Kensington Gardens are, confusingly enough, on the opposite side of Hyde Park to Kensington and not even located next to the palace. No, this relatively secluded and peaceful little collection of fountains and benches is actually found next to Bayswater, directly across the road from the Lancaster Gate tube station.
As such, it tends to act as more of an entrance point to the greenery, rather than an attraction in its own right. Too many people skip right past, intent on heading somewhere else, and end up missing one of the park’s most stunning locations. In the peak of summer, with the sun in the sky and the fountains bursting merrily forth, there’s nothing quite like sitting in the cool shade and enjoying the sight of the world passing by.
There’s something deeply tranquil about watching the water slip down from the gardens into the lake below, looking out at that great stretch of nature without a car or machine in sight. It’s a great antidote to all the ills of modern society, and one that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. The swirling leaves, the calm water, it all makes for a scene that could easily be from an oil painting. Funnily enough, should you fancy a depiction of the scene in oil, you can pick one up on Sundays from the artists who display their work outside the gardens.
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