Whether you’re headed to London for business or pleasure, there’s a lot to think about before you go. Of course, you’ll need to pack your bags and plan your itinerary, but you’ll also need to pick a place to stay during your visit.
London is a huge city, with a diverse range of neighbourhoods. Some are ideal for tourists, thanks to their central locations, welcoming nature, local amenities and proximity to attractions. Others not so much. So, how do you choose if you’re not familiar with the British capital?
One fantastic option is to find accommodation in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Situated in West London, this exclusive neighbourhood offers plenty of benefits for visitors, and there’s lots of lovely accommodation too. Still not convinced? Here are six reasons why you should call this location your home away from home when visiting London.
1. It has great transport links
There are many ways to get around London, but one of the most popular is the Underground. Thanks to the Tube, you can get to just about anywhere in the capital, and there are several stations in the Kensington and Chelsea area, which serve the Circle, District, Central and Piccadilly lines, as well as the London Overground.
If you’re planning to travel by train, Paddington and Victoria are the nearest major railway terminus stations, and there are two National Rail stations in the region: Kensington (Olympia) and West Brompton. Alternatively, there are several bus routes that serve the area.
If you’re planning to drive to Kensington and Chelsea, a number of main thoroughfares serve the area, including the A4 and A3220.
For those flying into London, Kensington is also easy to get to from the main London airports. The closest airport is London City, but the easiest to get to is London Heathrow – that’s because it connects to Kensington via the Picadilly Underground line.
2. You’ll have some impressive neighbours
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a pretty exclusive neighbourhood, and some of the capital’s most rich and famous residents live in the area. For example, Kensington Palace is the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry and other members of the royal family.
Nearby Kensington Palace Gardens is sometimes referred to as Billionaire’s Row. Famous residents of this tree-lined street include Roman Abramovich, Tamara Ecclestone, Wang Jianlin, the Sultan of Brunei and members of the Saudi royal family. It’s also the location of several embassies.
3. It’s close to the museums
London has a lot of museums – but three of the most popular are the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A. These are all located in a cluster near South Kensington station and are ideal options for a fun and educational day out.
4. There are some beautiful parks and gardens
Spending time in a big city can be exhausting, so if you want to take some time out from the hustle and bustle, a quiet park could be just what you need. The biggest park in the Royal Borough is Holland Park. It offers sports facilities, woodland and formal gardens, and during the summer you can even catch an operatic performance.
Kensington Gardens, once the grounds of Kensington Palace, are actually in the City of Westminster, but they share a border with the Royal Borough. And, if you want a garden with a view, consider the Roof Gardens. Located on the top of an old department store on Kensington High Street, this lovely garden includes ponds, trees, flower beds, plenty of benches and even a trio of flamingos.
5. You’ll find plenty of wonderful shopping
If you’re in need of a bit of retail therapy during your visit to London, Kensington and Chelsea have some great options. Harrods, a luxury department store in Knightsbridge is one of the most famous shops in London and has more than one million square feet of retail space.
It’s hard to think of anything you won’t find for sale somewhere in Harrods, but highlights for tourists include the food hall, the toy department, the Christmas shop, the Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed memorial and the Egyptian escalator.
Other popular shopping spots include Kensington High Street, Sloane Square and Brompton Road.
6. There’s some fabulous accommodation
While location is an important consideration, you’ll also want to make sure you choose a great hotel – and the Park Grand London Kensington offers the perfect combination of location, comfort and style.
Situated just two minutes from Earl’s Court underground station, our hotel features a contemporary decor, stunning rooms and friendly staff, and it even includes a lovely restaurant and plenty of other homely amenities.