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Kensington sits firmly in the centre of prime South West London, bordered by Notting Hill, Knightsbridge and Chelsea. With one of the best shopping streets in London, an array of cultural attractions, low crime levels and a close-knit community atmosphere, it’s not hard to see why Kensington is one of the most exclusive and coveted areas of London. It is also extremely popular with the Royal Family, with Kensington Palace serving as the former residence of Diana Princess of Wales and current home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Although hard to imagine now, the fashionable and affluent Kensington was still a village surrounding the grand Holland House and Nottingham House until the late eighteenth century. As the land began to be sold for commercial and residential development, the squares and terraces of Kensington emerged and the area grew in size and stature with the arrival of the underground in South Kensington in 1868 and the creation of the museums on Exhibition Road.

Architecture in Kensington

Due to the relatively late development of Kensington, the architecture here is largely Georgian and Victorian, with many Grade II-listed terraced houses and large residential squares. Some modern buildings and developments have emerged, however, such as the magnificent Michelin Building and the luxury apartments of Academy Gardens on Duchess of Bedfords Walk.

What makes Kensington so special?

While Kensington is technically hundreds of miles and a channel of water away from Paris, the high number of French residents and amenities gives the area an atmosphere similar to that of a small city in France. Statistics suggest that there are around 250,000 French people living in London, with many congregating in Kensington due to the French Embassy, Lycée Charles de Gaulle and Parisian delicatessens of Bute Street.

Kensington property types

The residential properties for sale in Kensington are predominantly Georgian and Victorian, with detached mansions, terraced townhouse and apartments all available. The area has a number of beautiful terraced squares like those of Knightsbridge and Belgravia, with Edwardes Square, Thurloe Square and Wycombe Square considered to be particularly prime addresses. Pelham Crescent has an elegant sweep of white stucco-fronted terrace houses, while the Georgian row of family homes on Earls Terrace highly sought-after.

Kensington Palace Gardens has topped the list of Britain’s most expensive streets due to the vast detached mansions lining this road, and while many are occupied by embassies, properties do very occasionally come onto the market here.

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Schools in Kensington

The central South-West location of Kensington and great travel links allows access to excellent schools all over London, but this area is particularly well served with single-sex and co-educational independent primary, prep and senior schools.

Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle
35 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2DG 020 75846322 www.lyceefrancais.org.uk
St James Independent School
Earsby Street London W14 8SH 020 7348 1743 www.stjamesschools.co.uk
St Clement & St James CE Primary School
Penzance Place London W11 4PG 020 7603 9225 www.webfronter.com/rbkc/scsj
Thomas’s Kensington
17-19 Cottesmore Gardens London W8 5PR 020 7937 0583 www.thomas-s.co.uk
Ashbourne Independent College
17 Old Court Place, London W8 4PL 020 7937 3858
St Philip' School
6, Wetherby Place London SW7 4NE 020 7373 3944 www.stphilipschool.co.uk
Wetherby School
11 Pembridge Square, London W2 4ED 020 7727 9581 www.wetherbyschool.co.uk
Queen's Gate School Ltd
133, Queen's Gate London SW7 5LF 020 7589 3587 www.queensgate.org.uk
Falkner House School
19, Brechin Place London SW7 4QB 020 7908 1000 Falknerhouse.co.uk
Holland Park School
Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill Road, London W8 7AF 020 7963 1000 Hollandparkschool.co.uk
Westminster School
Little Smith Street, London SW1P 3PF 020 7963 1000

Things to do

As the home of London’s Museum district and other cultural hotspots, Kensington offers endless attractions for both residents and tourists. The Science Museum, Natural History Museum and V&A Museum are considered to be some of the best collections in the world, while the Serpentine Gallery regularly holds exhibitions of acclaimed artists. Theatrical and musical performances can be enjoyed at the Royal Albert Hall, Opera Holland and Royal Court Theatre, and a selection of foreign and arthouse films are regularly screened at both the Gate Picturehouse and Cine Lumiére.

Kensington also has many acclaimed restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Launceston Place, the Bombay Brasserie and the recently-opened Pavilion with chef Adam Simmonds at the helm. As for nightlife, High Street Kensington hosts various exclusive bars and clubs such as Kensington Roof Gardens and Bodo Schloss.

Kensington Roof Gardens
99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA 020 7368 3993 Roofgardens.virgin.co
The Science Museum
Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD 0870 870 4868 Sciencemuseum.org.uk
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 vam.ac.uk
The Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA 020 7402 6075 Serpentinegalleries.org
The Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP 020 7589 8212 Royalalberthall.com
Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS 020 7565 5000 Royalcourttheatre.com
Royal Thames Yacht Club
60 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LF 020 7235 2121 Royalthames.com
Opera Holland Park
Stable Yard, Holland Park, London W8 6LU 0300 999 1000
Kensington Gardens
London W2 2UH 0300 061 2000
The Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU 020 7590 4444 Rca.ac.uk
239 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP 020 7584 4477 Racine-restaurant.com
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DL 020 7584 1010 Zumarestaurant.com
Launceston Place
1A Launceston Place, London W8 5RL 020 7937 6912 Launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk
Kensington Place Restaurant
201-209 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LX 020 7727 3184 Kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk
36 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4QT 020 7584 1118 Etranger.co.uk
The Troubadour
265 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JA 020 7370 1434
96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG 020 7221 2000 Kensingtonpavilion.com
The Gate Picturehouse
87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3J 0871 902 5731
Cine Lumiere
17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT 020 7871 3515 Institut-francais.org.uk
Bombay Brasserie
Courtfield Road, London SW7 4QH 020 7370 4040

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Shopping in Kensington

With a dedicated commercial centre around Kensington High Street, the area is considered to be a London shopping destination in its own right. ‘High Street Ken’ as it’s known colloquially has a large Whole Foods Market along with fashionable boutiques such as Jigsaw, LK Bennett and The Kooples, along with a branch of Patisserie Valerie.

Tucked away in the side streets of South Kensington, La Cave à Fromage, La Vigneronne and La Grande Bouchee are fantastic local spots for artisan produce and fine wines. Portobello Road in Notting Hill is a short distance away for antique furniture and rare items, while more contemporary household furnishings can be found at the Conran Shop and India Jane. The museum shops of the V&A and the Natural History Museum sell unusual gifts and art books, and nearby bookshop Slightly Foxed has an excellent selection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and rare books.

65 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE 020 7937 3573 Jigsaw-online.com
LK Bennett
1 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4L 020 7937 6895 Lkbennett.com
The Kooples
147 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SU 020 7937 4457 Thekooples.com
Patisserie Valerie
27 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4LL 020 7937 9574 Patisserie-valerie.co.uk
La Cave à Fromage
24-25 Cromwell Place London SW7 2LD 020 7581 1804 La-cave.co.uk
La Vigneronne
105 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3LE 020 7589 6113
La Grande Bouchee
31 Bute Street, London SW7 3EY 020 7589 8346
Christie’s Auction House
85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD 020 7930 6074 Christies.comk
The Conran Shop
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3 6RD 020 7589 7401 Conranshop.co.uk
India Jane
92 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SH 020 7937 8457 Indiajane.co.uk
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 Vam.ac.uk
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD 020 7942 5000 Nhm.ac.uk
Slightly Foxed
123 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4TE 020 7370 3503 Foxedbooks.com
Whole Foods Market
The Barkers Building, 63-97 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE 020 7368 4500 Wholefoodsmarket.com

Local services and authorities

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NH 020 3315 8000
Cromwell Hospital
162-174 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0TU 020 7460 5700
Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Road, London SW1W 8RH 020 7730 7733
Opulently Driven Luxury Car Hire & London Chauffeurs
20 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London, W1S 1JY 0207 993 5848
Equinox Gym
99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA 020 7666 6000 Equinox.com
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX 020 7937 5464 Rbkc.gov.uk
City of Westminster
P.O. Box 240 , Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London , SW1E 6QP 0207 641 6000

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