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  • Kensington, located within the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, is one of the most exclusive areas in London. This fashionable district is particularly popular with wealthy professionals and families, thanks largely to its central location and close proximity to the city centre.

    Surrounded by some of the most beautiful buildings and residential streets in London, Kensington is one of the most attractive places to live and work in the capital.

    The main postcode in Kensington is W8.

  • Running through the heart of the area is Kensington High Street, easily one of the most popular shopping streets in London. It features a wide selection of shops, including many designer boutiques, high-street chains and antique dealers.

    More shopping facilities are available in South Kensington, particularly at the southern end of Exhibition Road, Sloane Avenue and Fulham Road.

    The choices of places to eat and drink in Kensington are endless, with hundreds of stylish bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from,including Kensington Roof Gardens high above Kensington High Street.

    Kensington property prices are among the most expensive in London, reflecting insatiable demand to live in the area.

    There is a real mix of property and architecture types in Kensington, from spacious Victorian terraced houses to mansion apartment blocks. Many homes in Kensington date back to the Victorian and Georgian era.

    Some of the grandest homes can be found just off Kensington High Street. Houses are in short supply, but an attractive group of Victorian terraces can be found on Camden Hill Square, and its surrounding streets.

    Homes located closer to Kensington Gardens and Holland Park, dominated by converted apartments, generally tend to command a premium.

    Kensington has superb public transport links, making it the most convenient way to get about town.

    In addition to 24-hour buses and taxis operating in the area, Kensington features a good selection of tube stations.

    High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations are all served by the Central and District Lines, while the Piccadilly Line also operates via the latter two stations. All three stations are in Zone 1.

    This area guide is intended to give a general overview of the area, whilst the information contained is believed to be accurate at the time of publication no responsibility is accepted for any errors or subsequent alterations.

    Notting Hill Gate    Zones 1 & 2
    District
    Central
    Circle
    (0.13 miles)

    Queensway    Zone 1
    Central
    (0.36 miles)

    Bayswater    Zone 1
    District
    Circle
    (0.41 miles)

    Holland Park    Zone 2
    Central
    (0.48 miles)

  • There are plenty of vast green, open spaces in and around Kensington including Kensington Palace and gardens which borders Hyde Park, along with Holland Park.

    There are a number of cultural attractions in nearby South Kensington, including the capital’s greatest museums. Exhibition Road holds some of the world's finest institutions, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal Albert Hall - all within walking distance of each other.

    Kensington, which first originated from Saxon settlements and has a history that dates back to the Domesday Book, has long been popular with royals. Royalty first moved into the area in 1689 when William III moved into Kensington Palace. Kensington and Chelsea became a ‘Royal Borough’ in 1901, at Queen Victoria's request.

    Neighbouring South Kensington is today home to the arts and sciences, following The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851.

    The annual rate of council tax in Kensington varies, and is dependant on a property's valuation band. The valuation band is determined by the value of the property and the current rates for the local council.

    Council Tax in Kensington is levied by Kensington and Chelsea local authority

    Band 2013 2012 rise/fall
    Band A £714.43 £717.15 -0.38 %
    Band B £833.51 £836.67 -0.38 %
    Band C £952.57 £956.2 -0.38 %
    Band D £1071.65 £1075.72 -0.38 %
    Band E £1309.79 £1314.77 -0.38 %
    Band F £1547.94 £1553.82 -0.38 %
    Band G £1786.08 £1792.87 -0.38 %
    Band H £2143.3 £2151.44 -0.38 %
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    Hallfield Clinic
    Pickering House
    Hallfield Estate
    London W2 6HF
    Primary care Trust Sites

    0.66 miles
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    Scarsdale Place Medical Centre
    2 Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SX
    Primary care Trust Sites

    0.68 miles
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    East Sector Memory Service'S
    42 Westbourne Park Road
    London W2 5PH
    NHS Trust Sites

    0.73 miles
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    Colville Health Centre
    51 Kensington Park Road
    London W11 1PA
    NHS Trust Sites

    0.73 miles
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    Colville Health Centre
    51 Kensington Park Road
    London W11 1PA
    Primary care Trust Sites

    0.73 miles
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    Colville Health Centre
    51 Kensington Park Road
    London W11 1PA
    Independent Sector Healthcare Provider Sites

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