A highly esteemed area within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London, Kensington is the ideal location to set up home if you can afford the high-end price tag. This neighbourhood is home to many of London’s European Embassies, and its residents in general are usually well educated and successful people who live in luxurious homes and will more often than not send their children to a London independent school.
Aside from the luxurious residential properties, Kensington boasts a huge variety of things to do and places to explore. In fitting with the overall tone of the area, High Street Kensington is a bustling commercial centre hosting largely upmarket shops. For a more peaceful atmosphere, you can head to Kensington Gardens to take a stroll through the perfectly trimmed lawns and admire the beautiful blooms. Situated within the gardens is Kensington Palace, where you can explore the history of this magnificent building as you wander through its extravagant rooms and corridors. The palace also hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year.
Probably most famously, Kensington is home to some of the world’s most famous museums and art centres. The Royal Albert Hall is renowned for hosting sell-out musical events of many different genres, and many tourists flock to the area just see the RAH’s impressive building, even if they don’t have a ticket for an event. The Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum are all free to visit, making this an attractive weekend or holiday activity for tourists and locals alike. All three are huge enough to warrant multiple visits, and offer intriguing information as well as engaging and entertaining activities for younger visitors.
Several prestigious institutions have also chosen to take residency in Kensington, the most notable examples being Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, which specialise in science and music respectively.