Kensington

Area guide

Nestled in London’s West End, Kensington offers the rare chance of community village living whilst still being in the heartbeat of the capital.

London Kensington Lettings

103 Kensington Church Street
London
W8 7LN

+44 20 7938 3666

London Notting Hill

303 Westbourne Grove
London
W11 2QA

+44 20 7221 1111

Kensington is a prime residential area for obvious reasons, including the parks, designer shops and top local schools. The borough offers a village community, which not only attracts buyers, but encourages them to stay. As a result of this it is a prized area, attracting buyers since the early 17th century.

The Strutt & Parker Kensington office, working with colleagues in Notting Hill and the London New Homes team in Head Office, sells and lets beautiful flats and houses in the area. The Kensington office has a huge variety of properties, covering some of the most sought-after residential areas, including Holland Park and Kensington Palace Gardens.

Things to do in Kensington

One of Kensington’s greatest tourist attractions are the multiple museums along Exhibition Road. South Kensington boasts the Victoria and Albert Museum where one can see art ranging from 3000 years ago, up until the present day. This museum offers a wide variety of art and design in the form of ceramics, fashion, textiles and much more. The Science Museum and Natural History Museum are both family friendly museums with multiple activities to take part in, such as an interactive Garden area for all to enjoy.

Kensington also hosts The BBC Proms concert annually in the famous Royal Albert Hall. This fabulous, grade I Listed Building, is another key allure to Kensington.

Kensington hosts the two most famous parks in London. Both Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens were made Royal Gardens due to the original ownership by the United Kingdom monarchy. They are now free public gardens, where people lucky enough to be in the area on a sunny day can enjoy a picnic with a backdrop of outstanding scenery.

These parks not only provide a peaceful setting and 100’s hectares of parkland, but also contain historical monuments such as the Albert Memorial and the Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. The Serpentine Gallery also features in the centre of the Kensington Gardens, and has become one of London’s best-loved contemporary art galleries.

Why we love Kensington

Our team in Kensington recommends:

Pubs & restaurants

  • The Churchill Arms, Kensington Church Street
  • The Scarsdale Tavern, Edwardes Square
  • The Roof Gardens, Kensington High Street
  • The Abingdon, Abingdon Road
  • Clarkes, Kensington Church Street
  • Kensington Place restaurant, Kensington Church Street
  • Launceston Place restaurant, Launceston Place

Annual events

  • Holland Park Opera
  • Ice skating at the Natural History Museum
  • Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

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Properties for sale in Kensington

Key villages & towns in Kensington

Schools in the area

There are some excellent private schools in the Kensington area.

Some of the most well-known and highest-achieving include Thomas’s, Norland Place and Hawkesdown House School. The area also offers some tremendous state schools such as St Mary Abbots CE Primary School and Fox Primary School.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

Kensington has fantastic transport links, with a plentiful amount of tube connections. To the north of Kensington there are Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, and Shepherd’s Bush just to the north west. These stations offer Central line trains direct to the West End and the City.

The nearest mainline stations are Marylebone and Paddington, running services to Reading and onwards to the West Country, the Cotswolds, the West Midlands and South Wales. Kensington is also close to the M40, M4 and M3, making it convenient for escapes to the country.

Kensington is fantastically located for those looking for luxury living, with a bustling high street benefiting from a huge selection of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as museums and other attractions just a stones’ throw away.