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:
- 1-88 Elden House and 2-36 Rosary Gardens in South Kensington
- 2-43 Bramham Gardens close to the Gloucester Road Tube Station
- 3-104 Godfrey Street located right off Chelsea Green and close to Sloane Square
- 3-32 Redfield Lane in South Kensington near the Earl’s Court Tube Station
- 1-72 Draycott Avenue, just off King’s Road
- 2-44 Palace Gardens Terrace, very near Kensington Palace and Gardens
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.