Parklife

I took these pictures a month or so ago when I was in London and in the excitement of London Fashion Week, Vogue and lots of food I forgot to put them up! But here they are. When I return to London this week it is unlikely that the weather will be quite as lovely as it is in these pictures and I would be worried if children were splashing around in the fountains (it is October after all..brrrr) but I’m sure it will all still be very much the same apart from an additional spattering of brown leaves on the floor and the odd conker.

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Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are beautiful…there’s no denying it. You could quite easily spend a large proportion of your day meandering round between the two (they are next door to each other after all). With forest-y areas, expanses of grass for playing. picnicking and dog-walking on it is a little haven of nature and clean air in the middle of the big City.

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If you enter Kensington Gardens by the Royal Albert Hall you are met by a rather handsome statue of Albert himself. The Albert Memorial. Designed by the very gentlemanly sounding Mr George Gilbert Scott it is a prime example of the Victorians doing what they did best – gothic extravagance! Ornate gold, figures representing the continents of the world and an nod to the Great Exhibition it really does tick all the boxes.

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Once you have gawped a bit at this little bit of jazzy history you can take a stroll through the trees and you’ll pop out right by the Serpentine Gallery. The Serpentine always has something slightly bizarre, weird or wonderful on so it’s always worth checking out the website (click here) in case there is something that takes your fancy. Annoyingly, I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside so telling you about the exhibition I saw would be a little pointless. Instead, I can tell you about the incredible Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, built by Sou Fojimoto this year and home to a Fortnum and Mason cafe! For those who aren’t the biggest fans of art and sculpture, the cafe is often the highlight of an gallery or museum visit. If this is you then this gallery will soon by one of your favourites…the F&M goodies are a clear winner. The structure is beautiful and you can climb and sit on it as well as enjoying your F&M coffee from within…

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If it’s a lovely sunny day then taking your Fortnum and Mason treats to the Diana Memorial Fountains, The Lido Cafe and the boating lake should all be on the agenda. The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen is a slightly more relaxed and laid-back affair. Sitting at the water’s edge you can enjoy seasonal wood cooked on a wood-fire oven as well as dipping your toe in their cocktail menu.

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I managed to get a snap of this handsome fella without him snapping me…always a triumph.

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