Whether you love architecture, decadence, or the idea of wandering along a beautiful tree-lined avenue, then one place you should definitely head to during a trip to London is Kensington Palace Gardens. This street in west-central London is known for having some of the most expensive properties in the world – some of the homes have sold for well over £50 million in recent years.
Situated in the heart of what locals refer to as “Embassy Land”, some of the street’s occupants include the embassies of Russia, Nepal, Lebanon, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Israel and Romania. It’s home to a number of ambassadors and high commissioners, including those of France, India, Russia, Finland, Kuwait, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Norway.
In addition, the street is sometimes called Billionaires Row and it’s no wonder when you find out that some of its famous residents include: Members of the Saudi royal family, Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin, Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, the Sultan of Brunei, Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and socialite Tamara Ecclestone Rutland.
While many of the homes along Kensington Palace Gardens are spectacular, the most famous will be the residence after which it is named: Kensington Palace. This is the official residence of several members of the British Royal family, most notably the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It’s also home to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
History of the Road
Kensington Palace Gardens was originally known as The Queens Road, but it was renamed around 1870 when the plane trees were planted along the avenue. From around the 1840s, the road was built on part of the grounds of Kensington Palace and the freehold still belongs to the Crown Estate. Most of the homes are built in the Italianate or Queen Anne style.
Former residents include the Rothschild family, Bernie Ecclestone and Paul Reuter. No 8 was known as the London Cage because it was used as an interrogation centre for German prisoners of war during and after the second world war. It was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with a block of four apartments, one of which was valued in 2006 at £13.25 million.
Kensington Palace Gardens is a half-mile long road immediately to the west of Kensington Gardens. It connects Notting Hill Gate with Kensington High Street. The road is privately owned by the Crown Estate, so only vehicles with a pass are permitted on the road, but it’s open to pedestrians and cyclists 24-hours a day.
The closest Tube stations are Queensway (on the Central line), Notting Hill (on the Central, Circle and District lines) and High Street Kensington (on the Circle and District lines). If you’re travelling by National Rail, the closest station is Paddington.
A number of bus routes also serve the local area region. The 70, 94, 148, 390 and N207 all travel along Bayswater Road at the north end of Kensington Palace Gardens, while the 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 452 and N9 stop on Kensington High Street at the south end.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near Kensington Palace Gardens, why not book a room at the Park Grand London Kensington? It’s just over a mile from the hotel and if you travel by foot, you can enjoy a stroll through some other lovely neighbourhoods and high-end shopping areas along the way.
What’s more, the Park Grand Kensington is a stylish boutique hotel, which takes pride in offering a high level of customer service, along with beautiful comfortable rooms and excellent dining. We cater to business travellers, as well as families and couples in the capital for short getaways and we can provide a variety of homely extras to ensure your stay is as pleasant as possible.
Once you’re done exploring this famous road, why not take some time to see some of the other fascinating and beautiful landmarks nearby?
For example, there’s Kensington Palace. While you can’t get in to see where members of the royal family live today, a large section of the palace is available for visitors to explore. You can learn about the history of the remarkable building, learn about what it was like during the reign of Queen Victoria, and explore the lavish apartments of King George I.
As well as the interior of the palace, there’s also the exterior, which features an orangery, and some beautiful formal gardens. Kensington Gardens is one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. It offers plenty of green spaces, trees, ornamental flower beds and water features. It’s also home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Other popular nearby attractions include the Albert Memorial, The Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, the museums and Harrod’s.