South Kensington is a place of culture and elegance at the heart of central London much loved by many visitors to London as well as its residents, for a village-like atmosphere characterised by many very individual shops and restaurants, which simply cannot be found elsewhere. South Kensington is also well known as an extremely convenient base for travelling to other areas of central London for sightseeing, shopping, theatres and much more.
Probably best known as home to most of London’s main museums, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museums were all built around the time of the Great Exhibition, which took place in London in 1851, largely driven by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort. The Royal Albert Hall, which is home to the BBC Proms and many other concerts of all types of music each year, and Imperial College and also located here.
Exhibition Way and Exhibition Road, off which the museums can be found, has recently been renewed as semi-pedestrianised streets, making it much easier for visitors to fully enjoy the character and atmosphere of this unique part of central London. Many new restaurants opened when this work was done, creating a large area in Exhibition Way of pavement cafes and bars with a wide variety of different cuisines.
South Kensington Station offers the Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines, so you can come direct here from London Heathrow and there are not many parts of central London that cannot be reached on a direct line from this station. All of the main sights, such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, London’s West End theatres, the Tower of London as well as all but one of London’s main rail termini are on direct routes from South Kensington.