Originally taken from its neighbouring Hyde Park, Kensington Palace’s private gardens were open to the public in 1841.
In 1689, William III bought a small part of Hyde Park along with an old mansion called Nottingham House. After remodeling the estate it was renamed Kensington Palace, where the Royal family decided to settle.
The Kensington Gardens grew and became a beautiful area that many locals wanted to visit. Although these were the Royal Gardens, they were only separated from Hyde Park by a simple ditch and the residents of London could enjoy them freely.
Kensington Gardens is the ideal place to have a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Besides enjoying a bit of tranquility, the Gardens also offer attractions that are worth while visiting like, Kensington Palace, Princess Diana Memorial, the Peter Pan statue or the beautiful Orangery, an elaborate greenhouse where you can enjoy a nice cup of English tea.
Near Kensington Palace
Every day from 6 am to dusk
Tube: High Street Kensington (District and Circle lines), Queensway (Central line).
Buses: 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 94, 148, 390 and 452.