Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
4.5
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:45 PM
About
Separated from Hyde Park by the Serpentine, a lake used by boaters and swimmers, this park is calmer and more peaceful than its neighbor, and features many attractions including a statue of Peter Pan, Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Art Gallery.
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  • Lancaster Gate • 8 min walk
  • Queensway • 9 min walk
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  • Amanda S
    Winsford, United Kingdom578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large Area With Lots To See
    The gardens cover a large area and there are many things to see - the lake, statues, different planting areas, Italian Garden, wild areas and wildlife. Plenty of places to stop and sit although mainly on the grass. If up to it you can hire a peddle boat and go around the lake. A great place to while away the time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Caroline’s Masterpiece!
    You can find these lovely gardens sandwiched between the Kensington Palace and The Hyde Park. The credit of landscaping and development of these gardens goes to Queen Caroline. She was the wife of George II. In 1728 she started taking interest in these gardens. She got the Westbourne stream dammed to create the Long Water Lake and Serpentine, got structures like the temple summer house constructed and got a lot of plantations and landscaping done. During the 18th century it was only open to the well attired elite of the society. Victoria was born and bred in the Kensington Palace before she became the Queen in 1837. During her reign the magnificent Italian Gardens and the somewhat over the top Albert Memorial were added. You can see the lovely bronze Peter Pan statue, many monuments and Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground here. It is a truly relaxing oasis in the middle of a bustling city.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Carla M
    Bradford, United Kingdom100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Closed play area
    Visited here on recommendation of the children’s play area. Unfortunately this was closed due to “severe weather” for the entire day (a sunny and slightly windy Saturday?!). Also closed was the flower walk so really 2 integral parts of the visit sadly off limits. We appreciated the meadow areas and Kensington palace itself. There was still plenty to look round and nice, friendly coffee shops selling waffles / ice cream etc but really don’t understand the mentality of closing large parts down for a bit of wind.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • pferrelli
    Somerville, Massachusetts216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Princess Diana Sunken Memorial Garden
    We came here just to see the Princess Diana Sunken Memorial Garden. It did not disappoint! A beautiful statue of the late princess surrounded by three children representing her charity work with children around the world is a very fitting tribute and a very good likeness. The garden itself is awash with color. The walkway around the garden allows viewpoints all around. A must see when you visit the Kensington Gardens.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri7,317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much Needed Down Time
    After two non-stop days of London tourism, my wife & I needed a breather. Since our hotel was only about a mile south of Kensington Gardens, we chose that as our weekday morning walking destination primarily to enjoy the early summer flowers. The Gardens property was much larger than I imagined, so we didn't cover nearly as much of the grounds as I had wished. But the tree-lined walks & open spaces (with largely level grades presenting easy access for all visitors) were just the sort of relaxing environment we needed to recharge.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,659 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely place to visit
    Yesterday we were taken to the gardens by a friend who lives nearby, it was good to be given a sort of walking tour around the area . Plenty to see, lovely well maintained place . The sunken garden beside the palace is very beautiful and made very special with the Princess Diana Statue. Lovely place to spend time for a bit of peace and quiet to enjoy nature in the busy city
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Park
    Kensington Gardens is one the most beautiful places that walked through. It's located west of Hyde Park, Kensington is made up of many amazing smaller gardens, statutes, and man made ponds, that are connected many paths. Inside of Kensington Gardens you can find, Kensington Palace, where some the royals live, the Italian Gardens, Diana Memorial Playground, and Albertopolis, so wear comfy shoes, there will be a lot of walking. This is a great place to relax, exercise, walk, meet, gaze, and enjoy the way, it really insulates you from the hectic London streets.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Dreamer715311
    92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New item - toad in the hole
    Today ordered Toad in the hole with mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. Followed by coffee cake and tea. New item on the menu cooked just like my grandmother used to make. Mince and onion pie and steak and ale pie just some of the other meals eaten at this local friendly cafe. Five stars all round😋
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oasis in London
    Late autumn and the variety of colours of the leaves still clinging to the trees is beautiful. Away from the hustle and bustle of the noise of the city you really can stand and stare beneath the boughs. There are even squirrels to watch as they busy themselves about. The Serpentine is a lovely space to walk around and see the glint of the low autumn sun imagining you are in the middle of the countryside. It’s a lovely place with so much to take in and so many changes to witness through the seasons.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
  • HelpfulAngel
    Atlanta, Georgia1,239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bird watcher paradise
    What lovely gardens to have a picnic, walk about, and read a book by a shade tree. If you love birds like myself, this place is even more adorable. There are tons of swans, and other birds. You can just sit there and birdwatch for hours and watch as the swans preen themselves. I had a great time in these gardens and the decor is so beautiful. It was really close to our hotel so it was a great walk for us.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
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Jade2102
Lancaster, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We are so lucky in Britain to have so much green space and this park is no exception. The gardens are lovely to walk around and so much to see. There is the sunken garden behind Kensington Palace where you can gaze upon the statue unveiled a few years ago of Princess Diana. There is also a lake and various walks through the park. It is abundant with wildlife and birds including parakeets. Lovely to just walk around and take everything in.
Written 26 May 2024
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This place is a classic: it's free, spacious, and beautiful. Always well kept. You see tourists and natives and get to enjoy a quiet breath of air in an overwhelming city.
Written 26 May 2024
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Grauli
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Nice park with a lakeside. Suitable for bikes 🚲 or walking. Beautiful gardens, especially the sunken garden with Diana statue.
Written 24 May 2024
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens merge into one very large oasis of green in London. And it's got Kensington Palace.

Lots of pathways, water, white swans, lots of dogs, large trees. Calming and relaxing.
Written 19 May 2024
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK5,794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a wander through here in the early evening and found it very clean and peaceful even though it was quite busy. It is well looked after and has plenty of space an the lake was filled with swans and many ducks. It was nice to have a stroll in the sun.
Written 11 May 2024
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R. K. V.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
wonderful place for a stroll or for some exercise. one of the several great green spaces that make London very special to visit
Written 22 April 2024
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Nyri
Tampa, FL196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Good walking shoes are a must, or rain boots that are comfortable, or hiking books that are great for walking more than hiking. Expect rain and puddles everywhere, especially in the winter months, so you want shoes that are water resistant or waterproof.

Do not feed the wildlife please, you will see signs asking you to obey this rule, but as always, humans do what they want to do and have no respect for nature or rules.

Do not touch the flowers or plants in the gardens! I know you are tempted to take a flower, and yes they are beautiful, but leave the gardens as you find them.

The gardens can be windy and cold, especially in the areas that are close to the river, you will need to wear something warm, and again, it might also be raining!

You need a good umbrella, your hotel will probably have some, mine did and they were of excellent quality. This is not a city for low grade umbrellas guys, you gotta step up your game!

Stay off that luscious green grass, I know it’s tempting, but your feet will be covered in mud and dog poop. If you look around in any direction you will notice dog trainers in the grass, and with the weather you already know it’s wet! Stay off the grass and let the dogs enjoy a bit of room to play!

Make room for those getting a bit of exercise, there will be walkers, joggers and runners of all types, let them pass in peace please!

Don’t miss the artwork and its detailed explanation by the artist. This is The Arch by Henry Moore, his sculptures are loved around the world.

Stop and read Discover the Birds of The Longwater! You will find some interesting tidbits about the different variations of birds and what makes them unique!

This is a great place for a date, the entry is free, you can spend time walking and roaming and find a cafe for a light low cost snack and of course, a spot of tea. A picnic alone or with friends would also work, I would not advise that during the winter, but in the spring and summer, I know these grounds are packed with people of all ages enjoying the beauty in the company of others.

Peter Pan~The boy who would not grow up! If you are a fan of Peter Pan, don’t miss the statue, and expect people to be there getting selfies and refusing to move so you can enjoy the spot as well. Pay them no mind, especially if you aren’t in a rush!

Make sure you visit one of the cafes or gift shops, a portion of the proceeds from all purchases support the upkeep of the parks and wildlife!

A rule to follow in all nature spaces is take nothing, and leave with what you came with, trash included! I can say these grounds, trails and paths were in immaculate condition. Aside from people feeding the birds, I saw no trash and no rules being broken. So take a day to roam around Hyde Park, there is beauty that is there for everyone of all ages and interests to enjoy!

Unnerved Traveler
Written 11 April 2024
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CeeCee P
Wilmington, DE32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Even though the flowers were not yet in bloom, it's a great place to visit and especially to see the statue of Princess Diana!
Written 27 March 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful gardens. More intimate than neighbouring Hyde Park. Lots of birds and so many tame squirrels (careful or they will climb onto you).
Written 2 March 2024
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HelpfulAngel
Atlanta, GA1,239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What lovely gardens to have a picnic, walk about, and read a book by a shade tree. If you love birds like myself, this place is even more adorable. There are tons of swans, and other birds. You can just sit there and birdwatch for hours and watch as the swans preen themselves. I had a great time in these gardens and the decor is so beautiful. It was really close to our hotel so it was a great walk for us.
Written 28 December 2023
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