Welcome to our Kensington property and area guide. Come with us as we explore Kensington High Street, discover gems on its side roads, reveal the best places to go out and discuss property, schools and transport in this famous London borough.
With all its fantastic amenities, proximity to central London, great array of period properties and luxury developments, it’s no wonder that properties in Kensington are some of the capital’s most sought after. In many ways, Kensington deserves its reputation as an expensive area to buy property. But with many of the family houses being converted into wonderful apartments and with more new developments coming onto the market, it is possible to buy a one bedroom property for under £500,000.
The majority of the property on offer in Kensington consists of flats. However, flats in Kensington are no ordinary properties – they are spacious and stylish, bearing many similarities to the apartments found in European cities such as Paris. Handsome Edwardian mansion blocks with large apartments include Wynnstay Gardens, Campden Hill Gate, Abingdon Court and Kensington Court.
The most sought after family houses in Kensington tend to be located in the roads around Kensington High Street for example the knot of streets known as the ‘Phillimores’ and Argyll Road. The gorgeous streets of pretty cottages around Kensington Church such as Peel Street and Campden Street tend to attract couples and downsizers. Lovers of mews houses will also find plenty of choice in the Kensington property market, for example Radley Mews, Lexham Mews and Adam and Eve Mews.
Demand for quality rental properties in Kensington is extremely high, given the large international contingent in the area, however there is also plenty of choice from studio apartments and period conversions up to grand family houses.
As you’d expect for such a popular area, it’s not cheap to rent property in Kensington; prices range from around £400 per week for a one-bedroom flat to over £5,000 a week for a grand family house. But what you get for the money is worth it – easy access to the City, quiet residential streets and squares and wonderful amenities. Many of our Kensington tenants are City workers who appreciate this fine balance.
Beautiful, elegant Kensington is one of the most affluent and sought after parts of central London in which to buy property. Kensington offers city dwellers the best of many worlds; sophisticated shopping, restaurants and night clubs, easy access to wonderful open spaces, world renowned museums, great transport, excellent schools and quiet garden squares.
Chloe Leefe, Sales Director in our Kensington Office, sums up the area:
“Kensington is such a fabulous place to buy property if you want a combination of village spirit with city flair. There are many pockets of W8, which provide residents with independent and local amenities, encouraging a sense of community. If that isn’t enough then some of the most exclusive shopping in the world is just on the doorstep.
The architecture in Kensington is so varied and this helps to make it such a popular place to live. From elegant stucco-fronted properties in Scarsdale Villas, quaint mews houses in Radley Mews to handsome red-brick mansion blocks like Wynnstay Gardens, W8 caters to the most discerning buyer.”
Open space and attractions in Kensington
Perhaps one of the most famous Kensington attractions is Kensington Palace, home to several members of the Royal Family, most recently the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Kensington Palace opens onto Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park creating a huge open space much beloved of Londoners who love to stroll, run, cycle, horse-ride or roller skate across its paths.
Kensington Gardens is home to a to a beautiful memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales and a huge playground that also bears her name. In Hyde Park, you’ll find the world famous Serpentine Lake and Gallery. At the south end of Hyde Park is the stunning Albert Memorial, built in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.
Many Kensington roads also offer easy access to Holland Park, said by many to be London’s prettiest park with its Japanese Garden, peacocks, orangery, café and adventure playground.
Not only is Kensington on the doorstep to two great parks but is also boasts many pretty garden squares which local residents have access to. Good examples of these are Lexham Gardens and Kensington Gardens.