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Kensington / South Kensington - The highlights

Kensington / South Kensington - The highlights

Best-in-class properties, prized addresses and a dynamic cultural offering.

Especially popular and known for its museums as well as its heightened French contingent, South Kensington SW7 maintains its reputation as one of the most prestigious postcodes in London. It is for this very reason BARNES London established its first UK office and Concept Store in the heart of the district, in a highly visible and large corner position on Queen’s Gate and Old Brompton Road.

Known for its beautifully preserved garden squares and immaculate tree-lined streets, white stucco fronted terrace houses and period red brick mansion blocks, South Kensington shows off its grand and attractive properties in all the traditional period styles.

Exhibition Road connects South Kensington to Hyde Park via a pedestrianised route with al-fresco dining restaurants and a selection of London’s most famous cultural landmarks – the Victoria & Albert, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, the Serpentine Gallery as well as The Royal Albert Hall. Whilst the streets are laced with history, the educational offering here is high too. Imperial College, Royal College of Music, Royal College of Art and the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle are at your doorstep, together with the French Embassy and French Cultural Institute.

Along with providing the best-in-class for all the architectural styles, Kensington W8 also has an especially acute offering of Mews Houses due to its immediate proximity to Hyde Park. Positioned among a further two green spaces, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park, and another two museums Leighton House and the relocated Design Museum, Kensington is an as equally desirable address as South Kensington yet fractionally less touristy. Kensington Church Street links High Street Kensington up to Notting Hill with Kensington Palace Gardens running vertically adjacent to it – dubbed London’s most expensive road for its standalone mansion houses and large embassy residences. There is a multitude of award-winning restaurants and bars dotted around locally.

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