Interesting places to visit in Kensington

The area of Kensington in Central London is home to some of the best tourist attractions in the city. There are plenty of interesting places to visit and things to do. Kensington is one of the trendier districts in the city, and a tourist hotspot in London.

If you stay at a hotel near Bayswater Station you are relatively close to Kensington and its numerous attractions, including magnificent Kensington Palace and Gardens.

A popular choice of accommodation with visitors in the Hyde Park area is the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International hotel in Central London. Its elegant accommodation complemented by excellent facilities at an affordable price, makes it the ideal place to stay for those on a budget.    Some of the best places to visit and things to do in Kensington are:

Take a tour of the Albert Memorial: It was built on orders from Queen Victoria to celebrate the memory of her royal consort, her much beloved husband Prince Albert. It is located within Kensington Gardens on the Albert Memorial Road and was designed by George G. Scott. The memorial is a sombre tribute to Prince Albert who died at the relatively young age of 42 from typhoid. The memorial design was inspired by the Eleanor Crosses from the 12th century and other monuments to be found in Manchester and Edinburgh. The memorial is one of the finest examples of the Victorian Gothic style of architecture in the country. It is a celebration of the prince’s interests and passions and is officially names The Prince Consort National Memorial.

The statue depicts the Prince with a catalogue of the Great Exhibition held in 1851, at Hyde Park. The exhibition was the brain child of Prince Albert who actively participated in its organisation.  Masterfully designed there are marble figurines that depict the four continents (America, Asia, Africa and Europe) at every corner of the memorial. There also are figures that represent progress in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, commerce and agriculture. Close to the apex are gilded statues of angels. The base features a stunning Parnassus fresco of 187 ornate engraved figures. They depict an eclectic variety of figures that include musicians, painters, architects and poets, all of which indicate Prince Albert’s passion for the arts.

Go shopping at Harrods: Harrods is probably the most famous department store in the world. Synonymous with luxury the store has served generations of clients through the years. The store is definitely worth a visit, whether you plan to shop or not! With floors of incredible items to choose from it is hard to resist the temptation to buy something while there. Their food court is amazing and there are more than a dozen dining options to choose from, if you feel like grabbing a bite to eat!

Visit the Peter Pan Memorial: One of the most popular children’s literature characters is that of Peter Pan, created by J.M. Barrie. A statue of Peter Pan was installed in 1912 in Kensington Gardens that portrays Peter with animals and fairies, and of course Tinker Bell! A must see for all Peter Pan fans!

Shop at Portobello Market: It is out of the most famous markets in London and Portobello is very popular both with locals and visitors. The best time to visit the place is on a weekend, when you will find the place crammed with unique jewellery and antiques. There also are a large number of fantastic food stalls that offers culinary treats from all over the world. If you want to find and buy something really special this is the place to visit, just be willing to explore every corner and sharpen your bargaining skills to get the best deals.

Plan a visit to Kate and William’s home: Prince William and Kate stay at apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, with their two kids George and Charlotte. The Palace was also the residence of Late Princess Diana (mother of Prince William) who stayed here till her untimely death in 1997. It is managed by the Historic Royal Palaces and visitors need to buy tickets to visit the place. However, Apartment 1A is out of bound for visitors. You could spend the day exploring other areas of the Palace and its magnificent grounds.

Take a tour of the wonderful museums: Kensington is home to three of the finest museums, all of which are within close proximity of each other. These include the Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum. With an eclectic display of millions of objects as diverse as art works to jewellery, these museums can keep you engaged for multiple days. And the good thing is that all three are free to visit!

Enjoy a musical performance: If you are a music lover then you could drop in at the Royal College of Music to enjoy a performance of Western Classical Music. The college provides training in the genre of Western Classical music at all levels. With a pool of highly talented performers always at their disposal it comes as no surprise that free concerts are held all through the year at the venue. So you can spend a wonderful evening immersed in a concert at the College.

Relax at the Chelsea Garden:  The Chelsea Physic Garden is out of the oldest botanical gardens in the country and was opened in 1673. It contains a fascinating variety of flora including alpine plants, flowers, tress, rock gardens and olive trees – among a host of other rare plants. It is out of the finest gardens in Kensington and a must see for nature lovers, when on a visit to Kensington.

These are just of the few interesting places to visit in the beautiful district of Kensington. If you are in Central London, a visit to Kensington has to be a must visit destination on your travel itinerary!

 

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