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Overview:

History and Information:

Features some of the world’s most renowned learning institutions in Universities and Museums. (Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert and Royal Albert Hall.) Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. The Science Museum. Proximity to Hyde Park

Kensington, making up a large slice of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington is one of the most affluent and grand neighbourhoods in not only London but the entire country. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more, classy district with prestige and a rich history, because it simply does not exist. The Royal Borough of Kensington is home to many prominent members of the royal family, beautiful gardens and a cosmopolitan culture which residents from all over the globe create and enjoy. Kensington was grown with care, it has blossomed as London has sprouted over many centuries, still the same attentive care and décor that Kensington’s renowned architects had in mind for it, still exist today.


Architecture and Property:

Kensington does not want for much, and what it has in abundance, is magnificent, classical preserved architecture. Smooth, slate white, stucco fronted houses which look not a day older than when they were masterfully built in the Victorian era, are a hot commodity on the market, many of these houses being divided into apartments. Their durability and timeless design, pioneered by John Nash and his contemporaries have been passed down through the centuries till today, where they are available to rent, giving Kensington some of London’s best apartments.

However the white walled streets of Kensington are not the only example of grand architecture on display. The four story, red bricked Edwardian houses, of Cadogan Square and other quiet streets provide residents a tranquil luxurious environment to live within, nestled within the city. Georgian period properties are also on the market in select places too, rubbing shoulders with Victorian houses too in places like Hornton street.

Georgian, Victorian houses ‘rub shoulders too’ Hornton street (Georgian)

Edwardian houses in places such as Highlever road, Wallingford Avenue,


Going out:

Eating: Kensington locals come from all over the world and enjoy a wide range to satisfy their palette. restaurants dedicated to excellence. Dine in the snug, neon lit, Dirty Bones diner, situated on Kensington Church Street, with live music and unique interior décor and creative cocktail bar.

Oree Boulangeries- Oree boulangerie on Kensington high street provides the best French bread cuisine on offer in London, a class above its high street competitors, eat a tasty breakfast and lunch when you arrive or alternatively, order online and collect.

CERU- On Bute Street, contemporary Levantine cuisine has been brought from the Middle East to Kensington. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner a stones throw from the Royal Albert Hall, close intimate dining for yourself or small groups in the softly lit dining space. A small restaurant, that packs a big punch in taste or meze, with cocktails and homemade lemonades to go with your food.


Drinking:

To quench your thirst Kensington has quaint, up class bars.

The Kensington Wine rooms on Church Street, with over 150 bins and 40 different wines to choose from, Kensington Wine rooms can provide a new experience every time you go back.

For something more traditional, The Queens Arms Pub is an authentic British Pub, a growing rare commodity, Kensingtonians visit this great British Drinking establishment, nestled in Queen’s Gates Mews.


Culture/Entertainment:

Kensington hosts some of Europe’s best Museums. The home of curious, the Science Museum on Exhibition Road , a crown jewel of the UK’s finest museums, open all year round, lose yourself from morning to closing time at 5:15pm to intrigue and wonder. Just around the corner is The Natural History Museum on Cromwell Road, with the Victoria and Albert Museum on the same road further down.

Those wishing for an alternative cinema experience, can rely on Cine Lumerie, an art deco cinema screening new French films and classics food is on offer at the bistro downstairs. Situated on Queensbury Place.

If the big screen isn’t your thing, the Drayton Arms theatre is a small theatre on Brompton Road, is a cosy fringe theatre with a range of different from performances from independent theatre companies, Drayton Arms provides fresh entertainment on an evening out in Kensington.

Japan House London. Explore Japan, Shop Japan, Dine Japan. Japan House London is your one shop stop in Kensington for all things Japan on Kensington High street. The three-floor art deco building holds an exhibition gallery showcasing some of Japan’s finest artists, designers and craftsman’s creations. Take a little piece of Japan home with you, from the shop on the floor above and dine at the Akira restaurant, for an authentic Japanese dining experience.


Local amenities:

With six libraries within South Kensington alone, students and bookworms alike have ample choice of venue to study and relax at. Brompton Library usually opens at 8:30am and closes at 9pm, hosting events for both adults and children. Creative writing courses are on offer for aspiring writers and arts and crafts sessions are available for children and young people to enjoy, as well as many more options.

As well as a litany of restaurants to gorge yourself in, Anytime Fitness, a 24-Hour Gym also exists on Kensington High Street, to work off the calories put on in neighbouring restaurants.

Those with money to spend have the famous Harrods on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge or the Harvey Nichols shopping emporium. For something more local, Portobello Road Market is the world’s largest antique market.

After many hours spent perusing its aisles, let your hair down at Harrods Hair and Beauty Salon. Le Kalon Spa at the Bentley Hotel a serene and luxurious experience. Partake in one of their many rejuvenating massage rituals and when you (reluctantly) leave The Bentley Hotel you emerge a new you.


Transport:

North Kensington- Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith and City and Circle Line) Latimer Road, Westbourne Park. All Zone 2.

Green Spaces: As well as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens there are numerous garden squares designed by the renowned,

South Kensington: South Kensington Tube Stations (District, Circle, Piccadilly Lines)

Notes: Good first draft, tighten up shopping section, finish transport and green space section, add some wording regarding the options (say there are more and not just the examples. E.g an array of gyms)


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