KensingtonLondon

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Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

Kensington is a prosperous part of London, known for its stylish terraced housing and the European landscape allotments that make up the vast Kensington Gardens. The district is also full of upmarket shopping options, swanky hotels and museums. Spend time in the galleries and music halls in this hub of refinement.

Stroll down the busy Kensington High Street to see the range of shops defining this area of luxury and aristocracy. Enter the Kensington Arcade through its stucco arches and window-shop along the elegant storefronts. Lay down a blanket in Kensington Gardens with a scenic backdrop of its lake and the majestic Kensington Palace.

Visit the iconic Thackeray Gallery for its array of works by living British artists. It is an active trading site that works with set prices. Browse the pieces displayed at The Mosaic Rooms, which has a focus on contemporary exhibits from the Arab world.

Another fascinating cultural institution of Kensington is the RCM Museum of Musical Instruments. Browse the intriguing collection of about 1,000 instruments from the 15th century through the mid 1900s. These include a 16th-century guitar, a 15th-century keyboard and a 16th-century harpsichord.

Head south to the Finborough Theatre, for its range of plays and musical performances. Admire the intriguing appearance of the theater’s building, which sits on a traffic island. The green lower part of the three-story redbrick building makes it stand out.

Walk south for 30 minutes from the center of Kensington to reach the Brompton Cemetery. Explore this picturesque and serene site, flanked by trees, family mausoleums and historic monuments.

Kensington is located in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington in the western part of London. Take the London Underground to one of the stops here, such as South Kensington, Gloucester Road and Kensington (Olympia). Get around by bus and explore the high street on foot. Nearby districts include Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith.

Top hotels in Kensington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park International Hotel
Park International Hotel
4 out of 5
117 - 129 Cromwell Road, London, England
AU$171
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum. Imperial College ...

4/5Very Good! (3,379 reviews)

"Nice staff. Close to 3 restaurants and only 2 blocks from nearest underground."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Park International Hotel
The Rembrandt
The Rembrandt
4 out of 5
11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
AU$276
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, and Cromwell Road. Imperial College ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,041 reviews)

"Nice hotel, friendly staff, great location just infront of the V&A museum and very close to South Kensington tube station. Room us specious and nice."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020

The Rembrandt
Point A Kensington Olympia
Point A Kensington Olympia
3.5 out of 5
42-48 West Cromwell Road, London, England
AU$108
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Kensington High Street. Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens ...

3.9/5Good! (284 reviews)

"Great location , small rooms however they have everything you need !"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2020

Point A Kensington Olympia
88 Studios Kensington
88 Studios Kensington
4 out of 5
88 Holland Road, London, England
AU$113
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Kensington, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington High Street and Cromwell Road. Westfield London Shopping Centre and Kensington ...

4.2/5Excellent! (767 reviews)

"It was adequately comfortable with an impeccable hospitality on offer at all times."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020

88 Studios Kensington
Garden View Hotel
Garden View Hotel
3 out of 5
29-31 Nevern Square, London, England
AU$95
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Palace. Science Museum and ...

3.5/5Good! (2,830 reviews)

"The location was ideal for my needs as it was within a few minutes walk from a tube station. Plenty of eateries and shops around the area too. Glad I didn't make up my mind based on other reviews. All I can say to those guests - 'if you want everything you have at home, then don't leave it'. There ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020

Garden View Hotel
K+K Hotel George Kensington
K+K Hotel George Kensington
4 out of 5
1-15 Templeton Place, London, England
AU$211
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Kensington High Street. Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,805 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly and the lobby is very welcoming. Rooms are pleasent but nothing to write home (or online) about. Location is excellent and price was very reasonable"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

K+K Hotel George Kensington

Popular things to do in Kensington

Royal Albert Hall
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Royal Albert Hall

4/5(27 reviews)

One of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, this stunning 19th century tribute to Prince Albert is one of London’s most adored architectural treasures.

Natural History Museum
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Natural History Museum

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Explore the wonders of the natural world for free in this fascinating museum. Learn about dinosaurs, creatures of the deep, our planet’s interior and much more.

Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Journey though history and learn about the lives of the British Royal Family at this official London residence, set in the magnificent Kensington Gardens.

Victoria and Albert Museum
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Victoria and Albert Museum

5/5(23 reviews)

Browse the extensive collection at this vast museum, which is devoted to decorative arts and design.

Kensington High Street
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Kensington High Street

4/5(2 reviews)

This affluent area is home to some of London’s most exclusive shops, as well as a  regal palace and gardens.

Holland Park
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Holland Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Admire a Japanese-style garden, stroll through quiet woodland and watch open-air theater and opera productions in summer at this beautiful public park.

Top activities in Kensington

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

AU$142

Access over 80 attractions including a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, while saving money. Visit cultural treasures like The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. No tickets, no hassle! The London Pass® is a sightseeing credits package giving you access to over 80 top London attractions, tours and museums in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 consecutive days.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

AU$74

Zip around London town like a local on one of the city's iconic double-decker buses. Hop off to explore the city's historic sights and iconic architecture on foot, and glide down the River Thames on a sightseeing cruise to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the English capital.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

AU$45

Experience the best of London's attractions and charm-filled neighborhoods from the open-air top of a comfortable, double-decker bus. Take advantage of unlimited rides along 5 routes, hopping off at any of more than 70 stops along the way to get a closer look.

Kensington Palace Tickets
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Kensington Palace Tickets

AU$15

Explore a beautiful palace brimming with secrets and stories of royalty both past and present. Having served as the London home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, this incredible residence is now home to Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets
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Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets

AU$19

Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of London's most recognizable landmarks at the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Step onto a glass walkway high above the Thames, see the engineering marvel at work in the Victorian Engine Rooms, and admire works by local artists on display at the bridge.

Stonehenge, Bath & English Countryside - 2 World Heritage Sites in 1 Day!
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Stonehenge, Bath & English Countryside - 2 World Heritage Sites in 1 Day!

AU$123

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT England Optional visit to Bath Abbey Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury SP4 7DE England 90 minutes to visit the monument and the exhibition Durat

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