The area now known as Kensington was used as agricultural land supplying London with a range of fruits and vegetables until development began in the mid 19th century, when following the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, the South Kensington museums were founded. Built under the direct inspiration of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, these museums paved the way for wider development in the area which soon spread to land adjacent to Kensington as landowners made the most of the new roads that had been built.
South Kensington has some of London’s finest architecture, not only belonging to the museums, but also in the residential properties in the area. There are gracious terraces and squares of Victorian stuccoed houses, many with their own private gardens where access is granted only to residents.
From the small mews houses with cobbled streets and the Victorian properties divided into flats, to the new build apartments, South Kensington offers a fascinating combination of fashionable modern London life and stately, grandiloquent Victorian architecture.
Located in the central zone of London’s public transport network, Kensington benefits from easy access to all other areas of the city. There are three tube stations in the local area providing links for the District, Circle and Picadilly Lines. These train links connect Kensington to the West End in about 10 minutes, and in the other direction to Heathrow Airport in about 40 minutes.