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Exploring London Gardens and Parks

Gardens and parks are ornaments of a city and London is one of the few cities in the world which is beautifully decorated by these patches of lush greenery. In fact, there are several gardens in this city which if not visited, would make your London trip incomplete.  Citizens in London are very aware about the preservation of the exuberance of London and thus, they often volunteer to maintain parks in their neighbourhood.

Feel the true essence of London by staying in these places 

To reach these beautiful destinations, you have to lodge in reputable as well as hospitable hotels. And in this context, no other hotel may come as close to the The Shaftesbury Hotel Hyde Park Hotel as well as The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, because of an endless number of reasons. They are located within the vicinity of the gardens and parks of London and promise a comfortable and fulfilling stay. With the amenities of a modern life, these hotels with their exquisite decor and design would surely impress you. They also offer a complimentary breakfast. Besides, they have facilities like restaurants, bars, club rooms etc.

From royal gardens to community parks, London is beautifully adorned with the colour green the chief gardens and parks that must be visited are: 

a.Hampton Court Palace Gardens and Maze

b.Kew Gardens

c.Royal Observatory Greenwich

d.Chelsea Physic Gardens

e.London Wetland Centre

f.Kensington Palace Gardens

Brief ideas about the mentioned landmarks are as follows:

a.  Hampton Court Palace Gardens and Maze

The Hampton Court Palace Gardens and Maze   a unique landmark built in the 1680s at the Hampton Court Palace being patronised by William III of Orange. Designed by George London and Henry Wise, the Hampton Court Palace Gardens and Maze is a specimen of exuberant garden architecture. It covers an area of about less than an acre with several pathways and has a hedge maze. Again, the maze is also a practical example of Dept First Search algorithm. Praised by several notable personalities like Jerome K. Jerome and Daniel Defoe, this place as a whole covers a span of 60 acres.  Several plants can be noticed here including a magnanimous grape vine. You may also notice a herd of deer sprinting here and there.

b.  Kew Gardens

The Kew Gardens is known to be the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”. Also it the largest UNESCO site in London. Thus, already know how important it is to visit this particular place. With the iconic landscapes, vistas, glass houses and nursery, you will be really enchanted to roam about it, whether you are fond of gardening or not. At the Kew Garden, you would be exploring the following excitement boosting options:

  • The Hive
  • The Tree Top Walk Way
  • The Kid’s Kew
  • The Great Broad Walk  Borders
  • The Palm House
  • The Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens

 Here, several workshops are also held from time to time that include: insect adventure camps, movie camps, animation camps, kitchen garden camps, and so on.

c.Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Royal Observatory Greenwich overlooks the river Thames and stands with pride atop a hill in Greenwich Park. Owing to its maritime history, we all know how significant this observatory is; apart from being the location of the Greenwich Mean Time, this observatory deals with other astronomical and navigation operations.  Commissioned by King Charles II, this landmark was built in 1675 and has survived a bomb attack in 1894 by a young French anarchist. Mention by Joseph Conrad, in his works, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, at present has been transformed into a museum, comprising several interesting objects, like: John Harrison’s sea watch, Grubb Refracting Telescope, a planetarium, etc.

d.  Chelsea Physic Gardens

The name of this place, Chelsea Physics Gardens might seen to be a weird combination of words representing their meanings, however, the historical context behind it is quite enthralling. Built in 1673, the Chelsea Physics Gardens was built for imparting knowledge to the apothecaries of medieval medical professionals. Here, they learnt how to identify medicinal plants, their properties and also their usage. This Physic garden or the garden of healing is a home to the oldest rock garden in England.  The significant facades of this garden include:

  • The Garden of Medicinal Plants
  • The Pharmaceutical Garde,
  • The Garden of World Medicine
  • The Garden of Edible and Useful Plants
  • The World Woodland Garden

e.  London Wetland Centre

The London Wetland Centre is reclaimed and reused Victorian reservoirs that were built within the vicinity of River Thames.  Managed and protected by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, it covers an area of 29.9 hectares. This transformed architecture offers the visitors to have glimpses of several exotic birds like:

  • Eurasian Bittern
  • Northern Pintail,
  • Northern Lapwing,
  • Water Rail
  • Rose-Ringed Parakeet
  • Eurasian Sparrow Hawk
  • Sand Martin
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Little Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe.

f.  Kensington Palace Gardens

The Kensington Place Gardens is among the richest properties in England and is located in central west London. They are denoted as “intimate, tranquil, and secluded oasis” and have chief parts like the Sunken Garden, the Cradle Walk and the Formal Gardens.

The Sunken garden is an ornamental garden with exquisite Victorian fountains, Terraced Gardens, as well as ornamental ponds and flower beds. Several vibrant flowers like petunias, wallflower, and gardenias, tulips, pansies, etc bloom here. The ornamentation of this place is beyond your expectation!

The Cradle Walk or the Nanny Walk is the pavement that circulates around the Sunken Garden. It also takes you through out the garden stopping at every wonderful object you come across inside the dense growth of manicured greenery.

The Formal Gardens were King Henry VIII’s luxurious play ground where he often used to indulge in deer hunt. It covers an area of 242 acres and is built in the Dutch style. These gardens have been witnesses to the birth and demise of several English kings and queens.

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