Kensington is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the West of Central London and lies within the Kensington parliamentary constituency.
Kensington High Street
The district’s commercial heart is Kensington High Street, running on an east–west axis. The north-east is taken up by Kensington Gardens, containing the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and Speke’s monument.
South Kensington and Gloucester Road are home to Imperial College London, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Science Museum.
The area is also home to many international embassies and consulates.
Kensington High Street is a busy commercial centre with many typically upmarket shops.
South Kensington is home to several streets of small to medium-sized shops and businesses situated close to South Kensington tube station. This is also the southern end of Exhibition Road, the thoroughfare which serves the area’s museums and educational institutions.
Royal Park of Kensington Gardens
To the north east lies the large public Royal Park of Kensington Gardens. On the north side of the eastern end of Kensington High Street lies Holland Park. Many residential roads have small communal garden squares, for the exclusive use of the residents.
The sub districts of Kensington, South Kensington and Earl’s Court also consist largely of private housing.
Kensington is considered an extremely affluent area, home to some of London’s most expensive streets and garden squares including the particularly high -status Holland Park neighbourhood,
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea forms part of the most densely populated local government district in the United Kingdom. This high density has come about through the subdivision of large mid-rise Georgian and Victorian terraced houses into flats. The less-affluent northern extremity of Kensington has high-rise residential buildings.
Notable attractions and institutions in Kensington include: Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens; the Royal Albert Hall opposite the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park; the Natural History Museum; the Science Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Royal College of Art and Kensington and Chelsea College.
The Olympia Exhibition Hall is just over the western border in West Kensington.
Kensington is crossed east–west by three main roads, the most important of which is the A4 Cromwell Road which connects it to Central London on the east and to Hounslow and Heathrow Airport on the west. Parallel to the north is Kensington Road, linking central London and Hammersmith and Hounslow to the area. To the south is Fulham Road, connecting South Kensington with Fulham to the south-west. North-south connections are not as well-developed and there is no obvious single north–south route through the area.
Kensington is well served by public transport.
Most of Kensington is served by three stations : High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road and South Kensington. All three are served by the Circle line which connects them to London’s railway terminals. The District line also serves all three stations, linking the latter two to Westminster and the City. The Piccadilly line also links South Kensington and Gloucester Road to the West End in about 10 minutes, and in the other direction to Chiswick, Ealing, Hounslow and Heathrow Airport in around 20–40 minutes.
In addition Kensington (Olympia) serves the western part of Kensington, with District line trains to Earl’s Court and High Street Kensington.
A number of local bus services link Kensington into the surrounding districts, and key hubs are Kensington High Street and South Kensington station.
Kensington has one football team, Kensington Borough F.C. which currently plays in the Combined Counties Football League