Kensington area guide

Living in Kensington

Welcome to Kensington, one of London's most prestigious and elegant neighbourhoods. With its rich cultural heritage, world-class attractions, and leafy streets, Kensington boasts sophistication and charm. From historic landmarks to exclusive boutiques, there's something for everyone to explore in this vibrant enclave.


Introduction to Kensington

Discover the timeless elegance and cultural richness of living in Kensington, one of London's most esteemed neighbourhoods. With its grand Victorian and Georgian architecture, iconic landmarks like Kensington Palace, and world-renowned museums nearby, Kensington offers a sophisticated lifestyle steeped in history and refinement. Explore upscale boutiques along Kensington High Street, experience culinary delights at Michelin-starred restaurants, and unwind in picturesque green spaces like Holland Park and Kensington Gardens. With exceptional transportation links and prestigious schools, Kensington provides an unparalleled living experience.


History of Kensington

Step back as you wander through Kensington's stately streets lined with grand Victorian and Georgian architecture. Marvel at iconic landmarks such as Kensington Palace, the official residence of members of the royal family, and the majestic Royal Albert Hall, a renowned venue for concerts and events. Delve into the neighbourhood's cultural heritage at museums like the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, where treasures from around the world await discovery.


Local Amenities in Kensington

From the majestic splendour of Kensington Palace Gardens to the serene oasis of Holland Park, there's no shortage of enchanting destinations to explore. Embark on a stroll down Kensington High Street, where luxury shopping awaits, or immerse yourself in culture at the nearby museum district. The Campden Hill Tennis Club offers exclusive membership benefits for recreation, while the iconic Royal Albert Hall stands as a testament to timeless elegance. Experience the enchanting Opera Holland Park, set amidst lush woodlands, or delve into design at the nearby Design Museum.


Shopping in Kensington

Indulge in luxury living and shopping in Kensington's upscale boutiques and designer stores. From high-end fashion houses to bespoke jewellers, the area boasts many options for those with discerning tastes. Explore the exclusive boutiques along Kensington High Street, where you'll find designer labels and haute couture. Treat yourself to a shopping spree at the renowned department store, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols, located just a short distance in neighbouring Knightsbridge.


Restaurants in Kensington

Experience the culinary delights of Kensington's bustling dining scene, where an array of world-class restaurants and cosy cafes await your exploration. Delight your taste buds with the refined cuisine of Michelin-starred gems, or for celebrated modern British cuisine, visit The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, boasting a main restaurant, tranquil garden terrace, and intimate dining options. Or, immerse yourself in royal elegance at The Orangery, nestled within the grounds of Kensington Palace, where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a relaxed yet refined setting.


Things To Do in Kensington

With historical treasures like Kensington Palace just a stone's throw away, Kensington exudes charm and sophistication at every turn. You could take a stroll through the gardens created by Prince Albert before enjoying the Palace’s traditional Royal High Tea, learning about the history of this most British of beverages and its many regal links. Also popular is the Diana Memorial Fountain, built to symbolise the life of this famous Princess through the motion of water.


Transport in Kensington

Kensington boasts exceptional transportation links, facilitating seamless exploration of London and beyond. With multiple London Underground stations, including High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road, and Notting Hill Gate, residents and visitors enjoy easy access to central London and key attractions via the Circle, District, Central, and Piccadilly lines. Extensive bus routes further enhance connectivity within the neighbourhood and its environs. For journeys extending beyond the city, Kensington Olympia Station, a nearby Overground hub, offers rail and tube services, connecting travellers to destinations as far as Zone 9, with additional access to the District line. London Heathrow Airport is also easily accessible for global travel – only 40 minutes away by car.


Education in Kensington

Kensington has much to offer parents – including outstanding state and private schools. Popular independents include Norland Place, Notting Hill Prep, Pembridge Hall, Thomas’s, and Wetherby Pre-Prep. State secondaries with Outstanding ratings include Holland Park School, Fox Primary School, and St Mary Abbots CE Primary School.


Green Spaces in Kensington

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature at Kensington's beautiful parks and gardens. Stroll through Kensington Gardens, the former private grounds of Kensington Palace, and enjoy picturesque views of the Serpentine Lake and the iconic Albert Memorial in the 256 acres of Hyde Park. Discover hidden gems like the 22.5-acre Holland Park, its tranquil Kyoto Garden and thriving wildlife.


Properties in Kensington

Experience the epitome of luxury living in Kensington's elegant residences and prestigious addresses. From historic townhouses to modern apartment buildings, there's a wealth of options for those seeking refined living spaces with top-notch amenities and impeccable service. With its unparalleled blend of sophistication, culture, and convenience, Kensington offers a truly exceptional living experience for residents and visitors alike.

From the Georgian townhouses of Kensington Square, Victorian terraces north of the high street, Edwardian mansion blocks and a range of new prime developments competing for space, you’ll discover some of London’s most beautiful and sought-after property.


Annual Events and Festivals in Kensington

Kensington Olympia is one of the UK’s most prominent exhibition spaces, holding over 200 events a year, from toy fairs and travel shows to the International Horse Show. For something more cultural, we recommend seeing what’s on at the Victoria & Albert Museum, recently redeveloped and offering exhibitions, displays and courses in subjects as diverse as Lucian Freud and Electric Guitars. Kensington residents also love the cultural highlights of Japan House, whose regular events include seasonal Ikebana courses – the centuries-old Japanese art of arranging flowers.

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