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118 Kensington Church Street
Kensington
Greater London
W8 4BH

Why move to Kensington?

Kensington: the name basically says it all. Long-established as the home of the rich and famous with all the amenities that entails, why wouldn't you want to live there? Our affluent residents hail from all over the world, making it something of a global village. Plus Hyde Park is right on our doorstep, and London's West End just minutes away by tube.

Some things to love about living in Kensington

The Thai food at the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street. The best Pad Thai in London.

Holland Park. It's got everything: fields, woods, a Japanese garden, the romanic ruins of Holland House, formal gardens, an Orangery, giant chess set, peacocks, great playgrounds and a youth hostel. Amazingly, the park was privately owned by the 6th Earl of Ilchester until 1952!

Equinox Gym on Kensington High Street. The most luxurious way to get fit.

Kensington Church Walk. A charming walkway from Kensington High Street through the churchyard up to Holland Street. There is sweet parade of tiny shops and a quiet little park with seating (good if you're suffering from shopping overload!). It was originally a cartway aparently.

The Scarsdale Arms in Edwardes Square. Friendly pub overlooking a beautiful garden square.

A little bit of history

Kensington is a rather grand old royal borough, largely due to Queen Victoria. At the time of her birth in 1819 it had 12,000 inhabitants; by the time of her death in 1901 the number had multiplied to over 176,000. In the interim period, beautiful, wide tree-lined streets and garden squares sprung up alongside the area's two parks: Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.

Need to know

No one leaves Kensington willingly. Some retire to the country; others relocate to find more space for a growing family. But everyone would rather stay.

Shopping

Kensington has every shop you could ever need, and more. Our favourite grocers are Manicou Bros on Carendon Road, as well as Chegworth Farm Shop and Whole Foods on Kensington Church Street, which is also home to a great many high street clothes shops. Huntsworth Wine Company and Roberson Wine ' also on Kensington Church Street ' are ideal for anyone with a nose for wine. For minor ailments, the staff at Calder Chemist on Notting Hill Gate are really very helpful. Plus Westfield Shopping Centre is just minutes away. And of course we can't forget the famous Portobello Road Markets, or the Newcombe Road Farmers' Market, which takes place every Saturday from 9am till 1pm.

KENSINGTON: THE NAME BASICALLY SAYS IT ALL. LONG-ESTABLISHED AS THE HOME OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS WITH ALL THE AMENITIES THAT ENTAILS, WHY WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO LIVE THERE?

Transport

By Tube:

Kensington High Street is on the District and Circle lines, Notting Hill Gate is on the District, Circle and Central lines and Holland Park is on the Central line.

By Bus:

Kensington has plenty of buses taking you pretty much anywhere you'd want to go, including Victoria, Paddington and South Kensington centrally, but there are other services taking you both north and south.

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