Kensington was granted Royal status in 1901, and is one of the most affluent areas in London. The area was originally granted by King William I to one of his favourite advisers, who later granted it to his Vassal Aubrey De Vere, according to the Domesday Book. Kensington is made up of a fashionable shopping district, with the tourist-friendly South Kensington occupying another area of interest. The Royal Albert Hall is based here, and is one of the most famous venues in the world. It is easily found in Kensington, directly opposite the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. There are a high concentration of shops and museums in the area, offering great opportunities for both business and leisure activities.
Setting up your business here
Kensington is notable for its high number of small businesses. Over ĺ of the businesses based here employ five people or less, and a very small minority employ more than 50. For this reason, Kensington may be the ideal place for a small business or sole trader to set up shop, fitting in wonderfully with the eclectic nature of the area. Kensington High Street has a large number of specialist and unique shops, making the location ideal for a small shop owner, and offering great passing trade. Kensington is also home to the headquarters of major newspapers, including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Independent and the Metro. As a wealthy borough, and densely populated, there are ample opportunities for passing trade for any business located here.
A typical office in Kensington
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Things to do in Kensington
Whether day or night, there is always something to do in Kensington. One of the most well-known areas of Kensington is Exhibition Road in South Kensington, home to the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. These attractions are popular with locals and tourists alike, and are busy all year round. Kensington High Street has great shopping, with small boutiques and unique shops providing a unique experience. In the summer, Holland Park Theatre is set up in Holland Park, a vast outdoor structure showing films and performances in a unique setting. For drinks, The Roof Gardens is a spectacular venue, offering acres of themed gardens and even a lake populated by flamingos! For more relaxed after work beverages, the Builderís Arms is a relaxed and lively pub which shows sports on its televisions. There are a great number of restaurants and cafes in Kensington. For sophisticated luxury, Kitchen W8 provides a comfortable yet stylish atmosphere, whilst Maggie Jonesí has a friendly and traditional atmosphere which is better suited to lunches and casual Sunday dinners.
- Tube lines: Circle, District, Piccadilly
- Mainline stations: Kensington Olympia, Victoria, South Kensington, High Street Kensington
- Nearest motorways: M4
- Nearest airports: Heathrow and London City
- Other: Buses and taxis