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Kensington Area Guide

South Kensington was originally an area of farmland and not developed until the 17th century with the majority of the roads we’re familiar with today being laid out in the 18th century. It became an area of cultural significance after the Great Exhibition of 1851, the proceeds of which were used by Prince Albert to build the Victoria & Albert, Natural History and Science Museums as well as Imperial College.

The area around South Kensington now feels as cosmopolitan as it can get; European style cafés and restaurants adorn the traffic free zone and the area is alive with vitality. Being home to the renowned French Lycée school and French Institute South Kensington has it’s fair share of French people living in the area, who are particularly partial to the beautiful array of property available to buy or rent.

White Stucco is the predominant style, exquisitely demonstrated in Pelham Crescent which stands opposite the iconic Michelin building, home to the Conran store and restaurants. However there are wonderful examples of all periods; Georgian, Regency and Victorian townhouses, Mansion blocks, mews houses and period conversions.

Shopping, dining and schooling are all extremely well catered for and South Kensington is firmly established as one of the most desirable areas in London to live in, especially with it’s excellent connections via the M4 corridor to Heathrow and the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire and Somerset.

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