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Kensington - London

52-56 Kensington Church St
London
W8 4DB
United Kingdom
T: +44 20 7938 4311
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Wed 9am to 6pm
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Living in Kensington

Kensington is situated to the west of central London and is one of the most sought after areas in London. It is home to the famous Kensington High Street; a bustling shopping Mecca lined with fashionable stores catering for all your needs. A former department store now houses the Whole Foods Market, a huge organic food market specialising in health foods and organic produce; they sell the highest quality products available. Wander a little further and the Portobello Market offers countless antiques and curiosities.

High above the shops of Kensington High Street is a hidden oasis, Kensington Roof Gardens. The rooftop is home to award-winning British restaurant, Babylon, as well as a private members' club, a series of themed gardens and four resident flamingos! Some of London's best free museums are based in Kensington with the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) all close by. Top cultural venues include the famous Royal Albert Hall, hosts of The BBC Proms concerts as well as classical concerts, rock and pop gigs, opera, ballet and tennis events.

Kensington residents benefit from two Royal Parks, the magnificent Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, both offering plenty of activities and tranquil, green space.

The area is covered with serene residential squares and historic buildings including Kensington Palace; home to the royal family for over 300 years it was the former home of Diana Princess of Wales and is today the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and, more recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kensington has a good choice of both state and private schooling in the area, superb amenities and fantastic transport links; the underground offering the choice of both the Central, and District and Circle line, which go direct to the city, motorway access via the A4 and A40 and easy access to London Heathrow airport and the West Country.

Places of interest

  • Kensington Palace
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Holland Park
  • Portobello Market
  • Leighton House Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • National Army Museum
  • Royal College of Art
  • Serpentine Gallery
  • Albert Memorial
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Peter Pan Statue

Local authority

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
The Town Hall
Hornton Street
London
W8 7NX
020 7937 5464

Property available in Kensington

The majority of Kensington properties were built in the Victorian era and are a mixture of detached villas, town houses and mansion blocks.

Whether you are looking for property in a quiet street or attractive square, private road or a bespoke development with 24 hour concierge and security, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

History

Kensington first originated from Saxon settlements and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

It remained very much a village until the summer of 1689 when William III purchased Nottingham House, a Jacobean mansion built about 1605. William instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King's Works, to improve the house immediately.

Kensington Palace, as it became known, has stayed in the hands of royalty ever since. Queen Victoria was born in the Palace in 1819 and continued to reside there until her accession to the throne in 1837.

With Queen Victoria's wishes, the title "Royal Borough" was given to Kensington in 1901, after her death.

It was also home to The Princess of Wales who lived at Apartment 8 Kensington Palace from the time of her wedding on 29th July 1981 until her death on 31st August 1997.

Getting to Kensington

Roads

  • A4 and A40 both lead out of London to the M4 and M40 motorways

Rail

  • Olympia train station, frequent trains from Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction

Underground

  • Kensington High Street (Circle & District lines)
  • Notting Hill Gate (Circle & District lines & Central line)

Air

  • London Heathrow airport, approximately 14 miles

 

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

Opulently Driven
20 Hanover Square
Mayfair
London
W1S 1JY
0207 993 5848

Schools

Kensington is fortunate to have some of the finest schools to be found in Central London:

  • St James Independent School
    Earsby Street
    London
    W14 8SH
    020 7348 1743
  • St Clement & St James CE Primary School
    Penzance Place
    London
    W11 4PG
    020 7603 9225
  • Hawkesdown House
    27 Edge Street
    London
    W8 7PN
    020 7727 9090
  • Thomas’s
    17-19 Cottesmore Gardens
    London
    W8 5PR
    020 7937 0583

Bars and restaurants

  • Kensington Roof Gardens
    Contemporary British cuisine
    99 Kensington High Street
    London
    W8 5SA
    020 7937 7994
  • The Elephant & Castle
    Pub grub
    40 Holland Street
    London
    W8 4LT
    020 7368 0901
  • The Windsor Castle
    Pub grub
    114 Campden Hill Road
    London
    W8 7AR
    020 7243 9551
  • Aubaine
    French
    37-45 Kensington High Street
    London
    W8 5ED
  • L’Etranger
    Euro-Asian
    36 Gloucester Road
    London
    SW7 4QT
  • Maggie Jones’s
    British
    6 Old Court Place
    London
    W8 4PL
  • Kensington Place
    201 Kensington Church Street, London
    W8 7LX
    020 7727 3184
  • Launceston Place
    Modern European
    1a Launceston Place
    London
    W8 5RL
    020 7937 6912
  • Sticky Fingers
    American diner
    1a Phillimore Gardens
    Kensington
    London
    W8 7QB
    020 7938 5338
  • The Tabernacle
    British Caribbean fusion
    35 Powis Square, London
    W11 2AY
    020 7221 9700

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Chelsea and Westminster
    369 Fulham Road
    London
    SW10 9NH
    020 8746 8000
  • Cromwell Hospital
    162-174 Cromwell Road
    London
    SW5 0TU
    020 7460 2000
  • The Royal Marsden
    The Royal Marsden
    Fulham Road
    London
    SW3 6JJ
    020 7352 8171

Theatres and cinemas

Kensington Odeon
Kensington High Street
London
W8 6NA
0871 224 4007

Gate Picturehouse
87 Notting Hill Gate
Notting Hill
London
W11 3JZ
0871 902 5731