The gardens are charming, starting with the statue of Peter Pan (1912), by Sir George Frampton. The character of J. M. Barrie, a boy who refused to grow up, plays his flute for fairies and animals in bronze. Often surrounded by parents, nannies and children, the statue is on the left bank of the Serpentine, near the place where Harriet, wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, drowned in 1816.
A little further north are the ornamental fountains and statues, including Rima, by Jacob Epstein. To the south, stands the statue of a horse and rider by George Frederick Watts, entitled Energy Physics. Nearby there are a summer house designed by William Kent in 1735 and the Serpentine Gallery. The Round Pond, established in 1728, to the east of the Palace, has always small boats driven by children and enthusiasts. Sometimes in winter, is suitable for ice skating. To the north, near Lancaster Gate, there is a dog cemetery, opened in 1880 for a pet of the Duke of Cambridge.
From 6:00AM till dusk all year round.
Magazine Gate – Kensington Gardens
London W2 2UH
Closest attractions:Portobello Road, Nothing Hill and Holland Park.
Getting there:Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Bayswater and High Street Kensington tube stations. Buses 9, 10, 27, 28, 31, 49, 52, 70, 94, 148, 274, 360 and 390.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7298 2000
Facilities and Additional Information
- Deck chairs;
- Disabled toilet facilities;
- Guide dogs allowed;