Where to Stay in Kensington, London

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Updated: March 17, 2023
By Santorini Dave

Where To Stay in Kensington, London

The Kensington/Knightsbridge area of central London.

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The historic, affluent London borough of Kensington (and neighboring Knightsbridge) is home to beautiful parks, palaces, concert halls, and world-class museums. There are plenty of places to eat, take traditional afternoon tea and shop, especially around Kensington High Street.

In Kensington you can enjoy a concert at the famous Royal Albert Hall, take a walk around Hyde Park, go boating on the Serpentine, visit Kensington Palace, Victoria and Albert Museum and explore exhibits at the Natural History Museum!

The world’s famous department store Harrods is located on Brompton Rd in Knightsbridge, one stop on the underground from South Kensington station.

Restaurants in Kensington range from modern Indian and European to British gastropubs, Italian, American hamburger diners, and more. There are charming cafes, bakeries, and many fast food outlets dotted around the neighborhood if you just fancy a snack.

Most Kensington hotels are located on or near Cromwell Road (which becomes Brompton Rd and then Knightsbridge as you move east into Knightsbridge and Belgravia). Airbnb rents out rooms, studios, apartments, and entire townhouses.

Kensington is very walkable, but if you wish to venture further afield there are 5 tube stations and good bus service to transport you around London.

To reach Heathrow from Kensington, you have a few options: taxi or Piccadilly Line from South Kensington Underground Station. Alternatively, you can take the Circle or District Lines to Paddington to catch the overground train which gets you to Heathrow in 15-20 minutes.

To reach Gatwick from South Kensington station take the Circle or District Lines to Victoria for the Gatwick Express which takes 40 minutes. If you’re popping over to Paris during your stay, King’s Cross/St Pancras station can be accessed via the Piccadilly Line from South Kensington.

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