Glossy Kensington has much to offer as one of the most elegant areas in London. Best known for Kensington Palace or the Royal Albert Hall, it also offers an amazing number of hidden mews and beautiful houses. It is the perfect place to traipse around if you want to get some house envy!
It doesn’t even matter what time of year you pick to frolic around Kensington. The beautiful exteriors look pretty in the sunshine and equally as stunning with the cascading wisteria.
Sometimes on a walk through Kensington it is difficult to find the real treasures and the ‘best of the best’ streets. Have no fear, there is a Tramble for that! But if it isn’t your thing… our favourite streets to kick you off are:
If you get the chance have a look around the Kensington Palace Gardens too. The Orangery and pretty flowers make this a must do stop.
Once you have browsed the gardens why not walk down to South Kensington and potter around some of the museums. Make sure you check out the V&A Museum (Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2RL | Website) and the Natural History Museum (Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD | Website) for the well-known sites. However for something off-key head to The Clockmakers’ Museum (Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD | Website).
After the Strand-on-the-Green the Thames Path becomes a little disappointing, so we would quickly head for Chiswick Park. The Park itself if amazing to walk around. See the Italian Gardens, the stunning conservatory and then walk the grounds closer to Chiswick House itself.
One of the quirks we love most about Notting Hill and this area of West London is the pavement poetry dotted around. Start at the Coronet for the first piece.
Our Tramble will take you to several pieces of pavement poetry but, if you want to see them all, follow this guide.
Walk down Holland Park Avenue and turn into the exquisite Holland Park. First walk straight towards the Dutch Garden, which has plenty of sculptures to look at. Next head around the cafe to Holland Park House before finding the tranquil Kyoto Garden.
The Kyoto Garden has to be one of our favourite spots for some reflection in London and is a must visit for all.
The Kyoto Garden The Turning Horns in Holland Park
Once you have spent some time in Holland Park get back to Notting Hill Gate and walk one of the most famous streets in the area. It boasts to be one of the largest antique markets in the world and has plenty of treasures and nik-naks to feast your eyes on.
Portobello Road Market on a Saturday
Walk to the end of Portobello Road and find Lancaster Road for a taste of the colourful houses Notting Hill is famous for.
Just off Lancaster Road you will find the quirky Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging. You’ll find plenty of oddities, campaigns from yesteryear and retro design, all under one roof for under a tenner.
Museum of Brands | Ladbroke Grove | £9
Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging
At the western end of one of the District Lines is the wonderful Richmond. Set upon the Thames it is an idyllic spot to enjoy a day in London. Added to that Richmond Park is a short walk away meaning everything is covered to make the most of the day.
We have several Trambles in the area. This post focusses on the one that takes in the best spots in the town and along the riverside.
One of the best spots to sit with a picnic is on Richmond Green, especially in the summer. With The Cricketers (The Green, Richmond TW9 1LX | 020 8940 4372 | Website) and The Princes Head (28 The Green, Richmond TW9 1LX | 020 8940 1572 | Website) located nearby it is a great spot for a beer too.
Richmond Green – Jim Linwood
Across the Green is Richmond Palace, a royal residence that stood in the 16th and 17th centuries. Peer at the fine architecture or read some of the history.
Richmond Palace – Matt Brown
The walk really comes alive once you weave your way down to the riverside. Beautiful views across the Thames, boats and canoes streaming past, it is an amazing setting.
Heron on the Thames Richmond Riverside
It is a great chance to stop, grab a drink and watch the world go by. We recommend The White Cross (Riverside, Richmond TW9 1TH | 020 8940 6844 | Website) with it’s large terrace or the more humble Tide Tables Cafe (2 The Arches, Richmond TW9 1TH | 020 8948 8285 | Website) which can be found under the first bridge you come to. A little further along is Stein’s (Towpath, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UX | 020 8948 8189 | Website) Richmond’s very own Bavarian bar and restaurant.