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Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, are among the Royal Parks of London. The gardens are shared by the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
and sit immediately to the west of Hyde Park, in western central London. The gardens cover an area of 270 acres.[1] The open spaces of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James's Park
St. James's Park
together form an almost continuous "green lung" in the heart of London. Kensington Gardens are Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[2]


1 Background and location 2 History 3 Buildings 4 In popular culture 5 Gallery 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Background and location[edit]

Map of Kensington, showing the gardens

Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
are generally regarded as being the western extent of the neighbouring Hyde Park from which they were originally taken, with West Carriage Drive (The Ring) and the Serpentine Bridge forming the boundary between them. The Gardens are fenced and more formal than Hyde Park. Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
are open only during the hours of daylight, whereas Hyde Park is open from 5 am until midnight all year round. Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
has been long regarded as "smart" because of its more private character around Kensington Palace. However, in the late 1800s, Hyde Park was considered more "fashionable," because of its location nearer to Park Lane
Park Lane
and Knightsbridge.[3] History[edit] Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
was originally the western section of Hyde Park, which had been created by Henry VIII in 1536 to use as a hunting ground. It was separated from the remainder of Hyde Park in 1728 at the request of Queen Caroline[4] and designed by Henry Wise and Charles Bridgeman
Charles Bridgeman
in order to form a landscape garden, with fashionable features including the Round Pond,[5] formal avenues and a sunken Dutch garden. Bridgeman created the Serpentine between 1726 and 1731[5] by damming the eastern outflow of the River Westbourne
River Westbourne
from Hyde Park.[6] The part of the Serpentine that lies within Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
is known as "The Long Water".[5] At its north-western end (originally the inflow of the River Westbourne) in an area known as "The Italian Garden", there are four fountains and a number of classical sculptures. At the foot of the Italian Gardens is a parish boundary marker, delineating the boundary between Paddington
and St George Hanover Square parishes, on the exact centre of the Westbourne river. Buildings[edit] The land surrounding Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
was predominantly rural and remained largely undeveloped until the Great Exhibition
Great Exhibition
in 1851. Many of the original features survive along with the Palace, and now there are other public buildings such as the Albert Memorial
Albert Memorial
(at the south-east corner of Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall), the Serpentine Gallery, and Speke's monument. The park also contains the Elfin Oak, an elaborately carved 900-year-old tree stump. In popular culture[edit] The park is the setting of J.M. Barrie's book Peter Pan
Peter Pan
in Kensington Gardens, a prelude to the character's famous adventures in Neverland. The fairies of the gardens are first described in Thomas Tickell's 1722 poem Kensington Gardens. Both the book and the character are honoured with the Peter Pan statue
Peter Pan statue
by George Frampton
George Frampton
located in the park. Rodrigo Fresán's novel Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
concerns in part the life of J.M. Barrie
J.M. Barrie
and of his creation Peter Pan, and their relationship with the park, as well as the narrator's own. The Infocom
interactive fiction game Trinity begins in the Kensington Gardens. The player can walk around many sections of the gardens, which are described in moderate detail. Gallery[edit]

Italian Garden fountains

The Serpentine Bridge seen from Hyde Park

Kensington Gardens, near the Flower Walk

The Long Water looking north-west from the Serpentine Bridge

Physical Energy by G. F. Watts

Physical Energy sculpture

The gardens and palace in winter

The Albert Memorial

Peter Pan
Peter Pan

Kensington Gardens

See also[edit]

London portal

List of public art in Kensington Gardens



^ "About Kensington Gardens". The Royal Parks. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2014.  ^ Historic England, " Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
(1000340)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 10 February 2016  ^ Dunton 1896, p. 30. ^ Self 2014, p. 28. ^ a b c Skempton 2002, p. 341. ^ "Hyde Park History & Architecture". The Royal Parks. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 January 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 


Dunton, Larkin (1896). The World and Its People. Silver, Burdett.  Self, Andrew (2014). The Birds of London. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-408-19404-1.  Skempton, A.W, ed. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland: 1500–1830. Thomas Telford. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-727-72939-2. 

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Wikimedia Commons
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has media related to: Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens

Official website The Garden a poem by Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound
set in Kensington Gardens

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