Places and Attractions to Visit in Kensington

Kensington is a highly sought after area in the centre of London renowned for its variety of tourist attractions and places to see in and around the W8 postcode. With many beautiful parks, gardens and townhouses in the vicinity, Kensington offers a chic residential neighbourhood. One can’t help noticing the stunning houses looking over the lovely manicured squares and gardens. Not only does it have famous must-see sites and places but is also well known for its upmarket shopping options including lovely antique shops, designer clothing shops and independent boutiques…

Almost everybody likes the serenity of lush green gardens and there is abundance of greenery in Kensington. You can go to the birthplace of Queen Victoria – Kensington Palace and Gardens, set on the westerly side of infamous Hyde Park. The royal residence intrigues the interest of many visitors as it was the home of the late Diana, Princess of Wales and is now the official London residence of her son and heir to the throne, Prince William and his wife Catherine. The Serpentine Lake is also nearby where you can go for swimming, boating, rowing and waterside watching.

Then there is the world famous Royal Albert Hall which regularly hosts a range of concerts and festivals throughout the year, including the annual ‘BBC Proms’. Going further along Exhibition Road, you will find and can visit three very popular museums; the Natural History Museum, ideal for those who want to learn about prehistoric history to present day, the Science Museum, where you can learn discover facts and about inventions, right from the Industrial Revolution to the Space Age and beyond. And if your inclination is more towards fashion, arts and crafts, then the Victoria and Albert Museum (popularly referred to as the V&A) is the place for you. Entry into all the three museums is free although some special tours can be chargeable.

Kensington High Street is still one of the most popular shopping destinations in London offering a range of boutiques, organic food halls and eclectic mix of shops. Not too far away is the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush with more than 265 up-market retailers. Kensington Church Street is a great place to be if you want to look or buy artefacts and antiques in London.

You can take the underground from Kensington High Street station to go to the vibrant West End to enjoy famous theatres in Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue plus the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Due to all of these attractions in W8, many people who are relocating to London for work purposes are increasingly renting apartments and family homes in and around the Kensington area. The area is home to many good schools, some of the best in the country including Holland Park School, Francis Holland and the French speaking Lycee Francais Charles de Gaule. The Imperial College which specialises in science-based courses is also based in Kensington. It’s not hard to see why this important area of London is so popular with corporate tenants, many who come to London with generous budgets but property rentals are high here, as you would expect with one of the Capital’s most expensive neighbourhoods.