Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Best Places to see in London -Kensington Gardens London

The gardens of the Kensington Palace cover around 111 ha or 275 acres and; maintains a border with Hyde Park on the east. Its main attraction is the Kensington Palace, one of several royal palaces in London.

The history of Kensington Gardens started in 1689, when King William III and Mary II bought the Nottingham house in Kensington. The house was turned into a palace by Christopher Wren and the 12 acre (5 ha) large garden was enlarged by Queen Anne, partly by acquiring 100 acres (40 ha) of Hyde Park in 1705.

The garden was constantly redesigned, especially by Queen Anne; and later by Queen Caroline. Queen Anne added the Orangerie, a red-brick building north of the Kensington Palace used for housing plants during winter time.

Present Form

The present form of the Kensington Gardens can be attributed to Queen Caroline, wife of King George II. She added the Round Pond and commissioned the Serpentine and Long Water, a large lake at the eastern end of the Kensington Gardens created from a string of ponds. Two summerhouses were added to the gardens, one of them, the Queen's Temple, still exists.
Queen Victoria, who was born at the Kensington Palace, added the Italian gardens and the Albert Memorial.

Sights & Attractions
The Kensington Gardens are very popular for walking and jogging. It is a more a relaxing park than the adjacent Hyde Park.

Peter Pan
The most famous attraction in the Kensington Gardens is the Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana. Other features of the park include a bronze statue of Peter Pan and the 175ft/53m high Albert Memorial. The memorial was built between 1864 and 1876, to commemorate Prince Albert I, husband of Queen Victoria.
Another attraction in the park is the Serpentine Gallery, a modern art gallery housed in a former tea pavilion. One of the latest features added to the park is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. The modern playground, one of the three playgrounds in the Kensington Gardens, is themed around Peter Pan.

More Sights
Sunken Garden
Also popular are the Long Water, a large lake, the Round Pond (a favorite with remote controlled boat enthusiasts) and the sunken garden, a beautiful garden created in 1909, and based on a Tudor garden in Hampton Court.
The park also features statues, among them, 'Physical Energy' by George Frederick Watts (1908), 'Rima' by Jacob Epstein (1925) and 'Arch' by Henry Moore (1979).
Are you considering visiting London and the U.K.? Then contact the London official visitor agency-Visit London and Partners at: 08701 566 366     

You can also contact the City of London Information Centre: Opposite St Paul's Cathedral:
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