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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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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 mile (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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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.

      Central Park Hotel £62
      Central Park Hotel

      Central Park Hotel

      49/67 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 mile (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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        Point A Kensington Olympia

        42-48 West Cromwell Road, London, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Earl's Court Station is 8 minutes by foot and West Kensington Underground Station is 9 minutes.

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          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 mile (2 km). Lancaster Gate Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 8 minutes.

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            Lancaster Gate Hotel

            Lancaster Gate Hotel

            66-71 Lancaster Gate, London, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Buckingham Palace and The British Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Queensway Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Lancaster Gate Underground Station is 6 minutes.

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              The Rembrandt

              The Rembrandt

              11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are also within 15 minutes. South Kensington Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gloucester Road Underground Station is 11 minutes.

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                Park Grand Paddington Court

                Park Grand Paddington Court

                27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington, 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 and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also within 1 mile (2 km). London Paddington Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lancaster Gate Underground Station is 5 minutes.