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The local area guide to living in Kensington: The Local Area Guide

Kensington has long been a postcode to revere. From local artists, to international business tycoons, to a-list celebrities, if you have cash to spare by the millions and want to rub shoulders with the truly well-heeled, Kensington is the only place to be when it comes to the London property market. The smallest of London’s 32 boroughs, Kensington still has the biggest reputation on a national and even global scale.

Home to world-famous museums, national papers and international music labels, Kensington earns its place in the “Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea” as the home of the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, and of course, Kensington Palace. Official London home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, these exclusive neighbours make getting a foot on the property ladder in Kensington no easy task – you’ll be needing a budget of more than six times the national average. The most densely populated borough in London, Kensington’s residential streets may look like they don’t have space on the surface, but these houses are often full of surprises. Many buildings in the borough are listed and cannot be extended upwards – how to solve such an issue? Basement extensions, of course. Far from the standard basement of the common man, these extensions of the super-rich can add up to three subterranean storeys to a home, imperceptible at street level.

The neighbourhood of West Kensington should not be confused as being part of Kensington itself, falling under the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and not Royal Kensington and Chelsea.

Information about local residents

Kensington is home to a little under 159,000 residents, the highest proportion of which are aged between 30 – 44. Popular as the London bolt-hole of many international families, less than 40% of the local residents of Kensington identify as “White British” and many of the homes within the borough are not used as the primary property of their owners – in fact, 20% of households in the borough do not count English as their main language. One exception is the French community, which has long made a permanent home in the borough.

Nearby schools

The local schools are of a predictably high standard with primary schools including Fox primary, Thomas Jones Primary, Bevington Primary and Barlby Primary, all ranked highly by Ofsted, with correspondingly high competition for entry.

Secondary schools include Holland Park School, St. Philp’s, Ashbourne Independent and Cadinal Vaughan Memorial, all of which can claim to have celebrities, politicians and business moguls among their alumni.

Getting around

The Circle, District and Piccadilly lines of the London underground all serve the borough from the three Zone 1 stations of High Street Kensington, South Kensington and Gloucester Road. A wide network of buses including 24 hour running routes of 10, 27 and 52 go to the nearby areas of Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, White City and Hammersmith, while further-afield destinations of Clapham in South London can be reached by the 49, or Golders Green in North London by the 328 bus route.

Although Kensington itself doesn’t fall within the congestion zone, any route inwards towards the city will, combine this with the notoriously pricey (or impossible to find) parking on London streets and public transport is generally the best way to get around. For those who insist on driving into the borough, the A4 is the biggest connection between Kensington and outer London, including Heathrow airport.

Local shops

Kensington Highstreet features a range of major brands including Marks and Spencers, H&M, Zara, Topshop and American Apparel as well as several smaller businesses offering furnishings and unique luxury products. The Guru Makeup Emporium is also a well-known presence along the high-street, supplying the city’s professional make-up artists with the tools of the trade.

A wide number of cafes and restaurants line the high-street, able to cater to any budget and transport links into the city provide endless options for nightlife.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.