My Guide to Royal and Lavish Kensington in London

Posted on 23. Oct, 2014 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Press Trips, United Kingdom

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Fact: 100% of tourists visiting London will eventually set foot in affluent Kensington. Indeed, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chealsea is always high up on every one’s London bucket list, for the simple reason that it is home to an impressive amount of London’s most famous attractions: Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Notting Hill, incredibly photogenic mews and, of course, the museums.

But in a neighborhood that is visited by thousands of tourists every day and that just so happens to be the most expensive in the entire city, it can be hard to identify the bad apples. Luckily, you have your expert on the ground to do the digging for you! ;-) After living in London for a year and visiting a half-dozen times since, I have experienced all that Kensington has to offer.

My Favorite Things to Do in Kensington, London

Food & Drinks (in red)

  • Kensington Palace Orangery (perfect for a royal afternoon tea - maybe Kate will join in?)
  • Aubaine (although the name suggests bargain prices -aubaine means bargain in French- it isn’t cheap, but the benedict eggs are out of this world)
  • Kensington Square Kitchen
  • Coco Momo Kensington
  • The Pembroke (neo gastro-pub, one of my favorites in London!)
  • The Hummingbird Bakery
  • Ginstitute (for gin lovers like me!)
  • Biscuiteers (incredibly photogenic shop and delicious biscuits)
  • Bombay Brasserie
  • Coffee Plant (order a soy latte, and thank me later)
  • Hoop & Toy
  • Billy’s Baked Potato (they have the best ribs in London, and serve them in a funky decor)
  • Comptoir Libanais (they have one of the best terraces in the city, overlooking South Kensington’s quiet square)

Activities (in yellow)

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Holland Park (the Japanese Gardens are gorgeous!)
  • Hyde Park (I particularly love the entrance from Lancaster Gate)
  • Harrod’s

Sightseeing (in blue)

  • Kynance Mews
  • Atherstone Mews
  • Ladbroke Grove Gardens (some of the loveliest and most expensive real estate in London)
  • Kensington Palace Gardens (photos are not permitted as most mansions are home to embassies, but the street definitely makes for a nice and quiet stroll)

Kensington, London in Photos

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

seasons of hyde park

Luxuriant Hyde Park

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Natural History Museum (aka Darwin’s favorite hangout)

Kensington House Hotel

Kensington love

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Architecture, gardens and good food abound.

Kensington House Hotel

I mean, hello. Let’s move here.

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The cute alleys of Kensington

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One of my favorite things about Kensington: the mews.

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Saturday finds at the Portobello Market.

london landmarks

Please mind the gap between the train and the platform.

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Colorful Notting Hill.

Kensington, London

Another case in point for the mews.

Where I Stayed: CityBase Apartment Kensington

I reckon that London has plenty of excellent accommodation options; but I always had a thing for Kensington. Few things in the world make me happier than pretending to be a Londoner for a couple of days, and in a neighborhood like this one, I feel like one filthy rich Londoner. On a slightly less pretentious and more practical basis, Kensington is also well served by transportation links with several bus routes and four tube lines - and trust me, in a city as massively spread out as London, there can never be too many transportation options.

Indeed, setting up base in Kensington means there will be no shortage of sightseeing, restaurant hopping and coffee tasting!

I was hosted by CityBase Apartments, which I worked with in the past. Being a blogger means that 1) I am never on vacation when I travel and therefore need a working space and 2) that I am nowhere near as filthy rich as my fancy-pants apartment makes me feel and that I need a kitchen to cook my meals. And these are two things that I’ve always gotten to enjoy with CityBase Apartments. The apartment was spacious, spotless and ideally located just across the street from Gloucester Road Station and two grocery stores.

And yes, Wi-Fi was extremely reliable!

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Disclaimer: I was a guest of CityBase Apartments, but I would never endorse a company I don’t fully endorse. I’m a huge fan of the brand!


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3 Responses to “My Guide to Royal and Lavish Kensington in London”

  1. Looks brilliant. I love your photos as they make me slightly homesick. Sigh!
    Thanks for sharing though. :)

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