If you wish to see the real, posh, sophisticated and affluent area of London, you must visit Kensington which is a district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. Its north east is dominated by one of the Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens and the Kensington Palace which was home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana and where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stay. Kensington Gardens is now a public park, although it was once privately owned. It is home to Italian and Dutch gardens and public buildings such as the Serpentine Gallery, Albert Memorial and Speke’s Monument. If you wish to stay in London close to nobility and the who’s who of London to get the feel of their sophistication, you should choose to stay in the royal London Neighbourhood of Kensington.
Not long back, Kensington was just a countryside retreat for Londoners to find some peace and to get away from the hectic central London life, but today it is an affluent and densely populated area where many celebrities reside such as William and Kate and Davis Beckham. Moreover, you can find many exclusive and tremendously expensive mansions on a street that has been nicknamed “billionaires row”. However, apart from the aura of the rich and famous, this area is also famous as it is home to major museums in South Kensington such as the Royal Albert Hall and the nearby Royal College of Music. Many embassies of European nations are also located here. France has a significant presence in this area in the form of Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle, French Consulate, French Embassy Cultural Department and the London Oratory on the edge of Knightsbridge. There are many other attractive places where tourists can spend some time while on a trip to London.
Hotels in Kensington: Being such a posh and sophisticated area and also being located in the heart of the city, Kensington is a much-preferred destination of tourists and as such a large number of hotels have been set up here to meet the high demand for rooms. These hotels are available in different categories ranging from the most expensive five star and boutique hotels to the cheapest ones such as the bed and breakfast hotels, hostel rooms and dormitories so that visitors with different budgets can find a suitable place to stay. However, one of the most popular top quality hotels is Shaftesbury Premier London Kensington located close to South Kensington Underground station which offers luxurious accommodation and the best of facilities along with personalised services.
Another important place to stay in this area is Park Grand Paddington Court London which is located just at a 7-minute walk from Paddington station and is housed in an elegant Georgian building just a mile from both Hyde Park and the Natural History Museum. It offers warm, modern rooms and suites along with complimentary Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs.
This luxury hotel is one of the hotels near Paddington Station London which are preferred by many visitors as the station offers convenient links to most parts of London, particularly to Heathrow Airport which is just 15 m8nutes away travelling by the non-stop Heathrow Express.
Attractions in Kensington
London House Museum: It is located on Holland Park Road and it was the former home of Frederic Leighton, the famous painter. Paintings by artists from the Pre-Raphaelite movement such as John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones and also by Leighton himself have been exhibited here. It is worth visiting this museum, even if for appreciating its Orientalist decor. It has been open to the public since the late 1920s.
Royal Albert Hall: This famous venue was built in 1871 by Queen Victoria and has played host to performances by some of the greatest artists of the world in a diverse range of programmes from classical orchestras to contemporary musicians as well as Cirque du Soleit. Many spectacular concerts and shows have taken place here.
The Design Museum: Located on Kensington High Street, this museum contains a wide range of modernist and contemporary design objects. It is expected to shift to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington at the end of 2016.
Hyde Park: One of the eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park is one of the most famous and popular parks in London. Along with Kensington Gardens, it is centrally located in the city and offers many attractions such as Speakers’ Corner, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Peter Pan Statue, Serpentine Lake, Serpentine Galleries, Serpentine Solar and others. It offers lush green meadows and a beautiful serene environment where visitors can relax and indulge in leisure activities such as walking, cycling, boating and horse riding. You can see and feed parakeets near the Peter Pan statue.
Kensington High Street: One of the most important areas in Kensington is Kensington High Street which is home to many important places such as Club Kensington, Warehouse, Waterstone Bookshop, 18 Stafford Terrace, St Mary Abbola Church, Odeon Cinema Kensington, The Roof Gardens, Hat Gallery M/V, Craft Gallery, Archaeologist Guided Tours, Kyoto Garden, Victoria and Albert Museum, Garden Lodge Queen and many others.
Besides these attractions, Kensington also boasts of having many others including 18 Strafford Terrace, Holland Park, Richard Young Gallery, Kensi8ngton Town Hall, Linley Sambourne House, Kensington Roof Gardens, Church Street Kensington, Sikorski Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Brompton Oratory, Baden Powell and many others.