Victoriana: Where to Visit to see Kensington’s Victorian Legacy

Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens

As London continued to expand in the 18th century, the borough of Kensington grew to become a well-to-do suburb to house the upper and middle-class residents of Victorian London

During Queen Victoria’s reign, the population of Kensington expanded three-fold, and an array of beautiful buildings, parks and monuments were constructed to improve the area and bring a feeling of Victorian splendour to the district.

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of Kensington’s Victorian legacy then you’re in luck, there’s still plenty of things to do and see that will give you an insight into this interesting period of history during your visit to London.

18 Stafford Terrace

Constructed from 1868, 18 Stafford Terrace as first gained notoriety as the home of Punch illustrator, Edward Linley Sambourne.

Now, it is one of London’s best-preserved examples of a family townhouse of the late Victorian period and gives visitors a unique insight into the daily lives of past residents.

Stroll through the rooms and enjoy the ornate décor, artwork typical of the period and of course see some of the former illustrators work as if he had just popped out for a copy of the times.

Situated just off Kensington High Street, it takes just 15 minutes to walk to 18 Stafford Terrace from our accommodation in Kensington making it a perfect place to start your tour of Victorian London.

victoria and albert museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Prince Albert was renowned for his interest in the arts, and his legacy remains to this day in the imposing structure that is the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Housing a collection of classical and contemporary artwork and design, the museum itself is a beautiful building nestled in the centre of what Is known as Albertopolis such was the late Prince’s influence on the area.

With new exhibitions opening on a regular basis, the museum is a hub of activity all year round and a great way to spend a few hours exploring famous works of art and innovative designs.

Located just a five-minute black cab ride away from our Kensington London Hotels, it’s a great place to visit if you don’t want to stray too far from your hotel.

albert hall theatre

The Albert Memorial

Making an imposing statement in the heart of Kensington Gardens, you’ll discover one of London’s most ornate monuments.

Constructed to mark the death of Prince Albert of Typhoid in 186, the Albert Memorial is an achievement in Victorian Gothic architecture.

Marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America stand at each corner of the memorial, and higher up are further figures representing manufacture, commerce, agriculture and engineering. Near the top are gilded bronze statues of the angels and virtues, which all embody the industry and moral code of the period.

You can easily reach the Albert Memorial from our accommodation in Kensington on foot, so there’s no need for taxis and public transport.

Just head to Kensington gardens and follow the signposts, you certainly won’t be able to miss the monument!