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Exploring the Diversity of Kensington: From Museums to Markets

Kensington is a vibrant district in central west London. Its historical richness presents an array of attractions that cater to every taste and interest. Known for its grand Victorian architecture and distinguished museums on Exhibition Road, Kensington boasts lively markets and a cosmopolitan atmosphere worth making time for.

Museums: A Cultural Journey

Kensington is best known for its prestigious trio of museums on Exhibition Road. Visitors can embark on a fascinating journey through history, science, and art.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum, also known as the V&A, houses one of the world’s greatest decorative arts and design collections. With over 2.27 million objects, the museum offers an impressive display ranging from ancient textiles and costumes to contemporary photography and ceramics. 

The Science Museum

The Science Museum makes science accessible and engaging for all ages. Its interactive galleries, live demonstrations, and an IMAX cinema captivate the minds of young and old on subjects like space exploration, human biology, and how science shapes our world.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is famous for its dinosaur skeletons and stunning architecture. However, it also houses vast zoology, botany, geology, and natural history collections. 

Design Museum

The Design Museum offers a fascinating exploration of contemporary design in various forms, including architecture, fashion, and graphic design, covering historical and modern design. 

Leighton House & Sambourne House

Both Leighton House and Sambourne House serve as cultural time capsules, providing visitors with a rich historical narrative and a deep understanding of the Victorian era in London. 

Leighton House is a remarkably well-preserved 19th-century building. The former home and studio of the Victorian artist Frederic Leighton is famed for its stunning golden domed Arab Hall, intricate mosaics, and Islamic tiles. 

Sambourne House was the residence of the 19th-century Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne. The house provides a glimpse into domestic life with furniture, fittings, and artworks alongside Linley’s personal photograph collection.

Markets: A Taste of Local Life

While the Kensington museums display global artefacts, the local markets offer a slice of everyday British life mixed with international flavours.

Portobello Road Market

A short walk from Kensington, the world-renowned Portobello Road Market stretches over two miles and hosts antique dealers, vintage fashion stalls, and street food vendors. It’s an ideal market to browse a treasure trove of quirky collectibles. While technically, in neighbouring Notting Hill, it’s a cultural staple that many Kensington locals pride themselves on. The market is busiest on Saturdays, so visiting on a weekday offers a more relaxed experience.

High Street Kensington Farmers’ Market 

This high street market is open on Sundays and features local farmers and artisans selling fresh produce, homemade goods, gourmet treats, organic vegetables, handcrafted cheeses, artisan breads and pastries. It’s a great place to enjoy a sunny morning, savouring fresh food and lively conversations.

South Kensington Farmers’ Market 

Operating every Saturday, the smaller but still delectable market is notable for its seafood selection from The Well Dressed Crab. Vendors offer high-quality foods, meats, organic vegetables, cheeses, and bakery items.

Visit Kensington

Kensington is a borough that offers visitors so much to do and see. Stay close to the area’s highlights at the chic Mansley Serviced Apartments. These Kensington serviced apartments have everything you need for a weekend break or a longer London getaway.

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