South Kensington
South Kensington
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Fashionable district that is close to many of London's finest museums and antique shops.
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The area
Neighborhood: South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 4 min walk

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Ioana
Romania18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
I recommend South Kensington for those who go to London for the 3 museums on Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road. I stayed at Ibis Styles London Gloucester Road and it was perfect. Staff, location, room, breakfast, even the balcony above the entrance of the place with a beautiful view of Gloucester Road. 5' walk to Natural History Museum, V&A Museum and Science Museum, 15' walk to Hyde Park, 1' walk to the tube station.
Written December 18, 2022
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Antonio C
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
I used to live in South Ken and it was a lovely area, full of English and continental charm. We visited last Sunday. Streets were very dirty and there were too many trumps around who made a nuisance of themselves, swearing loudly and spitting on the ground.
Written September 14, 2020
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH4,887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
South Kensington is an excellent location in London to stay while visiting. Close to large parks, right on the main Piccadilly line and full of pubs, restaurants, and things to do.

We enjoyed the walkability and the general liveliness of the area. There are a number of nice parks close-by and the Victoria and Albert is an awesome museum.
Written January 12, 2024
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Robert P
Sydney, Australia716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Spent a week in this area in early September firstly at 54 Queens Gate Hotel (see separate review) and then an Airbnb in Stanford Road. We really enjoyed the area with its stately town homes, quiet streets, convenient transport options, pubs & restaurants. A little more expensive than our normal haunts but worth the upgrade. Especially good area to stay if you enjoy museums.
Written September 21, 2022
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JerseyBeanFamily
Rotherham, United Kingdom1,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
Thought I'd post this up as I didn't know about this and only found it by accident. Goes right from the South Kensington Underground station all the way up to close to Royal Albert Hall with steps out of it at the National History Museum, Science Museum and Royal Institute.

It's nice and big and wide so even when busy it's easy to use.
Written November 20, 2014
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
South Kensington is a very affluent district in West London, just south of Hyde Park. It's home to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Imperial College and many many foreign embassies. The area is very popular with the tourists and there man fine cafes and restaurants choose from.

Just outside one of the exits of South Kensington Station is a Lamborghini car showroom. That alone is worth the trip!

It's also quite nice just walking a bit off the tourist part of South Kensington to see some many fine mansion houses.
Written May 11, 2019
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barcaranger
Andorra la Vella, Andorra2,491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Fine shops, great restaurants and of course the greatest museums in the world. It is one of the best areas to stay in London with children as it’s not just shops but has green space and things to do. Best museum for kids has to be between the Science Museum and my personal favourite the Natural History Museum
Written November 15, 2018
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Samir S
Bristol, UK352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
First off, I have to admit my bias, as I work in the area. This said, it has to be one of the most vibrant urban areas in the world. The whole area was developed using the profits from the Great Exhibition of 1851, a brainchild of Prince Albert, who had a vision to build a lasting testament to national achievements in science, education and the arts, and a new neighbourhood - South Kensington - was born. As a testament to Queen Victoria's beloved consort, the cultural quarter still bears the alternative name 'Albertopolis'. Alongside the great museums, Imperial College and the Royal Albert Hall, there are smaller institutions to visit, which are every bit as interesting - from the Royal Geographical Society to the Goethe Institute, from the Serpentine Gallery to the Royal College of Art and Music. You need several days to see everything, and it is a shame that more Londoners do not take advantage of what is right on their doorstep. One small warning - most of the restaurants and cafes are located close to South Kensington tube station - there is precious little at the other end of Exhibition Road, so bring your own picnic or buy something along the way if you want to eat al fresco in Hyde Park.
Written January 21, 2013
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sheepygold
london5,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
I have been coming here longer than I care to remember for the museums which are of course great however there is a lot more to see. There are lots of great cafes and shops, fantastic buildings and lovely quiet garden squares. I would recommend exploring the interesting mews behind Brommpton Oratory, walking through Imperial College, seeing if there are exhibitions / talks on at the Royal Geographical Society. Don't forget the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial, have a walk in Hyde Park and look at the Princess Diana memorial. Try heading West down Pelham Street from South Ken Station to look at the Bibendum building (Conran Shop) and the shops nearby on Walton Street and Fulham Road and from there head around the back streets to Sloane Square and / or the Kings Road - maybe walk down to the Chelsea Physic Garden and the River Thames which is only 20 minutes walk away from South Ken Station. Don't forget the Victorian Tunnel to the museums and try to spot the bomb shrapnel damage from WW2 on the West side of the V&A.

The only bad thing about this place is the shared roads around South Ken Station. You can find yourself wandering around in front of cars without realising.
Written October 10, 2014
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PeGeOslo
Oslo, Norway23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Why go where everybody elses go. Drop the Oxford street and explore London mini posh area around South Kensington station. I always start my visit to London buying an OysterCard. Easy and cheaper to get around London city.
Close to South Kensington station is among many fantastic museums Albert And Victoria Museum open daily 10-17: 45 and Fridays 10-22. From the station area walk to the corner of Fulham Road and Pelham Street.

There you will find the Michelin tire company old headquarters. With detail like windows with maps of French cities. Today the building is turned into Bibendum restaurant at the upper floor and Bibendum oyster bar at the ground floor . Note the floor is laid with slight slope down. The wheels were made and adapted to be rolled out to the garage and out to the petrol station ahead. Today a sidewalk cafe under roof with proper good food and goog service. Notice details on the floor slogan "Nunc est Bibendum" its time to drink. . Next door you will find the Conran shop. One of England's most important and famous designer. A really great giftshop as well as for furniture among other things. The area is a little up scale but has many good and great cafes and eateries. I like Heart of chelsea and South Kensington because its less crowded and Nice area to walk around.
Closer to Sloan square you will find shopping street kings road. A treasure with a good variety of shops and more. Every Saturday there is a market with plenty offers of streetfood and drinks. Street Music puts you in a good mood. why que in Oxford street?
Written April 25, 2016
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