Prestigious streets and garden squares popular with London's elite
"The pedestrianised area of Exhibition Road is a great spot for grabbing a quick bite to eat while visiting the nearby museums."Will Pitt
"A short stroll with the kids to the Natural History and Science Museum is always a treat..."Will Pitt
"The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A are all within a stones throw of each other on Exhibition Road."Amit Sharma
Where do South Kensington locals go?
A family-run butchers selling not only meats, but deli items, cheeses and condiments.
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The V&A on a summer's day in The John Madejski Garden - quintessential South Kensington!
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Little Chelsea Fish Market
A lovely restaurant specialising in seafood dishes made using fresh fish delivered daily from boats off the English coast.
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The Royal College of Music
Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.
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The Hollywood Arms
Located in the heart of Chelsea, The Hollywood Arms is a luxurious bar and restaurant serving premium drinks and fresh British food.
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With over 4.5 million items in its collection, The Victoria and Albert Museum is a celebrated part of London's cultural heritage.
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A top-quality butchers that also offers butchery classes. As well as a branch on Old Brompton Road, there are two additional shops in Putney and Fulham.
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The Kensington Creperie
Every crêpe imaginable, amazing for people watching... Order the crêpe complete and wonder how you ever made do without one before.
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Jeff de Bruges
Belgian boutique chocolate in the heart of South Kensington. Great for currency with the mother-in-law!
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The Kings Head
Tucked away off Earls Court Road, this pub is great for a catch up with friends or a cosy date.
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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!
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Cool bar and good Vietnamese food - if you like rum, drop £17 on a Flaming Ferrari!
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Why do you find South Kensington a great place to live?
"It’s safe and full of great restaurants and is close to the centre and Hyde Park."
"South Kensington is simply beautiful, artistic, opulent and royal. Wow, it would be dream for me to live here! "
"South Kensington is a fab area with the museums at your doorstep, continental style cafes and restaurants on Exhibition Road, which is pedestrianised, Christie's round the corner and so many garden squares you don't need to walk up to the park to feel you are in nature."
"We love the museums and malls here!"
"I love this area because it is a quiet, and a peaceful place to live. There are not a lot of crimes here and people enjoy themselves in their everyday lives. This is why I love my area."
"I like South Kensington because of the peaceful opulence and artistic nature emanating mainly, but not exclusively, from Christies of South Kensington. My property in Onslow Gardens is simply superb overlooking a well maintained, large semi-public garden."
What do you like about South Kensington?
Did you know?
"In 1898, Harrods installed the first escalator in England. Staff were close by to administer brandy to those traumatised by the journey!"
Explore South Kensington
Child-friendly activities near South Kensington
Fun football coaching for children from 18 months to 7 years. Timetable: Nippers - 18months to 2.5 yrs - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-10.45am Runners - 2.5 yrs to 3.5 years - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.45am - 11.30am and 3.30pm-4.15pm Racers - 3.5yrs to 5 yrs - Tuesdays and Thursdays 4.15pm-5pm Over 5s - Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm-5pm Prices vary depending on age group.
Parent & Baby Swimming Class in Knightsbridge
This pool is ideal for these types of classes as it is generally kept at a constant temperature of 32°C or above. Please take special note that no push chairs will be permitted into the club. Website
Rhyme timeBrompton Library
Songs and rhymes for children under two years old. If you can't make it to our baby rhyme time sessions you can download our nursery rhyme book and play along with your child at home. Website
Nct Early Days postnatal course
Now your baby has arrived, your emotional and practical preparation for parenthood will have moved in to a new phase. But don't worry, we're here to help support you through these joyful new, but sometimes challenging, times. We have a wealth of essential, evidence-based information, as well as a range of postnatal courses and workshops - designed especially for you and your baby. Website
Baden Powell House
Now a hostel for scouts and guides but also houses a small permanent exhibition about the life of Robert Baden-Powell who founded the Scout and Guide movements. Find out more about joining the Scouts on our Uniformed Classes page Website
BudokwaiVirgin Active Chelsea
Fantastic sports place for the little ones. Great equipment and room. Very high level of judo and karate.
Culture Kids Sensory Play for BabiesKensington central Library
We are now offering new sensory play classes at all of our venues. Classes are suitable from 4 weeks to crawling. No need to sign up for the term as we are happy for you to pay as you play. Each class will have stimulating sensory props scarves textured toys baby musical instruments parachute for peek a boo games and a grand finale of lavender bubbles to calm and relax the little ones. Classes will also give you a fantastic opportunity to meet new mums exchange advice and stories and there will be 15 minutes after every class for catch up time. Classes cost £10 per session. If you have any questions or for further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
About South Kensington
South Kensington is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It is a built-up area located 2.4 miles (3.9 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. It is hard to define notional boundaries for South Kensington, but a common definition is the commercial area around the tube station and the adjacent graceful garden squares and streets (such as Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum). The smaller neighborhood around Gloucester Road tube station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music and Baden-Powell House. Although the postcode SW7 mainly covers South Kensington, some parts of Kensington and Knightsbridge also fall under this postcode. Neighboring the equally affluent centres of Knightsbridge, Chelsea, and Kensington proper, South Kensington covers some of the most exclusive real estate in the world.
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Why not explore some other local areas:
- Earls Court
- Sloane Square
- West Kensington
- Holland Park
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