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.

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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
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring Kensington Gardens on LondonTown.com

 
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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    Thistle Kensington Gardens
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £76  41% 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 £79  32% off
    129 Bayswater Road, W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
    The wonderful vistas over Hyde Park and the attractive redbrick building make this a an impressive place for visitors to London. The library lounge is a ... More
     
     
     
    Lancaster Gate Hotel London
    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £49  21% 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
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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
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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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    Odeon Whiteleys - The Lounge, Whiteleys Of Bayswater, Queensway, Bayswater, W2 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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    London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 27th Feb to 5th Mar 2015
    Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 11 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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    Chamber Essentials: Music For Woodwind
    London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 4th March 2015 - 7.30pm-10pm
    Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 13 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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    London > Entertainment > Classical Music
    Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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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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    London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
    Nr Black Lion Gate Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London W2 | 5 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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    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
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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
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    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
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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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    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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    Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | Same location as Kensington Gardens
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    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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    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
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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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    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
     
     
     
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    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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    Kensington Palace
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 10 minutes from Kensington Gardens
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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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    Concerts | On 4th March 2015 

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    A Museum palaeontologist discusses the armoured dinosaur....More

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    Exhibitions | Until 25th March 2015 

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    Business Events | On 4th March 2015 

    Leighton House Museum 21 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

    Join Alison Smith (Tate Britain), Stephen Wildman (University of Lancaster) and Christopher Newall, independent scholar and curator, as they discuss ...More

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    Sporting Events | Until 25th March 2015 

    Cockpit Theatre 25 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

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    Cockpit Theatre 25 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens

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    Concerts | On 4th March 2015 

    The Troubadour 1.39 miles from Kensington Gardens

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