Kensington Gardens  

 
 
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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.

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

 

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Underground Stations

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Queensway Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Bayswater Underground Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
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Arthur Court NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
Bayswater Road NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Thistle Kensington Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £59  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
 
 
 
Hilton London Hyde Park Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £77  38% off
129 Bayswater Road, W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Housed in a historical listed building overlooking Hyde Park, the Hilton London Hyde Park is an attractive redbrick building that still has many of its period ... More
 
 
 
Lancaster Gate Hotel London
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £52  39% off
66 Lancaster Gate, W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
The pillared Georgian façade of this hotel fits in perfectly with the grandeur of its location, just a short walk from the glories of Hyde Park, ... More
 
 
 
 
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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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Floating Pocket Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 | 17 minutes from Kensington Gardens
A floating park in the Paddington Basin brings a beautiful green space to a forgotten section of the ... More
 
 
 
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QUEENS Skate, Dine, Bowl
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
A huge indoor ice rink, 12 bowling lanes, plenty of retro arcade machines and a British diner by MEATliquor - QUEENS ... 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
A Vogue shoot with hot model Daisy Lowe just goes to show the height of hip that All Star Lanes has reached. This fun bowling alley ... More
 
 
 
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Diana: Her Fashion Story
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 24th February to 31st August 2017
Kensington Gardens, Kensington Gardens, W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Twenty years on from her death, Kensington Palace traces the evolution of Princess Diana's style in Diana: Her Fashion Story. From the demure, romantic outfits of ...More
 
 
 
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Enlightened Princesses
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 22nd June to 12th November 2017 - 10am-6pm
Kensington Gardens, Kensington Gardens, W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
This exhibition brings together over 200 objects owned by three German princesses who were married into the British Monarchy, Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte, and contains pocketbooks, ...More
 
 
 
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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
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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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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& Clarke's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
112 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
From rosemary and raisin to fig and fennel, parmesan and herb to pumpernickel, & Clarke’s produces over 2000 loaves of bread every night. Undeniably some of ... More
 
 
 
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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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Music and Video Exchange
London > Shopping > Music Shops
38 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
This is definitely the place to go for second hand records although Music and Video Exchange also stock cassettes, CDs and even mini-disks. Their stock is ... 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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New Fortune Cookie
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
1 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Chinese cuisine ... More
 
 
 
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Royal China
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
13 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Royal China run a chain of restaurants, each with impeccable standards of food preparation and service, and in any of the various branches you are guaranteed ... More
 
 
 
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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
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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The LookOut, Hyde Park
London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 15 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Hidden in a copse of trees in Hyde Park, The LookOut is a tranquil haven in the heart of London. Home to the Isis Education Centre, ... 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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Kensington Gardens
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Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | Same location as Kensington Gardens
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Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from 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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The Windsor Castle
London > Nightlife > Pubs
114 Campden Hill Road, Kensington, London W8 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Elevated on an incline in the appropriately named Notting Hill, the rustic old Windsor Castle pub was so-called because in its early days the pub’s upper ... More
 
 
 
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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 9 minutes from Kensington Gardens
Opposite Kensington Palace, an area not known for its nightlife, Hyde Kensington cocktail bar has a drinks list by world ... More
 
 
 
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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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The Little Yellow Door
London > Nightlife > Bars
68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 | 10 minutes from 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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Diana: Her Fashion Story
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Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2017 

Kensington Palace State Apartments 6 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Twenty years on from her death, Kensington Palace traces the evolution of Princess Diana's style in Diana: Her Fashion Story. ...More

 
Enlightened Princesses
Exhibitions | Until 12th November 2017 

Kensington Palace State Apartments 6 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

This exhibition brings together over 200 objects owned by three German princesses who were married into the British Monarchy, Caroline, ...More

Arthur Jafa: A Series Of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions
Exhibitions | Until 10th September 2017 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

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Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
Exhibitions | Until 10th September 2017 

Serpentine Gallery 9 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

As part of the gallery's popular summer season, the Serpentine Gallery presents Grayson Perry's The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!. ...More

 
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The award-winning architect Diebedo Francis Kere brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens ...More

 
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Royal Albert Hall 10 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

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Concerts | On 26th July 2017 

Royal Albert Hall 10 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform Liszt's Hamlet, Julian Anderson's Piano Concerto, Liszt's From The Cradle ...More

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With a gigantic blue whale skeleton replacing Dippy the Dinosaur in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall, the museum is ...More

 

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