ABOUT SOUTH KENSINGTON
South Kensington is part of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. A common definition in terms of boundaries is the commercial area around South Kensington Tube Station and the adjacent garden squares and streets such as Thurloe Square and Onslow Square.
HISTORY OF SOUTH KENSINGTON
South Kensington was largely undeveloped until the mid nineteenth century as it was primarily an agricultural area supplying London with fruit and vegetables. The 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park resulted in the foundation of the museums and university here. The result lead to the foundation of the Victoria and Albert, Science and Natural History Museums, as well as Imperial College. Due to this investment in the area, a building spree of large terraced houses followed, giving the area it’s current recognition of a high-class residential area. After the arrival of the Underground stations at both Gloucester Road and South Kensington in 1868, the area was quickly linked to Westminster, the West End and the City of London.
PROPERTY IN SOUTH KENSINGTON
The area is mainly residential with a variety of property from white stucco fronted terraced houses such as Pelham Crescent and period red brick mansion apartments such as Drayton Gardens. Some of the finest mansion blocks in central London can be found next to the Royal Albert Hall at Albert Hall Mansions and Albert Gate Court, both very popular with international buyers seeking grand lateral apartment living, with secure 24-hour porterage. There are also some exquisite examples of lateral apartments which can be found on Queen’s Gate. Beautiful mews properties can be found at addresses like Princes Gate Mews and Queen’s Gate Mews. Onslow Square, between Fulham Road and Old Brompton Road is a fine example of a beautiful Georgian garden square, largely made up of period conversion apartments.
LIVING IN SOUTH KENSINGTON
With Chelsea to the south and, of course, Kensington to the north, this part of London is extremely popular, particularly with European cultures, notably from France and Italy. The area is sought after with families and offers a great central London location to live, providing access to all the necessary amenities as well as being located on the door step of Hyde Park. Italian restaurant Daphne’s on Draycott Avenue is always busy, or French restaurant La Brasserie on Brompton Road. Gloucester Road hosts an array of gastro pubs, shops and restaurants as well. South Kensington is home to some of the best museums in London, particularly the Natural History Museum for dinosaurs on Cromwell Road, and the Victoria and Albert Museum for art and design on Old Brompton Road. Also worth checking out with the children is the Science Museum located on Exhibition Road. The Royal Albert Hall on the northern edge of South Kensington is one of London’s smartest music and entertainment venues.
SCHOOLS IN SOUTH KENSINGTON
There are many international schools such as world renowned Imperial College, The Royal College of Art, and Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle.