South Kensington Area Guide

Brief history to South Kensington

South Kensington is a stunning area of Central and West London, with plenty of green space, pretty period properties and beautiful garden squares. It has a very diverse population, Americans, residents from the Arab Emirates and a lovely French influence. The French Consulate is housed in South Kensington and the Lycee Fracais Charles de Gaulle School is also found here.

Once an agricultural area providing fruit and vegetables to the people of London, South Kensington faced radical change in the 1800s. Organised by Prince Albert and Henry Cole the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park was designed to showcase international and nationally manufactured goods for the very first time. It proved so popular it went on to inspire the development of an 87 acre area to create a unique area dedicated to the arts and sciences.  This became home to what we now call the capitals museum quarter and includes the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert.

London was experiencing an incredible property boom with many areas previously rural being developed for residential and commercial use. The area was made wholly accessible with the arrival of the underground at Gloucester Road and South Kensington in 1868 linking the financial and business heart of the city to its new residential suburbs.

South Kensington is now home to a wide choice of 'free' museums, the Natural History Museum, the Science museum and the Victoria & Albert are all within minutes walking distance of each other. The beautiful royal parks of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and the beautiful unique garden squares renowned in the area makes this part of Central and West London a really desirable area in which to reside.

Types of Property in South Kensington

South Kensington is packed with gorgeous period properties, stucco fronted houses and mansions, many of which have been lovingly converted into luxury apartments for contemporary lifestyles. Exceptional studio flats, detached houses, quaint terraced mews and private garden squares all form this unique region of Central and West London. The area has been described as being the most attractive in all of London with its beautiful residential streets and tree lined private roads.

Average rental prices

South Kensington is a highly sought after area and this is reflective in the cost of renting, a studio apartment you will expect to pay in the region of £273.00. For a one bedroom property you will expect to pay in the region of £636.00 per week and a two bedroom in the region of £974.50 per week.

Council Tax Banding in the area ranges from A – £711.19 to H – £2,133.58. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in South Kensington

This unique part of Central and West London is both sophisticated and cosmopolitan. It is highly popular with foreign nationals, financial city workers, professionals and families. The open green spaces, quiet village feel, excellent schools and amenities make it a truly beautiful and comfortable place in which to reside.

South Kensington has had a wealth of famous faces living within its boundaries, Sir J.M Barrie (1860-1937) the author of Peter Pan. Beatrix Potter renowned for her gorgeous Peter Rabbit children's books and incredible illustrations. Contemporary artist Adele is a resident and the Beckham's too have a house in South Kensington.

What to do in South Kensington

No other area can offer you such a diverse range of cultural activities, green spaces, the finest of dining experiences and incredible shopping arenas. High Street Kensington is home to big stores such as Urban Outfitters, Oliver Bono's and the excellent Whole Foods Market. Coexisting alongside the high street brands are vintage clothing stores, boutiques and independent traders.

Free museums can be found at the Victoria and Albert showcasing design from the past 3000 years. Ceramics, furniture, fashion, sculpture, textiles and paintings can be found in abundance for those with an artistic flair. The Science Museum is a truly fun and enlightening day out for the whole family. Stroll through the Interactive Garden and visit the famous Launchpad Gallery. The Natural History Museum is home to a giant T-Rex and if he doesn't get the heart racing enough, experience an earthquake in the Power Within Zone.

The amazing Royal Parks of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park offers incredible green space, entertainment and sporting activities. Kensington Palace is now open to the public, the official London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Visit Queen Victoria's bedroom and have afternoon tea in the Orangery.

The Roof Gardens is the ultimate experience in luxury fine dining and has an award winning restaurant. Private members club Babylon is located in this unique area and is home to a series of themed gardens. Enjoy an afternoon walk and don't miss meeting the guests of honour, The River Gardens are home to four resident flamingos.

Transport

South Kensington is perfectly situated for links to the heart of the financial and business areas. The M4 and M40 are easily accessed and links to the M25.

Underground stations can be found at South Kensington, Earls Court and Gloucester Road.

There are excellent bus links to and from the area.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

For the schools with the highest recommendations on a primary level St Philips School in Weatherby Place and Glendower Preparatory School both hold excellent Ofsted Reports. At secondary level education the Chelsea Academy and the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle both have fantastic Ofsted reports.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.