Kensington Roof Gardens
Perhaps the most famous Kensington nightspot is the Virgin owned Kensington Roof Gardens; a nightclub, restaurant and rooftop garden 100ft above Kensington High Street. Diners can enjoy Babylon Restaurant whereas clubbers can enjoy London’s only rooftop private members club. Kensington Roof Gardens is also famous for its three themed gardens, complete with flamingos!
If you’re looking for haute cuisine try the Michelin starred Launceston Place. Tucked away on a quiet back street, Launceston Place serves a flamboyant and seasonal British menu accompanied by one of the best wine lists in London. It is a real treat for both lunch and dinner.
Royal Albert Hall
Built as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s husband in 1871, the rotunda of the Royal Albert Hall is one of London’s most iconic buildings. It has been the venue for the Proms since 1941 and puts on a range of concerts and live events throughout the year.
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 a lovely park, which is home to the memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales. It also features a huge adventure playground that also bears her name.
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.
Exhibition Road in South Kensington is home to some of the world’s finest museums, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal Albert Hall – all within walking distance of each other and free to visit.
Kensington boasts a few lovely gastropubs in its back streets. Our favourites include The Abingdon on Abingdon Road, Scarsdale Tavern on Edwardes Square and Devonshire Arms on Marloes Road.
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