Kensington, located on the western part of central London, is perhaps best known as the home of some of the world’s best known museums. Indeed, Exhibition road in South Kensington is the location of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria and the Albert Museum. Kensington is also famous for its parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.
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Kensington is the best known districts in Central West London, famous for its world class museums around Exhibition road as well as its variety of magnificent parks. The neighbourhood is situated within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, often considered one of the most luxurious places in the city. Indeed it is home to some of London’s most expensive streets and garden squares such as the Phillimores, the Wycombe Square, the Edwardes Square and Earls Terrace.
Kensington is bordered by Bayswater Road and Notting Hill to the north, Hyde Park and Park Lane to the East, Chelsea and Belgravia to the South and Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush to the West. The area can be divided into various regions including the northern Holland Park and Hyde Park as well as the southern Knightsbridge and South Kensington. Some of the most central areas are around Kensington High Street, a great shopping destination as well as Cromwell Road, home to the famous Harrods department store.
Kensington Top Attractions
Kensington is packed with great sights and parks, making it an absolute must visit destination when visiting the capital. The top 10 attractions worth discovering in Kensington include in alphabetic order:
- Albert Memorial
- Brompton Oratory
- Hyde Park
- Kensington Gardens
- Natural History Museum
- Royal Albert Hall
- Royal College of Music
- Science Museum
- V&A Museum
The Albert Memorial is a grandiose statue of Prince Albert, husband of Queen’s Victoria, located on the Southern tip of the Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in a Gothic Revival style and took over ten years to complete.
The Brompton Oratory , officially the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a lovely Roman Catholic church situated on Brompton Road, a few meters East of the various South Kensington Museums.
Harrods, located on the eastern side of Brompton Road in South Kensington, is perhaps one of the most known luxury department store in London. It is comprised of some 330 departments within a 5-acre site and is especially famous during the Christmas season.
Hyde Park, part of the Royal Parks, is one of the largest and most famous parks in central London. It is divided in two by the Serpentine lake and the western extension of the Kensington Gardens is often considered part of the park, although technically separate since 1728.
The Kensington Gardens is the beautiful green space west of Hyde Park and delimited by the Serpentine recreational lake. The park, once part of the private gardens of Kensington Palace is a perfect destination to unwind away from the crowds with no less than 111 hectares of space.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s most renown museums of its kind. It offers visitors a wide range of permanent exhibitions from dinosaurs to life-sized blue whales passing by 40-million-year-old spider and the very interesting Darwin Centre. It has over 70 million items divided into various collections including Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. It is situated on Exhibition Road, and entry is free except for special exhibitions where a ticket is required.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the impressive concert hall located South of the Kensington Gardens opposite the Albert Memorial. It host a variety of performances each year from ballet and opera to rock concerts. It is perhaps best known for being home to the annual summer Proms concerts.
Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music is South Kensington well known conservatoire situated between the Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial College. It was founded by Royal Charter in 1882, with its first director being Sir George Grove and followed by Sir Hubert Parry.
The Science Museum is another very popular London tourist attraction, especially with kids, offering a variety of educational exhibitions. Indeed visitors can view and interact with various scientific experiments from the major discoveries to the future of space travel, passing by Imax cinema presentations. The Science Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington and is free to enter.
The V&A Museum is the third must see museum on Exhibition Road, home to thousands of spectacular artefacts from around the world spanned over 3000 years. It is the perfect place for art and design enthusiast with various object on display from paintings to sculptures passing by furniture, textiles and metalwork. As so many of the top London museums the entry if free expect for special exhibitions where a ticket is required.
Kensington Top Hotels
The following are some of Kensington area best value 5 and 4 Stars hotels as voted by the user.
Royal Garden Hotel
5 Stars / 2 – 24 Kensington High Street, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom W8 4PT
Welcome to the Royal Garden Hotel in leafy Kensington, one of the best value 5-star hotels London has to offer. Whether you need a prestigious London meeting venue or a luxury escape, at the Royal Garden Hotel you’ll find 5-star service without the stuffiness. View the Gift Vouchers or hotel Special Offers for the latest luxury hotel packages. Sleep soundly in the stylish rooms, dine in the award-winning London restaurants overlooking Kensington Gardens, then rejuvenate with a treatment in the hotel spa.
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NH Harrington Hall Hotel
4 Stars / 5-25 Harrington Gardens, South Kensington, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom SW7 4JW
Situated in a highly convenient location, the NH Harrington Hall Hotel boasts an array of modern facilities and great amenities. All of the 200 guestrooms at this 4-star hotel offer guests a comfortable and pleasurable stay with modern in-room amenities. Each guestroom features coffee/tea, television (cable), telephone (idd), hair dryer, air conditioning and non-smoking rooms. Hotel facilities at this London hotel include bar, restaurant, laundry service, room service and airport transfer. With top-class business facilities, including conference rooms and business center, this hotel is the perfect choice for business travelers. Visitors to London will see that the hotel is the right choice with its convenient location and complete service and facilities.
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The Rembrandt Hotel
4 Stars / 11 Thurloe Place, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom SW7 2RS
The Rembrandt Hotel is located in Knightsbridge, close to a wide range of popular sites and attractions. There are 194 en suite rooms in all, as well as 6 fully air conditioned conference rooms ideal for training, business meetings and banquet dinners. The Palette restaurant serves a variety of traditional dishes while the spacious 1606 lounge is where you will find refreshing drinks, afternoon tea and light meals. Boasting a great location, well appointed rooms and friendly hospitality, the Rembrandt Hotel has long been a favorite among business and leisure travelers.
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Fraser Place Queens Gate
4 Stars / 39B Queensgate Gardens, Kensington and Earls Court, London, United Kingdom
This is stately 4-star hotel is well located for London’s West End, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park and Harrods. The Fraser Place Queens Gate Hotel, though not in the heart of town, is surrounded by excellent transportation links giving guests all access to the city’s commercial and cultural landmarks. Offering a choice of 106 luxury accommodations, this hotel prides itself on complete comfort. Guests can choose from a range of studios and apartments, each of which is well-equipped with a fully fitted kitchenette, cable television, DVD player and wireless broadband. Experience all that London has to offer at the Fraser Place Queens Gate Hotel, from exquisite Victorian beauty to modern city living.
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Millennium Gloucester London
4 stars / 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4LH
The Millennium Gloucester London offers great value for money showcasing a stunning lobby and excellent service. It is an outstanding deluxe four star hotel, where guests will be impressed from the moment they enter the lobby, which features an impressive and artistic chandelier and focuses on an elegant hunting lodge feel, accentuated by a deer statue. The colour theme here is caramel and cream. Rooms are also stylistically similarly appointed. Ideally located in the heart of Kensington, close to the Gloucester Road underground station, both tourists and business travellers alike will appreciate the ease with which they can access sites such as The Natural History Museum, The Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park.
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