A day at the majestic Kensington Palace


A magnificent residence located in Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The palace has been the abode of the royal family since the 17th century. It is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince Harry and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The palace was built in the year 1605by architect Christopher Wren and became the favourite residence under William and Mary of Orange in the year 1689. The palace remained so until George II became king and then relocated to Buckingham Palace.

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In present time, Kensington Palace is a royal residence where the likes of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry stay. Parts of the palace are open to the public including entry to the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments.

The State Rooms are managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces. As far as the offices and private accommodation areas are concerned, these are considered to be the responsibility of the royal Household.

The most opulent are the King’s State Apartments with the Cupola Room, considered the most beautiful. These are decorated with gilded statues and lovely painted ceiling and were the venues for dance and music.

You can see the stupendously beautiful Victoria’s apartments where Queen Victoria was born and lived until she became Queen. A visit here gives you an educational narrative about her life using personal effects and extracts from her journals.  Undoubtedly, Kensington Palace is a place every traveller with an inclination towards history and culture must see.

Location

It is quite easy to reach this famous attraction of London. Queensway Tube Station and Notting Hill Gate Tube Station are both 6 minuteswalk away.

For people who stay in areas such as Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill, visiting the Kensington Palace is easy as it is closely connected. Due to a wide range of accommodation options in the area and easy connectivity to the rest of the city, tourists from all across the world opt for London’s lovely west. Apart from accommodation options, the areas are dotted with numerous restaurants and cafes including the Palace Cafe at the Kensington Palace where you can have some coffee and grab a bite. For a more formal experience, visit the Orangery restaurant for light lunch and afternoon tea. Both the places are situated within Kensington Palace Gardens.

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Kensington Palace. It’s worth a visit and we are sure you agree.

A Rated Guide to Hyde Park, London


Chapter 6 : HYDE PARK

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One of the Royal Parks of London, Hyde Park is one of the largest city parks in the world. Covering 350 acres of land, the park comes with more than 4000 trees, a meadow, a large lake and beautiful flower gardens. Once in the park, it’s obvious how you forget you are right in the heart of the busy and bustling London.

What draws everyone to Hyde Park is that it has something for all. One can enjoy everything from boating, skating, cycling and swimming to horse riding and tennis. Hyde Park also houses buildings like the Joy of Life fountain, The Serpentine Bridge and the famous Archiles statue. The two lakeside restaurants serve everything from a cup of coffee to an elaborate three-course meal. You can also go to Speaker’s Corner to listen what some of the famous orators have to say.

Food and Drink

Hyde Park offers numerous cafes, kiosks and restaurants to choose from.

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

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Patrick Gwynne’s well recognized building on the eastern periphery of the Serpentine in Hyde Park brings to you the famous Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. The place is influenced by English country living. Their menu includes delicious meals and snacks, sandwiches and salads, cakes and pudding.

Lido Bar and Café

Lovely place to enjoy food, Lido Bar and Café comes with a large alfresco dining space and offers a view that is unbeatable. The place is licensed for alcohol. It is situated near the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

Top-rated attractions around

Kensington Palace and Gardens

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Kensington Palace is a royal residence in Kensington Gardens in London. The residence of the British Royal Family, it is the official abode of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Some of the highlights include the impressive Queen’s staircase by Sir Christopher Wren and the quarters of Queen Victoria to name a few.

Albert Memorial

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Albert Memorial is a 180ft Victorian bronze gilt statue which is situated in Kensington Gardens.  It is a tribute to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. The memorial captures a love story that stood the test of time. At the time of its completion, Albert Memorial was considered as being one of the costliest works in granite of the era.

Visitors can walk around the memorial for free. They can also join one of the guided tours.

Oxford Street

If you like to shop, this is the place for you. With more than 300 shops, 5 million square feet of space and more than 200 million visitors every year, Oxford Street is undoubtedly London’s busiest street. Oxford Street brings to you an excellent selection of international designers available. Also, there are numerous great cafes and restaurants to chill out. When it comes to high street fashion, Oxford Street it is! Some of the shops include Zara, Mango, Topman and French Connection. Most of the shops open from 10am to 6 or 7pm.

Natural History Museum

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Home to over 70 million specimens from all around the world, the Natural History Museum is a very popular attraction. One of the most popular exhibits in the museum is the Dinosaur Gallery. Children can enjoy interesting activities through educational tools and art galleries.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, V & A museum houses over 4 million items spanning numerous centuries and cultures. The collection covers Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic art and artifacts like ceramics, glass, costume, and weaponry. The building is a mix of Edwardian and Victorian design.

Science Museum

Located in South Kensington, the extremely interactive and engaging Science Museum is home to an excellent collection in the area of Science. With over 15000 objects on display including objects like Stephenson’s Rocket, the museum is a must-visit. The King George III Collection of scientific instruments shows 18th century science.

Accommodation and Travel

When it comes to staying in London, a place close to the beautiful Hyde Park is definitely a preferred option. Some of the areas in the vicinity include South Kensington and Piccadilly. With famous attractions around, charming shopping areas and a plethora of eateries, these areas offer it all. Ratedapartments offers an exhaustive range of well furnished serviced apartments in places close to Hyde Park. Check out top properties on http://www.ratedapartments.com by clicking on the images below.

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Hyde Park Corner tube station, a London underground station close to Hyde Park corner in Hyde Park offers you a hassle-free way of travelling.