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Collectively home to some of the best shopping spots in London, one of the most famous arts centres and packed with top historic and cultural sights, Kensington and Earls Court are must-see destinations in the capital.
Typically upmarket and packed with great restaurants, bars and cultural venues, Kensington and Earls Court are gorgeous places for a luxurious break.
Kensington High Street is at the heart of the area, lined with upmarket boutiques and eateries, while South Kensington is packed with museums and borders onto Earls Court. Historically a poor relation to its wealthier neighbours of Kensington and Chelsea, today Earls Court is seeing property prices hit the roof as people flock to the area. It’s also home to one of the major arts centre’s in the UK, Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
Kensington is a lovely, leafy area making it a great place to wander through the streets, grabbing a drink in one of the local bars or a café and watching the world go by.
Up in the north, you’ll find Kensington Gardens, also the setting for Kensington Palace. Both are definitely worth a visit. You can discover the State Rooms in the palace, while a stroll through the gardens is a memorable experience at any time of the year.
Kensington Gardens also houses the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery, but for more cultural hotspots head down to South Kensington where you’ll find the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music among other venues.
Other interesting ways to spend your days include a visit to Holland Park, a smaller space than Kensington Gardens, but beautiful and tranquil. The stunning Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street, or the breathtakingly preserved Victorian house, 18 Stafford Terrace, originally home to the Sambourne family.
When it comes to dining out around Kensington you’ll have lots of eateries to choose from, whether you’re looking for a well-known café or something slightly special. To give you some inspiration, Mimino Georgian Restaurant is a popular place for Russian food, and the Papaya Tree specialises in Thai cuisine. They’re both set on Kensington High Street. Towards Earls Court in South Kensington, Vini Italiani is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, and El Gaucho is an Argentinian restaurant.
If you’re starting to research Kensington and Earls Court hotels, make sure to have a good look around. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets, from the more upmarket places like the Royal Garden Hotel and The Kensington Hotel, to affordable accommodation at the Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington and the Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum.