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.
mews and beautiful streets
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:
- Eden Close is a real classic mews that leads one to the equally stunning Adam and Eve Mews.
- Kynance Mews is a real gem. It has to be one of the prettiest streets in London.
- If you like colour then try exploring the houses on Blithfield Street.
food stops and coffee
Our best recommendation for cafes in the Kensington Area would be Kensington Church Street or heading towards South Kensington Tube Station.
Kensington Church street runs parallel to Kensington Gardens towards Notting Hill. It is a curious street with pubs, places to eat and plenty on antique shops. We love Ffiona's (51 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 4BA | Website) for a traditional and cosy place to eat. Back on the High Street we would recommend Cafe Tarte (270 Kensington High Street, London W8 6ND | Website) for something a bit lighter.
Towards South Kensington there are plenty more options, all conveniently placed near to the tube station. Our favourite two places for light bites and coffee would have to be Fernandez & Wells (8 Exhibition Road, SW7 2HF | Website) and Gail's Bakery (45 Thurloe St, Kensington, London SW7 2LQ | Website).
kensington gardens and the museums
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).
pubs and into the night
There are several spots we would recommend dotted around the Kensington area, or several Arms for that matter.
The Churchill Arms (119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN | Website) is a must, even if you don't stop for a drink. The exterior is iconic in itself and will bring a smile to your face.
The Builder's Arms (13 Britten Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3TY | Website) is a cosy choice that we have always enjoyed, even though it falls within Chelsea rather than Kensington.
The Queen's Arms (30 Queen's Gate Mews, Kensington, London SW7 5QL | Website) is a real gem and our favourite choice of the lot. Tucked away in a small mews near the Royal Albert Hall you'll find the perfect spot for a drink and a date. If you are following a Tramble we would heartily recommend ending your day here.
The one other place to mention is The Roof Gardens (99 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA | Website). Even if the glitzy evening drinks aren't really your thing you can pop in during the day to walk around the gardens and enjoy a cocktail on the terrace. It is a stunning spot so make sure you add it into your day.