We have finally arrived at the last of the posts from my London trip with Laura, which in a rather confusing fashion is about the first place we visited! Laura suggested walking through Kensington Gardens to get to the museums in South Kensington, which was a much more pleasant route than traipsing along roads. I had never been to Kensington Gardens before, and was quite surprised by how idyllic it was.
We even saw a beautiful swan with a clutch of fluffy cygnets! Such a magical moment.
The Long Water at the centre of the Gardens is bordered by beautiful (and wildlife friendly!) swathes of meadow plants in the summer.
There are also some beautiful sculptures and statues-a Henry Moore piece and the famous Peter Pan statue.
I have to admit I was more taken with the many animals on the base of the statue than with Peter Pan himself...
It was strange looking into the distance and seeing high rise buildings, as the park almost didn't feel like it was in London! It was so verdant and full of wildlife.
Kensington Gardens is conveniently close to Paddington Station and lots of museums, and is definitely worth making the detour for a little dose of tranquility.