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.
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.
Have a great week.