Central West London is an area of London which blends affluence and boutique shopping, British history and tourist attractions into one heady blend, ripe for any sort of visit. With its luxury hotels such as the Park Grand London Kensington within walking distance of many of the best sites in the city, even if you’re not staying in the area, it’s worth a visit. Whether it’s just to walk through the terrace squares of glistening white townhouses and international embassies, or for the bustling and exciting museums, you’re in for new experience every time you step foot in Kensington.
Separated from Hyde Park by only the beautiful Serpentine Lake, this historic garden was created for Caroline of Brunswick in 1728. Of note to architecture and landscaping enthusiasts, the Dutch style of the sunken garden is an example of a trend in 18th century high society, made of walled and sculptured areas and beautiful ponds. The garden itself was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace.
Currently the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is a beautiful manor house which has been sued by the Royal family since the 17th century. Although it is the Duke and Duchesses current official residence, the State Rooms are open to the public for tours, making it one of the most popular royal attractions outside of Buckingham Palace, especially with its amazing exhibits, including the “Fashion Story of Diana” gallery.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
One of the three free museums of “museum row” in South Kensington, the Victoria and Albert Museum is a perfect example of some of the innovative museums in the city. This Victorian era museum has rolling exhibitions, showcasing modern design and technology as well as the long history behind it. On top of this, you can find many examples of historical international jewellery and books, making it one of the most diverse and unique museums in the city. Right now, the museum offers a special exhibit on famous Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo, as well as a video games exhibit named “design/play/disrupt.”
Natural History museum
The Natural History Museum is arguably one of London’s most famous museums. Opened in 1881, the Natural History Museum is one of the most extensive museums on Natural History in the world. With taxidermy exhibits of rare animals, insects and reptiles, straight from the collections of Charles Darwin as well as a child friendly yet rip roaring exhibit on dinosaurs, the Museum covers everything from geology to reproduction.
Another engaging museum for those in the Kensington area, the Science Museum is one of the most interactive museums in London. The many galleries explore everything from air travel to the concepts of space and time. One gallery which is especially popular is the Launchpad gallery, which holds interactive science experiments which act as examples of Physics concepts. What’s more, there are also friendly “explainers” based around the galleries, making it the perfect space for children to learn whilst having fun at the same time.