Two London Gardens

Bailey’s Hotel Lobby

My five days in London began with a cheerful display of sunflowers at The Bailey’s Hotel and progressed to the wonders of Kensington, Chelsea Physic, and later, Kew Gardens. Kensington Gardens, formerly for Royals only, was a short walk from Bailey’s Hotel on my first day, a perfect antidote to jet lag. My main objective was the Serpentine Pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), that my friend Robert Ames had suggested, but I discovered many other delights. Take a look.

Serpentine Pavilion
Serpentine Pavilion
Serpentine Pavilion, interior
Serpentine Pavilion, interior
Serpentine Pavilion, interior detail
Serpentine Pavilion, interior detail
High-tech Unicyclist
High-tech Unicyclist
ISIS, Egyptian Goddess, not Islamic State
Isis, a 2009 bronze sculpture by Simon Gudgeon, shares its name with the ancient Egyptian Goddess of nature and motherhood, not the Islamic State.
Serpentine Lake
Serpentine Lake
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, very large, many children
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain is very large and attracted many children, as well as one tired American who needed a foot soak.
Princess Diana Memorial Walk
Princess Diana Memorial Walk
Prince Albert Memorial, from a distance
Prince Albert Memorial, from a distance
Prince Albert Memorial, close-up
Prince Albert Memorial, close-up. He was Queen Victoria’s husband.

 

Anne Rennie at Chelsea Physic Garden
Anne Rennie at Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden, suggested by my Arlington friend Dawn Bellinger, was a delight for my English friend Anne Rennie and me to see on August 2. Established by apothecaries in 1673, its size is now only three and a half acres. Under the leadership of Sir Hans Sloane, a physician who also helped establish the British Museum, this garden was a pioneer in the scientific study of plant-based medicines. Here are glimpses of the beauty we saw and the ideas we encountered.

Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden

 

Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden notable, Sir Hans Sloane
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden

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