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July 15, 2010
Where To Live In London: Kensington
Kensington, a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is located in west London. It is one of the most well-known and desirable places to live in London and is bordered by Notting Hill to the north, Chelsea and Earl’s Court to the south, Knightsbridge to the east and Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush to the west.
Kensington includes several parks in its territory for residents to use for leisure. In the west of Kensington lies Holland Park and to the east is the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park so most residents are within walking distance of these green areas. There are also several developments with communal gardens throughout the district. Another perk to living in Kensington is that residents are granted parking privileges throughout the entire Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The parking permit is valid in a large area from Chelsea in the south, to Notting Hill in the north. This scheme allows residents to enjoy their cars more freely than residents in other parts of London. As a consequence, car enthusiasts aplenty live here and luxury brand cars are everywhere, which adds to the allure of Kensington.
One cannot mention the fine residential aspects of Kensington without mentioning the famous Kensington Palace Gardens, which is “the most exclusive address in London” according to KnightFrank. The street is a mix of embassies, national residences, and private residents and properties sell for an average of £18m.
Although Kensington has some of the most exclusive residential properties in London, it also has some areas that are below average by London standards as Kensington encompasses a large area. Neighbourhoods such as West Kensington, which lies to the west of Holland Park and is separated from Kensington by the West London Railway Line, and North Kensington, which is separated from Kensington by Notting Hill, are more affordable places to live, yet do not offer the same upscale residences as other areas in the district.
While Kensington is generally a good residential area, it also has commercial and historical attractions. The commercial focus is on Kensington High Street, which includes numerous upscale shops and is considered one of the best shopping areas in London. There are also several notable museums in the area of South Kensington including the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and Exhibition Road.