Why visit Kensington?

Located half-way between London Heathrow and Kings Cross on The Piccadilly Line, a visit to Kensington is a great choice to see London’s must-sees. With The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum all nearby, you will see many of the capital’s sights all in one place. Mixing busy shopping streets with quiet leafy squares, you can’t go wrong here. Premier Inn have numerous hotels situated in this suburb with the choice of Standard or Premier Plus; NH Hotel Kensington also offers luxury rooms at decent prices. However, with the area having many supermarket brands and numerous aparthotels, self-catering is a further choice to allow you to enjoy London life without it breaking the bank.
Remember Me. The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, who died of Typhoid in 1861 at the age of 42.
Remember Me. The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, who died of Typhoid in 1861 at the age of 42.
Once part of Hyde Park, and with 265 acres, Kensington Gardens is on the tourist trail as well as providing a break from it.
Once part of Hyde Park, and with 265 acres, Kensington Gardens is on the tourist trail as well as providing a break from it.

When should I visit?

Between May and end of September, but pack an umbrella for those unexpected showers!

Must-sees?

A visit to Kensington must include a visit to Kensington Palace! The official residents of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, parts are open to the public. Saunter the Kings State Apartments as though you were arriving to greet King William III. Find out what a Queen’s domestic life was like with a visit to Queen Mary’s State Apartments, where you can glimpse her Dining Room, Drawing Room and Bedroom and learn about the arrival of a Royal birth that happened here in 1688.
With so many Royal connections to London, why not continue your tour with a visit to The Royal Albert Hall?
Celebration Time! Queen Victoria opened the Hall in 1867, and ever since it has become a living legacy to Prince Albert. No more so than today with the Hall preparing to celebrate its one-hundred-and-fiftieth birthday on 29th March.
Celebration Time! Queen Victoria opened the Hall in 1867, and ever since it has become a living legacy to Prince Albert. No more so than today with the Hall preparing to celebrate its one-hundred-and-fiftieth birthday on 29th March.
Other suggestions are the Medieval Palace at The Tower of London, where you can visit Henry III’s home including the Audience Chamber and replica throne. Visiting Buckingham Palace to watch The Changing Of The Guard is a must; the pomp and pageantry is a ceremony to mark the change of the guard who protects the Palace.
Why not end your Royal journey with a visit to Docklands and Greenwich Royal Park?

Local traditions?

Fancy running and sightseeing at the same time? The annual Royal Parks Half Marathon offers just this. Along the way you will pass by Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Park. This year it is expected to take place on 11 April 2020 ... get those running shoes on!

Travel tip?

For cheaper travel to London, you may find buying single train tickets for separate parts of your journey will save you on holiday money. To find out usetrainsplit.com; in general, always book twelve weeks ahead.

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