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KensingtonLondon

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
Brit Hotels London Court
Brit Hotels London Court
3 out of 5
194-196 Earls Court Road, London, England
The price is AU$93 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace ...

4.4/5Excellent! (771 reviews)

"great service, great communication, clean rooms, great area with quick commutes into Central London!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

Brit Hotels London Court
MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel
MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel
2 out of 5
Baden-Powell House, 65-67 Queens Gate, London, England
The price is AU$105 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington High Street. Imperial ...

3.7/5Good! (192 reviews)

"We loved the family room. With two single beds and two bunk beds (one each for our two children) - we had plenty of room. Breakfast was great and the two kids were free. Great location for all of the museums- you can literally see the Natural History museum from the hotel. Only drawbacks were that ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel
Merit Kensington Hotel
Merit Kensington Hotel
4 out of 5
12 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, England
The price is AU$106 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Stamford Bridge Stadium and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Hyde Park. Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly ...

4.1/5Very Good! (66 reviews)

"The property was in excellent condition - very clean, modern and everything in excellent working order. The only downside for us was it was not in the centre of town. In retrospect we could have done with being more in the centre. Also there was no bar or breakfast facility. Not a big problem though. ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Merit Kensington Hotel
The Cranley
The Cranley
4 out of 5
10 Bina Gardens, South Kensington, London, England
The price is AU$82 per night

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

3.5/5Good! (680 reviews)

"All good I really like the hotel everything was clean and tidy. Old classic fashioned hotel with good service and staff."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020

The Cranley
Best Western The Boltons
Best Western The Boltons
4 out of 5
19-21 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, England
The price is AU$135 per night

Located in London City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens. Victoria ...

3.9/5Good! (982 reviews)

"Please have an air condition for cooling, the room is hot at noon."…"

Reviewed on 22 May 2020

Best Western The Boltons
Eden Plaza Kensington Hotel
Eden Plaza Kensington Hotel
3 out of 5
68-69 Queens Gate, South Kensington, London, England
The price is AU$84 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Science Museum, Olympia Conference and Exhibition Centre and Stamford Bridge Stadium. Oxford ...

3.7/5Good! (756 reviews)

"A bit small and not much space to move about but otherwise it was ok."…"

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2020

Eden Plaza Kensington Hotel

Popular places to visit in Kensington

Royal Albert Hall
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Royal Albert Hall

4/5(29 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(127 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(155 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$144
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Tower Bridge Admission Tickets
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Tower Bridge Admission Tickets

AU$19
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
London Explorer Pass: Pick 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions
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London Explorer Pass: Pick 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions

AU$127
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace

AU$53
Per adult
Oxford City and Cotswolds Private Tour
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Oxford City and Cotswolds Private Tour

AU$2,675
Per adult
Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford-Upon-Avon Day Tour From London
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Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford-Upon-Avon Day Tour From London

AU$110
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

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