Kensington: London’s Most Desirable Area

 
Written by Ameena Navab

Known to be the birthplace of the legendary Queen Victoria and home to world famous museums such as the Natural History Museum, Kensington is a luxurious residential area with high streets of top branded stores and squares in London. 

This attractive district is situated within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. The North East of the district is taken up by Kensington Gardens- a beautiful public park that resembles the traditional designs of Italian gardens. 


The old world buildings that surround the district speak a lot to its rich history. Kensington is said to have originated from Saxon developments. 

The most considerable rise of expansion took place during the 1850s and 1880s when luxurious areas were built to meet with increasing demands for the rich. When branded shops like Barkers started opening up on the high street, it began to take shape into the current Kensington. 
 

Architecture 

Most of Kensington’s structures today are inspired by the stately Victorian and Edwardian style buildings. Huge Italian style mansions popped up in South Kensington after the 1850’s providing wealthy homes for the locals. These houses have now been converted into luxurious flats and terraced townhouses with a glamorous edge.


Queensberry Place and Montpelier Square also contain some of the largest and expensive homes in London, mainly comprising ultra-prime mansions. 
 

Where to Go and What to See

Kensington is home to some of the major tourist attractions in London. The district houses the world famous Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The Natural History Museum has 80 million exhibit items from various eras over the years. 

The Victoria and Albert Museum is dedicated to art and design while the Science Museum is for the ones that have passion for all things science and technology. 


Other must-visit places are the Kensington High Street, Kensington Palace, The Royal Albert Hall, and the well-known and evergreen Hyde Park. 

Kensington is also surrounded by equally exciting districts like Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Notting Hill where the renowned Notting Hill carnival takes place every year. 
 

Restaurants and Cafes

Kensington has many outstanding restaurants and cafes adorning the area that serve up traditional British treats and some very exquisite drinks.  Head to Lanche Eatery on Kensington Church Street for a hot coffee and soft almond croissant or take a seat at Aubaine for freshly baked bread and lovely homemade pastries. 

Kensington also has its very own pick of Michelin starred restaurants such as Claude Bosi at Bibendum that specializes in sizzling seafood, Kitchen W8 which is a mix of traditional English dishes with a slight French twist, and Elystan Street that serves up a stylish, contemporary take on European dishes. Be it on weekends or weekdays, these vibrant restaurants will always be packed. 

Image Courtesy of Elystan Street
 
Kensington is the epitome of the ‘hip and trendy’ areas of London. And to top it off, travel is made easier with three tube stations and bus route that will take you anywhere in the area and across the rest of the capital. The district has an unmistakable air of splendor, from extravagant houses to high-class restaurants that attract people from all around the world.

Indeed, Kensington has it all. 

 

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