Italian Gardens

Kensington & Hyde Park

The elegant, ornamental Italian Gardens, believed to be a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria, sit at the head of the Long Water, connecting Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Come here in spring for a glorious collection of tulips and photo ops galore among the fountains. The large statue overlooking the ponds is of Edward Jenner, creator of the smallpox vaccine. A cafe stands just north of the water gardens, by Queen Anne’s Alcove.

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1. Peter Pan Statue

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This is sculptor George Frampton’s celebrated statue; close to the Long Water. Kensington Gardens were an inspiration for JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan,…

2. The Arch

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Fashioned in stone from northern Italy, this 37-tonne travertine statue by Henry Moore provides phenomenal views of Kensington Palace.

3. Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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This exhibition space is part of the Serpentine Galleries, located within the Magazine, a former Palladian villa–style gunpowder depot dating to 1805,…

4. Kensington Gardens

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A delightful collection of manicured lawns, tree-shaded avenues and basins immediately west of Hyde Park, the picturesque expanse of Kensington Gardens is…

6. Serpentine Gallery

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This gallery is one of London’s most important contemporary-art galleries. Damien Hirst, Andreas Gursky, Louise Bourgeois, Gabriel Orozco, Tomoko…

7. Hyde Park

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One of London’s best parks, Hyde Park spreads itself over 142 hectares of neat gardens, wild expanses of overgrown grass and glorious trees. As well as…

8. Tyburn Convent

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A convent was established here in 1903, near the site of the Tyburn Tree gallows, and a closed order of Benedictine sisters still forms a community here…