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Kensington Gardens Review
Laid out in 1689 by William III, who commissioned Christopher Wren to build, the gardens are a formal counterpart to neighboring Hyde Park. Just to the north of the palace itself is the Dutch-style Sunken Garden. Nearby, the 1912 bronze statue Peter Pan commemorates the boy in J.M. Barrie's story who lived on an island in the Serpentine and never grew up. The lovely Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground has sections also inspired by Barrie's book. Beside the playground, the Elfin Oak is a 900-year-old tree trunk that was carved with scores of tiny elves, fairies, and other fanciful creations in the 1920s. The Italian Gardens (1860) comprise several ornamental ponds and fountains, while the Round Pond is a magnet for model-boat enthusiasts.
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