South Kensington
South Kensington
4.5
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Fashionable district that is close to many of London's finest museums and antique shops.
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Neighbourhood: South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 4 min walk

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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Wonderful, established neighbourhood. Great place to wander safely. Also a great central location for lots of tourist attractions and excellent transport links to go anywhere.
Written 2 March 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Fashionable and fancy
* Location off three world class unbelievable outstanding quality free museums

CONS
* Expensive
* Residential

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… when I walked to those three incredible fantastic breathtaking museums (see my subsequent upcoming reviews and amazing “helpful” photos there).

WAS IT WORTH THE COST
It is free to be in the neighborhood

WOULD I GO THERE AGAIN
I certainly absolutely intend to visit so three museums again, along with adding the Royal Museum of Music and the Royal Albert Hall, so the answer is yes- I’ll return.

ADVICE
One needs to be in this neighborhood to visit those the Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science Museums which should be in every tourist itinerary.
Written 29 January 2024
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH4 941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
South Kensington is an excellent location in London to stay while visiting. Close to large parks, right on the main Piccadilly line and full of pubs, restaurants, and things to do.

We enjoyed the walkability and the general liveliness of the area. There are a number of nice parks close-by and the Victoria and Albert is an awesome museum.
Written 12 January 2024
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Dee Crute
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The ‘Little Paris’ - a moniker given to South Kensington with its quaint boutiques, pavements studded with restaurant chairs, French language, French embassy, French Institute, and most importantly, French patisseries! It was also the abode of William Makepeace Thackeray - author of Vanity Fair and The Luck of Barry Lyndon. For all bookish people, there is enough to make us happy there - a plethora of charming bookshops and cafes.

But this was not where we headed to…
We took another road - the Kensington Subway. I could swear I felt static electricity in the air.
Something was afoot.

Or I read too many Wellsian time travel stories.

Before us - a vaulting tunnel glazed with yellow-brown bricks and heavily riveted wrought-iron beams, top-lit by lightwells giving it a nostalgic feeling of the XIX century.

This Grade II listed building*, a relic of the great and indomitable engineering minds, has been almost unchanged since it was built in 1885.

Running east from the station, it turns northwards - underneath Exhibition Road, named after the 1851 Great Exhibition, whose Royal Commissioner, Prince Albert himself, used its profits to purchase lands now known as South Kensington to create a centre of arts, culture, and sciences.

The subway, thus, takes you back in time and to the Albertopolis - home to, as per Prince Albert's wishes, free museums, galleries and cultural institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Geographical Society, as well as, of course, the Royal Albert Hall
Written 1 March 2023
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Ioana
Romania18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
I recommend South Kensington for those who go to London for the 3 museums on Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road. I stayed at Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road and it was perfect. Staff, location, room, breakfast, even the balcony above the entrance of the place with a beautiful view of Gloucester Road. 5' walk to Natural History Museum, V&A Museum and Science Museum, 15' walk to Hyde Park, 1' walk to the tube station.
Written 18 December 2022
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Robert P
Sydney, Australia716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Spent a week in this area in early September firstly at 54 Queens Gate Hotel (see separate review) and then an Airbnb in Stanford Road. We really enjoyed the area with its stately town homes, quiet streets, convenient transport options, pubs & restaurants. A little more expensive than our normal haunts but worth the upgrade. Especially good area to stay if you enjoy museums.
Written 21 September 2022
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3 050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Business
Kensington is a very expensive area of West London. There are some brilliant free museums here as well as the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park.

The best way to get there is by the Circle and District lines. I visited in November 2021 and services on the Piccadilly line were not stopping at the station. There were also buses serving the area.
Written 10 November 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29 950 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Busy area with lots of great shops and buzzy bars and restaurants. Some great car shops as well. Worth spending some time here.
Written 21 August 2021
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DoreenC
England74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Went with my daughter for breakfast, it was useful to be able to book a table. Service from entering the restaurant to leaving was friendly and efficient, it was nice to be given water as soon as we sat down. We both loved our food (date and banana porridge and a bacon and egg wrap), the prices are very reasonable considering the central location. Loved the decor. Can't wait to go again!
Written 23 July 2021
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Lee Mac
London, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
Home to London’s most renowned museums. The iconic feature and updated proliferation creates a overall master piece to enjoy when out and about. If you are ever in London and want to overview not only the nation’s history but the global ancient past these museums are for you.
Written 17 May 2021
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