Sandersons Kensington Area Guide
Situated in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Kensington is just three miles away from the city centre. The area has all the attributes of a desirable neighbourhood and its spiritual heart, the Palace Gardens, is a beautifully landscaped park with incredible views of the Palace, Round Pond, Albert Memorial, the Peter Pan statue and Serpentine Gallery. Highly sought-after by those who lead high profile lifestyles, Kensington has everything to suit its discerning residents. With green parks, top restaurants, amazing shops and museums, people simply love Kensington as a place to both live and invest in.
A brief history
With a history dating back to William the Conqueror, Kensington has always been popular with royalty. William III was the first to move into the area in 1689, when he set himself up in Kensington Palace. The borough was named ‘Royal Borough’ in 1901, after Queen Victoria requested this. South Kensington is famous for being the home to the arts and sciences, following The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851.
Kensington has some of London’s most expensive streets, with beautiful properties and stunning garden squares. These include Edwardes Square, Earls Terrace – which is an exclusive redevelopment of Georgian Houses - as well as The Phillimores and Wycombe Square. Generally, there is a real mix of property and architecture types in Kensington – from spacious Victorian terraced houses to mansion apartment blocks. Because the area’s so popular, homes closer to Kensington Gardens and Holland Park tend to sell at premium price.
Where to start? You’re spoilt for choice in Kensington! South Kensington for one has an amazing range of boutiques and restaurants and there are top designer shops in Sloane Avenue and Fulham Road. As well as this, you’ve got Kensington Market on the High Street, always a good place to snap up some bargains.
Kensington is conveniently located and has good public transport links. Tube stations include High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations, all served by the District and Central Lines. The Piccadilly Line also operates via the last two stations. There are 24-hour buses and taxis operating in the area. Kensington is located close to the A4 or Cromwell Road, which connects it to Central London and Heathrow Airport.
You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to parks and green spaces in Kensington. The main ones are: Kensington Gardens (with the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery), Hyde Park and Holland Park.
Kensington has excellent schools – both private and state. Private include Thomas’s, Pembridge Hall, Wetherby Pre-Prep, Norland Place, Notting Hill Prep and Hawkesdown House. State schools rated outstanding are St Mary Abbots CE Primary School and Fox Primary School.
Five interesting facts about Kensington
1. The borough is the second smallest in London.
2. St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington has, at 278 feet, the tallest church spire in London!
3. Both Isaac Newton and Queen Elizabeth I lived in Kensington and Chelsea.
4. The borough has the highest life expectancy for both men and women in London.
5. It’s the most densely populated local authority in the whole country.
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