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July 2018 / Area Guides / by Sophie Hampton

Kensington

Intro

Part of one of London’s four boroughs afforded “royal” status, Kensington offers all the benefits of luxury living set alongside grand historical buildings and Michelin-starred restaurants, but with the charm of a village community style of living.

For outdoor space, this affluent area of west London boasts a scattering of hidden neighbourhood garden squares and is home to the wonderful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens – the latter set in 265 acres of green space, among which you will find Kensington Palace (where Queen Victoria was born), the Serpentine Galleries and lido, and the Princess Diana memorial fountain. On and around the main high street there is shopping galore, with a mix of high-street chains and high-end boutiques; a short walk further on, you’ll find the landmark Harrods, and don’t forget Harvey Nichols. No wonder the area has a reputation for retail supremacy. Also local are the famous museums on Exhibition Road, including the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert. Plus, there’s one of the country’s most prestigious universities, Imperial College, and an array of superb schools to choose from. As you’d expect, there are excellent transport links, too.

Kensington is one of London’s most desirable residential areas, for couples, professionals, and families, alike – and it’s not hard to see why.

Trivia

The name Kensington probably has Anglo-Saxon origins. It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, written in Latin as “Chenesitun” – meaning the “town” of Chenesi’s people.

Smartest streets

This area boasts some of the Capital’s most expensive property, with highly sought-after homes dotted around – on Phillimore Gardens, Argyll Road, Stafford Terrace, Queensberry Place and Montpelier Square. Also popular are Brunswick Gardens and Palace Gardens Terrace. Plus, the option of a pretty cottage off Kensington Church Street ranks top on the lists of those seeking a cosier pad.