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Royal Parks of London
This article is about the park in London. Kensington Gardens, South Australia is a suburb of Adelaide in Australia.
The gardens and palace in winter
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The Albert Memorial at the south-east corner of Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, is one of the Royal Parks of London, lying immediately to the west of Hyde Park. Most of it is in the City of Westminster, but a small section to the west is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It covers 275 acres (1.1 km²).

The park was famous to past generations of British schoolchildren for being the setting of J.M. Barrie's story of Peter Pan (1902).

Kensington Gardens were laid out by Henry Wise and Charles Bridgeman with fashionable features including the Round Pond, formal avenues and a sunken Dutch garden. Long after they had been opened to the public, the King asked his Prime Minister the possible cost of enclosing them again: the reply was "a Crown".

At the time, the surrounding land was predominantly rural and remained largely undeveloped until the Great Exhibition in 1851. Many of the original features survive along with the Palace, and now there are other public buildings such as the Albert Memorial, Peter Pan statue, the Serpentine Gallery, and Speke's monument.

The Gardens are generally regarded as being part of the neighbouring Hyde Park from which they were originally taken, but West Carriage Drive (The Ring) forms a theoretical boundary between the two. Kensington Gardens is fenced, more formal, and was long regarded as the smarter of the two. Together with Green Park and St. James's Park, these parks form an almost continuous "green lung" in the heart of London between Kensington and Westminster.

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