Will you love Kensington? Our local guide

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an Inner London borough with royal status. It is the smallest borough in London and the second smallest district in England; it is one of the most densely populated administrative regions in the United Kingdom. It includes affluent areas such as Notting Hill, Kensington, South Kensington, Chelsea, and Knightsbridge. “

In Kensington, what things may you need?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Kensington name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Schools in and around the area of Kensington

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Kensington vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College 17 Old Court Place, London 4.4 56
Holland Park School Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill Road, London 3.2 30
Fox Primary School Kensington Place, London 4.5 8
Maggie & Rose Kensington Family Members Club 58-60 Pembroke Road, London 4 26
Pooh Corner Kindergarten SW7: The Kindergartens St Stephen’s Church Hall, 48 Emperor Gate, London 4 5
Minding Manners International 1 Kensington Court, London 5 7
Teddy Tennis Court 3 Holland Park 4.2 18
Frenchy Bench Primary 23 Kensington Square, London N/A N/A
Russia Culture House in London | Представительство Россотрудничества 1st Floor, 37 Kensington High Street, London 4.6 18
Thomas’s 21 Saint Albans Grove, London N/A N/A
St Barnabas & St Philip’s Church of England Primary School 58 Pembroke Mews, Earls Court Road, London 4.9 8
Lower School of Thomas’s Kensington 1A Launceston Place, London N/A N/A
Art Barn Classes 48 Emperor’s Gate, London 5 5
Kensington House Nursery School St Philip’s Church Hall, Earls Court Road, London 4.7 14
Lexham Gardens Playhouse 4 Lexham Gardens Mews, London 5 15
Ministerio Educacion 8, 20 Peel Street, London N/A N/A
The Drummer Factory 5 Cornwall Gardens, London 4.9 15
Pooh Corner Kindergarten W8: The Kindergartens St George’s Church, Aubrey Walk, Campden Hill Road, London N/A N/A
VIOLIN & PIANO LESSONS West London Music Tutors 145 Earls Court Road, London N/A N/A
Snowflake School 46a Longridge Road, London 5 1

In Kensington, what tube and train stations are nearby?

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Kensington entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
High Street Kensington High Street Underground Ltd, Kensington Station, Kensington High Street, London 4.2 183
Notting Hill Gate United Kingdom 4.4 275

How many hospitals, pharmacies and doctors are there in Kensington?

Kensington has 20 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Cromwell Hospital 164-178 Cromwell Road, London 3.6 217
London Psychiatric Clinic 7 Knaresborough Place, London 5 4
Care+ 4, 219 Kensington High Street, London N/A N/A
Bupa Health Centre London Kensington Bupa Health Centre, 14A Pennant Mews, Cromwell Road, London 4.3 6
Mr Giles Davies Director of Breast Surgery 164, Cromwell Hospital, 178 Cromwell Road, London 5 11
Bupa Cromwell Hospital : Haematology 164, 178 Cromwell Road, London 1 1
MedicSpot Clinic Notting Hill 12 Pembridge Road, London 4.7 3
The Medical Chambers Kensington 10 Knaresborough Place, London 4 52
MedicSpot Clinic Earls Court 240 Earls Court Road, London 5 1
Mr Abhay Chopada Cromwell Road, London 5 1
Walid Sabbagh 162-174 Cromwell Road, London 4.7 6
Kensington Podiatrist – OsteoGait 2 Drayson Mews, London 4.8 44
Cavendish Clinic Kensington 13 Kensington Church Street, London 4.6 43
ExpressTest 194 Kensington High Street, London 5 2
Critical Care Med Ltd Office 4, 219 Kensington High Street, London N/A N/A
Dr Azadeh Clinic 23 Ansdell Street, London 5 9
London Doctors Clinic Private GP Royal Garden Hotel, The, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London 3 11
Victoria’s Method | LPG Endermologie Medical, EMS & RF Sculpt 5 Kensington High Street, London 5 21
Dr Nina Salooja 164, The Cromwell Hospital, 178 Cromwell Road, London N/A N/A
Mr William E. Grant 164, Cromwell Hospital, 178 Cromwell Road, London N/A N/A

Post offices in Kensington

Nearby post offices simplify sending and getting packages. Kensington branches also offer services like money orders and insurance along with mail services. Here they are along with their proximity to the area.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Kensington Post Office 208, 212 Kensington High Street, London 3.9 255
Gloucester Road Post Office 118 Gloucester Road, London 2 416
Royal Post Box Kensington, London 3 2
Kensington Church Street Post Office 190 Kensington Church Street, London 3 13
Royal Mail Parcel Postbox 242, 238 A3220, London 0 0

Things that make us love Kensington

What makes the heart of Kensington? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Kensington to help you decide to move in there.

Green spaces and parks of Kensington

One of London’s greatest features are the large green spaces that cover the surface of the city. Check below if Kensington is a good fit for you. Be it for a simple walk or for a casual summer picnic.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
K+K Hotel George Kensington 1-15 Templeton Place, London 4.5 1366
Holland Park Ilchester Place, London 4.7 14172
Kyoto Garden Holland Park, Holland Park Avenue, London 4.7 10245
Lexham Gardens (private gardens) Lexham Gardens, London 4.5 55
St George’s Church, Campden Hill Aubrey Walk, London 4.5 33
Kensington Palace Green 7 Kensington Palace Gardens, Palace Green, London 4.6 226
Alec Clifton-Taylor Memorial Gardens Kensington Church Walk, London 4 1
Saint Mary Abbots Gardens 35 Drayson Mews, London 4.5 62
Kensington Square Garden Kensington, London N/A N/A
Jardin Du Jasmin 1 Holland Place, London 5 1
Abbots Gardens Kensington, London N/A N/A
Holland Park Earls Court Gate 222 Kensington High Street, London 5 2
Queen’s Gate Gardens 41 Queen’s Gate Gardens, London 4.2 78
Edwardes Square Edwardes Square, London 5 1
Princess Diana Memorial Garden Sunken Garden Pond, London 4.7 479
Airlie Gardens Airlie Gardens, London 5 2
Gardens Cornwall Gardens, London 5 3
Dutch Garden Kensington, London 4.8 55
Pond and fountain Kensington, London 5 6
The Nodge Tree Hyde Park Gate, London N/A N/A

Pubs in the area

As Londoners, we cherish our local pubs. Kensington has some great go-to spots. From smaller, more family run chains to larger pubs like WeatherSpoons, there is a pub for everyone in the area.

Pub name Name Address Description
Britannia 1 Allen Street Kensington W8 6UX Originally built as the brewery tap of William Wells Britannia Brewery in 1834 and later licensed as a beer house called the Brewery Tap until 1939. This Young’s tied house was extensively refurbished some years ago and is immaculately presented. The interior is modern and stylish, with different seating areas by the bar. There is a 50-seat restaurant at the rear and outside seating along the side of the pub, where smoking is allowed. Another refurbishment, in mid-2014, has left the interior largely unchanged, with the addition of two function rooms and even squidgier settees. The first-floor bar is accessed via a spiral staircase and doubles as a function room.
Builders Arms 1 Kensington Court Place Kensington W8 5BJ Hidden away in the back doubles, this is an upmarket pub with a dark green decor, potted plants and comfortable settee seating in the main bar. There are two smaller drinking areas at the rear and additional seating upstairs. The railed-in front patio has heaters for the winter. Built in 1807 with alterations to the frontage in 1862. Four real ales. Occasional craft beer residencies, check pub website.
Churchill Arms 119 Kensington Church Street Kensington W8 7LN Dating from 1824, it spent its first 18 months as the Bedford Arms. The winner of awards ranging from Boozers in Bloom to the Griffin Award for Fuller’s Pub of the Year, this is also one of London’s Real Heritage Pubs. The ceilings are packed with suspended bric-a-brac: you name it and it’s probably up there somewhere. There is also a framed collection of 1500 butterflies and many prints and photographs of the great wartime leader (after whom this pub is NOT named). Note the commemorative plaques to customers who are now spirits and the waterfall in the conservatory complete with fish. There is even a signpost in the middle in case you get lost! The Thai food is recommended and this deservedly popular pub, with its range of Fuller’s ales, can get extremely busy. At Christmas the pub sports a spectacular annual display which in the latest year was 100 Christmas trees covered in twenty-two thousand five hundred lights, and taking almost three weeks to set up. A fitting tribute to the legendary Gerry O’Brien, the licensee who retired in July 2017 and whose thirtieth anniversary at the pub in July 2015 was celebrated with a street party complete with a magnificent Fuller’s dray-horse team (see photos). Current manager James Keogh celebrated 35 years of working for Fuller’s in 2022. Branch Pub of the Year third-place runner-up in 2018.
Devonshire Arms 37 Marloes Road Kensington W8 6LA 1851 corner pub, originally with a bowling green, now with a front beer garden featuring heaters for the winter. Inside, there is lots of exposed brickwork, leather seating and old photographs of the area. There is a fine fireplace at the back – and a mention of CAMRA on the stairs! The varied and interesting food menu includes Sunday roasts. The pub is close to the Cromwell Hospital.
Elephant & Castle 40 Holland Street Kensington W8 4LT First licensed in 1865 as a beer house in what were two adjacent houses and tucked away north-east of the Town Hall, this busy cosy, wood-panelled Nicholson’s with its rural feel is a welcome refuge from the hurly-burly of Kensington High Street. Note the fine Charrington’s bar-back. There are strong journalistic connections, and a light refurbishment broadened the decor to include historical prints and photos with local connections. Guest beers are from the wide-ranging Nicholson’s portfolio including its own-brand ales. Food, specialising in pies and sausages, is available all day, except 4pm-5pm.
Goat Tavern 3B Kensington High Street Kensington W8 5NP Deep wood-panelled bar with its rear set out as a dining area. At the front, the former bay windowed off licence has been converted into a small snug area. Named the Goat Tavern by 1702, it was previously a coffee house. The present building dates from 1879 and is popular with tourists and shoppers.
Greyhound 1 Kensington Square Kensington W8 5EP Away from the busy High Street, this is a large pub with two distinct areas, the rear of which is available for functions. Originally dating from 1697 and rebuilt in 1899, it was destroyed by a gas explosion in 1977; the original plans were used for the subsequent rebuilding two years later. It is described by the Council as “an attractive, deftly designed building with effective and controlled use of decoration”.
Hansom Cab 86 Earls Court Road Kensington W8 6EG A Grade II listed pub with three distinctive split-level drinking areas and the closest real-ale pub to the Design Museum. Built in 1832 as the Pembroke Arms and renamed in 1965 when refurbished with its present theme. It is still partly decorated with horse-drawn cab memorabilia. Unfortunately the genuine Hansom Cab (minus horse) which used to hang from the ceiling had to be removed at the decree of the health and safety thought police. Trade is mainly local and with staff from the nearby police station. Up to changing five cask ales are on offer plus a good range of keg beers. There is a limited food menu including small plates and sharers, and a few pub classic mains plus pizzas and Burger Singh burgers. See venue website for food/drink offers, and events such as quizzes.
Hillgate 24 Hillgate Street Kensington W8 7SR Popular corner pub in the back streets off Notting Hill Gate, displaying an attractive external floral display in the summer. The pub was built in 1855 and was then named the Johnson Arms, being in what was then Johnson Street. The street and then the pub were both subsequently renamed. The main bar room is deceptively spacious and features a back-bar with an attractive blend of Victorian and contemporary elements. Two or three real ales are generally available. The menu includes many interesting dishes and roasts are available on Sundays. Note that this venue is card-only.
Holland 25 Earls Court Road Kensington W8 6EB Built in 1830, licensed in 1838 and named after another pub in Shepherds Bush, it was rebuilt some 20 years later and is now the nearest pub to the Design Museum. Renamed in 2022, this is now a gastropub with a pub on the ground floor and a restaurant upstairs. The pub interior is fairly minimalist with stripped floorboards, sage green walls, and a lot of exposed brickwork. The food offering specialises in British ingredient-led dishes, serving a seasonally-changing menu including Sunday roast lunch. As at the opening date one cask ale was on offer from one handpump on the bar, but that may change if trade builds up.
Mall Tavern 71-73 Palace Gardens Terrace Kensington W8 4RU Although it is very slightly off the main thoroughfares of Notting Hill, this pub, part of a small independent chain (the Stag in Belsize Park, amongst others), is well worth a visit. There is a tiny but fully-formed garden, invisible from the street, and two rooms for hire – the cellar is worth a look. As well as the cask ales, there are plenty of London keg beers on tap. The food offering includes Saturday bottomless brunch and Sunday roasts.
Old Swan 206 Kensington Church Street Kensington W8 4DP Spacious pub rebuilt in 1962, having previously stood around the corner in Notting Hill Gate. Reverted to its original name after a spell as the Rat & Parrot. The pub offers up to four cask ales and a menu of “pub-grub” food at reasonable prices. Occasional cider festivals. There are a number of deals available, see venue website.
Prince of Wales 8 Kensington Church Street Kensington W8 4EP Although the frontage is small, the interior is surprisingly large with some semi-partitioned seating areas. Called the Artichoke until 1842; the present pub dates from 1874. See pub website for drink/meal deals.
Scarsdale Tavern 23a Edwardes Square Kensington W8 6HE Upmarket 1867 pub tucked away on a leafy secluded square off busy Kensington High Street, At one time this was a haunt of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Four handpumps at the bar and a shelf full of empty champagne bottles lining the walls show that the pub caters for all tastes. Behind the half-frosted windows lies an L-shaped dark wood bar with an ornate etched mirrored back. Walls are decorated with elegantly framed paintings, the most striking of which is David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps. The patio out front has tables and heating. The pub is claimed to be the local used in the 1970s TV crime series The Professionals. The pub was a runner-up in 2022 in the Best City Pub category, for Fuller’s Griffin Trophy.
Uxbridge Arms 13 Uxbridge Street Kensington W8 7TQ A world away from nearby Portobello Road, this popular back-street local dates from 1836 as a beer house. Up to four real ales, and the pub also has an extensive range of gins; the food offering is small but varied and includes sandwiches and salads. The pub re-opened under new management after light refurbishment in early 2017 – the collection of old prints, plates, maps and other knick-knacks has, if anything, been extended, and the Lieutenant-Colonel’s uniform jacket has happily been retained.
Windsor Castle 114 Campden Hill Road Kensington W8 7AR This corner pub, tucked away in the back streets of Kensington, contrasts an old world feel that you might expect to find in a more rural setting, with a modern up-market service and menu style. The name of the pub is a reminder of when it was possible to have the excitement of seeing Windsor Castle from the top of Campden Hill, although the dray horses who had to pull the beer up there may not have shared the sentiment. The bar room is divided into four drinking areas but, surprisingly, the partitions and other wood-panelling are not part of the original 1830 build by Fuller’s but date from a 1933 refurbishment. Included in CAMRA’s National Inventory and Grade II listed. Up to four real ales may be on offer; the beer garden to the rear boasts its own bar. A Heritage Statement about this pub can be viewed on the K & C Council planning portal and archive photos of this site as a Charrington’s Ales house may be seen at http://www.historypin.org/en/windsor-castle/

Museums & Galleries in the region

The vitality of a community stems from its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Kensington, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. They offer delightful weekend activities and contribute to the vibrant atmosphere of the region.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
the Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street, London 4.4 10810
Kensington Palace Kensington Gardens, London 4.4 26286
Leighton House 12 Holland Park Road, London 4.6 1248
Sambourne House 18 Stafford Terrace, London 4.6 218
Japan House London 101-111 Kensington High Street, London 4.6 1381
Imperial War Museum Foundation 2 Derry Street, London 5 2

What supermarkets are there?

Out of all the other services in Kensington, supermarkets are arguably some of the most important. Take a look at the table below that tells you where the nearest supermarkets are so you can do your shppping conveniently. It would be a shame to move somewhere new and not realise some of your favourite stores aren’t nearby in Kensington.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Tesco Express 2 Friern Barnet Lane, London 3.8 57
M&S Simply Food BP, Oakleigh Road South Waterfall, London 3.8 4
Tesco Extra Coppetts Centre, North Circular Road, London 3.8 786
The Green Supermarket 75 Friern Barnet Road, London 4.6 105
Tesco Petrol Station Tesco Stores Ltd, Coppetts Centre, London 4.1 343
New Southgate Food Centre 137-141, 137 High Road, Arnos Grove, London 4.4 79
Despina Foods 456-458 Bowes Road, London 4.4 479

Are the restaurants in Kensington any good?

Kensington has a range of different eateries. This is important for someone who is moving to an area who wants to be able to eat out and not cook every day. The below table gives you an overview of what options you have.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Royal Garden Hotel 2, 24 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 2064
Premier Inn London Kensington (Earl’s Court) hotel 11 Knaresborough Place, London 4.3 1733
Premier Inn London Kensington (Olympia) hotel 22-32 West Cromwell Road, London 4.3 866
Baglioni Hotel London 60 Hyde Park Gate, London 4.3 577
The Rockwell 181-183 Cromwell Road, London 4.3 323
London Lodge Hotel 134-136 Lexham Gardens, London 4.3 365
Montana Hotel Kensington 67/69 Gloucester Road, London 4.3 705
K+K Hotel George Kensington 1-15 Templeton Place, London 4.3 1366
Launceston Place 1A Launceston Place, London 4.3 670
Maggie Jones’s Restaurant 6 Old Court Place, London 4.3 1431
The Churchill Arms, Kensington 119 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 6458
The Scarsdale Tavern 23a Edwardes Square, London 4.3 1317
The Kensington Wine Rooms 127-129 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 375
The Builders Arms 1 Kensington Court Place, Greater, London 4.3 1234
Zaika 1 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 1230
Prince of Wales 8 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 1372
Côte Kensington 47 Kensington Court, London 4.3 1298
The Orangery Restaurant Kensington Palace Gardens, London 4.3 499
Kitchen W8 11-13 Abingdon Road, London 4.3 626
Piano Kensington Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 406

The range of gyms in Kensington

In Kensington, using the public parks is not for everyone. Finding out if you are able to attend a local gym or leisure centre nearby may be a good idea if you are trying to move to the area perhaps for permanent residency.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Virgin Active 3rd Floor, 17A Old Court Place, London 4.3 262
The Life Centre Notting Hill 15 Edge Street, London 4.3 79
Myoga 16 Vicarage Gate, London 4.3 N/A
Sweaty Betty 5 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 8
Equinox Kensington 5th floor, Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 227
Talha Life Fitness Floor 2, 9 Derry Street, London 4.3 N/A
Barrecore Kensington 18 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 6
The Lifestyle Concierge uk 26 Phillimore Walk, London 4.3 N/A
Yoga & meditation London 17A Old Court Place, London 4.3 N/A
E-Pulsive Ltd. 40 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 52
1Rebel High Street Kensington 45 Phillimore Walk, London 4.3 218
Anytime Fitness Kensington Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 129
Body&Boxing 58-60 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 32
Personal Bikefit 290 Kensington High Street, London 4.3 75
Pilates Squared 27 Emperor’s Gate, London 4.3 5
Onebody Clinic 5A Lucerne Mews, Notting Hill Gate, London 4.3 6
David Lloyd Kensington Point West Apartment Building, 116 Cromwell Road, London 4.3 564
The Gym Way 147 Cromwell Road, London 4.3 224
Box Clever Sports 201-209 Kensington Church Street, London 4.3 35
Methods Studios 5A Lucerne Mews, London 4.3 N/A

What to do in Kensington

It could be that Kensington has a lively atmosphere with many activities happening and there are ways to find this out. To discover what to do in your area, we recommend looking at sites like Timeout that list weekly events in Kensington. We want to make finding things easy, so here’s a link to see upcoming happenings in Kensington. Also, knowing what’s available in Kensington and where helps when getting to know a new place. That’s why we made a map with property price info from this article to simplify your search.

What areas are nearby?

If you need a comparison of other nearby neighbourhoods besides Kensington, Cozee Properties have provided you with guides with information on other areas too.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Chipstead See the guide here
Fulham See the guide here
West Brompton See the guide here
Chelsea See the guide here
West Kensington See the guide here
Earl’s Court See the guide here
Hammersmith See the guide here
Shortlands See the guide here
Victoria Station See the guide here
South Kensington See the guide here
Belgravia See the guide here
Knightsbridge See the guide here
Holland Park See the guide here
Shepherds Bush See the guide here
Hyde Park See the guide here
White City See the guide here
Mayfair (south) See the guide here
Mayfair (north) See the guide here
Grosvenor Square See the guide here
Bayswater See the guide here
Notting Hill See the guide here
Sarratt See the guide here
Little Venice See the guide here
Northaw See the guide here
Lisson Grove See the guide here
Maida Vale See the guide here
Chipstead See the guide here
Fulham See the guide here
West Brompton See the guide here
Chelsea See the guide here
West Kensington See the guide here
Earl’s Court See the guide here
Hammersmith See the guide here
Shortlands See the guide here
Victoria Station See the guide here
South Kensington See the guide here
Belgravia See the guide here
Knightsbridge See the guide here
Holland Park See the guide here
Shepherds Bush See the guide here
Hyde Park See the guide here
White City See the guide here
Mayfair (south) See the guide here
Mayfair (north) See the guide here
Grosvenor Square See the guide here

If you are looking to buy or sell a property and want to get an idea of how the market works there, have a look at our property prices guides below

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