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South Kensington - London

157 Gloucester Road
United Kingdom
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Living in South Kensington

South Kensington lies within the district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and neighbours the equally affluent centres of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. It covers some of the most exclusive real estate in the world and is unique in its concentration of prestigious and world-class museums, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum. It is also home to the English National Ballet, the Royal Albert Hall and the Serpentine gallery, making South Kensington one of the most important cultural destinations in London.

South Kensington rivals any other area of London for choice when it comes to shopping. Kensington High Street is home to a large number of upmarket shops and top designer outlets can be found in and around Sloane Avenue and the Fulham Road. There is a vast range of refined and select antiques shops in the area and a ubiquitous array of food shops, florists, ironmongers, stationers and wine merchants. One of Kensington's premier foodie destinations is the South Kensington Farmers’ Market which takes place in Bute Street. Closed off to traffic on Saturdays the market is a fabulous source for traditional sausages, fresh fish and an amazing range of fresh fruit. Unsurprisingly South Kensington is home to a number of fine dining restaurants to suit all tastes.

The area also offers a wide choice of cocktail, lounge and wine bars, and so provides a diverse and eclectic mix of enjoyment, entertainment and fun for residents and visitors alike.

The area benefits from exceptional local schooling with a good choice of both primary and secondary schools and three post-graduate universities, being the Imperial College, the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music.

Travelling into or out of London is easy with the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines serving South Kensington and Gloucester Road stations.

Heathrow airport is about an hour away, direct on the Piccadilly line, and Piccadilly Circus is only about 15 minutes away.

Places of interest

  • Hyde Park
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Natural Science Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre
  • Serpentine Gallery
  • Baden Powell House

Local authority

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Town Hall Hornton Street
W8 7NX
020 7361 3000

Property available in South Kensington

Dominated by some of the finest garden squares in the capital, South Kensington caters for every property need from exceptional studio flats to the very finest detached houses.

Many of the apartments are period conversions offering exceptional proportions and exquisite historical detailing. Houses range from stucco fronted mansions through to a quaint mews.


The layout of South Kensington dates back to the 1600’s when the area was mostly agricultural, supplying London with fruit and vegetables. Main roads were established in the 1700’s which are still recognisable today, however it remained largely undeveloped until the mid-19th century.

Following the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, an 87 acre area, around what is now Exhibition Road, was purchased by the commissioners of the exhibition in order to create a home for institutions dedicated to the arts and sciences.

The result was the foundation of the Victoria and Albert, Science and Natural History Museums, as well as Imperial College.

It was this investment in the area that set in motion a building spurt of large terraced houses, which give the district its current appearance; a high-class residential area.

The absorption of South Kensington into London was sealed by the arrival of the Underground to Gloucester Road and South Kensington in 1868, linking the area directly to the main railway termini and to the political, commercial and financial hearts of the city in Westminster, the West End and the City of London.

Getting to South Kensington


  • The A4 and A40 both lead out of London to two major motorways, the M4 and M40. This allows easy access to London Heathrow Airport.


  • South Kensington – District, Piccadilly and Circle Line
  • Earls Court – District and Piccadilly Line
  • Gloucester Road - District, Piccadilly and Circle Line


  • All of the main London hubs are easily accessible.

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

Opulently Driven
Luxury Car Hire & London Chauffeur services
20 Hanover Square
0207 993 5848


Some of the finest schooling in the capital is to be found within South Kensington.

  • Falkner House School
    19 Brechin Place
    SW7 4QB
    020 7373 4501
  • St Philip's School
    6 Wetherby Place
    SW7 4NE
    020 7373 3944
  • Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School
    Clareville Street
    SW7 5AQ
    020 7373 4491
  • Glendower Preparatory School
    87 Queen's Gate
    SW7 5JX
    020 7370 1927
  • Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle
    35 Cromwell Road
    SW7 2DG
    020 7584 6322
  • Queens Gate School Ltd
    133 Queens Gate
    SW7 5LF
    020 7589 3587
  • Ravenstone House Pre-preparatory & Nursery School
    24 Elvaston Place
    SW7 5NL
    020 7225 3131
  • Royal College of Music
    Prince Consort Road
    SW7 2BS
    020 7589 3693
  • St Nicholas Prep School
    23 Princes Gate
    SW7 1PT
    020 7225 1277
  • Vale School
    2 Elvaston Place
    SW7 5QH
    020 75849515

Bars and restaurants

  • The Anglesea Arms
    15 Selwood Terrace
    SW7 3QG
    020 7373 7960
  • The Duke of Clarence
    148 Old Brompton Road
    SW5 OBE
    020 7373 1285
  • The Queen's Arms
    30 Queen's Gate Mews
    020 7823 9293
  • Bumpkin
    102 Old Brompton Road
    South Kensington
    SW7 3RD
    020 7341 0802

Hospitals and medical practices

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
    369 Fulham Road
    SW10 9NH
    020 8746 8000
  • The Royal Brompton Hospital
    Sydney Street
    SW3 6NP
    020 7352 8121
  • Bupa Cromwell Hospital
    162-174 Cromwell Road
    SW5 0TU
    020 7460 5700

Theatres and cinemas

  • Cine Lumiere
    Queensberry Place
    SW7 2DT
  • Science Museum IMAX Cinema
    Exhibition Road
    SW7 2DD
  • UGC Fulham Road
    Fulham Road
    SW10 9QR