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Guide to Kensington

Located in West London, Kensington is a district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

In general, Kensington is an affluent area, home to some of London’s most expensive streets and garden squares such as Wycombe Square and most of the Holland Park neighbourhood. The district is densely populated, largely due to the subdivision of large, mid-rise terraced houses into flats.

Kensington is crossed east-west with Cromwell Road (the A4), which connects the district to Central London and Heathrow Airport. Kensington Road lies to the north, linking the area to Hounslow, Hammersmith and Central London.

The area is served by many public transport links. Most of Kensington is served by three stations in Travelcard Zone 1 (Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington and South Kensington), all of which operate on the Circle Line. These stations are also served by the District line, linking Kensington to the City Centre and Westminster. The Piccadilly line connects Kensington to the West End in approximately 10 minutes, and to Ealing, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow and Chiswick (in the opposite direction) in around 20-40 minutes.

There are a number of bus services linking Kensington to surrounding districts, key hubs being South Kensington station and Kensington High Street.


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Kensington High Street forms the area’s commercial heart and is home to the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. It is also the location of many of London’s Foreign embassies and has several commercial connections with France, such as the French Embassy’s Cultural Department.

North East Kensington is the location of Kensington Gardens, a public park covering 270 acres of land. The park is populated with formal avenues of spectacular trees and ornamental flowerbeds, and includes beautiful Italian and Dutch gardens.

Notable attractions in Kensington include Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial (opposite the Royal Albert Hall), the Natural History Museum and the Natural History Museum.


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