The Royal Borough of Kensington & 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.
A well-heeled crowd
A playground for the wealthy, the borough’s shops, bars and restaurants are decidedly upmarket. Days here 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 exclusive nightclubs. The pubs round here are fancy, too, with sleek interiors and inventive British menus.
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 like 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 & 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. And don’t miss Chelsea Physic Garden for a peek at some 5,000 historic and medicinal plants.
The 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 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.”
“I like the area because it has charm but is central and walking distance to shops etc.”
“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.”