Keep calm in Kensington and carry on in Chelsea
Whether you’re looking for exquisite boutiques, tantilising wine bars & restaurants or a savvy investment in property, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea will undoubtedly fulfill and excess your expectations.
Even though RBKC is one o the smallest of London’s 33 boroughs, it is both the most densely populated and the most affluent of them all. The sophistication and style is effervescent with department stores like Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Peter Jones to name a few.
It is also home to Europe’s largest carnival each year with thousands of visitors flocking to see the vibrant colours and listen to the upbeat and uplifting music at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Located in the heart of cosmopolitan London, Kensington & Chelsea offers a plethora of tube lines such as; Bakerloo line, Central line, Circle line, District line, Hammersmith & City line and Piccadilly line.
Bus routes most notably run along the King’s Road, Fulham Road, Kensington High Street and Ladbroke Grove.
Museums & shops
You’ll find some of the most informative and influential museums in Kensington & Chelsea. For all creative art and design fanatics there is the Victoria & Albert Museum, school children will have a fun filled day at the Science Museum, historian enthusiasts should venture to the National Army Museum, no trip to London would be complete without a trip to the Natural History Museum, which has something for all the family. The Dinosaur collection and the Mammals exhibition are a must!
The Saatchi Gallery opened in 2008 and is a perfect showcase for contemporary art from young or unknown artists, both British and international.
If shopping is what you do best, then why not venture to Kensington High Street, where you will be greeted with high street stores galore from Jigsaw to Urban Outfitters. If you want to seek out a selection of more unique boutique stores then head towards Kings Road. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants dotted along the way, so you can refuel and refresh before you hit the next shop!
For the most expensive and exquisite place to shop, look no further than Sloane Street. Showcasing wall-to -wall designer brands from Gucci to Chanel, it is well worth a look even if it’s just to admire the garments from afar.
Portobello Market is open every day except Sunday and offers an array of goods, the food market on weekdays, and clothes on Fridays, finished with their world famous antiques market on Saturdays.
Bluebird on the King’s Road offers a taste of stylish dining. This sophisticated restaurant created by Sir Terence Conran has a lavish menu. There’s also a café for a light lunch or they do sumptuous breakfasts.
Julie’s on Portland Road is a classic and well established restaurant that is over forty years old and often referred to as the rock chick of the restaurant world. It has lots of little hidden alcoves and is definitely the place to visit for that ‘special’ occasion.
Property Types & Architecture
Red brick Georgian houses, grand Victorian villas, mews cottages and mansions encompass the desirable property on offer with stunning views of the Thames.
Who lives here?
Kensington & Chelsea is one of the most expensive & cosmopolitan areas in the UK and unsurprisingly Kensington Palace Gardens is nicknamed “Billionaires Row”.
The recent regeneration of Notting Hill has seen house prices continue to increase. The most notable new residents are William and Kate (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) who have an apartment in Kensington Palace.