London espresso: Kensington

Part of a series highlighting one area of London.

Kensington is part of the Royal Burough of Kensington & Chelsea. Despite being absurdly affluent, this district of West London actually offers a bit of something for everyone. If travelling in a group, I recommend starting at South Kensington Station (30 minutes from Liverpool Street by tube) and then everyone can fan out to their areas of interest accordingly.

Kensington is notably home to “Albertopolis,” an area centred on Exhibition Road and named after Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.  Here you can find cultural sites including the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Geographical Society, the Science Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Whilst you’re out and about in this area, in addition to the museums and shops, be sure to take note of the architecture. The average house price in Kensington & Chelsea is about 40 times greater than average annual earnings, at a cool £1.4m. How many Chelsea Tractors (Land Rovers) can you spot parked on the street?!

Day Planner
Distance: for a sense of scale, the walk from Diana Memorial Playground (top left corner of the map below) to Sloane Square (bottom right corner) is a little over two miles.
Stops: Sloane Square, Harrods, V&A, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Albert Memorial, Kensington Palace.

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South East England: Spotlight on Cathedrals

Here is a brief look at some Cathedrals that I think are worth a visit to in South East England. I’ve chosen St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Southwark, Canterbury, Ely, Salisbury, and Winchester. A map showing all of these Cathedrals is at the bottom of the post.

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St Paul’s Cathedral
Location: it is in central London, towards the east end
Distance from nearest other Cathedrals on this list: Southwark Cathedral is a 20 minute walk away, and Westminster Cathedral is 20 minutes away by tube.
Price of admission: £18
Fun facts: The original church dates back to AD 604 but the present church was built in the late 17th century, designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. This was done as part of the major rebuilding programme in the City after the Great Fire of London 1666. There are some amazing photos of St Paul’s surviving the Blitz of WWII.

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