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Kensington Gardens

The former gardens of Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born, continue to provide a picturesque area of trees and lakes in the center of the city.

Kensington Gardens is one of the Royal Parks of London that used to belong to a palace. Now, the gardens cover an area of 242 acres (98 hectares) in the city. Along with several other large parks, Kensington Gardens adds a scenic and tranquil quality to the heart of the city. It has large trees, well-kept lawns, sports areas and lakes. There is a memorial to Princess Diana that serves as a playground for children. Queen Victoria was born in the palace designed by a famous architect.

Take a look at Kensington Palace. It was commissioned by King William III and designed by the famous architect Christopher Wren, who also masterminded St. Paul’s Cathedral. It has a rich history entwined with the monarchy and is the birthplace of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Victoria. It was also the official residence of Princess Diana until her death in 1997.

Take the kids to the late princess’ memorial playground. It features a giant wooden pirate ship, a climbing frame and a sandpit. Have breakfast or lunch at The Orangery restaurant in the palace against a backdrop of charming gardens.

Have a picnic on the lawn with a view of the swans in the pond. Cycle around the vast grounds. Expect to find many walkers, joggers and commuters on the paths. Watch or join in on an informal game of cricket or soccer on the spacious fields.

Walk across a large chunk of the city of London via its parks, beginning with Kensington Gardens in the west. Traipse across Hyde Park, Green Park and St. James’s Park on your scenic route through the city. See Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral along the way.

The park was designed early in the 18th century in the western portion of Hyde Park. It opens to the public daily from dawn until late in the afternoon. Entry is free.

Kensington Gardens is based in Kensington in the west of London. Due to the park’s large size, there are many London Underground stations situated around it, such as High Street Kensington, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge. There are also numerous bus stations.


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Brit Hotels London Court

194-196 Earls Court Road, London, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum, and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Earl's Court Station is only a 5-minute walk and West Brompton Underground Station is 9 minutes.

    MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel ¥7,306
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    Baden-Powell House, 65-67 Queens Gate, London, England
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Kensington High Street. Imperial College London and Kensington Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and South Kensington Underground Station is 7 minutes.

      Queens Park Hotel ¥4,927
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      48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Queensway. Hyde Park and Kensington Palace are also within 15 minutes. Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

        Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western ¥7,797
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        Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

        Lancaster Gate, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Queensway and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lancaster Gate Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 8 minutes.

          Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park ¥8,341
          Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park

          Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park

          12 Lancaster Gate, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Queensway and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lancaster Gate Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 8 minutes.

            Hilton London Paddington ¥11,452
            Hilton London Paddington

            Hilton London Paddington

            146 Praed Street, Paddington, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Queensway and Oxford Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Paddington Underground Station and London Paddington Station are within a 2-minute walk.

              Comfort Inn Hyde Park ¥5,081
              Comfort Inn Hyde Park

              Comfort Inn Hyde Park

              73 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Queensway. Hyde Park and Kensington Palace are also within 15 minutes. Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 5 minutes.

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                Columbia Hotel

                95-99 Lancaster Gate, London, England
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Queensway. Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are also within 15 minutes. Lancaster Gate Underground Station is only a 5-minute walk and Queensway Underground Station is 7 minutes.