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Kensington

A central neighbourhood known for its white pillared houses, gardens, palace and fancy residents.

TravelCurious Tip

Head to the Dana centre. By day its a quiet cafe-bar; by evening its a venue for serious, fascinating discussions on science, technology and culture

The Two Cultures

Kensington is one of London’s most affluent boroughs. But while the luminous white houses and sprawling green spaces are lovely, the real attraction to living or visiting here are the cultural institutions. Kensington High Street is great for shopping, but you can do that elsewhere — what you won’t find anywhere else is the Victoria & Albert Museum.


The V&A opened in 1852 and was part of Prince Albert’s legacy to the nation following the Great Exhibition of 1851. Within these walls you will find the world’s largest collection of decorative arts, ranging from Chinese paintings to Middle Eastern rugs, furniture, fashion and Medieval religious art. The temporary exhibitions cut quite a contrast: in recent years they have focused on David Bowie, the designer Alexander McQueen and ‘disobedient objects’ from the world’s most famous protest movements.


A stone’s throw from the V&A is another of London’s highlights, the Natural History Museum. This colossal building captures that curious Victorian combination of wild adventure and bookish taxonomy. Bones, minerals, insects, plants and fossils are the order of the day. It’s amazing to watch children having such fun learning. Almost too much fun — if you want quieter reflection, you are better off visiting when they are likely to be stuck at school.


The French connection

Kensington is home to many of London’s European embassies, but it has a special connection to France. London is known as the twenty first arrondissement of Paris, such is the number of French people living here. Kensington is where they congregate, alongside the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, French Consulate, French Embassy Cultural Department. You’ll hear plenty of French on the streets!

Nearby Attractions

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Kensington Palace
A major royal residence with beautiful rooms and gardens open to the public.
Science Museum
For the past 100 years, the Science Museum has been at the centre of learning and discovery for children of all ages.
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall plays host to some of the greatest symphonies, ballets, award shows, and concerts in the city.
South Kensington
Formerly known as Albertropolis, South Kensington is overflowing with museums and is a postcode known for its affluence.
Hyde Park London
The largest of the royal parks, it is home to Kensington Palace and sprawls over 350 acres.
Natural History Museum of London
With some 80 million objects covering five collections, the Natural History Museum is a must-see attraction in Kensington.

Related Tours

Kensington and The Victoria & Albert Museum Private Tour
Join this tour through the elite streets of West London, the home of billionaire emigres, financiers, and aristocracy.

  • Become acquainted with two prim-and-proper neighbourhoods that house the city’s elite.
  • Experience the heritage and history of the neighbourhood’s gleaming facades and celebrated museums.
  • Visit the pristine gardens outside of Kensington Palace.
  • See The Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design that houses a collection of over 4.5 million objects.
  • Learn how these two neighbourhoods have been transformed over the past 100 years.
  • Your tour finishes with a visit Hyde Park where you will see some of Kensington Palace's sprawling public gardens. 
Once renowned for its wild criminality, this area is now a playground for the rich, and synonymous with luxury brands such as Harrods. But unknown to many, it is a love story that truly drives the history of this area - the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Consort, Prince Albert. Join this tour to learn more about the Royal couple and the buildings they left behind them here in London’s ‘Albertopolis.’

You will learn of the life and times of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert - the world in which they lived, the beginning, course, and ending of their marriage, and influence they had on wider society. Your tour continues at the Victoria and Albert Museum - which celebrates  art and design, its 13 acres – that’s over 52,000 square metres – contain 145 galleries that span a colossal 5,000 years of applied arts. The impressive museum displays artefacts, furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, costumes, prints, ironwork, photos, and much more besides. In total, it houses over 4.5 million objects. 

On this tour you will see some of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, and hear the stories behind world famous luxury institutions such as Harrods. Travelling along Exhibition Road - named for the Great Exhibition of 1851, a landmark event in the history of London - you will learn of the fascinating histories of some of London’s most important centres of intellectual excellence. Your tour finishes in Hyde Park, where your guide will  give you some of the history of the park and orient you, so that you don't get lost in its' 350 acres.
Kensington & The Natural History Museum Private Tour
Join this tour through the elite streets of West London, the home of billionaire emigres, financiers, and aristocracy. Learn of the life and times of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert - the world in which they lived, the beginning, course, and ending of their marriage, and influence they had on wider society.

  • Become acquainted with the prim-and-proper neighbourhoods that are home to some of the city's most expensive homes. 
  • Learn how the  neighbourhood has been transformed over the past 100 years.
  • Experience the heritage and history of the neighbourhood’s gleaming facades and celebrated museums.
  • Visit the Natural History Museum of London - recognized as one of the preeminent museums in the world, and a must-see whether it's your first or hundredth visit to London.
  • Walk to Hyde Park, for a visit to the largest of the royal parks and learn the history of its many statues and monuments.
  • Your tour ends outside of the pristine gardens of Kensington Palace, where your guide will orient you toward the best sights in the park. 
Once renowned for its wild criminality, this area is now a playground for the rich, and synonymous with luxury brands such as Harrods. But unknown to many, it is a love story that truly drives the history of this area - the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Consort, Prince Albert. Join this tour to learn more about the Royal couple and the buildings they left behind them here in London’s ‘Albertopolis.’

On your private tour, you will visit the Natural History Museum, where your guide will be sure to show you the highlights of the some 80-million artefacts, housed in 5 different collections. Whether you're a novice on all things natural history museum or a botany expert and paleontologist, your private guide will be able to tailor the tour to suit your interests and curiosities. After some time in the museum, walk to Hyde Park, where your guide will first show you some of the highlights before departing from you. 
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