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 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 Kensington and Chelsea

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Catalyst are amazing thankyou

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Review Date Nov 2020

The community I live in is incredible and supportive, the amenities around me are very accessible and easy to get to.

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The design of my property is amazing I am a disabled tenant and my flat is adapted for my needs.
Catalyst are a fantastic landlord whenever I have any issues they are always helpful and they always do their best to resolve my repairs.

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I am an extremely happy tenant

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Catalyst- Portobello Square

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Review Date Nov 2020

The area is very vibrant and full of things to do and see. Lovely coffee shops and places to eat. Mixed ethnicities and a real feel of London.

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The development is a real let down. The quality of the interior of the property is appalling. Within months of moving into the new development discolouration of the walls and large cracks started appearing. The pipe works on ground floor flats in the communal hallway have been leaking and the smells are horrendous. They get repainted and this would last for one year before the problem reoccurs. The buildings are rated as a “substantial” fire risk according to the latest FRA, hence why Catalyst housing have increased their fire safety budget from £800,00 to £15.2million this year!

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I wish I had known the fire safety risk to my family and I before signing the tenancy.

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Great location

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Review Date Nov 2020

The area is great. Very central and a short walk to core Notting hill. Lots of shops and restaurants. Short walk to tube and lots of buses nearby

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Building is very nice and apartments well designed. Property management not been great with follow ups on complaints and enquiries. Would ideally like to see more attentiveness and higher quality of overall management

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Location is great,

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Not been great at dealing with enquiries and complaints

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Great development

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Review Date Oct 2020

Excellent new development. The local amenities are great and close by. The shops and restaurants good location too. The new buildings are attractive to look at.

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Great development that is attractive to the eyes and easy convenience for local restaurants and amenities. Excellent new development with access to the local amenities are great and close by. The shops and restaurants good location too. The new buildings are attractive to look at.

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Good security in new builds, not so much in the older properties.

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