Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is up there with the capital’s most affluent areas. It commands top market prices, but its residents can call some of the UK’s most beautiful buildings home. Structures here range from elegant Victorian townhouses, characterised by stepped porches and wrought-iron gates, to lavish Georgian mansions shrouded by London plane trees. Read on to learn the top rated places to live in Kensington and Chelsea.

 

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Best places to live in Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Mews street in Kensington and Cheslsea

A well-heeled crowd

A playground for the wealthy, the borough’s shops, bars and restaurants are decidedly upmarket. Days in Kensington and Chelsea can be spent sipping mimosas over brunch on sunny terraces, and browsing the designer boutiques. As for nightlife, in hotspots like Sloane Square, there are fine dining restaurants and also, exclusive nightclubs. As well as this, The pubs round here are fancy, too, with sleek interiors and inventive British menus.

Luxury shopping in Kensington and Chelsea

The best high-end stores line up on King’s Road, where even the Oxfam charity store stacks mainly designer wares (hand-me-downs from well-off local residents). In Kensington’s centre, you’ll find luxe high street favourites, such as: L’Occitane and Oliver Bonas. And less than a 10-minute drive north there’s Portobello Road Market, which brags the world’s largest collection of antique stalls.

Street at night in Kensington & Cheslsea

Local green space

Some of the capital’s most popular green spaces can be found in Kensington and Chelsea. Head to Hyde Park for concerts, exhibitions, and plenty of space for peace and quiet. Visit Kensington Gardens for its namesake palace and iconic Peter Pan statue – these attract tourists world-over. As well as this, don’t miss Chelsea Physic Garden for a peek at some 5,000 historic and medicinal plants.

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Getting around Kensington and Chelsea

The Kensington and Chelsea borough is also a fantastic springboard. Not just for its well-connected train and tube links, but because it’s got London Heathrow Airport on its doorstep. With some 78 million passengers jetting in and out of here each year, it’s the UK’s busiest.

HomeViews reviewers have their say on the some of the best places to live in Kensington and Chelsea…

“On the doorstep are stylish rooftop wine bars, members-only haunts, upscale pubs, and a myriad of eateries offering everything from multi-course fine dining to cocktails and cicchetti. The shopping scene is first-class, too. Kensington High Street and its side roads are the area’s retail epicentre, and provide a mix of high-end boutiques with more affordable household names, with plenty of cafés thrown in for good measure.” – HomeViews Property Professional on Courtfield Gardens, SW5

“I like the area because it has charm but is central and walking distance to shops etc.” – Verified tenant at Courtfield Gardens, SW5

“The village feel of Kensington appeals to many, with its history and culture woven into the landscape – there’s a juxtaposition between the bustling high street with its chain stores and huge choice of restaurants, and the quiet leafy side roads of old Kensington.” – HomeViews Property Professional on 19-27 Young Street, W8

Reviews in Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Good block of flats in a great area

Review Date Sep 2022

Amazing local cafes. Great restaurants and bars too. The tube is very near although the central line is a good 20 minute walk away. The street is nice and quiet at night with the right amount of life during the day. There can be some anti-social behaviour from time to time but not often enough to put me off. Bins get dropped down a shoot so was never aware of any build up. No parking can be an issue.

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Flats are well proportioned. Finish is a little better than average for the money you pay. Location is brilliant. There are no real facilities. There are always fire marshalls around as I believe they are due to change/upgrade the cladding since the new cladding laws have been introduced. The building was normally kept very clean. Managed pretty well in my opinion.

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The vents allowing air through the flats can be temper mental and make loud and annoying noises occasionally.

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This was handled by the letting agent. If there were any issues with the building, there are normally people around to raise them with.

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Building & facilities team good; lift our of order more than in action

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Review Date Aug 2022

Location is great – access to public transport, shops, High Street Kensington, parks. Local services very good. Some loud noise and anti-social behaviour from local tenants but nothing extraordinary.

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Building finished to good standard, Aftercare team responsive & helpful. But the lift has been out of action for more days than it has been in action. This needs to be fixed as a serious matter of urgency and to work reliably to restore confidence.

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Reliability of the lift.

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Responses have been timely but issues (eg the lift being constantly out of action) have not resolved quickly enough.

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Good

Review Date Aug 2022

The Quality of restaurants and stores are excellent. My dietary requirements are easily met (eg purchasing kosher meat). There generally hasn’t been any anti social behaviour but there have a couple of incidents of bad actors making alot of noise but they have been one off incidents

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The development is good quality and I really like the design. The building management and property management could have been more responsive. This can be attributed to the fact that this a new built and with that you have your early day issues. Otherwise the quality of their work has been good.

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I wish to have reached out to my neighbours or have an established WhatsApp chat so that I could know my building mates before hand.

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Yes they have responded and dealt with my issues when I raised them.

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Very good development

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Review Date Aug 2022

Very nice location…central location what I was looking for!

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Very good development, well thought and planned. Overall the location is nice and quality of development speaks itself. Very good customer care and definitely something I would like to recommend.

One of the best options to invest for first time buyers!

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*Location albeit I knew but it’s not only a good location.
Also neighbourhood is quite

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Very swiftly responded…very active management who show proper care

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