Kensington Gardens was originally part of Hyde Park until William 111 bought the land and commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build the red brick building that is now Kensington Palace. One of the best loved features in the Gardens is the bronze statue of Peter Pan. This charming piece features Peter Pan standing on a pedestal covered with climbing squirrels, rabbits and mice.
Hyde Park is one of London’s finest landscapes covering 142 hectares (350 acres). With over 4000 trees, a lake, a meadow, horse riding it is easy to forget you are in the metropolis of London. A great spot for picnics and sport, Hyde Park also enjoys a cultural programme of music events throughout the year.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Many of Brompton’s gardens squares are privately owned and not accessible to visitors. For one weekend of the year in June visitors can visit gardens in London not usually open to the public and enjoy special activities in gardens when they are looking at their best. For more details look at www.opensquares.org.