Area Guides

  • South Kensington, situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, is one of the most affluent and vibrantly active areas in London. Set in beautiful timeless surroundings, with some of the most attractive residential streets in the capital, South Kensington has a rich and colourful history.

    Packed full of different cultural attractions, the area has a real cosmopolitan feel to it, making it one of the most exciting places to live and work. There is a delightful blend of people residing in South Kensington, with various international communities scattered across the district making it all the more fashionable.

    The main postcodes in South Kensington are SW7, SW3 and SW5.

  • Packed full of designer shops – large and small – mainly around Sloane Avenue and Fulham Road, South Kensington is a fashionable place to shop, and rivals some of the very best retail stores on King’s Road in nearby Chelsea.

    There is also an abundance of fine antique shops and a range of high-street brand shops that sell everything from flowers to food and wine.

    There is a remarkable selection of places to eat, drink and socialise in South Kensington –cafes, tea rooms, bars, pubs, chocolatiers, delicatessens, ice cream parlours, there is something for everyone.

    Among many of the popular cafes are Miss Ellie's on Pelham Street, Bluebird Cafe on King's Road and Cafe 19 on Harrington Road.

    There are over 100 restaurants in the area serving all sorts of exquisite international cuisines.

    South Kensington is home to some of the most expensive homes in Britain. The area has a wide choice of beautiful homes on some of the most attractive residential streets and private roads in London.

    The majority of properties in South Kensington date back to the Victorian era, when there was a boom in new developments, along with the Georgian period. The area is dominated by striking period buildings, including town houses, detached houses, period conversions and mansion blocks. But there are not many high-rise residential apartment buildings.

    South Kensington has excellent public transport links, making it the easiest and affordable way to get around the area.

    The local tube stations are South Kensington, served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines, and Sloane Square, served by the Circle and District lines. Both tube stations are located in Zone 1.

    There are various bus routes running through South Kensington, including many 24-hour hour buses.

    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.

    Gloucester Road    Zone 1
    (0.12 miles)

    South Kensington    Zone 1
    (0.33 miles)

    Earl's Court    Zones 1 & 2
    (0.69 miles)

    High Street Kensington    Zone 1
    (0.72 miles)

  • South Kensington has an abundance of cultural attractions, including some of London’s finest events and museums. Head to Exhibition Road for some of the world's greatest institutions, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Royal Albert Hall - all within walking distance of each other.

    Kensington Palace and gardens, which border Hyde Park, are also popular attractions.

    South Kensington was an undeveloped agricultural area supplying London with fruit and vegetable up until the mid-nineteenth century. The area has since been completely transformed.

    South Kensington is today home to the arts and sciences, following The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851, which created the basis for the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and Royal Albert Hall.

    The annual rate of council tax in South 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 South Kensington is levied by Kensington and Chelsea local authority

    Band 2014 2013 rise/fall
    Band A £711.19 £714.43 -0.45 %
    Band B £829.73 £833.51 -0.45 %
    Band C £948.26 £952.57 -0.45 %
    Band D £1066.79 £1071.65 -0.45 %
    Band E £1303.85 £1309.79 -0.45 %
    Band F £1540.92 £1547.94 -0.45 %
    Band G £1777.98 £1786.08 -0.45 %
    Band H £2133.58 £2143.3 -0.45 %