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Kensington Gardens began their existence in 1689, when William III bought a part of Hyde Park and had Kensington Palace built in red brick. It was Queen Anne who extended the gardens by adding another 30 acres of Hyde Park to it, and she had the Orangery created in 1704. More recently the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground for children has been added. To get to the Kensington Gardens by tube, the nearest stations are High Street Kensington, Notting hill gate or Bayswater, and many buses stop next to the park. The park is very popular with walkers, sun bathers, joggers, picnickers or persons searching for a bit of nature in town. 178 bird species have been identified within the park. Cycling is allowed along certain main paths, to cross the park. Next to the playground there is the Broadway café serving food and drinks from 8am to 8pm. There are also a couple of ponds, an Italian garden, the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine gallery to visit and there are planned events in the park throughout the year.
Heathrow Express operates since 1998 from Paddington train station to Heathrow Airport Terminal 1-4. It is a non-stop train and it takes just 15 minutes to complete the journey. Trains depart every 15 minutes. There are two different classes of service: First Class and Express Class. First Class offers working desk with complimentary newspaper and magazines. The First Class cabin is situated in the front or the rear of the train so it provides easier and quicker access to the Terminals. There are TVs in both First Class and Express Class cabins. The programmes shown include BBC news, Top Gear, London Attractions etc. You can use your mobile for the entire journey, even the train is inside the tunnel. There are Quiet Zones if you would like some peace and quiet for the entire journey.