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Kensington Gardens

The grounds in which Kensington Palace stands were once part of Hyde Park. They took on their present form in 1728 when landscaping of the gardens was carried out to the instructions of George II’s wife Queen Caroline. Initially, the gardens were for private royal use only, but they were gradually opened up to the public on condition that they were suitably attired. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria added the Italian gardens as an enclave of tranquillity, as well as the imposing Albert Memorial to commemorate her husband. In another part of the Gardens is a much-loved bronze statue of JM Barrie’s ageless boy hero Peter Pan, atop a plinth covered in clambering woodland creatures. The Palace was known in recent times as the home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and she too is memorialised in the form of a children’s playground. Look out also for sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore. The seven-mile Memorial Walk, which takes in several of the royal parks, including Kensington Gardens, is a must-do at virtually any time of the year.

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Because of its royal association with the royal family and Princess Diana

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My nomination is the garden shed.

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