If you’re looking for something different from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping districts around London, escape to the historic Kensington Gardens for some peace and quiet. The Royal Park is famous for its beautiful scenery and cultural landmarks. Walkers, joggers, sports players and photographers love Kensington Gardens and we know that you will too.
Here at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel London we are proud to share our name with one of the city’s most beautiful and historically significant parks. During your stay at our hotels near Earls Court take a trip to the gardens and check out some of these wonderful attractions that will teach you more about the cultural history of the area.
Serpentine Summer Pavilion
This work of architectural art by Diebedo Francis Kere is one of the latest instalments in a long line of exhibits at the Serpentine Galleries. The award winning designer from Gando in Burkina Faso has created this unique structure as a representation of collaboration and community. The structure aims to represent a tree in Kere’s Hometown which is used as a meeting point for members of the local community to come together, share ideas and discuss any important issues or problems. The sense of togetherness is a recurring theme in the work of this talented designer and the Summer Pavilion is a must-see if you plan on visiting Kensington Gardens.
Art lovers staying at our hotels near Earls Court will not want to miss out on a trip to Kensington Palace. The official royal residence doubles as a public gallery, which showcases the best artworks from the Royal Collection. There are centuries of history and culture locked in the rooms of this beautiful building and you have the chance to uncover it all as you browse an unparalleled collection of paintings, antiques and historic documents. The royals have a long, rich history and the artwork at Kensington Palace offers the perfect opportunity to journey through time and uncover some of the most beautiful pieces in the world.
Located on the north side of Kensington Gardens, this beautiful greenery was built in the 1960s to provide locals and visitors with a quiet escape from the busy city. The Italian Gardens are made up of four gorgeous water fountains made from Portland stone. Surrounding these are a series of intricate flower beds and beautiful monuments. There are plenty of photo opportunities for Instagrammers in this quaint green getaway so be sure to bring your camera along.
Elfin Oak Sculpture
This quirky monument was designed by Ivor Innes in 1930 and has become one of the most popular attractions in Kensington Gardens. It sits alongside the Princess Diana Playground where it draws the attention and imagination of children and parents alike. The statue is made from an ancient oak tree that has been carved into shape and decorated with a series of friendly little elf figurines. The statue also has a claim to fame as it was featured on the inside of Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma Album cover.