Spend time exploring the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Although one of the smallest boroughs in London, visitors to the capital should make time to explore the famous areas of Kensington and Chelsea.

Home to some of the UK’s most expensive real estate, it is clear to see why homes in the borough as in such high demand as there is a great choice of things to do and see without having to venture to far.

As well as fabulous shopping, there is also some amazing restaurants and great opportunities to absorb some culture.

Here is our guide to the places worth adding to any sightseeing tour of Kensington and Chelsea.

Kensington Gardens

Created in 1728, Kensington Gardens once formed part of the royal residence of Kensington Palace at the request of Queen Caroline, wife of George II.

The majority of the park was the vision of gardeners Henry Wise and George Bridgman and then created an innovative landscaped garden. Some of the highlights include the Round Pond, formal avenues and a sunken Dutch garden.

Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens is also home to the Serpentine Lake. The famous body of water was created between 1726 and 1731 by diverting the eastern outflow of the River Westbourne from Hyde Park.

Over the years, the Gardens have become a popular destination for local residents and visitors, with many enjoying picnics on summer days or indulging in some outdoor exercise.

There has also been a number of new attractions added to ensure the Gardens continue to appeal. One of the most recent additions is the Princess Diana memorial playground, which was added in 2000 in memory of the Princess.

It is very popular with young visitors and has some great play equipment. At the heart of the playground is a large wooden pirate ship, surrounded by a sensory trail and teepees. There is even a beach. Mums and Dads will also appreciate the larger number of seats and picnic benches dotted around the area so they can sit and relax, while their offspring burn some energy.

Kensington Gardens is also the location for the famous Serpentine galleries, which are perfect for anyone looking to enjoy some contemporary art and architecture that is influenced by nature and the changing seasons.

During exhibitions the galleries are open Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm.

Nearby underground stations include Lancaster Gate and Queensway, both of which are adjacent to the gardens.

Knightsbridge

If you want to do some shopping or even window shopping, then there are plenty of More opportunities in Knightsbridge, which is split between Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster, and is within easy reach of London’s Kensington hotels.

The world famous Harrods department store is right at the heart of Knightsbridge and remains one of the top tourist destinations in the city.

Opened in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod, the store sells a real mix of luxury goods, as well as toys and souvenirs.

In addition, Knightsbridge also has many UK flagship stores for designer brands such as Prada and Jimmy Choo – making it a must for fashionistas.

Albertopolis

The area known as Albertopolis is home to numerous museums and other institutions. It is divided between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster and has something to offer for everyone.

Albertopolis was named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, and was designed to celebrate the many achievements of the Victorian era.

One of the most famous attractions in the area is the Natural History Museum, which welcomes some five million visitors each year and is home to more than 80 million different items.

The main highlights to any visit to the museum is the 32m-long replica Diplodocus and the 25m-long blue whale skeleton – they provide a great backdrop for a selfie snap.

Close to the Natural History Museum is the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, which focus on the very best in art and design.

The V&A also houses one of the comprehensive collection of ceramics in the world, with numerous pieces from all around the world.

Open every day from 10am to 5.45pm, the museum is a treasure trove of delights with furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery and paintings all forming part of the many things to see and do.

Other famous institutions in the Albertopolis area include the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

The easiest way to travel to the area is via London Underground to the South Kensington station, which is on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines. It is connected to the museums by an impressive tiled tunnel beneath Exhibition Road which dates back to the 1800s.

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