KENSINGTON IN THE HEART OF LONDON
Kensington is based along the west-east axis of the A315 (here called Kensington High Street) and, running north off it, Kensington Church Street (A4204) heading for Notting Hill. Its most famous landmark is possibly Kensington Palace home to some of our Royal Family.
PROPERTY TO RENT AND BUY
Property in this part of London is extremely sought after and can be very expensive with estate agents having property for sale on their books in the millions. However, there are parts of Kensington where a one bedroom or studio apartment can be purchased for under £400,000.
Council Tax ranges from Band A at £884.72 to Band H at £2854.16 which are all below the national average for the same bands.
Properties are available to rent in the Kensington area with a variety of Letting Agents.
This is a very desirable area of London to live and, accordingly, this is reflected in the rents. The rental market serves the short term and long term tenant alike with properties ranging from thousands of pounds per calendar month to a few hundred pounds.
Renting or buying in this area means that you have Edwardian, Victorian and inter-war flats breaking up the domination of the mansions together with a wide variety of residential properties. There are pretty cottages here and you will find greenery in the front gardens. Kensington also has Holland Park, Kensington Gardens, the shops, and restaurants of High Street Kensington, Notting Hill and Gloucester Road all within walking distance. One of the advantages of renting in this area is that tenants could find their neighbours are in the diplomatic service, because of the embassies which predominate here, and therefore benefit from the security which is evident.
Kensington High Street has since the 19th century been one of the most popular places to shop in London. The area it serves is wealthy and has been the home to famous stores, sadly now no longer, such as Barkers, Derry & Toms with the famous roof garden now, incidentally, owned since 1981 by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Pontings, and of course Biba. Today you will find such well known fashion outlets such as Next, River Island, Sock Shop, French Connection, Accessorize, H&M, Benetton, M&S to name but a few.
In South Kensington you will find all the top designer outlets such as Hype DF, Karen Millen, The Source, Snow & Rock, The Conran Shop, Hyper-Hyper and the Racquet Shop. It is a shopper's paradise, if it's fashion you're after. However, you will also find the most exquisite antiques shops too. At the same time there are shops selling a wide range of goods, in fact, most things which spring to mind can be found here.
MUSEUMS,MEMORIALS, CULTURAL VENUES
Kensington is home to perhaps the most famous museums and memorials in England and are great London landmarks. There is the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum along with the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial. Following the Great Exhibition of 1851 these museums in South Kensington were the inspiration of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. The Royal Albert Hall opened in 1871 and the Albert Memorial in 1876 – unveiled by Queen Victoria in memory of Prince Albert
For modern and contemporary art the Serpentine Gallery is a favourite with visitors who come to see the many exhibits. You will also find the Royal College of Art and the Royal Geographical Society amongst the many cultural venues which are to be found here in Kensington. If Art is not for you then try using your eyes in a different way i.e. reading.