A 1 day walk around London's Kensington
If your hotel is located in Kensington then it's worth spending a day exploring the local places of interest and getting some exercise at the same time!
Make your way to South Kensington tube station which can be found just off Cromwell Road close to the Natural History Museum. From here you can pick up the signs to the Victoria and Albert Museum which is open daily from 10 am daily. There are no less than 145 exhibition galleries which would take weeks to cover.
The entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum
If time is against you then we recommend that you head right for the British Galleries. Here you can spend an hour or so gazing at more than 3000 exhibits dating back to the 1500's showing the history of British art and design. Check out the restored period living rooms and how people used to live.
From here visit the Brompton Oratory, only a couple of minutes walk away. This is an Italian style church dating back to 1884 and commissioned by John Henry Newman. It was destined by Herbert Gribble and based on a religion of secular priests founded in 16th century Rome. Many of the exhibits were imported from Italy. The highlight here are the 12 statues of the Apostles.
The Brompton Oratory
After your culture injection, head across the road to Harrods Department Store, a continuation of Cromwell Road but now becomes Brompton Road. Here you can get lost in the maze of departments and floors covering everything you could possibly ever want. At one time they boasted that they could supply anything that the customer demanded. Now it's a shopping haven for the locals and visitors alike, the store itself is a major tourist attraction and we love the food halls.
Taking lunch here is not a problem as there are many tempting eateries. Head to the Food Hall on the ground floor. You will probably pass through the fragrance department or the watch department so hang on to your wallet. On my last visit I enviously watched three Chelsea footballers unload £90k on three watches in around 15 minutes!
Harrods Oyster and Seafood bars
For something special try the Harrods Caviar House Oyster Bar. This is located in the Fish Hall and offers oysters, seafood platters, caviar and smoked salmon. It is managed by Caviar House and Prunier. The oysters are selected based on seasonality and include Fines de Claires, Mediterranean, Portland Royals, Loch Ryans and Falmouth varieties.
After lunch head back across Brompton Road and walk north for 5 minutes into Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens. The main attractions here are the Serpentine Lake, the Italian Gardens, Speakers Corner and Kensington Palace. At the north west corner is a children's playground and a dog cemetery. Check out the Peter Pan tree with its fairies and elves and the Peter Pan statue. Next to it is a kiosk where you can have cake and tea.
The Elfin Tree in Hyde Park
Time for a break so try the Orangery Tea Rooms in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Here you can take in the view of the palace whilst having a tempting cake and refreshing cup of tea. If you are a tea aficionado then you will relish their wide selection. Afternoon tea is served every afternoon from 2pm until 5pm and can be taken on the terrace, weather allowing of course. There is a cafe and a restaurant. Access to the Palace is chargeable but there are some fascinating things to see including royal clothing, the King and Queens State apartments and a multi-media presentation.
The Orangery restaurant and cafe at Kensington Palace in London
By now the day has almost gone so we suggest heading across the road to the Wholefoods Store. A huge organic food shop with so many tempting things to buy or eat. The first floor has several restaurants covering all tastes. I can personally recommend the tacos! You can also buy ready cooked hot or cold food to take back to your hotel.
In the evening if you are still hungry then check out Sticky Fingers. Located on Philmore Gardens in Kensington, this gourmet burger restaurant is owned by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. Its bursting with memorabilia and serves a truly fantastic burger.
Sticky Fingers Restaurant in Kensington London
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