Italian Gardens
Italian Gardens

Welcome to Kensington Gardens

Once upon a time, this park was the private playground of the nobility. 

Key information

Opening times (pedestrian gate)
6am - 9:45pm

Food & drink available

Eating and drinking in Kensington Gardens

Lunch by the elegant Italian Gardens and treat yourself to an ice cream from the world’s first electric-powered ice cream van – only in Kensington Gardens.

Coffee by the fountain, or pizza by the playground – you choose!

From the ornate Italian Gardens to the Victorian gothic glory of The Albert Memorial, each of the historic monuments in Kensington Gardens has its own unique atmosphere. And so do our six cafés and kiosks. 

Our cafés and kiosks

Because there’s so much to see and do, we’ve located our cafés and kiosks at our most popular sites. Kensington Gardens has six to choose from: the Italian Gardens Café, the Broad Walk Café, the Albert Memorial Kiosk, which is open in the summer months, the Palace Gate Kiosk – famous locally for its bacon and sausage baps – and the vintage ice cream van at Kensington Palace. 

Each one of our Kensington Gardens outlets serves delicious hot and cold food, with a full range of vegan, vegetarian, and dietary options. Everything we sell is sustainably prepared

Check out the park information boards or the park map for the most convenient café for your visit.

Picnicking in Kensington Gardens

The park is a great place for a picnic! A selection of freshly cut sandwiches, artisan baguettes and drinks are available in our cafés and kiosks.

Feel free to bring your own food and drink to enjoy in the park but barbecues and any sort of fire lighting is absolutely forbidden.

Please take your litter home with you or place it in one of our bins on the way out – wildlife and litter don’t mix.

Every purchase helps us care for Kensington Gardens

A proportion of anything you spend at our cafés or kiosks goes straight back to help look after the Royal Parks, and the wealth of wildlife and natural habitats they contain.

  • The Italian Gardens Café in Kensington Gardens

    Italian Gardens Café

    The Italian Gardens Café is the perfect spot for soaking up the ornamental Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens whilst enjoying a range of food and drink.

  • Broad Walk Café in spring

    Broad Walk Café

    Broad Walk Cafe in Kensington Gardens offers speciality coffee and teas along with homemade cakes, pastries and a range of delis on artisan breads.

  • Albert Memorial kiosk in spring

    Albert Memorial kiosk

    The Albert Memorial Kiosk is a seasonal kiosk open from Easter until the end of September serving high quality food and freshly ground speciality coffee.

  • Palace Gate Kiosk in Kensington Gardens in spring

    Palace Gate kiosk

    Palace Gate Kiosk, located on the south end of the Broad Walk, offers a range of freshly made baguettes on artisan breads, salads and speciality coffee.

  • Ice cream van in Kensington Gardens

    Ice cream vans

    The Rolls Royce of ice cream vans can be found situated at the Italian Gardens and on the Broad Walk in front of Kensington Palace.