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Kensington Gardens

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Location type: Heritage
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This famous park offers unparalleled opportunities for relaxation, exercise, entertainment and education. One of London’s biggest green spaces, you will see fine horticulture, excellent wildlife sites and some of the country’s most important buildings, statues and memorials. 
William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689. As an asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the red brick building that is Kensington Palace. Queen Anne enlarged the Palace Gardens by ‘transferring’ 30 acres from Hyde Park and was responsible for the creation of the Orangery in 1704.
The Gardens are particularly popular for sunbathing and picnics in fine weather. It is also used as a healthy walking route to work for commuters and by joggers and runners. Cycling is allowed on the designated path linking the Queen’s Gate to West Carriage Drive, Mount Gate to the Broadwalk and the broadwalk itself from Black Lion Gate to Palace Gate.
For lovers of the unusual and magical there is the Fairy tree and the statue of Peter Pan to remind children of all ages that there is more to life than just what we can see and hear. 
This iBeaken walk is brought to you by ‘Walking The Past’ & MJL Digital Publishers.

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