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Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

Kensington is a prosperous part of London, known for its stylish terraced housing and the European landscape allotments that make up the vast Kensington Gardens. The district is also full of upmarket shopping options, swanky hotels and museums. Spend time in the galleries and music halls in this hub of refinement.

Stroll down the busy Kensington High Street to see the range of shops defining this area of luxury and aristocracy. Enter the Kensington Arcade through its stucco arches and window-shop along the elegant storefronts. Lay down a blanket in Kensington Gardens with a scenic backdrop of its lake and the majestic Kensington Palace.

Visit the iconic Thackeray Gallery for its array of works by living British artists. It is an active trading site that works with set prices. Browse the pieces displayed at The Mosaic Rooms, which has a focus on contemporary exhibits from the Arab world.

Another fascinating cultural institution of Kensington is the RCM Museum of Musical Instruments. Browse the intriguing collection of about 1,000 instruments from the 15th century through the mid 1900s. These include a 16th-century guitar, a 15th-century keyboard and a 16th-century harpsichord.

Head south to the Finborough Theatre, for its range of plays and musical performances. Admire the intriguing appearance of the theater’s building, which sits on a traffic island. The green lower part of the three-story redbrick building makes it stand out.

Walk south for 30 minutes from the center of Kensington to reach the Brompton Cemetery. Explore this picturesque and serene site, flanked by trees, family mausoleums and historic monuments.

Kensington is located in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington in the western part of London. Take the London Underground to one of the stops here, such as South Kensington, Gloucester Road and Kensington (Olympia). Get around by bus and explore the high street on foot. Nearby districts include Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith.

Top Hotels in Kensington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
4 out of 5
Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, England
CA $120
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington High Street, Kensington Gardens and Cromwell Road. Kensington Palace and Royal ...

3.9/5Good! (5,974 reviews)

"Lots of bars & restaurants in the hotel as well as being close to shops & amenities. Easy walking distance to the Albert Hall. Close to tube. South Kensington is great. Lovely staff in the hotel. Room upgrade is worth it."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
The Rembrandt
The Rembrandt
4 out of 5
11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
CA $204
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, and Cromwell Road. Imperial College ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,069 reviews)

"Clean large rooms nice breakfast included every day friendly personnel centrally located"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

The Rembrandt
Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum
Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum
4 out of 5
97 Cromwell Road, London, England
CA $128
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum. Royal Albert Hall ...

3.9/5Very Good! (3,246 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay at this hotel, and it was in a good neighborhood. It is convenient to the Gloucester Road tube station, and there are many restaurants and stores nearby. The rooms could use a bit of updating, but the lobby and the gym look very nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum
K+K Hotel George Kensington
K+K Hotel George Kensington
4 out of 5
1-15 Templeton Place, London, England
CA $163
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Kensington High Street. Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,822 reviews)

"The hotel gave me a complementary breakfast when it emerged that it was not pre-paid, as I had understood to be the case. Staff were very helpful. No complaints."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

K+K Hotel George Kensington
Garden View Hotel
Garden View Hotel
3 out of 5
29-31 Nevern Square, London, England
CA $75
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Palace. Science Museum and ...

3.5/5Good! (2,873 reviews)

"The hotel was clean, the staff nice and location okay. A real good hotel for the price."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Garden View Hotel
Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
4 out of 5
4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, England
CA $145
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cromwell Road and Natural History Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Gardens ...

3.9/5Very Good! (6,313 reviews)

"Close to tube. Also easy to walk to museums and South Kensington."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington

Popular things to do in Kensington

Royal Albert Hall
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Royal Albert Hall

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Adored by audiences and performers alike, this tribute to Prince Albert is one of the world’s most celebrated concert venues.

Natural History Museum
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Natural History Museum

4.5/5(191 reviews)

Explore the wonders of the natural world for free in this fascinating museum. Learn about dinosaurs, creatures of the deep, our planet’s interior and much more.

Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace

4.5/5(201 reviews)

Journey though history and learn about the lives of the British Royal Family at this official London residence, set in the magnificent Kensington Gardens.

Victoria and Albert Museum
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Victoria and Albert Museum

5/5(55 reviews)

Browse the extensive collection at this vast museum, which is devoted to decorative arts and design.

Kensington High Street
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Kensington High Street

5/5(1 review)

This affluent area is home to some of London’s most exclusive shops, as well as a  regal palace and gardens.

Holland Park
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Holland Park

Admire a Japanese-style garden, stroll through quiet woodland and watch open-air theater and opera productions in summer at this beautiful public park.

Top activities in Kensington

London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
CA $67
Per adult
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

72% of travellers recommend
CA $129
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

CA $41
Per adult
Kensington Palace Tickets
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Kensington Palace Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
CA $14
Per adult
Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets
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Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
CA $17
Per adult
Private Chauffeured Minivan Tour to Cambridge from London
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Private Chauffeured Minivan Tour to Cambridge from London

CA $232
Per adult

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