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
The Rembrandt
The Rembrandt
4 out of 5
11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
¥17,042
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (3,061 reviews)

"The location is fantastic. Walking distance to Harrods, across from the V&A and convenient to South Ken tube."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

The Rembrandt
Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
4 out of 5
Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, England
¥10,054
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

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

3.9/5Good! (5,956 reviews)

"The staff were very helpful and friendly, especially those at the reception desk."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
Garden View Hotel
Garden View Hotel
3 out of 5
29-31 Nevern Square, London, England
¥6,039
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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 ...

3.5/5Good! (2,868 reviews)

"The hotel was clean, the staff nice and location okay. A real good hotel for the price."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Garden View Hotel
88 Studios Kensington
88 Studios Kensington
4 out of 5
88 Holland Road, London, England
¥7,379
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! (784 reviews)

"Close to bus and underground, Small room but clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

88 Studios Kensington
K+K Hotel George Kensington
K+K Hotel George Kensington
4 out of 5
1-15 Templeton Place, London, England
¥12,971
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (2,817 reviews)

"All the staffs at reception are very helpful for info and booking for taxi very efficient. Room services are good. Very convenient location to walk to underground station. Will stay at same hotel again if visit London again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

K+K Hotel George Kensington
Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum
Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum
4 out of 5
97 Cromwell Road, London, England
¥9,548
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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

3.9/5Very Good! (3,245 reviews)

"Great location and good sized rooms for London (we were in executive rooms) Did not like the fact that housekeeping rang the room bell early on the checkout morning to see when we would be leaving- check out is by 11am! Other members of our party were called at 8am."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum

Popular things to do in Kensington

Royal Albert Hall
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Royal Albert Hall

4.5/5(222 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(672 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(891 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(217 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 activities in Kensington

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

¥5,024

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.

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

¥10,751

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

¥3,440

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

¥1,165

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

¥1,405

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.

Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels
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Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels

¥1,591

Get a firsthand look at more than 1,000 years of British royal history with a visit to the storied castle grounds at the Tower of London. Marvel at the glittering Crown Jewels and coronation regalia of monarchs past, and roam the ramparts with the famous Beefeaters who still protect the tower.

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