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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LondonTown.com - Kensington Gardens Location Map

 
 
 
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

Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race Serpentine Boating Lake, W2 2UH 25th December 2012 This lot are a hardy bunch but tradition is tradition and members of the Serpentine Swimming Club...

 
 
Christmas Day & Boxing Day

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Hotels near Kensington Gardens

Near Kensington Gardens
Comfort Inn Hyde Park
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £50  37% off
73 Queensborough Terrace, W2 | 3 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Located on a peaceful, tree-lined street in easy walking distance of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the Serpentine boating lake, the Comfort Inn Hyde Park is ... More
 
 
 
Grand Royale London Hyde Park
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £70  31% 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
104 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
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Roof Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 12 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Although a restaurant, clubbing and event venue, the extraordinary Kensington Roof Gardens are still accessible to the general public during the day if there are no ... More
 
 
 
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Hyde Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London W2 | 15 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical terms one huge, merging expanse. The 'split' dates back to 1728 when Queen Caroline, ... More
 
 
 
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Holland Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Ilchester Place, Holland Park, London W8 | 19 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Pretty, petit Holland Park is the ideal location for those wanting to escape the clamour of the city but who don't want to travel too far ... More
 
 
 
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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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Hyde Park Stables
London > Leisure > Activities
63 Bathurst Mews, Paddington, London W2 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Hop on a steed and trot your way through one of London's most central parks, courtesy of those lovely equestrian types at Hyde Park Stables. The ... More
 
 
 
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Ongoing
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
London > Events > Tours  Dates: 28th September 2013 to 31st December 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 | 9 minutes 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. Located on the north side of ...More
 
 
 
On Soon
Birdman (Over 18s)
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: Thursday 1st January 2015 at 1.30pm, 4pm, 6.45pm and 9.30pm
Odeon Whiteleys - The Lounge, Whiteleys Of Bayswater, Queensway, Bayswater, W2 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Riggan Thomson rose to fame playing a superhero called Birdman in three blockbuster films in the 1990s. Twenty years later, his career is stagnant and he ...More
 
 
 
Now On
Exodus: Gods And Kings 3D (Over 18s)
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 26th Dec 2014 to 1st Jan 2015 - Various Times
Odeon Whiteleys - The Lounge, Whiteleys Of Bayswater, Queensway, Bayswater, W2 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
When King Seti I passes away, his son Prince Ramses ascends the throne and rules 1300 BC Egypt with an iron fist. Soon after, Ramses learns ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Kensington Gardens

Near Kensington Gardens
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
With an average audience capacity of 70, the Gate has been presenting first class fringe theatre for over 30 years and continues to do so, making ... More
 
 
 
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The Coronet
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Originally built in 1898 as a theatre, Notting Hill's Coronet is now the place to go for a good, old-fashioned cinema experience. The dcor harks back ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Kensington Gardens

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Kensington Gardens
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Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Playground
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Nr Black Lion Gate Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
This truly magical place is a kiddie's wonderland and the ideal jaunt for family fun. The focal point of the commemorative Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Palace State Apartments
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Originally a private country house, public visitors are now warmly welcomed into Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana between 1981 ... More
 
 
 
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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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Shopping near Kensington Gardens

The best shops and markets near Kensington Gardens
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
& 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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Education near Kensington Gardens

Near Kensington Gardens
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
 
 
 
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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
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
 
 
 
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La Cucina Caldesi
London > Education > Cookery Courses
118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 30 minutes from Kensington Gardens
The Caldesi family first set up a cooking school in Giancarlo's native Tuscany. His 'Return to Tuscany' was captured by BBC cameras and dished up on ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | Same location as Kensington Gardens
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical and historical terms one huge, merging expanse. Almost every kind of outdoor pursuit takes ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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

The best pubs near London Kensington Gardens.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Mall Tavern
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
71 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 8 minutes from Kensington Gardens
... More
 
 
 
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The Churchill Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
119 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Now more England's national cuisine than sausages and mash, Thai food (the perfect accompaniment to a cooling pint of lager), saw its inauguration in the small, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
If you ask your friends about this place, not many will know. It's not wildly off the beaten track either, situated directly opposite High Street Ken ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Westbourne House
London > Nightlife > Bars
65 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 | 12 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Boasting an elegant design, this large venue is a popular place for perusing the long and imaginative cocktail list. Westbourne House is more of a bar ... More
 
 
 
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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.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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

Julio Le Parc
Exhibitions | Until 15th February 2015 

Serpentine Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Immersive light installations and signature interactive games from the Argentinian artist in his first major UK exhibition....More

Reiner Ruthenbeck
Reiner Ruthenbeck
Exhibitions | Until 15th February 2015 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

A major retrospective of German sculptor and conceptual artist Reiner Ruthenbeck, who transforms space with such unconventional materials as crumpled ...More

 
Julio le Parc
Julio le Parc
Exhibitions | Until 15th February 2015 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

If winter can be a bit gloomy, look no further than the light installations of Julio Le Parc at the ...More

 
Reiner Ruthenbeck: Orchestrator Of Geometric Form
Exhibitions | Until 15th February 2015 

Serpentine Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

A solo exhibition offering a major survey of the German conceptual artist's work, featuring sculpture, objects and conceptual artworks....More

Bertrand Lavier: Fountain
Exhibitions | Until 4th October 2015 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

An installation from the experimental sculptor who forms fine art from everyday items....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

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Seasonal | Until 4th January 2015 

Hyde Park 15 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter ...More

 
Drawn By Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection
Exhibitions | Until 1st March 2015 

Science Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Over 200 images and artefacts by leading historical names in the world of photography, including works from the 1820s by ...More

 

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Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby
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The Snowman
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