London Sights

Kensington Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Kensington Gardens, London, England

    © Ross Brinkerhoff / Fodors Travel

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Laid out in 1689 by William III, who commissioned Christopher Wren to build Kensington Palace, 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 who never grew up. Kids will enjoy the magical Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, whose design was also inspired by Barrie's book. 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 Pondattracts model-boat enthusiasts.

Sight Information

Address:

London, W2 2UH, England

Phone:

030-0061–2000

Sight Details:

  • Daily 6 am–dusk

Published 08/18/2015

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