If you’re living in London then you’ll want to get out of your new rental as often as possible, especially as spring puts on her best display for you. London is home to numerous parks and gardens that are open all year round and you need to explore all of the green areas in London. One of the finest parks is Kensington Gardens and is worth really spending some time exploring all that the park has to offer.

Kensington Gardens

Situated on 111 hectares of central London, Kensington gardens has been laid out formally, with wide leafy avenues and formal flower gardens. It is the backdrop for Kensington Palace and is just next door to the magnificent Hyde Park. Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria,  is situated right in the park and was the home of Diana, Princess of Wales. The Diana Memorial Playground is a free playground and has a Peter Pan theme complete with a pirate ship and a beach. This tribute to the princess was opened in 2000, and is loved by children.

The Italian Gardens located at the very top of the Long Water which leads into the Serpentine, is an ornamental water garden. It was inspired by the Prince Albert and created in 1860 by Queen Vitoria. Ornate fountains, ponds and statues, it is a perfect place for a picnic. The Round Pond has been in use since the early 1700’s and is a haven for people who sail model boats throughout the summer months. Much loved by children and famous the world over; the Peter Pan Statue has something magical about it. It was donated to the park by the author of Peter Pan; JM Barrie in 1912.

Kensington Gardens is a gentle park, it is filled with trees and it is one of the best spots to laze away a summer afternoon in the heat. Living in London is about exploring and finding these hidden oases amid the bustle of city life.