Kensington

From its redolent gardens to its royal palace, Kensington's storybook elegance permeates the air.

Kensington emotes regal elegance. Old-world buildings seamlessly blend with the glass windows of artisanal cheese shops, pastry bakeries, and international consulates, lending the neighborhood an air of polished refinement and perfect finishing. Its opulence doesn’t detract from the neighborhood’s inviting nature—Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace, and the area’s myriad museums are frequented by locals and visitors alike.

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On the Map

Kensington is within RB of Kensington and Chelsea and bordered by Bayswater, Knightsbridge, Holland Park, Earls Court, Notting Hill, Shepherd's Bush, Fulham, Chelsea, and Hammersmith

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 30 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 30 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 56 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 32 minutes on the train
National Gallery: 30 minutes on the tube

Cultured and Classic

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Kensington is home to three of London's world-class museums, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum.

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The Natural History Museum delights adults and children. Its exhibits focus on the natural world.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum has an eclectic collection devoted to Art and Design. On the last Friday of every month it hosts a late night event focused on a particular theme with music, installations, and a bar.

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If you're interested in Science and Technology, head to the Science Museum. On the last Wednesday of every month the museum stays open late for an evening of adult-only entertainment, so you can embrace your inner child.

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The Royal Albert Hall provides a stunning setting for a variety of concerts.

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The Serpentine Gallery is located in Hyde Park and shows free modern and contemporary art exhibitions. In the summer, the gallery commissions famous architects to design temporary event pavilions for its lawn.

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Its a great place for diverse activities, with the tranquility of Kensington Gardens and the racey pacey of Kensington and Knightsbridge and the ever educational world of renowned Museums in South Kensington."

Snazzy Shopping

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Kensington High Street has all the fashionable high-street stores, but without the crowds of the West End.

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Head to Kensington Church Street to shop for fine art and antiques.

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A very busy London Street, with wide footpaths lined with lovely trees, adding a splash of green. There are some interesting buildings and nice shops along its length. Straying off the high street will offer more than a few surprises."

Quaint Cafes and Exclusive Nightclubs

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Stop for a coffee and almond croissant at Lanche Eatery on Kensington Church Street or create your own salad from their fresh ingredients.

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La Cigale is a fabulous French Patisserie that challenges even the greatest will-power with its amazing cakes.

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Aubaine sells freshly baked bread and homemade pastries.

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We know this lush greenery might not look like it's in London, but it sure is.

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Kensington Roof Gardens is an exclusive rooftop club.

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You ought to dress up, because their dress code makes itself explicit: "No effort, No entry."

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Kensington and Chelsea is in the very centre of London, and is the city's most fashionable residential address. The area is home to a bevy of stylish shops and delicious restaurant, you will never be short of places to dine out. Also just a short walk away, you will find Kensington Gardens which is great place to go have a picnic in fine weather."

Grand Residential Streets

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Kensington's estates are undoubtedly grand.

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The grandest of them all is Kensington Palace, the late Princess Diana's former home.

Green Kensington

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Whether you're two-legged or two-winged, Hyde Park's extensive landscape beguiles its visitors.

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If you love water, head to The Serpentine where you can hire a pedal boat. In the summer there's a lido for those that can brave the chilly water.

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Hyde Park is one of London's largest parks, so why not explore it by bike?

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja traveled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

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