Kensington Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Kensington, Central London

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Living in Kensington

Kensington is one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in London, and, consequently, the world. Home to the royal family since the 17th century, Kensington Palace lends the area some extra grandeur, not that grandeur is lacking otherwise - along these streets are among the most sought-after multimillion pound homes. The area is also popular with tourists, who will be well-situated to enjoy some of London's most famous museums - including the Natural History Museum - and other attractions like Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, and the world-class shops along Kensington Church Street. 

Ratings

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Community

There is a fairly strong sense of community and identity that has formed amongst residents of this exclusive neighbourhood, including families who attend the excellent schools nearby and those who frequent the exclusive clubs alike. 

Safety

This area is generally very safe, with a lower violence against the person rate than London overall. Like many areas of prime London, theft of various kinds is the primary concern. 

Parking

Parking in this neighbourhood can be moderately difficult and expensive, but the cost is not usually a concern for this area's average resident. Some homes have off-street parking, and some opt to purchase secure parking spaces for staggering prices up to £400k. More households have a car than in many other parts of London, especially parts that are this central. 

Nightlife

There are countless excellent restaurants, including some Michelin starred destinations, in Kensington - as well as many bars. Kensington is also home to some unique and exclusive clubs, some of which are members-only. The area is also well-connected, and residents can look to Chelsea or the West End for even more entertainment options.

Family Friendly

Though available at a high premium, there are spacious family homes with gardens on offer in this safe and lovely neighbourhood. Schools, including both private schools and state schools, generally perform very well and are much desired by parents. Theese schools have established a good sense of community. There is also nearly unparalleled access to green space, being sandwiched between Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park and Holland Park, as well as many lovely garden squares throughout. Hyde Park offers equestrian facilities. 

Pet Friendly

This would be a great place to own a dog. There is excellent access to green space, being sandwiched between Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park and Holland Park, as well as many lovely garden squares throughout. Hyde Park also offers equestrian facilities. 

Transport

High Street Kensington station (Zone 1)  is on the Circle and District Lines, and Notting Hill Gate (Zone 1/2) is on the Circle, District, and Central Lines. Holland Park Station (Zone 2) is on the Central Line. Kensington Olympia (Zone 2) is on the District Line, and offers Overground and National Rail services. It is a short journey to Victoria train and coach station, and nearby Earl's Court offers Piccadilly Line access, connecting directly to Heathrow Airport. The A40 is just to the north of Kensington, connecting to heathrow by car and to the motorway network.