Kensington is a district of west London, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. An affluent and densely-populated area, its commercial heart is Kensington High Street and it also encompasses the well-known museum district of South Kensington.
The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops. Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea.
The detached mansions of Holland Park and the terraced and semi-detached townhouses scattered to around Kensington High Street are among the most sought-after family residencies in London, while the pretty streets, and cottagey residences off Kensington Church Street are hugely sought-after by downsizers and couples.
For ultra-prime mansions, look no further than Holland Park and Kensington Palace Gardens. First-class semi-detached and terrace townhouses can be found between Holland Park and Kensington Church Street, including Phillimore Gardens, Stafford Terrace and Argyll Road.
For those wishing to be closer to trendy Notting Hill, try Campden Hill Square or look south of the High Street to Cottesmore Gardens or Victoria Road. For smaller houses in pretty roads off Kensington Church Street, look in Peel Street, Edge Street and Campden Street.
With popular parks, museums and shops in easy reach and a crowd of competing hotels nearby, Kensington is brilliant for tourists wanting to be that little way out of the centre.
Primary Schools such as St Mary Abbots CofE Primary School, Thomas's, St Barnabas and St Philip's CofE Primary School all received “outstanding” reports by regulators Ofsted.