Kensington is home to several of the capital’s most iconic (and free!) museums including the Natural History Museum, as well as two expansive royal parks and so many shops, restaurants, and bars you’ll be spoilt for choice! Make the most of your time in Kensington and inject a little culture into your trip, visiting these attractions between brunches, lunches, and drinks in the swishest local spots. Here are the ten best things to see and do in Kensington:
No stay in Kensington would be complete without a visit the Natural History Museum. Situated in South Kensington, the NHM is a world-class attraction and perhaps one of the best of its kind in the world. It’s free to enter, and with an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibits, you’ll have reason to return time and time again.
The Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design, with a permanent collection of over two million objects, up to 5,000 years old! Visit the free attraction while you’re in Kensington and explore architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, and much more.
The Science Museum, in South Kensington, is home to a world-class collection which records scientific, technological, and medical advancement. The museum is great for kids and adults alike, and because it’s free to enter, you can spend as much or as little time there as you like without feeling guilty.
The London Oratory, also known as Brompton Oratory, is a towering neo-classical church. The Oratory is Grade II listed, and an impressive sight to see while you’re in Kensington. Nip inside, if you can, and explore the exuberant interiors of the church.
Kensington Gardens is brimming with monuments and things to see, as well as plenty of beautifully kept green space to explore. The park is free to visit and is the perfect backdrop for a stroll at any time of year.
Visit the place where Queen Victoria was born and raised. Kensington Palace is a royal home nestled in beautiful Kensington Gardens. It’s hard to miss while you’re exploring the park, and well worth the ticket price for a couple of hours inside!
Tucked inside Kensington Gardens, the Albert Memorial is one of the city’s most intricate monuments, commemorating the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Don’t miss the memorial while you’re in Kensington, it won’t take long to stroll around and snap a picture with the impressive tower.
Grade II listed 18 Stafford Terrace was once the home of cartoonist Edward Linley and his family and is open to the public as a museum today. A rare example of ‘house beautiful’ interior style, the museums is worth visiting whether you’re into design, history, or just looking for something interesting to do in Kensington!
Spanning from Kensington on its westside to Mayfair on its eastside, Hyde Park is one of the most prominent parks in London. The Grade I listed greenspace is a great place to relax and take a break from the city.
Kensington High Street is the main shopping street in the borough, featuring a range of brand name stores, several cafés and restaurants, as well as fashionable high-end retailers. Whether you’re shopping or not, it’s worth a stroll along the high street to soak in the local vibe.
Searching for the perfect hotel in Kensington? The ibis Styles London Gloucester Road is centrally located in the heart of the borough within easy reach of the rest of the city. The hotel’s décor is subtly inspired by the iconic London Underground, so you can enjoy a truly atmospheric stay. Book a room with a terrace for an extra-memorable trip!