Kensington, Palace, Gardens it’s London!

So here I am and you, and I need to tell you more of London. Well ,as said, been here several times but mostly on business trips; took the family for long vacation and it was very nice. The history, architecture and plains drinks…are all very much sought after by us!

Let me tell you about a dear place of more so due to Princess Diana, one of my favorite personages. We came here walking and so sad did not took many pictures, most because you can’t but even when ok missed on the opportunity. My next trips here have all been far from it, so still in debt for more. Let me tell you thus, a bit more on Kensington Gardens and Palace and a bit more….

Kensington Gardens, formerly the private gardens of Kensington Palace, is one of London’s Royal parks and lies immediately west of Hyde Park (see previous post). The majority of the park is in Westminster but a small portion is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The park has an area of ​​1.1 km2. Kensington Gardens are generally seen as a part of Hyde Park from where they were taken. Kensington Gardens is fenced, and with Green Park and St James’s Park, it forms a continuous “green lung” in the heart of London between Kensington and Westminster. Kensington Gardens, originally, is a recreational place for British Kings.

Some of the things to see here are:

The Prince Albert Memorial (Queen Victoria’s husband) is the largest monument in Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Gallery is, since 1970, a museum of contemporary art inside Kensington Gardens. Every summer, the museum asks one of the most eminent architects to build a temporary pavilion. Bordering Kensington Palace, the Orangery was built by Queen Anne in 1704. A brick building, the interior is lined with Corinthian columns supporting a magnificent entablature.  A huge pirate ship is the jewel of the mini leisure park for children, opened in 2000 in memory of Princess Diana who appreciated the innocence of children. Diana Memorial Playground is located right next to Kensington Palace (see previous photo in Hyde park post). This wonderful country is inspired by Peter Pan. This park is the setting for J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, a prelude to the adventures of the famous Neverland character.

We owe Queen Caroline and her gardener ,Kensington Gardens as they are known today. In addition to the Round Pound, the Long Water, she has also added two summer residences, one of which still exists today as Queen Caroline’s Temple. The Italian Gardens, are located to Malgourough Gate, in the extension of the basins of the Serpentine. They were laid out around 1860 as a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The Dutch Garden, also called Sunken Garden, is located east of Kensington Palace. This garden has a pond surrounded by flower beds with plenty of tulips.

Official Royal parks on Kensington Gardens

The Kensington Palace is located, as well as the adjoining Kensington Gardens, in the Royal district of Kensington and Chelsea. The palace was until the 17C, the residence of the British monarchy. The original building was built  as a Nottingham hotel for the Earl of Nottingham. King George II is the last reigning monarch who resided int the palace.

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Today, it is home to various members of the Royal family including the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Until 1997, it was also the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales. In addition, it was also the residence of Princesses Margaret and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. Since late 2013, it is the official residence of Prince William of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton, as well as their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. As of 2018, it also became the official residence of Prince Henry of Sussex and Meghan Markle following their marriage (Harry and Meghan previously lived in Nottingham Cottage, an outbuilding of the castle).

Official Kensington Royal Palace

Official Royal Residencies on Kensington Royal Palace

And as my walking curiosity is endless we came about this street not knowing what it was and walked the whole lenght of it!! Very nice indeed! .Kensington Palace Gardens street  is about 1000 meters long (1 km/0,62 mi), this avenue connects Bayswater Road to Kensington High Street. The southern part of the street is called Green Palace. At each end of the street is a checkpoint filtering the entrance of vehicles. Pedestrians can move freely but it is forbidden to take photographs. The name of the avenue evokes the old kitchen gardens of Kensington Palace, on whose site it was built in 1843.

There you go again, darn ,another jewel in pedmar10 world map. And so many nice places not really known but very nice indeed and memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy Kensington and its Gardens and Royal Palace. We usually with the family stay not too far from here. Hope you enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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2 Comments to “Kensington, Palace, Gardens it’s London!”

  1. I have always loved the many parks and gardens in London and in my youth spent many happy hours exploring them, as for me they were even more attractive than the historic buildings.
    Princess Diana was loved by many and we were all shocked and saddened by her untimely death. Nice to see her sons have turned out so well and found happiness with their spouses and children. I am sure they will have a happier future and ending.

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