Friday, 21 July 2017

Five on Friday - Kensington Gardens


Hello

Welcome to the blog as we join Tricky for Five on Friday on his FAST blog.

Today we are walking through Kensington Gardens in London. Adjoining Hyde Park, the 265 acre park is full of magnificent trees and flower borders.  Here are five places you can expect to find within the park.

One - The Albert Memorial

This extravagant memorial to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's Consort, designed by George Gilbert Scott, celebrates not only his life and interests but also Victorian achievements. He can be seen holding a copy of the catalogue for the Great Exhibition of 1851 which he masterminded.  There's a frieze containing 187 carved figures of poets, sculptors, musicians and artists, whilst at the top figures represent Europe, America, Asia and Africa plus others representing commerce, engineering and agriculture with angels and virtues at the top.  Albert died of typhoid fever aged just 42.


Two - Kensington Palace

The birth place of Queen Victoria and where she lived until she became Queen, Kensington Palace was also home to William and Mary, Queen Anne and still is home to members of the Royal family today.  The State Rooms are open to the public.


There's a beautiful garden there next to a leafy tunnel which was really colourful last time I visited but this time is had been turned into a White Garden in memory of Princess Diana, it's 20 years this year since she died.  You can't tell from the photo just how white it is.


The gates to the Palace are still covered in messages and flowers for Princess Diana.



Three - The Italian Gardens

Many features of this water garden were taken from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight where Queen Victoria and her family spent their holidays.  Prince Albert took a great interest in the garden there and had the Italian Gardens built in London for his wife.





Four - Serpentine Galleries and Pavilion

There are two art galleries and a summer pavilion to enjoy which I have mentioned in other posts.


Five - Diana Memorial Playground

Although the Diana Memorial Fountain is in nearby Hyde Park, there is a memorial playground to delight children, complete with a pirate ship.

Photo taken from website

There's lots to do in this large leafy space right in the heart of London.



Just finishing off with a pretty road on the way back to the station!

Have a great week.

Cheerio



18 comments:

  1. Wonderful - and great shots. I lived in and around London for years, but it was only fairly recently that I walked across Kensington Gardens. It is great - though I'm not sure where it morphs into Hyde Park. That's one of the things about London - so many wonderful open spaces.

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    1. Yes, it's such a beautiful City. The parks are wonderful, so much space for everyone to enjoy.

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  2. An amazing place... love the memorial!

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  3. Such lovely, amazing photos of a place I would love to see! The Prince Albert Memorial is stunning, and I love the Princess Diana garden. It all looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed have a look round, it really is a beautiful place.

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  4. Awesome trip through Kensington Gardens! Thank you!
    20 years?!!?!?! oh my where has the time gone!?

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    1. It just seems like yesterday and now her children are all grown up and have children of their own.

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  5. I really enjoyed this post. The Princess Diana garden looks like it would be amazing to visit.

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  6. I didn't realise there was so much to see in Kensington Gardens or that people still leave messages and flowers on the gates of Kensington Palace, that doesn't surprise me though.

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    1. The Royal Parks are wonderful aren't they.

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  7. I didn't think I'd ever been into Kensington Gardens although I do remember walking through a park near the Albert Memorial and Albert Hall on my way to the V&A so perhaps that was it? Lovely photos:)

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    1. You probably thought you were in Hyde Park as they are joined together. 😊

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  8. The albert memorial looks so decadent with all of the gold decorations!

    Thanks for joining in once again with Five on Friday, We hope you have an amazing week :)

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    1. Thanks Tricky, it has just flown by again!

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  9. Thanks for this interesting walk through Kensington Gardens. Thanks for this interesting walk through Kensington Gardens. I would like to visit these nice places.
    Have a nice week
    Loretta

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the trip. 😊

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