Kensington and Chelsea

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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

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Portobello Square is transforming this pocket of London

Portobello Square is transforming this pocket of London

Review Date Jun 2020

Ladbroke Grove is renowned for its eclectic style, variety of attractions and individuals from all walks of life; everyone is welcomed. A true community, highlighting the unique flares of establishments and people forming an exciting atmosphere and a destination to be discovered. Summarising this vibrant eclectic community is Portobello Road Market itself, hosting a thousand vendors daily throughout the year. The market displays and sells everything from fashion to food from across the world and ages. So, whatever your style, hobby or passion there will always be something here for you at Ladbroke Grove.

The development has and will continue to add a unique flare to an already vibrant neighbourhood, enhancing and growing the community to ensure many residents are able to say: ‘I live off Portobello Road’. Ladbroke Grove, like many London neighbourhoods, is a patchwork of modern structures and dilapidated buildings, with the aid of Catalyst this area is being polished to its full potential. The regeneration project will enhance the area creating a long-term demand for housing. London is prized for its green spaces, so it is valuable to see Catalyst ensuring that they too add to London’s gardens, creating a centre for interaction and tranquillity amongst the constant buzz of the city.

Despite being in West London, Portobello Square is primely situated only 28 minutes from London Liverpool Street. Residents can benefit from the Circle and the Hammersmith & City Lines connecting them across the city via either Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park underground stations. However, with Ladbroke Grove’s centralised location, many places are accessible by foot or bike if you are looking for greener way of life.

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Ladbroke Grove is renowned for its boutique high streets boasting style, creativity and uniqueness. Set just behind it’s notorious Portobello Road, this creativity and style continue, as Catalyst reimagine the neighbouring streets to create Portobello Square. Already an award-winning development, due to its design and sustainable vision, Portobello Square is transforming this pocket of London, creating a new neighbourhood for residents to embrace the area’s features within a modern and sustainable home.

Catalyst are delivering one thousand new homes across Portobello Square, with phase 1 a roaring success, they are currently selling Bond Mansions, part of the second of the three phases that will complete the entire regeneration project. Architect’s, Conran and Partners, Landscape Architects, Ireland Albrecht, along with Catalyst have truly done a stunning job of bringing this pocket back to life, from stylish interiors, through to Athlone Gardens at the core of its design, they have created an exciting new home for those that are itching to get in to one of London’s coolest spots. Focusing on Bond Mansions, currently on sale, there are thirty-one private apartments compromising 1 and 2 bedrooms spanning six floors. Each apartment’s occupier has been carefully considered in the exquisite nine defined floorplans. From Euro Cucina kitchens to White Villeroy and Bosch completed bathrooms, there is excellence in every detail.

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Not finished properly

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Review Date Jul 2019

The area is quite good. I can walk to work. There are also buses and the tube to travel to central which is great. It feels very safe as well. In 25 years I have never had any issues.
Nottinghill Carnival can get a bit mad, but it is once a year so it is fine.
Around the area there are lots of shops and things to do luckiky. I would say the location is very good overall.

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The location of the house is very good. There is a lot of sunlight which is nice.
Unfortunatelu, the house is not the best. I feel they really rushed building it. The staircase was not built properly for example. The balcony too. They did not put an underneath layer so it leaks into my parents room when it rains.
I feel they just wanted people to move in quickly to show someone was living here, but they rushed for nothing as many flats are still empty.
The walls are so thin, which is also an issue. You can hear everything from one room to the other, and even from next door.
The central heating comes from the central block, so it can go off at times. Maintenance is not bad but they might take a day to get things fixed.
Traffic down my road is also an issues. The street is quite narrow and cars can go both ways. This caused once a car to hit my house and even the gas pipe. At night as well you can hear people speeding.
The design of the house is not the best. The rooms are small and the ceiling is low. We also have no back garden. Compared to my old property in the area, I reckon this one is less valuable.
Another odd thing about the design is the living room is in the top floor. Especially if you get elderly people this is not ideal.
Things in the house also feel quite cheap. For example the toilet flush keeps breaking because they always put cheap plastic ones.

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I wish I knew they were eushing so much and things were not finished properly, as I would not have moved in.

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Thin walls

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Review Date Jul 2019

I like there are lots of green spaces around. It creates a very nice environment.
There is a construction going on round the corner which can be a bit annoying. There is also a very old development in front of this one which makes it kind of strange for the display.
Transport is super good. The station is so close and there are also buses so everywhere is so accessible.
There are also lots of shops in the area. And so many nice brunch places. There is always something to do.
The area is generally quiet, although it can sometimes get a bit loud in the afternoon, as there are a few kids that skate around here but it is not too bad.
I find the area super safe, and it is nice living here.

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The design is very nice. However, the walls are very thin so it is quite easy to hear everything going on next door.
The flat is modern and spacious. Though, the rooms could be a bit more proportional as there is a bigger room and a smaller one.
Maintenance is also not the best. Our lock broke once and I had to get it replaced myself.
Heating in the flat is quite good. I think it is from the floor.
The view is alright. As the development has lots of green I feel that kind of improved it.

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Modern flats

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Review Date Jul 2019

The location is so central. You got everything you need nearby. There are lots of nice shops, the market, and there is such a nice community around here.
Transport links are also great. You got the tube and lots of bus stops so it is very easy to travel.
I also feel very safe around the area as I’ve lived here my whole life. I would say the location is perfect.

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The flats are definitely very spacious and modern. The design is very nice, however it is not very soundproof. It can get quite noisy at times.
Another thing is that the insulation is not the best. It is quite cold inside the flat during winter, so it makes heating very expensive.
Another issue we had is the postcode wasn’t recognised at first, so it was quite complicated for deliveries, but now it has been solved.

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I wish I had known about the flat not being the best for storing heat, and maybe as well about the walls being quite thin.

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