Places to see in London Kensington
Posh shopping, beautiful buildings, parks, some of the richest people in the world, and prestige matched only by its neighbour, Chelsea. You’re in Kensington. It wasn’t always so, and it rocketed to its current heady heights during a period of extensive development in the Victorian era, especially featuring large museum buildings. There’s a lot to do, but not a huge amount that’s cheap or free. The Royal Albert Hall is worth a look, and the restaurants on Kensington High Street are some of the best in London.
Recommended Attraction in Kensington
But our one must-do activity is, unfortunately, not very secret. It’s just absolutely incredible. The Natural History Museum is one of London’s most spellbinding buildings, as well as being an informative and immensely fun day out for everyone. The staff are excellent facilitators and highly clued up on their specialisms. Just find one and ask them anything, and they’ll go to great lengths to give you everything you need to know. The best part of it all is that, during winter, there’s a huge ice-rink outside.
Kensington Attractions List
With an abundance of world famous tourist attractions including the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace (plus the added bonus of great shopping) it’s no wonder that Kensington is an incredibly popular tourist destination! The itinerary below will give you a flavour of what there is to see in Kensington; just be sure to book a Kensington hotel room using our Kensington hotel booking service, before it’s too late!
Whether you fancy a spot of rollerblading, a swim in the Lido, taking photographs of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, boating on the Serpentine Lake or watching the energetic public speakers at Speakers Corner, you will find it all here in Hyde Park. This 250 acre park is actually the largest Royal Park in London!
Address: The Old Police House, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Phone: 020 7298 2000
This is Kensington Gardens (which used to be the private gardens of Kensington Palace) where you can start the Diana memorial Walk that takes you on a fabulous 7 mile journey through some of London’s beautiful green spaces including Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. Just don’t forget to explore the delights of 260 acre Kensington Gardens beforehand. You will find the Serpentine Gallery here as well as the Diana Princess of Wales Playground, the Peter Pan Statue, the huge Albert Memorial, formal avenues of trees and the stunning Italian Gardens.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2UH
Phone: 0300 061 2000
If you want to immerse yourself in Royal history a visit to Kensington Palace is a must. Explore this magnificent Royal palace (which was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana) and you can take a tour of the State Apartments and view the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection dating from the 18th century, including dazzling dresses worn by the Queen and Princess Diana.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
Phone: 0844 482 7777
Delectable delis and vintage clothing boutiques await you on Holland Park Avenue and Portland Road, so come here and shop where the Holland Park locals do!
Address: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, W11, UK
Known for being one of London’s most romantic parks and a favourite place to relax amongst Londoners, Holland Park contains the ruins of Holland House, stunning formal gardens such as the Japanese Garden, woodland areas and even an Orangery! If you love opera you should book tickets to see Opera Holland Park which takes place in the open air Holland Park Theatre every year!
Address: Ilchester Place, London W8 6LU
Phone: 020 7602 2226
This is where you will find Linley Sambourne House which was home to Victorian cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne. You can step back in time to the late Victorian era when you visit as virtually all of the original Victorian furniture and fittings are intact!
Address: 18 Stafford Terrace, London, W8 7BH
Phone: 020 7602 3316
Leighton House Museum was the former house and studio of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. Take a tour and you get to see one of the most amazing 19th century buildings with a sumptuous marble and tiled interior. You can’t afford to miss the magnificent Arab Hall.
Address: 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ
Phone: 020 7602 3316
As Kensington High Street is one of the most popular shopping streets in London you can shop till you drop in the typically upmarket high street stores. A shopping trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Whole Foods Market London in the beautiful Barkers building where you will be wowed by the huge choice of natural and organic food products.
Address: Kensington High St, London W8
A stay in Kensington wouldn’t be complete without taking the time to view Edwardes Square, which is one of the finest (and most expensive) squares in London. Built between 1811-1819, this beautiful Regency square has stunning terraces of 3 storey houses with stucco ground floors that surround a 3 acre garden square.
Address: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London W8 6HH
Come to Kensington Roof Gardens and enjoy the view! Located on top of the former Derry and Toms department store and covering 1.5 acres, this is the largest roof garden in Europe. You can lose yourself in the Spanish, Tudor and English woodland style gardens and make the most of the panoramic views over West London. You can even dine in the excusive Babylon Restaurant. You should check that there are no private parties taking place before you go to avoid disappointment!
Address: 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA
Phone: 020 7368 3993
If you fancy exploring antiques parlours, shopping in boutiques or trying out some of Kensington’s popular and cosy restaurants you should come here to Church Street.
Address: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, W8
Come here and you’ll be standing outside one of the UK’s most recognized buildings in the world – the Royal Albert Hall. Originally built as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s husband, this huge oval building is a leading entertainment venue. From July to Mid September it hosts The Proms, so be sure to book tickets. At other times of the year you’ll find classical concerts taking place, as well as music gigs and opera. You can even take a guided tour inside the hall too!
Address: Kensington Gore, City of Westminster, London SW7 2AP
Try something different in Kensington and take a trip to the Sikorski museum which is filled with documents, maps, paintings, uniforms, colours and insignia related to the Polish Armed Forces.
Address: 20 Prince's Gate, London, SW7 1PT
Phone: 020 7589 9249
Find out how science is integral to daily life and come here to the Science Museum. Visit the Making the Modern World Gallery and you can see world famous inventions like Stephenson’s Rocket and the Apollo 10 command module. If you’re bringing children you must take them to the Lanchpad Gallery where they will love the hands on experiments they can get involved in just as much as you will! There’s even an IMAX cinema on the ground floor!
Address: Exhibition Road, London,SW7 2DD
Phone: 0870 870 4868
Here is the amazing Natural History Museum! This breathtaking Victorian building designed by Alfred Waterhouse is a delight in itself! Head inside and you can see its famous Dinosaur Gallery with an animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex, the Creepy Crawlie Gallery that’s a favourite amongst children and the Vault where you can discover precious metals gems and crystals. Perhaps the most dramatic entrance is the escalator to the Earth Gallery up an escalator with a huge globe and the solar system above you. Be prepared for lots of walking!
Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Phone: 020 7942 5000
The Victoria and Albert Museum may be 150 years old but it’ll still amaze you! You can explore 3000 years of culture here in the world’s greatest museum of art and design. With over 4 million exhibits you could spend forever here, but some must see galleries include the British Galleries where you can see Henry VIII’s writing desk, the Fashion Galleries where you can see changes in fashion from the 18th century until the present day and the world famous Photography Gallery which contains over 500,000 images.
Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Phone: 020 7942 2000
Here you can enjoy the beautiful Italianate architecture of the Brompton Oratory which is actually the 2nd largest Roman Catholic Church in London. Its 200 feet tall and its nave is even bigger than St Paul’s Cathedral!
Address: Brompton Road, London SW7 2RP
Phone: 020 7808 0900
A tribute to Baden Powell (the founder of Scouting) Baden Powell House is where you will find The Story of B.P Exhibition. There’s a great collection of Baden Powell memorabilia here including his original Last Message to Scouts. The only granite statue in London (a 3 metre high statue of Baden Powell) stands outside.
Address: 65-67 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5JS
Phone: 020 7590 6909