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Kensington Area Guide

A thriving social scene, the likes of royalty and famous celebrities as your neighbours, and not to mention extraordinary culture and shopping experiences – Kensington is the place to be.

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Going out

There’s fantastic cuisine to be had at Kensington. You’ll be able to enjoy a classic British bite to eat – from the tearoom at Muffin Man to indulgent cakes at Primrose Bakery. For a more exotic taste, go for Persian at Apadana, or sumptuous Indian food at Dishoom. Whether for food or drink, you’ll find plenty of pubs. Churchill Arms, a tribute to our former Prime Minister, is particularly popular.

The area also has quite the clubbing scene. Full of life, it’s no surprise people from all over are drawn into a night out in Kensington. You can even party until 3am each weekend at Eclipse South Kensington. Blagclub is exceptional too – Asian furnishings and leather booths, this classy venue is guest list only. Equally exclusive is South Kensington Club – go here to eat, drink or simply relax.

Also known as the museum district, culture regularly meets nightlife in Kensington. The National History Museum has a striking blue whale skeleton which you can enjoy a beverage under on the final Friday of every month. You can then go onto the Victoria and Albert Museum for fantastic live performances and DJ sets. The Science Museum also has a silent disco which explores intriguing topics on the last Wednesday of each month.

And for a simply iconic cultural experience, head to the Royal Albert Hall. Gaze at the grand architecture and listen to exquisite music.

Shopping

Retail in Kensington is not your standard shopping trip. It’s a rich experience – and not just because you might mingle with the famous British and American names who shop here (Sienna Miller, to name just one)!

The Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill has a wide variety of picks, including fashionable clothing. You could even go home with some vintage pieces at the antiques market that’s on every Saturday.

For your fresh fruit and vegetables, Whole Foods is your place. Or you can venture to Cologne and Cotton for the finest bedding and luxury bathroom products. From glorious smelling shampoos to quality handmade blankets, you’ll find pure elegance here.

There is also a whole host of upmarket fashion brands, such as L.K.Bennett and Reiss. And, if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, you’ll still be able to find the likes of H&M and American Apparel in Kensington.

Green spaces

You can take in nature all around Kensington. Holland Park is incredibly popular for its walking routes and sports areas. Families in particular will enjoy this park. Have a picnic on the vast field, or let the kids burn off energy at the playground. There’s even an open-air theatre for a mixture of greenery and culture.

A similar experience can be had at Kensington Gardens. Not only can you ramble through the space and bond with the wildlife at the Round Pond, it’s also both a historic and modern royal site. You can see the birthplace of Queen Victoria, along with Queen Mary II’s state apartments. Plus, you’ll be in close proximity to the home of Prince William and Harry, and their young families.

Avondale Park is a fantastic spot too. It’s even rumoured to be home to Britain’s very first floral lawn. On top of this, there are sports facilities for playing football, netball and tennis, as well as a children’s play area.

Transport

 Getting around is easy with an abundance of cycle routes. There’s even one along Kensington High Street – meaning you can get out and about by bicycle to do everyday activities in the area.

Or, if you prefer, you can explore via the underground. There is a total of 10 stops in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and these are along five different lines. Through the following, you’ll be able to go around locally as well as into London:

  • High Street Kensington (Circle and District)
  • Notting Hill (Circle, District and Central)
  • Earl’s Court (District and Piccadilly)
  • Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly)
  • South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly)
  • Knightsbridge (Piccadilly)
  • Sloane Square (Circle and District)
  • Holland Park (Central)
  • Latimer Road (Circle and Hammersmith & City)
  • Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hammersmith & City)
  • West Brompton (District)

In terms of trains, there is the West London line which has stations at Kensington Olympia and West Brompton. As for buses, there are over 30 bus routes. Wherever you want to go, for work or pleasure, you’re best positioned in Kensington.

Did you know…?

Kensington’s green background has roots. The area was a village and it’s rumoured to have been called ‘Kenesignetun’ in the Anglo-Saxon times, meaning Kenesigne’s land or meadows.

Properties in Kensington

 A rich history, and a rich lifestyle; Kensington is the dream area to live for many. Whether you want to buy for yourself, or rent as a landlord, you’ll have glorious properties to choose from. These include stunning apartments in red brick mansions, and fantastic terrace houses.

So, if you’re looking either for high rental yields or luxury living, Kensington is simply perfection.