Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Kensington, Greater London. Kensington Gardens were once the private gardens of Kensington Palace. These 275 acres join Hyde Park, but they are quite different; the formal boundary still divides the two parks. The gardens were laid out in 1728—31 under the direction of George II's wife, Caroline, with emphasis on avenues. There is a well-planned garden bordering the long Flower Walk, which runs between the west end of Rotten Row and the Broad Walk.
The Serpentine is here called the Long Water. A path along the west side leads to the Peter Pan statue by Frampton; close by is Watts's horse and rider statue to Physical Energy, put up in 1907. The Long Water terminates in a paved garden with fountains, a statue of Edward Jenner and a little pavilion, once a pumping station, said to have been designed by the Prince Consort. Beyond is Queen Anne's Alcove, built like a porter's chair, by William Kent.
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, which, with its grounds, lies on the west boundary of Kensington Gardens, was the royal residence from 1689 to 1760. Queen Victoria was born there, and lived there until she came to the throne in 1837. Among the State Apartments open to the public is the room in which she received the news of her accession from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Many of the rooms are furnished with royal mementoes, including a delightful selection of the young Princess Victoria's own dolls.
Outside there is a very attractive sunken garden with a pleached lime walk on three sides. Nearby is a pale, young Queen Victoria romantically sculpted by her daughter Princess Louise; on the south front is a flamboyant statue of William III, who acquired the palace from the 2nd Earl of Nottingham. West of the palace is Kensington Palace Gardens, known also as millionaires' row, a private road of opulent houses in their own gardens, built on the kitchen gardens of the palace, which includes a house designed by Thackeray for himself. Many embassies, including those of France and of the U.S.S.R., are situated here.
Kensington Square. This delightful square was fashionable at the beginning of the 18th century when Kensington Palace was much used by the court. Thackeray featured it in Esmond. The flamboyant actress, Mrs Patrick Campbell, lived at No. 33, J. S. Mill at No. 18, and Burne-Jones at No. 41.
Nearby towns: Chelsea, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Islington, Notting Hill, Paddington
Nearby suburbs: Barnes, Battersea, Earls Court, Fulham, Maida Vale, Marylebone, North Acton, North Kensington, Putney, Shepherds Bush, South Kensington, West Brompton, West Kensington
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