West Kensington is a stylish neighbourhood in London. It may not be quite as exclusive as Kensington, which has some of the world’s most expensive homes, but this area still offers plenty of glitz and glamour, as well as a more down-to-earth feel.
West Kensington might sound like it should be in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. However, most of the neighbourhood is actually in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It’s around 3.5 miles from west of Charing Cross and the region is roughly defined as the area between Brook Green and Hammersmith Road to the west, Kensington to the east, Fulham to the south and Shepherd’s Bush to the north.
There are a number of public transport links available within West Kensington. For those wishing to use the Tube to travel in and out of the area, the closest stops are West Kensington on the District Line, Barons Court and Earls Court on the District and Piccadilly lines and Kensington (Olympia) on the District line and London Overground.
Other nearby Underground stations include Hammersmith, High Street Kensington, West Brompton, Fulham broadway, Goldhawk Road, Gloucester Road and Shepherd’s Bush.
Several Bus routes also serve the area, including the 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 391 and C1 – and these link the region to other locations throughout London, such as Paddington, Hammersmith, Notting Hill, Oxford Street, King’s Cross and Trafalgar Square. The N9 night bus also runs through West Kensington, providing service to Heathrow via Isleworth and West Middlesex Hospital.
West Kensington is home to the Olympia, an event space on Hammersmith Road. It originally opened as the national Agriculture Hall in 1886 and the main exhibition space covered an area of four acres. Today, Olympia London features four massive event venues, as well as a conference centre, and just some of the events that it has hosted include the BBC Good Food Show, the Great British Beer Festival, the National Wedding Show and the Baby Show, as well as various musical concerts.
The region is also the location of Earl’s Court. This was another popular concert and event venue. It originally opened in 1887 and the building’s famous frontage was completed in 1937. For many years, Earl’s Court was considered London’s premier exhibition Hall, and it hosted events like the Ideal Home Show, the Brit Awards, Crufts and both the 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games. Sadly, plans were approved in 2013 to demolish the iconic building and work began in 2014. The development to replace it will include flats, retail outlets and possibly a new convention centre – it’s not expected to open until around 2033.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during a visit to the British capital, the Park Grand London Kensington is an excellent choice. This stylish and affordable hotel is located just two minutes from Earl’s Court Tube station and offers the perfect base for visitors – whether you’re in London for leisure or work.
From the moment you step through our doors, you’ll experience only the highest quality accommodation and service. Our friendly team will be on hand to help with whatever you need, 24 hours a day, and there’s also a restaurant and bar, so you can get something to eat or relax with your favourite tipple without having to leave the hotel.
The rooms have been carefully planned to ensure the best in terms of style and luxury. Each room includes a comfortable bed with a high-quality mattress and bedding. There’s a flat screen television, coffee and tea-making facilities and modern en-suite bathrooms. You can also enjoy free WiFi, giving you an opportunity to catch up on emails and social media, read the news or do a bit of video chatting with loved ones back home.
Things to see and do
West Kensington offers plenty of attractions for visitors, whether you enjoy art, shopping or learning about the past. If you’re looking for something to do in the area, here are a few ideas:
- Zest Gallery – This is one of the capital’s top showrooms for contemporary glass art. Items on display include pieces from both British and International artist, and the gallery aims to bring the beauty of glass art to a wider audience. Visitors can explore the collection, tour the adjacent glass studio, or even enrol in a half-day glass blowing course.
- The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan – This is a centre for Indian culture, art and heritage. It regularly hosts traditional music concerts and other events.
- Shopping – West Kensington is conveniently located to a number of markets and other great shopping experiences. For example, there’s the North End Road Market in Fulham, which provides a taste of real London and sells everything from bric a brac to fine cheese. Shepherd’s Bush is another nearby street market. Or you could head off to the massive Westfield shopping centre.