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Destination guide

Enjoy a refined holiday from a Kensington apartment

Kensington is a well-to-do district just west of central London. You can stroll down Kensington High Street to shop at boutique shops or drink tea at a cafe. When you tour the Victoria & Albert Museum, you'll notice art collections and ceramics that span thousands of years. The museum also hosts programmes that promote the arts. Kensington Palace, the current residence of Prince William and his family, displays exhibits on the royal estate's history, including dresses worn by Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. Many B&Bs near London include a master bedroom with comfortable beds and an adjoining bathroom with a shower.

 
History

Historic attractions near Kensington holiday homes

Kensington is steeped in intriguing history that’s showcased in various heritage sites throughout the area. Holiday homes are available near locations like the St Mary Abbots Church, a 19th-century building with beautiful artwork and architecture, and the Clockmakers’ Museum, a showcase of historic clocks, watches and sundials. You could also explore the Natural History Museum, a research centre and museum with artefacts of global natural history, or the Harrington Gardens, a street with a communal garden and several historic buildings.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Kensington

Are you looking for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Kensington a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • London Dungeon (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Stamford Bridge Stadium (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • BT Tower (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • ZSL London Zoo (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Sea Life London Aquarium (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Coca-Cola London Eye (3.1 mi / 5.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Kensington

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Kensington is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sky Garden (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • South Park (13 mi / 20.9 km)
  • Kensington Gardens (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Hyde Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Battersea Park (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
  • St. James Park (2.5 mi / 3.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Kensington

The nearest airport is in London (LCY-London City), located 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is London West Brompton Station. You can get around Kensington by jumping on the metro at High Street Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Underground Station or Earl's Court Station.

How to get around

Transport to your Kensington holiday rental

London has an extensive transport system, making it easy to get to and from your holiday rental in Kensington. You can choose car hire if you prefer having the flexibility of your own transport, but most travellers prefer to use underground stations or buses to get around. Taxis are available throughout the area as well. Depending on where you choose to sightsee, you may be able to cycle or walk between destinations or to get to many of the more popular attractions in Kensington and London.

Food & drink 

Try local cuisine near your Kensington holiday rental

Kensington and the surrounding London area have cosy pubs, trendy restaurants and contemporary eateries that offer dishes with an array of multicultural influences and traditional English fare. You can find nearly any ethnic cuisine you choose, but if you want the true British culinary experience, try fish and chips in a local pub or pie and mash – complete with stewed eel – in a high-end restaurant. You could also start your day with a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms and black pudding, which is a mixture of dried pig’s blood and fat. Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and shepherd’s pie are some other traditional English dishes you can experience in one of the eateries, pubs or restaurants near your holiday rental.

How many holiday rentals are available around Kensington?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,629 holiday lettings around Kensington. From 2,905 flats & apartments to 579 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kensington?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kensington:

  • City of Westminster: 4,146 holiday homes
  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets: 1,274 holiday homes
  • London Borough of Southwark: 3,343 holiday homes
  • London Borough of Lambeth: 6,460 holiday homes
  • London Borough of Islington: 6,243 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kensington?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Kensington. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Kensington Church Street: 11,100 holiday lettings
  • Baden-Powell House: 11,129 holiday lettings
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: 8,896 holiday lettings
  • Wembley Central Station: 10,934 holiday lettings
  • London Mansion House: 10,704 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Kensington listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Kensington?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 2,905 Flats in Kensington. Our other popular types of Kensington holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 579 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 2,969 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 2 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Kensington?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 20 holiday homes with pool available in Kensington. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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