Guide to living in South Kensington

South Kensington is one of the most famous areas of London. It is well known for its many attractions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens, Science Museum, and Hyde Park.

About South Kensington

There is a truly international feel here, with residents from across the globe, each adding to the area’s multicultural identity. There’s an especially prevalent French community due to the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, a French school based within the borough.

Marvellous historic architecture and an al fresco dining scene give the streets a vibrant community feel, particularly along Thurlow Street. This chic, glamorous neighbourhood also offers fantastic shopping, from designer shops to florists to food and wine.

A small mews with cobbled footpath

Things to Do

South Kensington makes for a fantastic day out. Whether exploring the independent shops on Gloucester Road, buying fresh produce at the Bute Street farmers’ market, or watching a show at Royal Albert Hall, there’s fun for all ages and interests. And with Sloane Square, Notting Hill and wider West London on the doorstep, residents have unhindered access to an incredible part of the city, filled with parks, shops, and phenomenal restaurants.

External view of the Natural History Museum, London

Schools

South Kensington is home to some of London’s finest colleges, public schools, and private schools. Its fantastic schooling options, combined with a high level of safety, make it an ideal neighbourhood for families.

Top primary schools nearby

Top secondary schools nearby

Top colleges nearby

Green Spaces

South Kensington is just a short walk from some of London’s premier greenspaces, including Hyde Park, Holland Park, and the beautiful Kensington Palace Gardens.

Transport

Thanks to South Kensington tube station, the neighbourhood is extremely well connected to Central London and areas like ChelseaIslingtonWapping and Canary Wharf

Living in South Kensington

“South Ken”, as it’s often referred to, is a destination area and historically one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in London. This makes it an area more resilient to price changes. Residents enjoy the fantastic connections, a wealth of amenities, and a sense of historical importance in the area.

Properties in South Kensington

Occasional white-fronted stucco houses make beautiful grand family homes. Behind these are the more prevalent mews houses, which offer fantastic space with three or four bedrooms over 1,500–2,000 square feet.

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Chelsea

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Living in South Kensington – Frequently Asked Questions

What makes South Ken unique compared to other London neighbourhoods?

Its fun activities, safe feel, and vibrant community life make South Ken stand out as one of London’s best lifestyle offerings.

Are there good restaurants in South Ken?

South Ken is well known for its exquisite dining options, from fine dining restaurants to casual cafes. Local favourites include DishoomCeru, and Daquise.

Is there good shopping in South Ken?

South Ken offers some of London’s best shopping, especially where clothing, homeware, and whole foods are concerned. There is a large mix of boutique stores, designer shops, and easy access to the major retail centres nearby.

Is there a community vibe in South Ken?

Despite its urban setting, South Ken fosters a strong sense of community through local events, markets, and a close-knit school community.