Moving to Kensington – A Guide to our Favourite Green Spaces
London is famous for its parks and although it has a large population density it also boasts 40% green space made up of huge Royal Parks, Commons, Council Parks and pretty Garden Squares. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has some of the most affluent residential areas in London and with it some beautiful parklands. If you are thinking of moving to Kensington and are craving some green space check out our guide to our favourite areas.
Covering 265 acres in Central London, Kensington Gardens is one of eight Royal Parks. Once the Royal Gardens of Kensington Palace, many of its original features survive today including; the Serpentine Gallery, the Albert Memorial, Speke’s monument and Elfin Oak a 900 year old carved tree stump. Author JM Barrie’s stories were inspired in part by the gardens and there is a striking bronze statue of Peter Pan to commemorate his work. Be sure to visit the Round Pond full of ducks and swans, the Italian Gardens near Lancaster Gate and if you are after more than just a stroll the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is a beautiful seven mile figure of eight path.
Just off Kensington High Street, Holland Park is a 54 acre area with lots of wildlife and wide open spaces. The northern part of the park is full of semi-wild woodland leading into the central park area which encompasses beautiful formal gardens. The South of the park is dedicated to sports facilities including tennis courts, football pitches, golf and cricket practice nets and a netball court. The park’s most famous feature is arguably the beautiful Kyoto Garden. Designed in 1992 it is a cooperative between the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Kyoto Garden is a traditional Japanese garden with tranquil waterfalls, a koi carp pond, stone lanterns and stunning Japanese maple trees.
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Located next to her Kensington Palace home, this wonderful playground was opened in 2000, in memory of the late Princess. Inspired by JM Barrie’s Peter Pan stories the playground has a real magical feel encouraging children to explore and follow their imaginations. The main attraction is the full scale wooden pirate ship, a huge climbing area for children surrounded by a sandy beach. The park also has parts designed for children with disabilities including a sensory trail with fragrant plants and sound features.
A cemetery isn’t the first place you think of if you are looking to get out in the open air but Brompton Cemetery is a truly peaceful place if you want a quiet walk and a bit of time to reflect. Consecrated in 1840, it is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. Widely known as an urban haven for nature, its leafy undergrowth and tall trees give it a beautiful sense of calm, a real oasis in the middle of a bustling city.
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