Kensington, where life is easy, convenient and wholesome
Kensington is one of London's most affluent areas yet it contains a fabulous range of free museums and beautiful open spaces alongside its more up-market attractions. As well as three of London's biggest and best museums, there’s plenty of other things to do that are sure to entertain and amuse everyone. Enjoy a picnic in Kensington Gardens, browse for antiques on Church Street or marvel at world class music in the Royal Albert Hall. Many people come to the area to visit an exhibition at Olympia London where there is an impressive diary of events all year round. There are also lots of international diplomats in the area due to the large number of foreign embassies dotted all over the borough which adds to the cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kensington is very well placed for transport. Situated close to the A4 which runs east to Heathrow airport and West into Piccadilly. There are plenty of buses and Underground stations to choose from for getting around the local area or wider London.
TAXIS: There are plenty of Taxis on the streets of Kensington. There is a cab rank at South Kensington Underground but you can catch a cab almost anywhere. When the light on the top of the cab is lit up, they have a fare, when the light is out you can hail a cab by simply holding your arm out on the side of the road.
UNDERGROUND: The west of the borough is serviced by Kensington Olympia ,West Kensington and Earl’s Court. In the east there is High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road and South Kensington. Journeys cost from £2.30 on Zone 1. Daily travel cards cost from £12 for zone 1. The more zones you travel through the higher the cost of tickets. Locals usually use Pay as you go Oyster cards but recently it has become possible to simply present your contact-less debit card at the barriers and the system simply takes the cheapest fare possible straight out of your account - don’t forget to “tap out” or you will be charged for the highest fare possible.
BUSES: There are many buses travelling along High Street Kensington and the A4. Route maps are available at the bus stops indicating which number bus you will need to take for your journey.
NATIONAL RAIL: The closest National Rail station is Victoria where you can pick up trains to destinations all over the south of England. If you are coming or going from the north you can get an Underground to Kings Cross St Pancras, Liverpool Street, Euston, and Paddington.
BY CAR: Kensington is inside the congestion charging zone. Register on the tfl website HERE for auto pay or make one off payments, charges start at £10.50 on the day for auto pay or £14 if you pay online the following day. Much of the parking in Kensington is on the street and metered. You can also find NCP car parks at Kensington Town Hall on Hornton Street or Union Car Parks on Queens Gate neat South Kensington Underground. If you’re heading out of London you might like to get onto the A3220 at the west end of Kings Road. This road runs north and south and connects with most of the major routes coming into London from all directions.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Some historians believe that ‘Chenesitun’ or ‘town of Chenesi’s people’ was the name of an actual person who held the manor of ‘Huish’ in Somersetshire during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066). The Domesday Book (1086) refers to the area as ‘Chenesiton’. The local area was ‘owned’ by Aubrey de Vere which we are told was used as his ‘Residence’ when in London.
Royalty first moved into the area in 1689 when William III moved into Kensington Palace. Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace in 1819 and continued to reside there until her accession to the throne in 1837. With Queen Victoria’s wishes, the title “Royal Borough” was given to Kensington in 1901, after her death.
Life in Kensington
Imagine sitting by a café sipping your favourite Chardonnay, or cycling with the children in your local park; shopping is easy, convenient and wholesome. Eating out with friends or as a family is a pleasure, while travelling up town for more exotic past times is just a hop, skip and a jump away from your front door.
Now open your eyes... you’re in Kensington.