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South Kensington Area Guide

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Living in South Kensington  

Overview: 

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.

Did You Know:

  • South Kensington has always had a close affiliation with the Arts and Music. Home to The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal College of Music, residents over the years have included; Bela Bartok, Benjamin Britten, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Lavery, Sir William Orpen, Baron Carlo Marochetti.
  • One of the first houses built on a garden square was Hereford Lodge on what is now known as Gloucester Road. Records show that the detached villa-style house was built around 1760. However, it wasn’t until after the Great Exhibition of 1851 that the area was popularised.

Architecture and property:

South Kensington took root as agricultural land in the early 17th Century. The area produced much of the fruit and vegetable supply for London and this is the reason why there are so many garden squares still in the district. After the 1851 Great Exhibition, wealthy Londoners wanted to reside in area of cultural importance; South Kensington's house building reflected unyielding demand for grand properties.

The area is now defined by white stucco-syle villas, Georgian red brick mansion blocks, mews houses and Victoria terraces which surround South Kensington tube station.  

Who lives there:

South Kensington attracts diverse demographic. The area is exceptionally cosmopolitan; locals tend to have lived in the area for generations but in recent years, Russian, Asian and buyers from the Middle East have made South Kensington home.

Going out:

Where to eat: 

  • Cambio de Tercio
  • Hummingbird bakery
  • Bumpkin
  • Star of India
  • The South Kensington Club
  • Launceston Place
  • Franca Manca

Where to drink:

  • Eclipse
  • The South Kensington Club
  • Nam Long Le Shaker
  • Duke of Clarence
  • Albert Club
  • Margaux

Culture:

  • Natural History Museum
  • The Science Museum
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre
  • Christies Auction House
  • The Royal British Society of Sculptors

Sports & Leisure:

  • South Kensington club

  • Fitness first

  •  LAX Pure Gym

  •  Any Time Fitness

  •  Virgin Active

  • KX Gym and Spa

Parks & Green Spaces:

  • Hyde Park
  • Brompton Cemetery
  • Kensington Gardens

Transport Links:

Underground (London only): 

  • Gloucester Road (Circle, District & Piccadilly Lines)
  • South Kensington (Circle, District & Piccadilly Lines
  • Earl’s Court (District & Piccadilly Lines)

Overground: 

  • West Brompton

Bus routes:

345 24hr, 360, 49, 74, 14, 414, C1

Car: Approx. 15 minute drive to Central London

Education: 

Primary Schools

Secondary Schools

Council & Tax Bands

Council: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

South Kensington council tax rates:

Council tax rates by band

  

Band*

  
  

2015/16

  
  

2016/17

  
  

Annual rate change

  

A

£708.22

£695.20

1.8%

B

£826.25

£811.07

1.8%

C

£944.29

£926.93

1.8%

D

£1,062.33

£1,042.80

1.8%

E

£1,298.41

£1,274.53

1.8%

F

£1,534.48

£1,506.27

1.8%

G

£1,770.55

£1,738.00

1.8%

H

£2,124.66

£2,085.60

1.8%