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Kensington is grand, it is the London you see in films, with substantial Victorian and Georgian terraced houses, this West London town is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Kensington is home to some of the city’s most desirable properties. It is charming, and home to Kensington Palace where some of the Royal family reside. There are a number of impressive mansions by Kensington Palace Garden and Holland Park.

For semi-detached and terrace houses head to Kensington High Street’s surrounding areas, families flock to this highly coveted area. Kensington Church Street offers smaller homes for couples, as does Edge Street, Peel Street and Campden Street. For prime semi-detached and terrace houses Phillimore Gardens, Argyll Road and Stafford Terrace are worthy of note.

Edwardian mansions can be found around Campden Hill Gate and Court, and Abingdon Court and Mansions. More modern developments in the area have gone up in Thorwood Gardens and Observatory Gardens. Kensington Borough was given royal status in 1901, today the average property price is nearly £3 million and the average rent stands at around £1,000 per week. 

Standard of Living in Kensington

There are some lovely parks in Kensington and the surrounding areas; there is Kensington Gardens which links with Hyde Park and Holland Park, Kensington benefits from lots of green spaces. The population of the area is affluent, with mainly middle and upper classes residing here. It is a well-populated and diverse area.

Kensington is home to some of the City’s most expensive areas and streets to live on. There is a variety of shopping and nightlife in the area, with an abundance of culture, it is home to the spectacular Royal Albert Hall and the Serpentine Gallery among other museums.

Other Living necessities in Kensington

Kensington is home to some fantastic schools; there is ‘Thomas’s’, which received ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted, Wetherby Pre-Prep, Norland Place, Pembridge Hall, Hawkesdown House and Notting Hill Prep.

For state schools St Marys Abbots CE Primary School achieved ‘good’ from Ofsted, as did Fox Primary School. For Secondary schools there is the Asbourne Independent School, Holland Park School and Duff Miller College, whom all three achieved ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted.

For shopping head to Kensington High Street, where you’ll find the majority of well-known chain stores located, it is a commercial hub. Kensington is home to a variety of parks and museums. For independent and unique shops visit Kensington Church Street, the area is home to the usual well-known supermarkets.

Kensington is home to a public library, which holds annual events such as their book bake and plant sale, there are many places of worship in Kensington covering a variety of faiths.

Places to visit near Kensington

Notting Hill is north of Kensington, where you can spend the day browsing the famous Portobello market, to the East is upper class Knightsbridge and Brompton. South of Kensington is Earl’s Court and Chelsea, to the west is Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith.

Kensington Council Tax

Kensington Council Tax is roughly £700 per year for band A, £1,000 for band D and band H is just above £2,000 per annum.