Commercial property area guide: Kensington - London
Kensington is an affluent area of London, west of Hyde Park and the political hub of Westminster. Together with the equally upmarket streets of Chelsea, it makes up the central Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It’s located in transport zone one and is just a 25-minute tube journey from the City of London. This means it’s the ideal spot for companies that operate, or have clients in, the worlds of law, finance and business to base themselves, if they’re looking to avoid London’s most congested areas.
Since the 10th century, Kensington has been a base for Britain’s nobility. The grand Kensington Palace has stood since the 17th century and is still home to members of the royal family, currently home to the Queen’s grandchild Princess Eugenie. The classy reputation of Kensington continues to this day, and is evident everywhere from the upmarket shops, eateries and bars of the high street to the multi-million-pound manors lining Holland Park.
If you’re looking for green space, Kensington has it in abundance. The manicured lawns of Kensington Gardens, once private royal estate, spread out for more than 270 acres and it’s one of the most picturesque places in the country for a lunchtime or weekend stroll. Kensington is also home to several embassies, largely clustered around the quiet streets of Holland Park to the north.
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Getting around in Kensington
Kensington has three underground stationsGoing east to west, you’ll find South Kensington, Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations in the district. South Kensington and High Street stations are served by the District and Circle tube lines, which make it easy to travel west to Richmond or Ealing, south to Wimbledon or east as far as Hornchurch. Gloucester Road station is also on the Piccadilly line, which travels southwest as far as Heathrow Airport, northwest to Uxbridge or northeast to Cockfosters, via major interchange King’s Cross St Pancras.
Kensington is close to two rail stationsKensington Olympia sits directly outside the Olympia, a large events and conference space. From there, you can catch both Overground and National Rail services across the south east of England. West Brompton, 10 minutes’ walk from Earl’s Court, is also served by Overground and rail services across London and south east England.
There’s a good road network in KensingtonA number of main roads run through Kensington. The A4 (Cromwell Road) crosses the district east to west, travelling east to Wellington Arch and west through Hammersmith, connecting with the M4 near Brentford. The A3220 runs from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the south to Holland Park in the north of the area.
Both Heathrow and London City Airport are within an hour of KensingtonIf you’re driving or taking public transport, you can reach London City Airport in just under an hour for domestic or short haul flights. If you’re heading somewhere further afield, Heathrow Airport is around 45 minutes away on the Piccadilly underground line, which you can catch from Gloucester Road station.
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Kensington has lots of facilities for its residents to use.
There are more than 70 gyms in the Kensington area including:
- Anytime Fitness
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Banks and Post Offices in KensingtonThere are more than 30 banks in Kensington, including:
- One TSB
- One Halifax
- One Handelsbanken
- One RBS
- Two Santander
- Three HSBC
- Three Lloyds Bank
- Four NatWest
- Four Metro Bank
- 10 Barclays
There are three Post Offices in Kensington. One is located on Kensington High Street (just off Phillimore Gardens) another on Gloucester Road (opposite the underground station) and the final is located in the northwest corner of the district, on Kensington Church Street.
There are plenty of places to buy groceries in KensingtonYou’ll find plenty of local stores dotted across the district, including:
- One Marks & Spencer
- One Whole Foods Market
- Two Tesco Express
- Three Sainsbury’s Local
- Four Waitrose & Partners
If you’re looking to indulge in a bit of retail therapy in the Kensington area, head to Kensington High Street in the middle of the district. It’s home to a good mix of high street stores, including Uniqlo, H&M and Marks and Spencer alongside delicious eateries, coffee shops, high end boutiques. Those looking for a more exclusive shopping experience can nip across to Knightsbridge, which borders Kensington to the east, where you’ll find shops including Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Commercial real estate agents operating in Kensington
Knight Frank LLP
Edward Charles & Partners
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ESI Media (housing the Daily Mail, Metro and Evening Standard)
Offices in Kensington
Interesting facts about Kensington
Kensington Palace has been home to royalty for more than 300 years. Queen Victoria was born there and Princess Diana raised her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, there. It’s now William’s London family home and his cousin Eugenie also lives in the vast grounds. Despite this, much of the palace is open to the public for daily tours.
Two of London’s most expensive streets can be found in Kensington – Kensington Palace Gardens, and Cottesmore Gardens. The average property price in the former is an astonishing £35.5 million, making it the priciest place to buy a home in London. Coming in at eighth priciest, homes on Cottesmore Gardens are still eye-wateringly expensive, averaging almost £12 million.
Lots of London’s most popular museums can be found in Kensington, including the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
The Royal Albert Hall, named after Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, remains a popular music and events venue nearly 150 years since it first opened.
The world’s first Sumo Wrestling tournament to be held outside Japan was hosted at the Royal Albert Hall in 1904.