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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
Merit Kensington Hotel
Merit Kensington Hotel
4 out of 5
12 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, England
The price is ¥8,881 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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (59 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 Mar 13, 2020

Merit Kensington Hotel
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

Located in London City Centre, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Natural History Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington High ...

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 Feb 24, 2020

MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel
Brit Hotels London Court
Brit Hotels London Court
3 out of 5
194-196 Earls Court Road, London, England
The price is ¥6,105 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Kensington High Street. Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens ...

4.3/5Excellent! (763 reviews)

"Quality of accommodation and service and also location"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Brit Hotels London Court
88 Studios Kensington
88 Studios Kensington
4 out of 5
88 Holland Road, London, England
The price is ¥7,216 per night

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! (844 reviews)

"Amazing experience, would definitely recommend for a stay in London"…"

Reviewed on May 10, 2020

88 Studios Kensington
Safestay London Kensington Holland Park
Safestay London Kensington Holland Park
4 out of 5
Holland Walk, Kensington, London, England

Located in Kensington, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington High Street, Kensington Gardens, and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Cromwell ...

3.8/5Good! (699 reviews)

"The workers at the restayramt were friendly and the hostel felt safe and family friendly"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Safestay London Kensington Holland Park
Best Western The Boltons
Best Western The Boltons
4 out of 5
19-21 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, England
The price is ¥6,607 per night

Located in London City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Kensington High Street. Natural History Museum and Kensington ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,411 reviews)

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

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Best Western The Boltons

Popular places to visit in Kensington

Royal Albert Hall
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Royal Albert Hall

4.5/5(232 reviews)

Adored by audiences and performers alike, this tribute to Prince Albert is one of the world’s most celebrated concert venues.

Natural History Museum
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Natural History Museum

4.5/5(682 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(909 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(231 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

5/5(5 reviews)

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

Science Museum
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Science Museum

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Science Museum is a popular museum in London with a rich history. Visit the shops and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Kensington

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

78% of travellers recommend
¥5,118
Per adult
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

72% of travellers recommend
¥10,366
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

¥3,281
Per adult
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

76% of travellers recommend
¥9,054
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Top Attraction Tickets
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Top Attraction Tickets

¥6,430
Per adult
Oxford City and Cotswolds Private Tour
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Oxford City and Cotswolds Private Tour

¥190,664
Per adult

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