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A locals' guide to Kensington

"I love wandering round The Natural History Museum - it's such a fun day out and there's so much to see!"

James Hankin

"The pedestrianised area of Exhibition Road is a great spot for grabbing a quick bite to eat while visiting the nearby museums."

Will Pitt

"Adjoining Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and its gardens offer a beautiful backdrop for days out in the sun."

Rebecca Boon

What is your favourite place?

Where do Kensington locals go?

The Shed

British food from the farm. Lots of fresh dishes served at lunch and dinner in rustic surroundings.

The Kings Head

Tucked away off Earls Court Road, this pub is great for a catch up with friends or a cosy date.

Natural History Museum

From dinosaurs to volcanoes, a great day out for all the family!

The Scarsdale Tavern

One of London's best-kept secrets. Great for a drink after work or a weekend watering hole...

Kensington Gardens

The perfect spot for a game of rounders in the summer...

Nam Long

Cool bar and good Vietnamese food - if you like rum, drop £17 on a Flaming Ferrari!

The Anglesea Arms

Charles Dickens was a local at this pub when he lived over the road at 11 Selwood Terrace. The Great Train robbery was also planned from the back room in this pub!

Jeff de Bruges

Belgian boutique chocolate in the heart of South Kensington. Great for currency with the mother-in-law!

Maroush Bakehouse

Really fresh Lebanese cuisine moments from Earl's Court Underground Station. Get the set menu and you'll have enough for your lunch the next day!

The Kensington Creperie

Every crêpe imaginable, amazing for people watching... Order the crêpe complete and wonder how you ever made do without one before.

Royal Albert Hall

A great piece of architecture completed in 1871 and famous for holding the BBC Proms annually each summer since 1941.

The V&A

The V&A on a summer's day in The John Madejski Garden - quintessential South Kensington!

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

The Roof Gardens

An oasis on a roof top - it's certainly an unusual place to find a garden, complete with ducks and flamingos!

Caffe Concerto

Café and restaurant with live music.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Earls Court, Holland Park, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Bayswater, West Kensington, Paddington, Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Westbourne Park

What do you love about Kensington?

Why do you find Kensington a great place to live?

Camilla

"I love Kensington because I was born here and it has not really changed a great deal. I walk though he Church Yard of the Church where I was Christened, and past the cake shop that made my Christening cake. I can throw bread at the ducks swimming in the same ponds as I did when taken to the park as a child. I can look in the window of the antique shop where my grandmother bought my 21st birthday present. The hospital where I w... more

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"Now mainly a ruin after bombing in World War II, Holland House was built in the 1600s and was once home to Lord and Lady Holland. They were known to mix in high standing social circles and their guests included Charles Dickens and Lord Byron."

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  1. About Kensington

    Kensington is a district of west London, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. An affluent and densely-populated area, its commercial heart is Kensington High Street and it contains the well-known museum district of South Kensington. To the north, Kensington is bordered by Notting Hill; to the east, by Brompton and Knightsbridge; to the south, by Chelsea and Earl's Court; and to the west, by Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush. The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops. Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares, including Edwardes Square, Earls Terrace - an exclusive redevelopment of Georgian Houses, The Phillimores, and Wycombe Square - a new build development done to a very high standard.

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