South Kensington Updated: 4 months ago

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South Kensington is a prestigious district in London known for its world-class museums, i.e. Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums. Close to the museums is the world-famous Royal Albert Hall, with performances from classical music to rock concerts all year round.

Each of the museums attracts over five million visitors per year. They offer free entry for their permanent collections, and there are specific exhibitions where a ticket is needed.

In addition to the museums, South Kensington offers other cultural institutions Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music, situated opposite the road from Royal Albert Hall. Royal Albert Hall offers a wide array of musical performances. BBC Proms is one of the year’s highlights during the summer months. There are also concerts from famous rock bands in a more intimate setting with great acoustics, which venues where bands like these usually play lack. One popular event type is film music played by the symphonic orchestra while watching the movie.

South Kensington is bordered in the north by Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. These two beautiful, adjoining parks are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. They are home to Kensington Palace, the Serpentine Galleries, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Regarding shopping and dining, there is a mix of high-end shops and smaller boutiques. There’s also a wide variety of dining options, from Michelin-starred restaurants to more casual cafés and bistros.

Getting there

South Kensington is well connected to the rest of London by tube, with its own station on the Circle, District, and Piccadilly lines.

Nearby

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are located right next to South Kensington. Knightsbridge with the Harrods department store is only 5-10 minutes walking distance away.

Nearest Stations

Gloucester Road - 4 min

District Piccadilly Circle London Underground Zone: 1

South Kensington - 8 min

District Piccadilly Circle London Underground Zone: 1

High Street Kensington - 13 min

District Circle London Underground Zone: 1

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