Kensington Gardens

 
 
ADDRESS
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 3HJ 
 
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OPENING TIMES
6am to dusk all year round
 

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Kensington GardensTechnically two different parks, back from the monks of Westminster Abbey, and began using it for hunting. In 1728, George II's wife Queen Caroline engineered the introduction of water to the park by channelling a stream to create the Long Water and Serpentine. Public use of the park was banned in the 18th century and then only introduced years later to a contingent of 'respectably dressed folk'. The situation now couldn't be more different. From formally dressed horse-riders to scantily clad sunbathers, this area attracts and welcomes everyone. Its central location means the park lures in folk from every walk of life and, as a result, is one of the most colourful, dynamic and fascinating green spaces in London. A full complement of events including free guided walks, concerts, workshops and entertainments complete the picture.

Best for:
Sunbathing and swimming, horse-riding and rollerblading, ducks, deckchairs, monuments and galleries.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Queensway Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Bayswater Underground Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Arthur Court NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
Bayswater Road NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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May in London 2012

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Kensington Gardens, W2 3HJ 8th May 2012 - 10th September 2012 Following their staging of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens the...

 
 
June in London 2012

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October in London 2012

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December in London 2012

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Comfort Inn Hyde Park
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £60  32% off
73 Queensborough Terrace, W2 | 3 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Grand Royale London Hyde Park
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £78  37% off
1 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park, W2 | 3 minutes from Kensington Gardens
The Grand Royale London Hyde Park offers a luxurious accommodation experience in Bayswater, close to Hyde Park. This 4 star property has a classically British theme ... More
 
 
 
Thistle Kensington Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £67  27% off
Bayswater Road, W2 | 4 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Overlooking the gardens surrounding Kensington Palace, this modern hotel is only a few minutes walk from Queensway and not much further from Bayswater Tube station making ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Parks and Gardens nearest Kensington Gardens

Nearest to Kensington Gardens
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The Roof Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 12 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Hyde Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London W2 | 15 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Holland Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Ilchester Place, Holland Park, London W8 | 19 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
An excellent members archery club that shoots in the grounds of Kensington Palace in summer and in Pimlico in winter. Archery is a totally satisfying sport, ... More
 
 
 
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All Star Lanes, Bayswater
London > Leisure > Activities
Whiteleys, 6 Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, Bayswater, London W2 | 8 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Space NK
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
127-131 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
This spacious Westbourne Grove branch of beauty emporium Space NK is one of only two London stores to offer treatments at the luxurious Spa.NK. The shop, ... More
 
 
 
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Russell Howard: Wonderbox
London > Events > Comedy  Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Apr 2014
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 11th to 17th Apr 2014 - Various Times
Odeon Whiteleys - The Lounge, Whiteleys Of Bayswater, Queensway, Bayswater, W2 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 11th to 17th Apr 2014 - Various Times
Odeon Whiteleys - The Lounge, Whiteleys Of Bayswater, Queensway, Bayswater, W2 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's ... More
 
 
 
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Gate Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London W11 | 12 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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The Coronet
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Kensington Palace State Apartments
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Art Work Space: The Hempel Hotel
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, Paddington, London W2 | 7 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Art Work Space is an independent art gallery on the lower ground floor of The Hempel hotel, showcasing emerging artists working in a variety of media ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Shopping near Kensington Gardens

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& Clarke's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
112 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Music and Video Exchange
London > Shopping > Music Shops
38 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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MAC Cosmetics
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
28a Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Ultra-chic, ultra-hip cosmetics with colours to die for, all imported from Canada. A must-have for the cosmetics connoisseur. For a treat you can book a session ... More
 
 
 
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Mandarin Kitchen
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
14 Queensway, Paddington, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Royal China
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
13 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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New Fortune Cookie
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
1 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Chinese cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Near Kensington Gardens
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 15 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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La Cucina Caldesi
London > Education > Cookery Courses
118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 30 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | Same location as Kensington Gardens
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London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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All Star Lanes, Bayswater
London > Leisure > Activities
Whiteleys, 6 Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, Bayswater, London W2 | 8 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Pubs near Kensington Gardens

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The Mall Tavern
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
71 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 8 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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The Churchill Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
119 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Victoria
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10a Strathearn Place, Paddington, London W2 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
High up on a wall, behind the counter of this opulent, smart Victorian pub is a clock dated 1864. A framed copy of the Sun newspaper ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Notting Hill Arts Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
221 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Pricey but always fun, this subterranean dive in the heart of trendy West London enjoys a steady crowd and on big nights it gets absolutely packed ... More
 
 
 
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 11 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Westbourne House
London > Nightlife > Bars
65 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 | 12 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Meeting venue hire near Kensington Gardens

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Kensington Gardens.
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Kensington Palace
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1040 people.... More
 
 
 
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Royal Albert Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Can accomodate for up to 5200 people.... More
 
 
 
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The Gore Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
190 Queen's Gate, Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 11 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Glorious Georges
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2014 

Kensington Palace State Apartments 6 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

At Kensington Palace State Apartments a special display will take place to mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty. ...More

Fashion Rules
Exhibitions | Until 4th July 2015 

Kensington Palace State Apartments 6 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Take a nostalgic look back at recent decades of royal dress through the wardrobes of three members of the British ...More

Make Up To Die For: Workshop (Ages 7-11)
Kids Events | Until 21st April 2014 

Kensington Palace State Apartments 6 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Georgian-themed craft activities and storytelling workshops....More

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Tours | Until 31st December 2014 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

The Zaha Hadid-designed gallery acts as the Serpentine's second space, and will feature a new gallery, restaurant and social space. ...More

Strangefruit
Concerts | On 17th April 2014 

Archangel 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

This five-piece band who hail from London performs their self-penned indie-rock material. With support from The Undivided, Stella & The ...More

Russell Howard: Wonderbox
Russell Howard: Wonderbox
Comedy | Until 17th April 2014 

Royal Albert Hall 10 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Having been busy informing the nation of his Good News, Russell Howard hasn't been on a tour ...More

 
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
Concerts | On 17th April 2014 

Royal Albert Hall 10 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

The comedy performer plays hip hop and rap in the Queen's English....More

The Frontline Club Quiz
Leisure | Until 17th April 2014 

The Frontline Club 15 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

A chance to share your knowledge in the infamous Club Quiz. Up to six people can play and all money ...More

Shackleton's Man Goes South
Exhibitions | Until 25th April 2014 

Science Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

A small, free exhibition on the second floor of the Science Museum, the year-long Shackleton's Man Goes South is named ...More

Collider
Collider
Exhibitions | Until 6th May 2014 

Science Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Visitors can immerse themselves in the greatest intellectual adventure on the planet in this Science Museum exhibition dedicated to the ...More

 
 
 
 
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