Buy an apartment in the royal quarters of Kensington
In the heart of the South West London, surrounded by other upscale neighborhoods like Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, and Chelsea, you’ll encounter a majestic living environment for you to reign in a luxurious apartment – fit for royalty.
Lay claim to London’s royal quarters
To acquire an apartment in Kensington is to take up residence with the upper-echelons of British high society. It’s that simple. Living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in West London, affords you illustrious neighbors: prince and princesses, dukes and duchesses, the magnificent Kensington Palace and its remarkable gardens.
Kensington’s distinguished reputation extends to its sublime architecture and real estate. Stroll around the neighborhood and discover the timeless beauty of its traditional Georgian and Victorian buildings, Grade II-listed terraced houses, townhouses and embassies houses in mansions lining Kensington Palace Gardens. Though pleasing to the eye, these older structures are not what’s causing all the buzz on the market. Specifically, in the residential neighborhood of South Kensington, it’s the large houses with six to seven floors that have either been renovated into maisonettes (an apartment with a staircase connecting two or more floors ) or luxury apartments or “flats” equipped with all the modern comforts.
The Kensington property and rental market attract a wide variety of profile, singles to couples to families. There are those moving for professional or personal reasons (to finally live their dream, as a prince or princess), as well as those looking for a main residence, or even a second home in an exceptional pied-a-terre overlooking an English garden in London.
The art of living in Kensington
It’s hard to believe that this Kensington was once an overlooked village. However, today, it still that close-knit atmosphere. This is in large part due to the district’s particular European way of life in Kensington, influenced by the newest rendition of its 18th-century urban planning: large residential squares and a concentration of apartments as opposed to houses. But it could also be the large French population in Kensington (there’s approx. 250,000 in London) who feel closer to home near the Lycee Charles de Gaulle (among other excellent schools, such as the Imperial College), French Embassy, and selection of Parisian delicatessens on Bute Street, and contribute to its charming and cosmopolitan ambiance.
To live in Kensington is also to live surrounded by an abundance of arts and culture. Just head to the monumental Exhibition Road, a bustling promenade (that sees 11 million pedestrians a year) where both residents and tourists have their pick between small galleries, and the imposing Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum, children’s favorite. Speaking of which: between Holland Park, Kensington Garden (home of the stunning Serpentine Gallery), and Hyde Park, families especially love to take advantage of the local parks and playgrounds for some fresh air and a rustic touch.
Shopping enthusiasts will find themselves in heaven on Kensington High Street, set with all the trendy boutiques and classic brands, while music lovers eagerly await each spectacle at the Royal Albert Hall, Opera Holland, and Royal Court Theatre to experience transcending performances again and again.
Do you have a particularly refined taste palette? Then dive deep into Kensington and explore little streets hiding artisanal shops à la française like La Cave à Fromage, La Vigneronne, and La Grande Bouchée. To enjoy a quiet meal, away from the city’s hustle and bustle, discover new cafes and restaurants with terraces sprouting all over Kensington.
Kensington is home to a charmed life, and it can be yours with the assistance of BARNES London.