Welcome to North Kensington
North Kensington has it all. A relaxed and more affordable neighbourhood than nearby Notting Hill, it’s no surprise that everyone from families to professionals are drawn to the area. Boasting excellent schools and a real sense of community, North Kensington is a place that residents are proud to call home. Houses include many Edwardian and Victorian properties, with high ceilings and beautiful period features. Meanwhile, independent eateries and extensive shopping provide entertainment for off-duty days.
Did you know?
There are many notable residents that call North Kensington home. Former Prime Minister David Cameron is amongst them.
For many years, Stella McCartney ran her fashion empire from a converted chapel on Golborne Road.
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North Kensington hosts half of the parade route for the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival.
Kensal Town is a residential area of tree-lined streets of Victorian cottages, with enviable proximity to many fashionable neighbourhoods and green spaces. There has been significant redevelopment in this area over time, meaning a lot of the most covetable flats to rent in North Kensington tend to be located here.
Although a little quieter than its neighbours, Kensal Town hosts a good variety of artisanal coffee houses and cocktail bars nearby. The area offers great value for money, so it won’t be a surprise that a house for sale in North Kensington gets snapped up quickly. For those whose family is growing or want the privacy of an entire house, the gorgeous Victorian cottages south of Queens Park are perfect. With the conservation areas of Kensal Green Cemetery and Queen’s Park so close, residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to green space. Transport links are exceptional: jump on the Bakerloo line at Kensal Green or the Circle line at Westbourne Park. There are also excellent primary schools in the area; the Ark Brunel Primary Academy has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Really, Kensal Town is only getting more popular.
Since the 1960s, Ladbroke Grove has been a hub of counterculture and artistic innovation. While the area has changed over the years, it has never lost its eclectic, community-based spirit. Properties in the Oxford Gardens Conservation Area remain coveted and the wide, tree-lined streets make for the most attractive of neighbourhood strolls.
There’s a reason so many people flock to Ladbroke Grove. It’s not just that it's only a few minutes’ walk or short bus journey to the heart of Notting Hill - although that is a big selling point. The local primary schools are hard to beat. Barlby Primary School and Bevington Primary School both achieved the desirable ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade. Ladbroke Grove is also well served by the Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines, whilst National Rail links are easily accessible from nearby Paddington Station. Period conversion flats are common in Ladbroke Grove. These refurbished properties often blend contemporary, open-plan kitchen/reception rooms with character features. Homes like this on Bassett Road are particularly desirable. For modern living in a historic setting, there’s no limit to life in Ladbroke Grove.
The best of North Kensington: things to do
Community responsibility and sustainable ingredients are core values in many of North Kensington’s restaurants and cafés. Eating delicious food and knowing it’s doing a greater good makes it taste that bit better.
Golborne Deli and Wine Store
A one-stop-shop for those inclined towards sustainable living and alfresco brunching. From breakfast brioche buns to delicate filo pastries and hearty salads for lunch, everything on the menu is high quality. The wines are carefully curated, favouring independent producers. Don’t forget to grab some groceries before you leave.
Panella London Sicilian Street Food
The menu is different every day at this family-run café. Panella is so beloved by the locals that queues regularly form outside. Its People’s Kitchen initiative means 40 local people get a free meal, with volunteers helping to prepare the ingredients donated from the Queen’s Park Farmers Market. This is what North Kensington is all about.
Minimalist in design, big on quality. This artisan bakery offers the most tempting pastries around. Your mouth will start to water as soon as you step inside. In the evenings, it turns into a wine bar. Try the select menu of natural wines and delicious small plates available.
From cocktails to coffee, North Kensington caters to all your needs. Settle into chic interiors and spoil yourself with champagne. If that’s not your scene; grab the best coffee around, sit back and relax with friends.
Meet your new cocktail spot: NBHD. You’ll love the covered outdoor terrace and its bright, modern interiors, coupled with wooden floors and high ceilings. There’s something really fresh about this place, and it isn’t just the Watermelon Daiquiris. If you’re feeling peckish, they also offer South American-inspired sharing plates.
Spanning two floors, the dark green interiors are adorned with fresh flowers for an intimate dining and drinking experience. When heading here for drinks, take advantage of its extensive champagne menu. The cocktails on offer are already impressive, but the staff will also make you any classic upon request.
Lowry and Baker
Your new home away from home. Self-proclaimed coffee addicts run this cosy and comfortable café. Generous portions of tasty breakfast foods will keep enticing you back here again and again. They also offer intriguing speciality drinks like the Ginger Beetroot Velvet Latte.
Enjoy a theatrical performance by pioneering actors and writers. Rub shoulders with socialites at an exclusive nightclub. The next morning, grab some restorative caffeine and go to see North Kensington’s most memorable architecture.
The Playground Theatre
In a past life, the Playground Theatre was a bus depot. Now a thriving hub of creativity and community, performances have been critically acclaimed and award-winning. The reasonably priced café and bar is operated by Portobello Health Foods, offering a delicious range of vegan and vegetarian food.
Known for its A-list clientele, this restaurant and club is something special. While it’s on the pricier side, it’s well worth a visit. The plush interiors were designed by Bella Freud and the food gets rave reviews. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant, grab a cocktail and head downstairs to take in some live music.
This Grade II-listed tower block is an iconic part of London’s architecture. The brutalist style certainly splits opinion, but it’s an undeniably unforgettable structure. The architect’s name was borrowed by Ian Fleming for one of his James Bond villains: Goldfinger. Pay a visit after browsing the shops on Golborne Road.
In North Kensington, your free time will never be boring. Spend some time rifling through market stall treasures. Once you’re finished, relaxing green spaces and waterside walks await.
Portobello Road Market
London’s most thriving market calls North Kensington home. You’ll find antiques calling out for a new home and tempting vintage clothes. If you don’t fancy braving the crowds on a Saturday, there are still plenty of bargains available during the week. It’s been 150 years since the market began, and it’s better than ever.
Kensington Memorial Park
Located just a five minutes’ walk from the ever-popular Bassett Road, Kensington Memorial Park is an ideal spot to take the kids. They’ll be entertained for hours in the extensive playground, and you’ll definitely be hard pressed to tear them away from the water play area. Tennis, football, and cricket facilities are also available.
Walk the Grand Union Canal
Follow the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal all the way from Kensal Town to the picturesque Little Venice. This is perfect if you’re pushing a pram or fancy a bike ride. Grab a coffee and a friend to enjoy this slower paced slice of London life with you.
Property in North Kensington
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North Kensington has plenty to offer, and as a result sees a varied mix of working professionals and families choosing to rent in the area. Houses on Wallingford Avenue, Highlever Road and Balliol Road are always popular, while those looking for converted flats generally hold Bassett Road, Oxford Gardens and Cambridge Gardens in high regard.
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A real range of buyers choose North Kensington for their purchase - it attracts first-time buyers, parents buying for their children, buy-to-let investors and families alike. Fantastic family homes can be found in the St Quintin conservation area, as well as the likes of Bassett Road, Oxford Gardens, Leamington Road Villas and Aldrige Road Villas. The Avenues, a stunning pocket of terraced homes, is another popular address for buyers.
Marsh & Parsons in the North 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. The owners of Meson Don Felipe talked to us about tapas, creating a little bit of Spain in the UK, and what they love about Central London.Find out more