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Top 10 Things to Do in Kensington

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This post is a list of the top 10 things to do and see in the Kensington area of London.

The list includes shopping, a park, a pub, a palace, a pet cemetery, a Peter Pan statue, as well as museums, a botanical garden, and a music hall.

Let's get to it!

1 – Shop at Harrods

The king of luxury stores, Harrods is a London institution that has been around for decades.

Whether you actually make a purchase or not, it is worth exploring floor after floor of amazing items, or even just a nip into the outstanding food halls.

 

 

If you’re looking for an interesting place to sit and have a coffee, Harrods has you covered with over a dozen different dining options!

[87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL – Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge]

2 – Visit the Albert Memorial

Commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorated her beloved deceased husband, Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial stands majestically inside Kensington Gardens.

 

Self-guided Hyde Park and Kensington tour Albert Memorial

 

Surrounded by sculptures depicting Victorian arts and sciences, as well as representations of all four corners of the world, the Albert Memorial is a stunning piece of art.

[Kensington Gardens – Nearest Tube: South Kensington]

3 – Meet Peter Pan

A beloved literary character the world over, Peter Pan is the creation of the author J. M. Barrie.

 

Peter Pan Kensington London

 

Peter Pan was brought to life in Kensington Gardens in 1912 and features Pan himself along with fairies and animals, symbolising his lost boys – and Tink, of course.

A whimsical statue and a definite must-visit for Peter Pan fans!

[Kensington Gardens – Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate]

4 – See an Animal Cemetery

Hidden away in the northwest corner of Hyde Park, the Pet Cemetery came into creation in the 19th-century when local residents began burying their deceased pets in a plot here.

 

Pet Cemetery Hyde Park

 

Eventually, a dog owned by the wife of the Duke of Cambridge named Prince was buried here in 1882, setting a huge precedent to make this the final resting place of many pets.

Although now no longer interring pets here, the cemetery is still a popular curiosity for visitors to take a peek at.

[Hyde Park – Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate]

5 – Explore Portobello Market

Perhaps the most famous of London’s markets, Portobello is a jam-packed daily event.

 

Portobello Antiques Market in London

 

On the weekends, Portobello really shines with store after store of antiques and jewelry, as well as food stalls featuring cuisine from all over the world.

There’s no better place to find a hidden treasure so make sure you take the time to explore every nook and cranny!

[Portobello Road – Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate or Notting Hill Gate]

6 – Go to ‘Kate and Wills’’ House

Residing in Apartment 1A, William and Catherine Middleton live here at Kensington Palace, along with their children.

Kensington Palace was also the home of William’s mother, Diana, until the time of her death in 1997.

 

Kensington Palace

 

Run today by Historic Royal Palaces, visitors can purchase tickets to explore the Palace.

And although the rooms of Apartment 1A are not open to the public, you never know who you may bump into as you explore the Palace and its’ grounds!

[Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX – Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington]

7 – Enjoy Free Museums

London is the home of top world-class FREE museums!

And three of the best ones are located adjacent to one another in Kensington: The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

 

Self-guided Hyde Park and Kensington tour Victoria and Albert Museum

 

From dinosaur fossils to hands-on exhibitions to statues from around the world and a dazzling array of gemstones, these museums can keep anybody interested for days at a time!

[Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL – Nearest Tube: South Kensington]

8 – Listen to a Concert at the Royal College of Music

An established organisation, the Royal College of Music provides training in all levels and all aspects of Western classical music.

 

Royal College of Music

 

With so many talented people at a single location, it makes sense that the College would set concerts throughout the year.

But what might come as a surprise is that many of these concerts are FREE to attend!

[Prince Consort Road, SW7 2BS – Nearest Tube: South Kensington]

9 – Get Green in Chelsea

The second-oldest botanical garden in England, the Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673.

Now containing rock gardens, alpine plants, and olive trees to fruit – the garden is inch after inch absolutely packed with gorgeous plants, trees, and flowers.

The grandest garden in Kensington, it’s a must-visit for green thumbs the world over.

[66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS – Nearest Tube: Sloane Square]

10 – Visit tour guide Margaret’s Favourite Pub!

The Churchill Arms is a proper west London boozer.

 

The Churchill Arms

 

Cozy and dark with roaring fires in the winter, surrounded by beautiful plants with welcoming open doors in the summer, the Churchill Arms is just far enough off the main roads to make it a local-secret.

The best of all is that hidden in the back of the pub is one of the best (kept secret) Thai restaurants in London! Shh…

[119 Kensington Church Street, W8 7LN – Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate]

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About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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