Where To Stay in Kensington

When you visit London, you want to stay in a flat where you can walk to eat, to see museums, to stroll through the park, to live like a Londoner. Make your trip to Kensington extra special by staying with London Connection. For over 35 years, guests have loved staying in their London Connection vacation rental apartments throughout the finest neighborhoods. You will find all the benefits of a quality hotel along with the added comforts of home. Contact London Connection to book one of their serviced  apartments in several different Kensington locations:

Where is Kensington? 

The neighborhood of Kensington is located just West of downtown London and lies within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It’s bordered by the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Bayswater, Holland Park, Earls Court and Chelsea. It’s central location makes it easy to access various districts and locals throughout London.

  • The heart of downtown London: a 30 minutes tube ride
  • The Tower of London: a 30 minutes tube ride
  • Heathrow Airport: a 56 minute tube ride
  • Gatwick Airport: a 60 minute by tube and train
  • Kings Cross: 32 minutes on the train
  • National Gallery: a 30 minute ride on the tube

History of Kensington

Like many places in London, Kensington’s history is one rich with detail. The name Kensington is Anglo-Saxon in origin and thought to have once been owned by an early king, probably as a residence. However, from the early 17th century, Kensington became popular with people of wealth due to its prime location – near the bustling hub of downtown London but far enough away to offer fresh, clean air.

Historic figures like Sir Walter Cope, Baptist Hicks, Princess Anne, Prince William and his family called Kensington home, making the area a notorious meeting place for artists, writers, and politicians.

It wasn’t until 1689 that William III purchased Nottingham House, now known as Kensington Palace, as a country home where he could breathe clean air and escape the confines of the city. The King had the home enlarged and rebuilt, attracting the attention of court officials, servants, and followers.

This popularity breathed life into a once-failing Kensington Square, transforming it into a popular residential area. The Palace was frequently visited by reigning monarchs and members of the Royal Family, the women of which were fond of developing beautiful gardens surrounding the Palace.

However, not all of Kensington’s history is filled with happiness and growth. During WWII and 1944, civilians in Kensington suffered great hardship and many deaths, while many of the areas buildings were damaged by incendiary bombs. Despite these ravages though, the city has retained its character by implementing new architecture that highlights old-time gems. After 200 years of transformation, Kensington has gone from being a rural landscape to a thriving modern metropolis.

Things to do in Kensington

Thanks to Kensington’s rich history, there is no shortage of things to see and do. First and foremost, Kensington is home to three of London’s world-class museums: the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum. Additionally, The Royal Albert Hall offer a stunning setting for a variety of concerts while the Serpentine Gallery hosts free art exhibitions.

Make sure to visit Kensington Palace and  see the current exhibit “Diana: Her Fashion Story.”  It is fabulous and you won’t want to leave, so enjoy afternoon tea at the adjacent Orangery Restaurant. Then take a walk through Hyde Park which borders the palace. You will feel British at once!

Similar to other surrounding districts, Kensington also offers world-class shopping opportunities with dozens of fashionable high-street stores, fine art galleries, and antique shops. Quaint cafes and exclusive nightclubs are plentiful and don’t forget to tour Kensington’s wealth of grand estates.

Take a walk down nearby Portobello Road in this 12 minute video with Thomas Moore, the founder of London Connection Vacation Apartments. You will feel like you are already in London as you learn more about the famous market and and meet some of the shop owners. Caution, you will want to go just to experience a fresh strawberry donut!

Be “In-The-Know” While Visiting Kensington

Due to Kensington’s elegant aire, the area tends to attract fashionable, affluent Londoners which some say is driving up prices across the board. However, with less traffic, smaller crowds, and little city-like chaos, it’s worth a trip to Kensington if you want to enjoy a fantastic part of London without the hustle and bustle of surrounding areas. 

When it comes to Kensington Vacation Rentals, no one does it better than London Connection. Browse our various locations and call or click to book your stay, today.

 

1-88 Elden House | South Kensington

Beds: 1

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

Tubestop: South Kensington

From: $99
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South Kensington is one of London’s most fashionable districts in a modern and thriving London. Many visitors come here to visit the great Victoria and Albert Museum, the National History Museum and attend performances at the Royal Albert Hall which are walking distance from the property. The restaurants around the Michelin Building known as the Bibendum are very popular. All the great sites are easily reached by the Piccadilly Line which passes directly through central London. Knightsbridge and all the famous shops like Harvey Nichols and Harrods are one tube stop from South Kensington, Green Park and Buckingham Palace are three tube stops away, Leicester Square and Covent Garden are 12 minutes on the Piccadilly Line. Fashionable shopping, clubs, and restaurants make this accommodation desirable.

This newly acquired flat has a bright, modern feel throughout and has been very well received by visiting guests. The LOUNGE is stylish with contemporary furniture, pictures, TV, and comfort. KITCHEN has all machines including washer/dryer, stove top and oven, fridge/freezer and all cooking utensils. BEDROOM has a UK King size bed and good storage, always a welcome perk! The BATHROOM has a shower stall, wash hand basin, and loo. Accommodation is wonderfully designed for London travelers. WiFi, television, telephone adds to your comfort. This property is very desirable and will contribute to the success of your visit to London. Perfect!  

2-36 Rosary Gardens | Kensington

Beds: 3

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Tubestop: Gloucester Road

From: $260
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Rosary Gardens is a beautiful street in South Kensington. This property, located between the Cromwell Road and Old Brompton Road, is conveniently located near both the Gloucester Road Tube Station and the South Kensington Tube Station, on the Piccadilly Line. The two bedroom/one bathroom accommodation is within walking distance to both the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This beautiful residential area around The Boltons and Onslow Gardens is very sought after in central London. The flat is one stop on the tube line to Knightsbridge and the shops around Harrods. Green Park and Buckingham Palace are three stops on the Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly Line continues on to Leicester Square (all the cinemas) and Covent Garden (many London theaters). You have all of London at a few minutes distance while living in a lovely residential area.

The two bedroom flat itself is on the second floor of a small period building kept to a high standard. The MASTER BEDROOM has a UK KING size bed and good storage. The SECOND BEDROOM has two single beds. The BATHROOM has a shower over the tub, wash hand basin, and loo–all good quality. The very nice KITCHEN has all machines including washer/dryer, dishwasher, hob, oven, fridge/freezer, and microwave. The LIVING ROOM has television, comfortable furnishings, Internet, telephone. This second floor flat is a very comfortable flat in an excellent location. Perfect for four guests. High speed wireless internet is available. Property is designated non-smoking.

2-43 Bramham Gardens | Kensington SW5

Beds: 3

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3

Tubestop: Gloucester Road

From: $295
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This fine two bedroom property is an outstanding accommodation for four people traveling to London for a holiday or for business. The Gloucester Road Tube station is 5 minutes away; Earls Court Tube Station is 2 minutes away–both right on the Piccadilly Line. Perfect! The building itself is located in picturesque Bramham Gardens. It is a red brick period building, terribly charming, and beautifully maintained. This is a lovely property and highly recommended. When one walks into this flat there is an immediate feeling of comfort and home.

The flat is done to a very comfortable standard with lovely decorative items throughout. The LIVING ROOM is “English” in every sense of the word. New furniture and a decorative fireplace create a lounge filled with charm. The flat is reached by taking either the LIFT or private staircase to the garden level. Even though the flat is on partial lower ground level at the front, it opens up onto a trellised PATIO, which has stairs up to the communal garden at the back. The garden square just behind and belonging to the flat is exquisite (excellent walking/running path in the gardens). The entire flat is amply lit with numerous windows, both front and back. There are TWO BEDROOMS. The MASTER BEDROOM has a UK KING size bed. The SECOND BEDROOM has two single beds that can be joined to become a UK Super King (the virtual tour shows a double bed which is no longer accurate). Both bedrooms benefit from an en suite bathroom. Both BATHROOMS have mounted showers over tubs, wash hand basins, and loos. There is a third toilet station in an ADDITIONAL HALF BATHROOM. The KITCHEN is well equipped with washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, hob, and oven. In the large lounge, a DINING TABLE for six adds to the comfort of this lovely room.  Such a good value. High speed wireless internet is included. Property is designated non-smoking.

2-44 Palace Gardens Terrace | Kensington

Beds: 3

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Tubestop: High Street Kensington

From: $206
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This very comfortable two bedroom vacation apartment on Palace Gardens Terrace has been a destination for London Connection summer visitors for several years. This accommodation is a pied-à-terre for those coming to London for theater and exhibitions. The flat is located just off Kensington High Street, moments from Kensington Palace made famous in recent years as the home of Diana Princess of Wales, now the home of Prince William and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex also live in a grand cottage on the palace property. The transportation is excellent with cabs, buses everywhere; the Kensington High Street Tube Station is nearby.

The property is a very comfortable flat with an open plan KITCHEN/LOUNGE/DINING area. There is a large sofa, comfortable chairs, television, and a dining table with four chairs. There is good lighting with a large bay window to one end of the lounge. There is a dishwasher and a washer/dryer, hob, oven, microwave, and all kitchen equipment for a visitor’s convenience. The MASTER BEDROOM with a UK King size bed, a small patio and large window, gives the room a garden feeling. The  SECOND BEDROOM with a single bed allows this apartment to sleep 3 comfortably. The BATHROOM has tub with shower over, sink, large mirror, and loo. This Palace Gardens Terrace vacation rental is on the garden level which is perfect for the summer months. There is telephone and free WiFi. This flat is a great accommodation for a very reasonable rate. Considering quality, location, standard, and budget cost, this is an excellent property. Certainly recommended.

3-104 Godfrey Street | Chelsea House

Beds: 5

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Tubestop: Sloane Square

From: $303
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This is an excellent and versatile town house ideally located off Chelsea Green and near to Sloane Square. This area in the center of London is between the River Thames to the south and Hyde Park to the north. From your flat you can walk almost anywhere you want to visit including Buckingham Palace or shopping at Harrods. To head to Covent Garden and the theater district,Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s, and other areas of town, you can walk just 10 minutes to the South Kensington Tube stop and take the Piccadilly line. If you want to save your feet, you can walk  2 minutes to King’s Road and hop on one of the multiple buses that can drop you at the Sloane Square Tube stop (also just a 10 minute walk from the flat). From there, you can take the tube to the east and reach the Tower, Westminster, or a river tour using the District or Central line — or take either of those lines to the South Kensington stop, transfer to the Piccadilly line, and head to Covent Garden, etc. The best of both worlds where you can be near fantastic local restaurants and shops in the middle of city life, and within a short distance be surrounded by nature’s trees and flowers galore. You can’t go wrong in this location!

The house has a SITTING ROOM with an ornamental gas log fireplace and opens into a sunny conservatory DINING ROOM. The KITCHEN is fully equipped with hob, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, etc. On the top floor is a MASTER BEDROOM with a UK Super King size bed and good storage. BATHROOM EN SUITE includes bath, hand shower, wash hand basin, and loo.  On the first floor there is SECOND BEDROOM with two single beds and good storage. A THIRD BEDROOM with a single bed with a trundle bed shares a fully tiled power shower stall bathroom with wash hand basin, and loo.  Nice house. Well located. It is one of our clients’ favorite destinations. It just works. It is great for families because there are so many single beds. Excellent for 5/6 persons. High speed wireless internet is included. Property is designated non-smoking.

3-31 Redfield Lane | Kensington House

Beds: 4

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2 1/2

Tubestop: Earls Court

From: $305
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THIS MEWS HOUSE is stunning.  For a group of up to six people, it is IDEAL.  Redfield Lane is a cul-de-sac community of  houses in an exclusive neighborhood just off Earl’s Court Road, just up the street from the Earl’s Court Tube Station.  Redfield Lane is a street of Regency houses of a very high standard–all painted pink, yellow, lavender, and blue–typical of elegant London Regency homes. The Earl’s Court Tube Station is on the Piccadilly Line, the most central and convenient train for visitors to central London.  The museums of South Kensington (V&A, Natural History, etc.) are within walking distance.  The excellent shopping in Knightsbridge (Harrods and Harvey Nichols) is two tube stations from the flat,  Green Park and Buckingham Palace are 3 tube stations or 10 minutes ride from the accommodation, and all the theaters, museums, clubs, and nightlife of Leicester Square and Covent Garden are easily reached on the Piccadilly Line.  Earl’s Court is an exciting residential area with shops, restaurants, and clubs in all directions.  For those preferring taxis, Earl’s Court Road is a major London thoroughfare.  The location is excellent and very convenient.

The house on three floors is tucked away in a small mews.  It is quiet, private and very “English.”  On the main floor of the house, you have a comfortable LIVING AREA with sofas and television, a DINING AREA with seating for six people. There is a wonderful and large KITCHEN with all machines:  washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, and all kitchen utensils.  The main floor is a wonderful family style open plan.  On this floor there is also a HALF BATHROOM with toilet and sink.  The first floor has TWO BEDROOMS with queen size beds in each.  One double bedroom has an EN SUITE BATHROOM with tub/shower combo, wash hand basin, and loo.  The second bedroom uses the SECOND BATHROOM with a shower on the same floor.  The third floor has a THIRD BEDROOM with two single beds and doorway to a LARGE TERRACE.   The flat has just been completely refurbished and is bright and well appointed.  This three bedroom flat, accommodating up to six persons with 2 1/2 bathrooms in a private mews, is an amazing accommodation–rare in central London.  There is telephone, internet, and television for a visitor’s convenience.  PERFECT!  If you are in this budget, this is the flat to select.

3-32 Redfield Lane | Kensington House

Beds: 5

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Tubestop: Earls Court

From: $305
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This Kensington vacation rental is PERFECT in every regard. This stunning house for up to 7 people is the ideal accommodation for a larger group traveling to London. It is located in a private mews behind locked gates with easy access to both the Cromwell Road as well as to the Earl’s Court Road.  Our guests adore this neighborhood of late Regency architecture and early Victorian townhouses: one painted pink, one painted yellow, one painted blue, one painted lavender. This very high level residential area is one of the most sought after districts due to the proximity to central London and to all transportation – and certainly the charm and beauty play a big part. This is an amazing property; large vacation rentals of this standard are difficult to find in central London.

The mews house itself is on three levels, like all period mews residences. On the first floor, there is an open-plan LOUNGE/KITCHEN with table and chairs, bar and stools, sofa and chairs, and flat screen television. The KITCHEN has dishwasher, oven, hob, fridge/freezer, and fully stocked cupboards with dishes, glasses, etc. The washer/dryer is in the small garage attached to the house. On the second floor (first floor Britain), there is a very large MASTER BEDROOM with UK King size bed and an EN SUITE BATHROOM with shower over the tub, hand basin, and loo – all of the finest quality. There is a SECOND BEDROOM with a Double size bed – a very beautiful room, and a SECOND BATHROOM with shower stall, sink, and loo. On the top floor (3rd floor US, 2nd floor Britain), there is a very large FAMILY ROOM/BEDROOM with two single beds that can put together as  UK Super King. There is also a pull-out sofa, small balcony with small table and two chairs.

Transportation is perfect with both the Earls Court Tube Station and the Gloucester Road Tube Station within easy reach; buses and taxis are readily available. The great museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum are two tube stops away; Knightsbridge with all the fine shopping is three tube stops from this property; Piccadilly Circus and all the theaters up Shaftesbury Avenue are 15 minutes by tube –  all are on the Piccadilly Line, the most useful of all the train lines through this magnificent city. So, you are staying in a private mews with all the advantages of space, residential feel, and yet amazing proximity to all that London offers. It is a welcoming house that sleeps 7, decorated and designed for a family. This vacation rental is exclusively offered with a 5 night minimum by London Connection and books very quickly. Don’t delay. If you are in the budget, this South Kensington mews is the perfect property. We love it. Wonderful standard throughout. There is Wi-Fi for the convenience of the visitors to this property. PERFECT