Kensington Gardens

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

Immediately west of Hyde Park and across the Serpentine lake, these picturesque 275-acre gardens are technically part of Kensington Palace. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground , in the northwest corner of the gardens, has some pretty ambitious attractions for children. Next to the playground stands the delightful Elfin Oak , a 900-year-old tree stump carved with elves, gnomes, witches and small creatures.

George Frampton’s celebrated Peter Pan statue is close to the lake. On the opposite side is a statue of Edward Jenner , who developed a vaccine for smallpox. The recently restored water gardens of the elegant Italian Gardens can be found at the head of the Long Water, not far from Bayswater Road.