4 star classic boutique hotel
54 Queens Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5JWShow on map
"Queens Gate - one of the plushest addresses outside of Mayfair" Just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station, on a wide, tree-lined avenue opposite some of the country's best museums, sits 54... Read More »
65-67 Queens Gate, London, South Kensington, SW7 5JSShow on map
"Hostel in Central London offers cheap accommodation for groups, backpackers and families" If you want to stay in London on a budget, then a good quality hostel is a great choice – especially if you are... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
31-34 Queens Gate London, South Kensington, SW7 5JAShow on map
"Situated on one of the most desirable and upmarket roads in Central London" Situated on the broad and leafy Queens Gate, the Abba Queens Gate, London (previously the Queens Gate Concorde, London) offers a... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
41 Queens Gate Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 5NBShow on map
"Seriously good Kensington location and on a quiet side street" The Grange Strathmore Hotel, London is tucked away down a quiet side street in one of London's most attractive and culturally and historically... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
68-69 Queensgate, South Kensington, SW7 5JTShow on map
"A short walk from Kensington Palace and Gardens, Hyde Park, the Victoria & Albert Museum" With such a privileged location, shared with many luxury hotels, the Eden Plaza Hotel offers affordable... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
39B Queens Gate Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 5RRShow on map
If you are looking for serviced apartments in one of London's most beautiful and historic districts look no further than Fraser Place Queens Gate, London. It is convenient for both culture and shopping, and... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
7-11 Queensberry Place, Kensington, SW7 2DLShow on map
A 4-Star classic boutique establishment, Gainsborough Hotel is just 0.2 miles from South Kensington Underground station. The station is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. The nearest mainline... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
68-86 Cromwell Road, London, South Kensington, SW7 5BTShow on map
Few hotels in London can claim a location as handy, safe, and beautiful as that of the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt in South Kensington. Located almost directly across the road from Gloucester Road station,... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
10 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, SW7 2EAShow on map
The Gallery, in South Kensington, is a haven of quiet elegance; it is also a living tribute to the art and artists of Victorian times. Yet when staying here you are never far away from the very best that... Read More »
Apartment - 4* contemporary
130 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LEShow on map
"130 Queens Gate Apartments: one of London's most desirable areas to stay" South Kensington is one of London's most desirable areas to stay, with elegant Victorian town houses, which exchange hands for... Read More »
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"There are few better choices of hotel than Kensington"
♦ Kensingtons broad, leafy avenues mark out a genteel district famous for its museums and parks, and home to some of Londons wealthiest people. It is at the heart of West London, both affluent and densely populated.
"stroll into Hyde Park for your morning constitutional walk"
♦ Bounded by Hyde Park along its northern edge, Kensington High Street is one of the citys most important shopping streets. It contains large department stores, and the Daily Mail's offices are just off the street. Kensington is a Mecca for Englands well-heeled upper middle classes. Holland Park and the Royal Park in Kensington Gardens mean that the district is well supplied with green spaces, and that you are never too far from greenery whilst in Kensington.
"travel around central London is fast using the tube system"
♦ The area around South Kensington tube station is well-known for its museums, as it is home to both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, either of which is well worth a visit for visitors who have young, curious minds with them. The Victoria and Albert Museum with its incredible collection of artifacts from around the world is also located in Kensington.
"no shortage of culture with museums, parks and the Royal Albert Hall"
♦ The area is explicitly connected with Victoria and, particularly, with her husband, Prince Albert. Not only is the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, there is also the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. For those looking for a more cultural association than that, the Royal Albert Hall is also in Kensington, and is home to many concerts, including the world-famous Proms. Visitors in summer might be able to get tickets for the flag-waving, patriotic spectacle that is the Last Night Of The Proms.
The areas large, Georgian terraces have been split, on the whole, into flats, which makes Kensington the most densely-populated district in the country. It retains, however, its grace and charm, and its tube stations, High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, Kensington Olympia, and Earls Court, can take you wherever you wish to go in London. The area contains some of Londons most exclusive and expensive housing developments, but Kensington is less exclusively residential than its neighbouring districts: Brompton, Notting Hill, and Earls Court.
"an ideal place to reach Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition centres on foot"
♦ Olympia exhibition hall is in West Kensington, and is home to some of the biggest trade and consumer shows in the country. It is worth checking what will be on there during your stay in London, as they are often very popular.
"an upmarket, safe area with a huge selection of shops"
♦ Also worth seeing are the Kensington Roof Gardens, atop the former Derry and Toms building, situated on Kensington High Street. These are the largest roof gardens in Europe and are open to the public unless they have been booked by a private party. They are more than 100 feet (30 metres) above the level of the road, and offer a great view of West London, but are almost completely hidden. From the busy shopping street below you would never know that above your head are Spanish-themed gardens, flamingos, and 30 different species of tree.
Kensington, then, is home to both culture and decadence, refinement and luxury, and has a number of sights that should be seen by any visitor to London. First mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, as the seat of William The Conquerors favourite, Aubrey de Vere, it has remained a home for wealth ever since.
Tips about your stay in Kensington - An insiders local knowledge of Kensington gives you tips about which hotel to choose or not to choose. Also where to eat and drink.
I live in Kensington and there are times when I have to book a local hotel to accommodate relatives and friends. I have tried most of the hotels in the area and my preferences are:
♦ Kensington Close Hotel: love the location, so handy for the tube and shops and prices are reasonable for the prime location. Its also a quiet side street which is a major consideration in this busy area.
♦ Holiday Inn Kensington Forum: I always check this for the prices and then make a decision. The good thing is that it has massive public areas and they are great to meet and chill. However, I never take the breakfast here as its so easy and cheaper to eat in the immediate area.
♦ Rydges Hotel: same area as the Holiday Inn and the exec rooms are very good but do not stop on the front side, its noisy.
♦ 1, Lexham Gardens: my wife stayed here and thought it was value for money. Its not fancy but the location is good.
♦ Nadler Kensington: I stayed here in a single - it was small but packed with facilities like a microwave and a great walk in shower. It is a quiet location but only 2 minutes to the Sainsbury 24x7 superstore. Its also good for Earls Court.
♦ Milestone Hotel: wow!! totally loved it. Its very expensive but more of an experience rather than a stay. I wrote an article about it here.
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