Bradshaw’s Hand Book, The West, District III, Kensington Park & Holland Park, (No.29)

The Italian Garden overlooking the Long Water, Kensington Park

The Italian Garden overlooking the Long Water, Kensington Park

Another beautiful afternoon and a few hours of quiet enjoyment. Today Mr Bradshaw encouraged me to visit Kensington Park and Holland Park.

I entered Kensington Park through Alexandra Gate on the Carriage Drive which separates Hyde Park from Kensington Park, dividing the lake into The Serpentine and the Long Water. Kensington Park was much quieter than Hyde Park, more like a private garden people were behaving accordingly. There were no Boris Bikers!

There were statues and memorials, but no war memorialsPrince Albert (1872) is there, but looking away from the Parks; Peter Pan (1912) celebrates fantasy; the Speke Memorial (1866) honours the man who discovered the source of the Nile; there is a statue of Physical Energy (1907), one of three, the others are in South Africa and Zimbabwe – only it would have been Rhodesia at the time; and Queen Caroline’s Temple of 1734 by William Kent.

The Albert Memorial

The Albert Memorial

Peter Pan in Kensington Park

Peter Pan in Kensington Park

The Speke Memorial, 1866

The Speke Memorial, 1866

The Physical Energy Statue, 1907

The Physical Energy Statue, 1907

Queen Caroline's Temple, 1734

Queen Caroline’s Temple, 1734

People were behaving differently from Hyde Park too – lying in the sun, reading, chatting, strolling, watching the birds, just ‘being’…

A bench at the Long Water

A bench at the Long Water

Strolling under the trees

Strolling under the trees

Just sitting

Just sitting and looking…

Recording the moment

Recording the moment

Recording another kind of moment

Recording another kind of moment

Sharing a laugh at The Orangery, Kensington Palace

Sharing a laugh outside The Orangery, Kensington Palace

Letting the world pass by in Holland Park

Letting the world pass by in Holland Park

Being Friends

Being Friends

Playing chess (this is Kensington!)

Playing chess (this is Kensington!)

There were still flowers to be seen.

Kensington Palace Garden

Kensington Palace Garden

Dahlias in Kensington Palace Garden

Dahlias in Kensington Palace Garden

Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena Bonariensis

Roses in Holland Park

Roses in Holland Park

Roses in Holland Park

Roses in Holland Park

Roses in Holland Park

Roses in Holland Park

Echinacea 'White Wings'

Echinacea ‘White Wings’

It was easy to forget the City and imagine being in woods, or parklands surrounding a grand country home.

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Birds lined up on the Long Water

Birds lined up on the Long Water

The Round Pond in Kensington Park

The Round Pond in Kensington Park

Latecomers taking a risk!

Latecomers taking a risk!

One of the old oak trees in Kensington Park

One of the old chestnuts in Kensington Park

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In the woods behind Holland House

Holland House woods

Holland House woods

And as I was leaving to catch a bus to Charing Cross I found these –

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