Kensington Gardens is part of the Royal Parks of London and was once the private garden that belonged to Kensington Palace. Kensington Gardens was actually created from the western section of Hyde Park and it has lots of interesting features such as the Round Pond, formal avenues, and a sunken Dutch garden.
One very special and interesting part of the park includes the part of the large, artificial lake which reaches into the park from Hyde Park and is called The Long Water.
This is in an area which is known as the Italian Garden and in this area, there are four fountains and some classical sculptures. There is also a wildlife area that borders the Long Water and it is a designated bird sanctuary which has a population of breeding waterfowl.
Walking through the park you’ll also see the Round Pond near which are two wooden war memorial shelters.
There is also a marble statue of Queen Victoria which was created by her daughter Princess Louise.
The Serpentine Bridge marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. These gardens are fenced and are open to the public only during the daytime. In the book ”Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” by J. M. Barrie this park serves as the setting for Peter’s adventures before he went to Neverland.
Within the park is the Peter Pan statue. The park is also featured in another book called ”Kensington Gardens” by Rodrigo Fresan in which you can read about the life of J.M. Barrie and his character Peter Pan and the relationship they have with this park. It is also featured in a game called ”Trinity” by Infocom Interactive in which players can walk about sections of the park.
One really special place in Kensington Gardens is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground which was erected on the site of the Peter Pan children’s playground. The playground was created more elaborately than the previous one and also with the Peter Pan theme. One prominent feature is a large, wooden pirate ship on which children can climb and surrounding it is sand in which children can play. There are also swings and slides. For children with disabilities, there is a special area which has fragrant plants and sound features (for visual disabilities). This playground is meant to encourage children to play using their imaginations and sense of adventure. Who knows? Perhaps some children manage to create a Neverland of their own here.
If after play you want to eat right next to the playground is the Broadwalk Cafe and Playcafe which serves such delicious food like flatbread pizza, great salads, wraps and sweet thing. To drink there are sodas and low-fat yogurt sundaes. The Playcafe features a children’s menu. There are also seasonal kiosks in the park for refreshments.
If one wishes they can view the State Apartments in Kensington Palace which are open to the public and the Serpentine Gallery offers free exhibitions.
So when in London take a walk through this delightful park. Kensington Gardens is a place for long, leisurely strolls, cycling, picnics, and just plain enjoying a wonderful day.