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London – Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combine over 500 acres, smack in the middle of London. Once the exclusive preserve of English kings and queens, both parks have lakes, fountains, playgrounds, statues, and are fun for kids, in any season. Just walking or running around these parks is great, so consider them your backyard while visiting London.
    Hyde Park
Boating on the Serpentine
    Go boating – In summer, rent row boats or pedal boats, and laze on The Serpentine, a large lake created by Queen Caroline in the 18th century. Let the kids do the pedaling. (Boat house to rent the boats is on the north side of The Serpentine.)
    Lido – June - Sept., the Lido (south side of the lake) has a charming children's wading pool and playground, perfect for toddlers. On a warm summer's afternoon, this a wonderful place for parents and kids alike to relax. There's also an outdoor cafe, and ice cream, lockers and lounge chairs are available.
      Princess Diana Memorial Fountain – If the weather's fine, join lots of other families and kids dabbling their toes in refreshing waters. We just love this fountain, although it's not at all like a traditional fountain. It's a large circle of shallow water, riffling and flowing over textured granite surfaces, like a bubbling mountain stream.
      Playground – Any time of year, kids will enjoy the big playground with slides, swings, and climbing structures. The playground is located on the south side of the park, between the Edinburgh and Rutland Gates.
    Kensington Gardens
Peter Pan statue - Kensington Gardens
    Peter Pan Statue – J.M. Barrie lived near Kensington Gardens, and was inspired by his walks in the park when he wrote Peter Pan. Little kids will enjoy a visit to see the statue of Peter Pan. Not only is the statue fun, but the surroundings are lovely – Long Water, fountains and statues around the Italian Gardens, and a playground.
      Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground – This is a really good playground with a pirate ship to climb all over and sand play area, tipis to hide in, swings and more. Plus, there's an old-fashioned carousel (ride in the red royal coach), a cafe with snacks, and the old Elfin Oak, carved with fairies.
      At The Round Pond, check out the swans, geese and ducks. The swans are especially lovely. You might also people sailing model boats on the pond.
      Kensington Palace – Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace, and grew up there. You can see her bedroom, where she was awakened with the news that she had become queen at age 18. Older kids interested in fashion will enjoy the exhibit of court dress, what men and women wore to be presented before the king or queen. However, in general, Kensington Palace doesn't really have that much for kids.
Kids on horseback at Rotten Row
  Hyde Park & Kensington Stables – Take a memorable horseback ride through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Little kids are provided with an instructor and they'll have a delightful long trot through the park, including a ride on Rotten Row, the Victorian-era bridle path. You have to be six, helmets and boots are supplied. Call in advance to reserve a time – 020.7723.2813 (Hyde Park) or 020.7589.2299 (Kensington).
    Science Museum (National Museum of Science and Industry) – This Science Museum is a big hit with kids – you may want to go more than once. Get an appreciation for the finely-honed wood and brass 18th century science apparatus along with the high tech inventions. Head for the basement for plenty of hands-on stuff, especially good for younger kids.
    Victoria and Albert Museum – The Victoria and Albert Museum has a fabulous collection of Far Eastern art, but you may prefer to head straight to the Dress Collection where you can see 400 years of sumptuous fashion and accessories, or to the metalwork, silver and jewelry department to check out medieval jeweled chalices and cups and armor. For more information, check out the V&A website.
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