Kensington Gardens

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Immediately west of Hyde Park and across the Serpentine lake, these picturesque 275-acre gardens are technically part of Kensington Palace. The park is a gorgeous collection of manicured lawns, tree-shaded avenues and basins. The largest is the Round Pond , close to the palace. Also worth a look are the lovely fountains in the Italian Gardens , believed to be a gift from Albert to Queen Victoria.

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.