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3 minute read | By Joe Le Beau | News

Last updated: May 30, 2024 | Published: May 30, 2024


Nestled in the heart of a bustling metropolis, Kensington is a gem that embodies the perfect blend of urban living and old-world charm. With its tree-lined streets, cultural diversity, and an array of amenities, Kensington is undoubtedly a fantastic area to live. In this blog post, we’ll explore the many reasons why Kensington stands out as an exceptional place to call home.

Kensington Gardens began life as one of King Henry VIII’s many hunting parks. The land was actually part of Hyde Park until 1689 when Kensington Palace was built next to the park. To create a private garden for the new Palace, a part of Hyde Park was carved off to create Kensington Gardens. Over the years, many features have been added to the gardens to include the Albert Memorial, Italian Gardens and of course, the Serpentine, one of the first artificial lakes in the country to appear natural, rather than formal.

Shopping enthusiasts will adore Kensington’s stylish boutiques and high-end department stores. One of the neighbourhoods stand out shopping destinations is the flagship Wholefoods store situated on Kensington High Street. There are also a fantastic array of boutiques such as Hornets on Kensington Church Walk, as well as a diverse range of high street stores ranging from Hobbs to H&M. When it comes to dining, the area boasts a diverse culinary scene, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy local cafes. High Street Kensington also hold a farmers market every Sunday where you will find a variety of freshly caught fish, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh bread, preserves and more.

Kensington’s rich history is evident in the elegant architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Walking through its historic streets feels like a journey through time. The area boasts an eclectic mix of architecture and culture. The renowned Royal Albert Hall, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum are all within walking distance.

Despite its central location in London, Kensington is surprisingly green. The famous Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are sprawling oases of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful morning jog or a leisurely afternoon picnic, these lush green spaces offer a welcome escape from city life.

Kensington’s central location ensures excellent connectivity to the rest of London. The stations (High Street Kensington’s circle and district lines and Kensington (Olympia) district line and overground), bus routes, and proximity to major roadways, commuting is a breeze. Whether you’re heading to work in the City or exploring the vibrant neighbourhoods of London, you’re just a short ride away.

Kensington is known for its safe and friendly atmosphere. It’s a place where neighbours know each other, and a sense of community prevails. Many of the garden squares hold annual summer garden parties, a lovely opportunity to socialise in the warmer weather.  The local authorities prioritise safety and cleanliness, making it a perfect place for families and individuals alike.

Health-conscious residents will appreciate the numerous gyms, yoga studios, and wellness centres in Kensington. The area promotes an active lifestyle, and you’ll find plenty of options to stay fit and healthy.

Kensington is a neighbourhood that effortlessly combines the best of both worlds – the charm of history and the excitement of urban living. With its rich cultural heritage, green spaces, educational opportunities, and accessibility, it’s easy to see why Kensington is considered one of London’s most desirable places to live. So, if you’re looking for a neighbourhood that offers a high quality of life, rich experiences, and a strong sense of community, Kensington might just be the perfect place to call home.