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“No where to sit. A Dismal Experience!”
Review of Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Separated from Hyde Park by the Serpentine, a lake used by boaters and swimmers, this park is calmer and more peaceful than its neighbor, and features many attractions including a statue of Peter Pan, Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Art Gallery.
Malaga, Spain
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52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“No where to sit. A Dismal Experience!”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

The rain had been coming down for a week on end (well this is England the 'Green and Pleasant Land.) So on this first glimpse of sun, and a perfectly mild day (after the 'usual' unpredicatable weather that is the UK), the park was busy.
Although it is a very large park, on entering via Black Lion Gate (well the Loos to the East), it became apparent that this was the high spot for a Sunday stroll.
We headed down to the Round Pond, but on arrival I wondered what all the fuss was about.
I was tired from long distant travel, but could I find a bench, a seat? Not I could not! There were a few dotted on the main avenue, and a token few around the pond, but as the ground was sodden all were taken. (A few of the brave had brought blankets and were prepared, but my hosts had not reckoned on me needing to sit down.)

I think if I won the lottery I would donate a 1,000 (at least!) park benches to enable visitors to rest and take their time.

The park also looked like a refugee camp as bodies were sprawled here and there - despite the wet grass!

Visited April 2013
Thank Susan S
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Falkoping, Sweden
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

A fine and large park. The sunken garden at the Palace was beautiful and we liked the grey squirrels and all the birds. You can also see the Peter Pan statue and the Albert Memorial.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A great walk”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We usually visit London in the winter but this is still a beautiful place to stroll. On a Saturday or Sunday morning you can see how well used the park is by vairous groups doing runs etc. The grounds are stunning, even though very little is in bloom and it is a welcome break from the crowded streets.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fab views and a super place for a special occasion”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

I would rate ambience, location much higher than the food, which lifts the overall experience to very good. have been there for lunch and dinner: i opt for the set lunch which is priced great and the views in daytime are fantastic! the walk around the gardens is very special. Dinner is very cosy, glamorous and great for a special occasion. Food is standard international fare - decent but not memorable.

Visited August 2012
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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful, even in winter.”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Lovely to walk around and enjoy, even in winter. Free to enter the gardens, but to do the castle tour you have to pay. Café at the castle nearby was lovely for a morning or afternoon cuppa. Finding it, within Hyde park was a challenge, but well worth persevering in looking.

Visited November 2012
Thank Natalie T
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