Visit London Blog » Kensington Gardens Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Video of the Week: Beautiful London by Chris Brooker Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:09:18 +0000

We love this gorgeous time-lapse/hyper-lapse video by Chris Brooker. The film took three weeks to make and consists of more than 15,000 still images.

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Arab Hip-Hop, Musical Rebels and Sudanese Art: Shubbak Festival of Arab Culture Launches in London Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:52:07 +0000 Ghada Khunji: The Wall Whisperers

The Shubbak festival of Arab culture begins tomorrow in London, with 15 days of concerts, films, theatre, exhibitions, family activities and debates to look forward to.

“These are turbulent and challenging times for the region,” said Festival Chair Omar Al-Qattan, “but they are also rich with expectation and hope. No-one can guide us better through them than the region’s writers, artists

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and creators, and London is one of the best places to celebrate that extraordinary vitality and creativity.”

Have a look through the festival programme and you will find plenty of interesting and unexpected events, such as a party at The Flyover Portobello showcasing young Arab hip-hop, soul and reggae artists from America, the UK, Jordan and Palestine.

“What we wanted to do was look at the whole range and not limit ourselves to the classical art forms,” said the festival’s Artistic Director, Eckhard Thiemann.

Other highlights include a double bill at the Barbican starring two musical rebels from Algeria, rock and rai performer Rachid Taha and singer-songwriter Souad Massi, and an exhibition of work by 83-year-old Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi at Tate Modern. There are also free events for families in Kensington Gardens and Lyric Square, Hammersmith.

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What Else Happened in 1863, The Year The Tube Opened? Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:30:42 +0000

The year 1863 began with the opening of the world’s first underground railway – London’s Tube – on 9 January, 150 years ago today! Further significant events from 1863 include:

  • JANUARY: In railway-related news, construction began in Sacramento, California, of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States.
  • FEBRUARY: US inventor Alanson Crane patents a fire extinguisher that uses a combination of sodium bicarbonate and sulphuric acid to shoot pressurised water (the world’s first fire extinguisher was patented in England in 1723)
  • MARCH: A Royal Wedding in the UK when The Prince of Wales Albert Edward (later Edward VII) married Princess Alexandra of Denmark at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  • APRIL: George Gilbert Scott’s design for the Albert Memorial was formally approved by Queen Victoria (it took 10 years to build and opened in 1872).
  • MAY: The Salon des Refuses exhibition opens in Paris, featuring works of avant-garde artists including Manet’s Le dejeuner sur l’herbe.
  • JUNE: The Victoria & Albert Museum‘s recently opened North Court featured its first exhibition this year – a display of the wedding presents given to the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandria.
  • JULY: Madame Tussauds has been open in London’s Baker Street for 21 years. The exhibition at this time featured around 400 famous figures in wax including Horatio Nelson and Sir Walter Scott.
  • SEPTEMBER: London Zoo‘s public aquarium (the first in the world) has been open for 10 years.
  • DECEMBER: In more railway news, Romania’s first mountain railway opens between Anina to Oravita.


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Eastern Bloc Party: Russia.Sochi.Park comes to Kensington Gardens Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:01:27 +0000

Details have just emerged of an exciting new attraction that will take place during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hosted by The Russian Olympic Federation and the organisers of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia.Sochi.Park will be the biggest ever Russian event to be held in the UK and a fantastic opportunity to explore the country’s culture.

Held in Kensington Gardens, the two areas of Russia.Sochi.Park will offer visitors a chance to explore the best of both Russian summer and winter. Russia Park, taking place in the north west of the Gardens, will be a summer festival offering a huge variety of Russian cultural experiences. You’ll be able to sample traditional cuisine in the Picnic Zone, watch a diverse range of performances and even come up close to some of the country’s leading athletes during a series of masterclasses. Special events will also take place in the Russia House hospitality centre.

To the south, meanwhile, Russian winter will be celebrated in Sochi park, themed around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, South Russia. Here you can experience all the sensations of the next Winter Games in the Visitor Experience Pavilion, which uses 4D technology to transport you to the snowy slopes of the Sochi mountains. You can also watch breathtaking performances from Olympic and world figure-skating champions in the Ice Arena.

Early bird tickets, which allow access to both parks, are currently on sale at £10. Tickets to the Sochi: Small Stories of a Big City show in the Ice Arena are also available for £20.

If that sounds a bit icy for your liking, however, check out the launch of Rio Occupation London at the Battersea Arts Centre. Part of the LIFT and London 2012 Festivals, this free party on 8 July marks the start of a month long fiesta of performances, parties, screenings and gigs from 30 of the best Brazilian artists.

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London Photo of the Week: Swan in Kensington Gardens Sat, 26 May 2012 08:00:58 +0000

If you fancy swanning about in the park this weekend, why not head to Kensington Gardens like Mel Toledo, who shared this photo of a majestic swan with the Visit London Flickr group.

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The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe: Building The threesixty Theatre In Kensington Gardens Mon, 07 May 2012 11:00:52 +0000

New theatre show The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe starts previews in Kensington Gardens tomorrow night. It looks like it’ll be a fantastic evening’s entertainment.

Ahead of their first night, here’s an amazing time-lapse video of the theatre being built.

Interested in seeing the show? You can read more about it, and book tickets here.

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Chinese Cuisine at Min Jiang in Kensington Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:49:21 +0000

If you fancy some Chinese cuisine which is slightly more authentic than the questionable takeaway over the road then head to Min Jiang in Kensington High Street. 

Overlooking Kensington Gardens, on the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, this Chinese restaurant offers a menu of culinary delights with fabulous décor and service to match.

Walking into the restaurant, you’ll notice Chinese blue and white vases and eye-catching red walls lined with black and white photography. Panaramic windows show off the view over the gardens. 

We sampled a few of the starter dishes including dim sum, crispy fried squid and cold drunken chicken. The highlight was the deliciously different crispy duck skin in fine granulated sugar. 

For the main course, we couldn’t resist the chef’s special – wood-fired Beijing duck. This needs to be ordered in advance and the chef will even come over to your table to carve the duck in front of you.

This elegant restaurant comes highly recommended for Chinese cuisine at its very best. 

Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT

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Video of the Week: London, by ThreePoints Fri, 21 May 2010 15:00:57 +0000

London from ThreePoints on Vimeo.

We love this video of London in springtime! Taken just a month ago, it shows the best of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in London: the wildlife, blossoms, greenery, and the Serpentine in gorgeous spring sunshine.

Let’s hope the weather this weekend inspires you to head out and enjoy London’s famous parklife too.

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Photo of the Week: Kensington Gardens Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:00:21 +0000 Kensington Gardens

Would you like to be lazing in Kensington Gardens right now with an ice cream and a good book? We would.

This relaxing photo is by *~NA~* from the Visit London Flickr pool. You can add your photos of London to the group and we might pick your pic for its moment of fame!

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Peter Pan Kensington Gardens Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:48:43 +0000 Peter Pan Kensington Gardens: Captain Hook

Sophie May (12) reports.

As we approached the huge, white tent in Kensington Gardens, little children excitedly fluttered about in fairy costumes. In fact, everyone seemed very excited about seeing Peter Pan.

The atmosphere inside the tent was magical. The actors were wonderful (especially Captain Hook) and the set design was brilliant. The beautiful, animated 360 degree projections on the inside of the tent made us feel as though we were right in the story – and the images changed every time the setting changed. It was truly awe-inspiring when Peter and his friends flew over London because it felt as though we were flying as well. There were delightful moments when the audience got involved and children tinkled their fairy bells, which was so lovely.

Everything about the play was enjoyable. I had a really great time and I think anyone of any age would love the show.

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