangery restaurant in the palace against a backdrop of charming gardens.

Have a picnic on the lawn with a view of the swans in the pond. Cycle around the vast grounds. Expect to find many walkers, joggers and commuters on the paths. Watch or join in on an informal game of cricket or soccer on the spacious fields.

Walk across a large chunk of the city of London via its parks, beginning with Kensington Gardens in the west. Traipse across Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James’s Park on your scenic route through the city. See Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.

The park was designed early in the 18th century in the western portion of Hyde Park. It opens to the public daily from dawn until late in the afternoon. Entry is free.

Kensington Gardens is based in Kensington in the west of London. Due to the park’s large size, there are many London Underground stations situated around it, such as High Street Kensington, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge. There are also numerous bus stations.

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Thistle Kensington Gardens

Thistle Kensington Gardens

104 Bayswater Road, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College London are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 5 minutes.

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington NZ$224
    Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington

    4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kensington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Kensington Gardens. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and South Kensington Underground Station is 8 minutes.

      Park International Hotel NZ$192
      Park International Hotel

      Park International Hotel

      117 - 129 Cromwell Road, London, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kensington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and London Science Museum. Imperial College London and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Earl's Court Station is 11 minutes.

        The Park Grand London Paddington NZ$182
        The Park Grand London Paddington

        The Park Grand London Paddington

        1 Queens Gardens, Bayswater, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lancaster Gate Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Paddington Underground Station is 7 minutes.

          Corus Hotel Hyde Park NZ$236
          Corus Hotel Hyde Park

          Corus Hotel Hyde Park

          Lancaster Gate, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lancaster Gate Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 8 minutes.

            Hyde Park Executive Apartments NZ$149
            Hyde Park Executive Apartments

            Hyde Park Executive Apartments

            8-18 Inverness Terrace, London, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace, and Hyde Park. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station and Bayswater Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Grand Royale London Hyde Park NZ$300
              Grand Royale London Hyde Park

              Grand Royale London Hyde Park

              1-9 Inverness Terrace, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace, and Hyde Park. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station and Bayswater Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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                Queens Park Hotel

                48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.