5 star deluxe modern hotel
2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, W8 4PTShow on map
"Luxury hotel with stylish suites overlooking West London’s Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens" Royal Garden Hotel in leafy Kensington is a superb value 5-star hotels offering great service. The luxury... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
9 Kensington High Street, London, Kensington, W8 5NPShow on map
LH COMMENT: The Seraphine Kensington Gardens is in a brilliant location, one of the best in Central London. Close to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace and many good quality... Read More »
5 star city chic deluxe hotel
1 Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DLShow on map
The Milestone Hotel is consistently rated London's most outstanding boutique hotel. It was recently voted "One of the Best Places in the World to Stay" in the Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2011 and... Read More »
5 star classic deluxe hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, SW7 5BBShow on map
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of staying in Kensington is how green this part of the city is. From landscaped garden squares to Kensington Gardens, which inspired JM Barrie's Peter Pan, to Hyde Park, the... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
5 Prince Of Wales Terrace, Kensington, W8 5PGShow on map
High Street Apartments offer you a home away from home in a tucked away, peaceful enclave of the very desirable Kensington district. Discretely placed in the Prince of Wales Terrace, you will have some very... Read More »
apartment - classic
Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DGShow on map
The Kensington district of London is an extremely affluent and picturesque part of the city, which London's elite calls home. Few people can afford the high rents on the elegant Victorian town houses here, but... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington, W8 5PQShow on map
Situated on a 19th Century site, long associated with style and elegance, in a lovingly restored Victorian town house Kensington House Hotel offers its own modern brand of hospitality within an historical... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
Bayswater Road, Bayswater, W2 4RJShow on map
Located in a stunning red brick building, at the north west corner of Kensington Gardens, the Hilton Hyde Park Hotel sits in one of London's most attractive spots, overlooking the environs of the affluent... Read More »
121 Bayswater Road, Bayswater, W2 3JHShow on map
Offering cheap accommodation in both dormitories and private bedrooms, Royal Bayswater Hostel is well suitable for those backpacking in London. Queensway Underground station, on the Central Line, is just a few... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
150 Bayswater Road, Bayswater, W2 4RTShow on map
The London Hyde Park Hotel is between Queensway Underground station, on the Central Line, and Notting Hill Gate Underground station, on the Central, District and Circle Lines. Both are 0.2 miles away. The... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Kensington Palace and Gardens
"A serious treasure trove of history not to be missed"
Kensington is one of the most affluent areas of London, with many designer shops and properties exchanging hands for millions of pounds, so it comes as no surprise that there is a royal presence in the area, and has been since the 17th century.
Admittedly, the royal residence is considerably grander than the picturesque Edwardian and Victorian townhouses, which line the district, and it is surrounded by acres of beautiful green space; but luckily us mere mortals are more than welcome to visit stately Kensington Palace and Gardens and perhaps pretend to be blue blooded for the day.
"From Queen Anne to Lady Diana"
Kensington Palace has had many famous and infamous residents. King William III was the first royal to reside there, followed by Queen Anne, George I and George II, who was the last reigning monarch to live there. The palace became an exhibition space when Queen Victoria, who was born there, opened it to the public to help pay for repairs to her beloved childhood home.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) recently made one of the Palace apartments their permanent home, and the other apartments are used by Prince Harry and occasionally the Duke and Duchess of Wales; however, the Palace is predominantly used as one of London's most regal tourist attractions. The Palace's most famous, modern royal resident was the late Princess Diana. Visitors to the palace can view some of her dresses in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, and as she was renowned for her designer style, it is well worth a look.
"The State Rooms give a fantastic insight into Royal Life"
The building is truly remarkable, and throughout the ages, several legendary architects and designers have contributed to the palace's lavish buildings and interiors. These include Sir Christopher Wren, who also built St Paul's Cathedral; William Kent, who also designed the Royal Mews; and gardener Henry Wise, who also designed Hampton Court's gardens.
These are an attraction on their own, and the gardens are perfect for a stroll in sunny weather; where children can enjoy the Diana playground or visit the Peter Pan statue in honour of JM Barrie, who met the boys who inspired his most famous tale in the gardens. You can also visit the Prince Albert memorial, or put up a deckchair and watch the world go by on the banks of The Serpentine.
The Palace occasionally holds seasonal exhibitions, such as The Enchanted Palace, where the interior was turned into various fairy tales. These have been well received; so it is worth checking to see what is on before you go.
Visitors should be aware that there is an entry fee to visit, so they may prefer to view the house from the outside and stroll around the grounds instead. There is a restaurant in the Orangery, where you can enjoy snacks, a very genteel afternoon tea and lunch on the terrace overlooking the garden.
Queensway and High Street Kensington tube stations are located about seven minutes walk from the Palace. The Circle and District lines from High Street Kensington go direct to Paddington (where the Heathrow Express Terminates) and Victoria Station (where you can transfer from Gatwick Airport). The Palace and gardens are in an excellent location for tourists coming from all directions, with good transportation links via bus, tube, cab and train, all within easy reach; therefore making Kensington Palace and its gardens easily accessible for all.
There is a lot to do and see in the area, with the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums all ten minutes walk away; the Royal Albert Hall just a short walk from the palace and Hyde Park, where the Serpentine Gallery is situated.
Staying in Kensington is a good choice for travellers as the area will keep you busy for the duration of your stay. It should be noted that hotels near the palace do tend to be slightly more expensive, but a good budget option just five minutes walk away is the Kensington House Hotel, with offers a mix of modern and traditional style and service.
The five star Baglioni Hotel is also close by, with Kensington Gardens on the doorstep, so some rooms offer great views of the area, but you do have to pay slightly more for the privilege.
For absolute luxury, as recommended by Conde Nast, the Milestone Hotel is very close to the palace and offers almost as much grandeur as the house itself, so if you want to retain that royal feeling, this is the place to go.
If you're more pauper than prince, Hyde Park Suites, about 15 minutes walk from the palace offer comfortable, self-service apartments at a budget rate.
However, whether you view the palace on a lavish or meagre budget it is always a magical experience and a fascinating insight into London's historical past.
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Shop and Orangery: 10:00 - 18:00
Last admission: 17:00
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.