THE ROUND POND, KENSINGTON GARDENS
Without doubt the most popular part of the surprisingly rural Kensington Gardens is the Round Pond. In the summer it is used for model-boat sailing, an amusement that has its fascination for adults as well as for children; and in the winter, when frozen over, its waters are thronged by skaters. Our picture includes a statue of the Queen, and the front of Kensington Palace, of which a nearer view will be found on page 136. Kensington Gardens, divided from Hyde Park by the Serpentine, and controlled by H.M. Office of Works, are 275 acres in extent, and are adorned with many rare plants and shrubs. They are still fairly wooded, though many of the fine trees which once flourished here have had to be felled.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896