Living in South Kensington
One of the capital's most important cultural hubs, affluent South Kensington - affectionately known as 'South Ken' - is also unsuprisingly one of the central London's most desirable residential areas. Bordering Knightsbridge, Kensington and Fulham, this affluent pocket of London attracts buyers from around the world, London day-trippers and as those visiting London.
Perhaps best known for its world renowned museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum ( the V&A), the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum lining Exhibition Road and Old Brompton Road, South Kensington is busy. But away from the throngs of visitors, in verdant pockets of this historic district, lie some of central London's most stunning properties.
Handsome stucco villa-style houses border communal gardens and leafy squares while red brick mansion blocks house huge apartments with impressive floor to ceiling height. Many embassies have taken up residence in some of the grand houses, some of which remain as family homes.
The recently pedestrianised surrounding South Kensington tube station is lined with fantastic restaurants and cafes and has become a destination in its own right. Eateries, many offering dining al fresco, are packed on weekends with locals and visitors reading the Sunday papers or relaxing after visiting a museum.
The area is also home to London's French community with many settling in SW7 to send their children to The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle - London's largest French co-educational primary and secondary school. South Kensington is also home to The London School of Economics - one of the top ranking universities in the world. .
Who calls SW7 home? South Kensington's residents are a cosmopolitan mix of professionals, families, students ( living in more affordable flat shares on Gloucester Road) and overseas buyers wanting a pied a terre in one of London's prime residential districts.