A huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground. This children's wonderland, in memory of the late Princess, is located next to her Kensington Palace home and is a fitting tribute for a Princess who loved the innocence of childhood.
Over 750,000 children enjoy this free playground each year. Kids love to play, explore, dash about, and let their imaginations soar in this magical space. There is a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. There's plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too.
The design has created an area where less able and able-bodied children can play together and seeks to provide for the physical, creative, social and educational development of your children. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play.
The Diana Playground Café serves fresh salads, sandwiches and drinks, and offers a children's menu. There are also toilets, including disabled and baby change facilities.
Next to the play ground is the stump of an Oak tree that was carved by Ivor Innes - worth a look.
While you are in Kensington Gardens you could also visit the garden and statue dedicated to J M Barrie's fictional character Peter Pan or take a moment to feed to ducks on the Serpentine.
To get to there from the Americana; take the 274 bus from Baker Street to Lancaster Gate.
When the bus gets to Lancaster Gate, it is the last stop, you will be next to a gate the is an entrance to Kensington Gardens, inside there is a map of the gardens. It is about 400 meters to the playground.