Kensington is one of the most desired places to be in London. It has well-tended gardens at Kensington Palace and Holland Park which are free for the public to see. Kensington High Street is also filled with all the high street brands you could ever think of. It also has a wonderful mix of residents from all around the world. The local community is mainly made up of UK and European nationals together with residents from Russia, the Middle East and Asia.
Kensington is well served by public transport. Most of Kensington is served by three London Underground stations in the Travelcard Zone 1: High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road and South Kensington. In addition, Kensington (Olympia) in Travelcard Zone 2 serves the western part of Kensington, with District line trains to Earl’s Court and High Street Kensington. Plenty of local bus services serve the Kensington area and link it to the surrounding districts. Some of these bus routes include numbers 9, 14 and 94 which can take you to such places as the Royal Albert Hall, Westminster and Oxford Circus.
The name of Kensington is said to have been originally called Chenesitone (as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086) which means “Chenesi’s ton” (homestead/settlement) in the Anglo-Saxon’s language.
The manor of Kensington which historically was in the county of Middlesex was handed to Geoffrey de Montbray, the Bishop of Countances (in Normandy) who was one of his advisors from his inner circle and one of the wealthiest men in England after the Norman Conquest. According to the Domesday book, Geoffrey de Montbray granted tenancy of Kensington to his follower Aubrey de Vere I, who was holding the manor from him as overlord in 1086. Robert de Montbray, the bishop’s heir rebelled against King William II and his vast feudal barony was forfeited to the Crown. After which Aubrey de Vere I became the tenant-in-chief which increased his status in feudal England. At the deathbed request of his eldest son Geoffrey he granted the church and an estate within the manor to Abingdon Abbey in Oxfordshire. When the de Veres became Earls of Oxford, their principal manor at Kensington became known as Earl’s Court as they were never at the manor, and their manorial business was not conducted in the great hall of a manor house but in a court house.
Kensington has a fantastic array of things to do. From seeing royal palaces to visiting one of the many museums on offer, you will be able to have so much fun!
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology.
If this is of interest to you, definitely check it out as its free to enter!
The Science Museum
Conveniently next to the Natural History Museum you will find the Science Museum!
Here you will find exhibits on pretty much everything you could ever think of relating to science, from Victorian steam age through to space exploration, it’s absolutely amazing. You will find so many things which will inform, inspire and entertain you.
Entry is free!
If all the hustle and bustle of city life makes you crave some peace and quiet then you should head to Kensington Gardens.
There are many things to enjoy in the gardens, including a statue of Peter Pan and the Albert Memorial.
The official residence of the Duke (William) and Duchess (Kate) of Cambridge, which you are allowed to visit! When visiting you are allowed to wandering around various Royal State apartments and the gardens.
Don’t expect to bump into any Royalty though, but this is actual residence of William, Kate and Harry. There is always hope so keep your fingers crossed!
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Located within walking to distance to both Gloucester Road and South Kensington Underground Station, this zone 1 hostel style residence offers affordable hostel style residence in one of the most sought after streets in London. This beautiful Grade II listed building in a highly sought after road in London has magnificent high ceilings, which makes the residence itself seem much larger inside than it actually it is. Everyone will find that the residence is especially for them; there is a large common area which is great for meeting other guests and making those friends for life.