Welcome to Kensington
Kensington is one of London’s most exclusive, sophisticated, and sought-after districts. Regal connections, world-class museums, Royal Parks, and the iconic Royal Albert Hall attract affluent buyers looking to invest in and around one of the UK’s most expensive areas. Kensington’s dining scene is a particular highlight, with Michelin-starred venues, gourmet spots for Sunday lunch and elegant bars providing residents with extensive options.
Did you know?
Kensington is home to the UK’s most expensive road. Mansions on Kensington Palace Gardens have sold for £400 million.
Musicians Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Freddie Mercury have all spent time living in Kensington.
Kensington Palace has been home to royal residents ever since King William III bought the property in the 17th century.
Residents will never be troubled by a lack of things to do in Kensington. With Royal Parks, regal residences, the Royal Albert Hall and some of the UK’s finest museums close by, weekends are full of opportunities. In addition, the neighbourhood boasts some of the finest restaurants in London, with sushi hotspots and old-school favourites all worth a visit. The area’s most desirable properties can be found north of Kensington High Street and south of Notting Hill Gate, with families and international buyers also looking for houses and flats to buy around Phillimore Gardens.
Living in Kensington provides residents with quick and convenient access to wider London via the Circle and District Lines. The Central and Piccadilly lines are also easily accessed via Notting Hill and Gloucester Road Underground stations respectively. Cycle routes take eco-commuters through some of the 250+ acres of parkland in the area and road connections provide easy access to the West End. Further travel options are also within easy reach, with convenient road and rail links to Heathrow Airport. Residents’ parking offers one of the largest and best value residents parking schemes in London. Fox Primary School and Holland Park School provide Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ facilities for primary and secondary pupils, boosting Kensington’s popularity further with families looking to settle in the area. Kensington’s green spaces have excellent amenities, along with spaces to relax, view exhibitions and play sports. Its appeal as a desirable neighbourhood is complemented further by a selection of independent boutiques and everyday retail outlets on Kensington High Street.
The best of Kensington: things to do
Kensington restaurants cover a mix of everything, from low-key spaces to upmarket eateries in which to enjoy some of the city’s finest foods. Chefs style plates with intricate sushi, nostalgic childhood favourites and Michelin-starred eats. In Kensington, the only dilemma is where to book first.
There’s an undeniable air of cosy charm at Maggie Jones’s. Something of a Kensington institution, the menus here have delighted residents for over 40 years. Dishes are simple, homely and beautifully cooked. The Sunday lunches are a notch above a classic pub roast, without feeling too fancy for a leisurely Sunday afternoon.
Perhaps not quite as informal as Maggie Jones’s, Kitchen W8 still achieves the rare combination of easy-going dining in a Michelin-starred establishment. Relaxed yet elegant, this Abingdon Road restaurant mixes the indulgence of tasting menus alongside à la carte and Sunday lunch options, making it a credible choice for any occasion.
Grato, translating to “thankful”, will be just how you feel after discovering the handmade pasta and tiramisu at this authentic Italian restaurant. Whether stopping by for early evening aperitivo or indulging in a variety of dishes, the quality and simplicity of Grato’s menu will see you back again and again.
Independent heritage pubs and versatile spaces make up Kensington’s drinking scene. Cocktails and craft beers aren’t hard to come by, but often it’s the Instagram-worthy interiors and tempting food options that swing the vote for Friday night drinks.
Standing proud on the corner of Hillgate Street, The Hillgate is a mid-Victorian pub with plenty of charm. The interiors combine vintage panelling with antiques and vinyl album artwork, ensuring there’s always a talking point or a chance to reminisce on musical history. Plus, the wine cellar is well stocked and food options sit several cuts above standard pub dining.
The Churchill Arms
For cask ales, ever-changing beers on tap and a well-curated menu of wine, champagne and gin cocktails, The Churchill Arms is a Kensington must. Independent and Grade II-listed, the pub dates back to the early 1800s and is just the spot for a Friday night catch-up.
Part wine bar, part restaurant, this welcoming venue on Abingdon Road offers a space for all occasions. Think post-work drinks, business lunches or weekend nights sampling the excellent wine menu. The food menu is versatile, whilst ensuring regulars will always find their favourites, with options moving from casual burgers to sea bream fillet or pea and shallot ravioli.
Kensington residents are just a stone’s throw from one of the world’s most famous concert venues. Alongside the grandeur of the Albert Hall, galleries and London’s top museums play host to regular events that will jostle for space amongst your social plans.
The Royal Albert Hall
A Kensington venue that needs little introduction, the Albert Hall is one of London’s most iconic buildings. The annual proms are a highlight in Kensington’s calendar, with an extensive mix of concerts filling the hall throughout the year. Even locals might be surprised to know that the Masters tennis games are hosted here.
Two galleries in Kensington Gardens present an array of free exhibits throughout the year. Art and architecture feature, along with events and talks. A Grade II-listed former tea pavilion houses Serpentine South, while an old gun powder store has had a futuristic makeover to become Serpentine North.
Browse the floors of the Design Museum to discover the stories that have shaped some of our most iconic pieces of architecture and fashion today. Naturally, the museum building itself stands out on Kensington High Street, while the exhibits could equally spark inspiration for your home decor or next fashion purchase.
There are numerous options for relaxing in Kensington’s green spaces or marvelling at one of the many museums. From relaxing Sundays spent in Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden, boating on the Serpentine, to afternoons exploring the state rooms at Kensington Palace, you’ll find inspiration everywhere.
This Kensington park may be packed with opportunities to keep fit, play sports and keep little ones active, but it’s also a wonderful place to reflect. The Kyoto Garden brings a dose of Japanese zen to this corner of London. Waterfalls, maples and circling koi are a delight, year-round.
Imagine life as a member of the Royal Household with a tour of Kensington Palace. 300 years of regal history are held behind the doors, with visitors able to access Queen Victoria’s childhood rooms and the state apartments of Kings and Queens.
Japanese art, design, cuisine and innovation is celebrated through stories, exhibitions and activities at Japan House. Complete with a beautifully curated shop and Japanese restaurant, you can discover a world far away in just a day.
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Marsh & Parsons in the Kensington community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
Supporting local businesses
We stopped by Penny Blooms and Beans Florists to hear more about bringing the beauty of Chelsea’s famous gardens into people’s homes and spoke with the owners of Meson Don Felipe about tapas, creating a little bit of Spain in the UK, and what they love about Central London.Find out more