Kensington Park Gardens

We have an annual picnic in the private gardens of Kensington Park Gardens, the grandest boulevard in west London (well, we’ve done it two years running which makes it feel like a tradition).   I’m always amazed by the scale and the spaciousness of these private gardens, a product of mid-nineteenth century bourgeois opulence, with nannies using them to park prams and businessmen can have their morning constitutional.   They occupy the site of a racecourse known as the Hippodrome owned by the Ladbroke estate.   Hence Ladbroke Square.   Nine acres, the largest private gardens in London after Buckingham Palace.   We had supper in a glade with monogrammed white table napkins and the sound of tennis in the background.

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