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Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Address
97 Abbotsbury Road
Kensington
W14 8EP
Contact
0207 602 2226
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The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a medium-sized pond and waterfall garden London City Park and was opened in 1991 to celebrate the Japanese Festival, and refurbished in 2001 as part of Japan 2001. Both the original design and refurbishment were carried out by a team of garden specialists flown over from Kyoto. The Detroit Free Press described it as one of “three places in London you’ll never forget” (along with the Cabinet War Rooms and Portobello Road).

Round Pond

Address
Kensington Gardens
London
W2 2UH
Contact
0207 298 2141
kensington@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk
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Within Kensington Gardens lies The Round Pond, originally commissioned by George II in 1730. The Pond, although not actually round, can be seen directly from Kensington Palace, flanked all around by mature trees, access to other areas and most northerly, the Broadwalk.
Starting in January 2014, a large scale renovation project began, to restore the Pond to its former glory in accordance with the original 1734 design by Charles Bridgeman (see below). Bridgeman’s vision included sharp edges creating a contrast with the water, presented on a plateau to be viewed from the Palace, and by its occupants in the most decadent manner. During the 18th and 19th century, other designs have changed the landscape of the Pond and surrounding Gardens, however it was felt that restoring the original Bridgeman design would be most appropriate.

Avondale Park

Address
Walmer Road
London
W11 4PQ
Contact
0207 602 2226
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An interesting park combining formal gardens, children’s play areas, a small wildlife area and a modern multi-usage games area for 5-a-side football, netball and tennis.
With an aim to improve biodiversity in the park, a grass-free lawn has been created at Avondale Park. Made entirely of flowers, both native and non-native species, and a range of cultivars have been used to create an amazing patchwork of colour, nectar, pollen and scent.

Kensington Memorial Park

Address
St Marks Road
London
W10 6DG
Contact
0207 602 2226
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This park is the first to undergo major improvements as part of the Ten-year parks strategy 2006-2015. The park offers many recreational activities including pleasant formal areas, a children’s playground, tennis, football, junior cricket and One O’clock club which is managed by Family and Children’s Services. A kiosk is open during the summer months. Garden Practicalities: staffed Park. Open 7.30am until dusk. Public toilet facilities. Sports Booking Line: 020 7602 2226

Worlds End Estate Parks

Address
1st Floor
Worlds End Estate
Chelsea
SW10 0EP
Contact
0207 602 2226
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There are 2 parks located inside the Worlds End estate.
These parks are found on the 1st floor and contain climbing apparatus and recreation grounds.
There are no public facilities located in either park.

Cremorne Gardens

Address

SW10
Contact
0207 349 9591
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An interesting and well designed garden, Cremorne Gardens is situated in the south of the Borough on the northern bank of the River Thames.  Not far from King’s Road it boasts spectacular views over the Thames and offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of London living.
Garden Practicalities: Staffed Park. Open 7.30am until dusk. Public toilet facilities.

Westfield Park

Address
Uverdale Road
Chelsea
SW10 0ST
Contact
0207 361 3003
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A popular, well-designed neighbourhood  park between King’s Road and Lots Road, encompassing grass areas, trees, shrubs and flowerbeds with toilets and a newly refurbished children’s play area.

Ropers Gardens

Address
Cheyne Walk
Chelsea
SW10
Contact
0207 602 2226
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A small sunken garden with sheltered seating and enclosed grass and shrub areas near to Chelsea Embankment.
In Ropers gardens an ancient cherry tree is the gardens most outstanding feature. This was planted to celebrate the visit of Gunji Koizumi, who introduced judo to the UK

Worlds End Nurseries Garden Centre

Address
441-457 Kings Road
Chelsea
SW10 0LR
Contact
020 7351 3343
contact@worldsendnurseries.com
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Like a breath of fresh air set amongst the bricks and mortar of West London, World’s End Nurseries of King’s Road, Chelsea, is a delightful garden centre with a friendly and tranquil atmosphere.   It was created in the early 1970’s by James Lotery, a passionate horticulturist.
World’s End Nurseries is Chelsea’s longest established garden centre. Escape the urban metropolis to a haven of peace in more than an acre of lush green foliage where classical music pervades and life moves at nature’s rhythm.

St. Lukes Gardens

Address
Sydney Street
Chelsea
SW3 6NH
Contact
0207 352 6985
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St Luke’s Gardens has an unusual and attractive flower display, a new children’s playground and Multi-Use-Games-Area. The park is a popular relaxation area when visiting the King’s Road as well as being available for use and enjoyment by local residents.

Little Wormwood Scrubs Park

Address
95 St.Helen's Gardens
London
W10 6AD
Contact
0207 361 3003
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The Park consists of a large open area consisting of amenity grassland, semi-improved neutral grassland, scrub, scattered trees and woodland. There is an adventure playground with an adjoining One o’ Clock club on the west side of the park and a smaller toddlers playground located on the east side.

Alec Clifton-Taylor Memorial Gardens

Address
St.Mary Abbots Gardens
Kensington
W8 4EP
Contact
0207 361 3000
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The former churchyard of St Mary Abbots opened as a public garden in 1953.
Alec Clifton-Taylor memorial gardens were designed in commemoration of Alec Clifton-Taylor, President of The Kensington Society from 1978 until his death in 1985 and are situated next to St Mary Abbots Gardens. The land was formerly wasteland behind the Old Town Hall, which developers agreed to give partly to the Church School and partly as open space.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Address
66 Royal Hospital Road
Chelsea
SW3 4HS
Contact
0207 352 5646
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Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in the identification and use of medicinal plants. The location was chosen due to its proximity to the River Thames. This allowed the Apothecaries to moor their barge, collect plants in the surrounding areas and take advantage of the river’s warm air currents, which contribute to the Garden’s unique microclimate. River access also allowed plants arriving from around the World to be introduced to the British Isles via the Garden. Its international reputation was established early on as a result of the global seed exchange scheme, known as Index Seminum, which it initiated in the 1700’s and continues to this day.

Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance

Address
Bosworth Road
West London
W10 5EG
Contact
0207 602 9483
www.rbkc.gov.uk
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The park boasts an innovative children’s play area, an all-weather floodlit sports area, changing rooms and several works of contemporary art. The formal Voysey Garden has been completely restored to its original design. There is a kiosk during the summer months

Battersea Bridge Embankment Gardens

Address
Cheyne Walk
Chelsea
SW3 5TS
Contact
0207 361 3000
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Pleasant gardens alongside the busy Chelsea Embankment with spring and summer bedding, trees, shrubs and grass areas. The Bridge gardens provide pleasing surroundings whilst walking alongside the Thames. Near the Chelsea Embankment Gardens outside Chelsea Old Church a statue of St Thomas More can be found in St Thomas More Gardens.

Dovehouse Green

Address
Dovehouse Street
Kings Road
SW3 6JY
Contact
0207 361 3000
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The old King’s Road burial ground is now an attractive garden with an excellent display of daffodils in the spring. This open area provides a quiet spot to sit among the trees and shrubs.
Dovehouse Green was laid out as a garden in 1977. It was originally a gift from Sir Hans Sloane to the borough in 1733, for use as a burial ground and closed in 1824.
There is a plaque on the green as a memorial to 457 civilians killed in WWII.

Redcliffe Square Gardens

Address
Redcliffe Square
Chelsea
SW10
Contact
0207 361 3000
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A quiet, pleasant tree-lined London square for relaxation with mixed shrubberies and a small play area for younger children.
Redcliffe Square was built as part of the Gunter estate in the 1860s. The area was dominated by farmland prior to building development and Redcliffe Gardens used to be one of the old routes through the area, called Walnut Tree Walk, until the estate was laid out. Robert Gunter initiated most of the development of the estate, and much of the design was by his surveyor George Godwin working with his brother Henry. The name Redcliffe was chosen due to Godwin’s connections with Bristol.
This square was given to the Borough for free in 1949 providing its character was maintained.

Royal Avenue

Address
Royal Avenue
Chelsea
SW3 4QF
Contact
0207 361 3000
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A gravelled avenue adjacent to the busy King’s Road Chelsea.
Part of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, this was part of a bold project intended to connect the Royal Hospital with William III’s Kensington Palace in a scheme by Sir Christopher Wren approved in 1681. Unfortunately the project stopped short at King’s Road, and the flanking terraces are not uniform. The Avenue originally had gravel with grass verges, horse chestnut trees and hedging with wooden fencing bordering each side. Walls and gates enclosed each end with ladder stiles, painted white in 1748 and the Avenue previously called Chestnut Walk became known as White Stiles.

Holland Park

Address
Ilchester Place
Kensington
W8 6LU
Contact
0207 471 9813
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The Royal Borough’s largest park with 22.5 hectares of gardens, children’s play facilities, sports areas, a cafeteria and large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife. Contained within the park is the beautiful Kyoto Garden; a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.
Holland Park provides facilities for tennis, football, golf practice nets, cricket practice nets and netball. Health walks and other activities are also run in the park. For more information see sports facilities in parks or to book the facilities call: 020 7602 2226.