Heading to the capital? Then why not visit the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea? Here, you’ll find well-known attractions such as the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Some of the best Indian food in Kensington is found in this area too. But did you know there’s also a series of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered?
There’s something around most corners that’s sure to pique your interest. So here are seven sights to explore when you’re in the area – don’t forget your camera.
1. Freddie Mercury’s House
Located at 28 Logan Place, Kensington, is the last residence of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Mercury famously passed away at the property in 1991, but his ex-lover Mary Austin still lives there. While you can’t go inside, you can respectfully admire the building from afar. Be sure not to make too much noise as this building is still occupied.
2. Holland Park
Nestled amid the hustle and bustle of Kenginston is Holland Park, a picturesque, 54-acre green space home to the sensational Kyoto Gardens. This celebrates Japanese culture and features colourful blossom trees, a rock waterfall, stone lanterns and a pretty pond full of carp. Holland Park is also a paradise for squirrels who aren’t shy to come over and say hello. Be careful, because they’ll probably try to steal your picnic if you have one too!
3. Leighton House Museum
In the 1860s, artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his architect friend, George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park. This is now an architectural treasure home, packed with beautiful artefacts from across the globe.
4. The Elfin Oak
As one of London’s eight Royal Parks, Kensington Gardens is worth a trip. But when you’re there, be sure to look out for the Elfin Oak. This is the stump of a 900-year-old oak tree that’s been carved and painted to look as though elves, gnomes, fairies and small animals live there.
5. Serpentine Galleries
While in the area, don’t miss the Serpentine Galleries. This is packed full of contemporary art and is free to visit. There’s also the Serpentine Pavilion, which often features new and intriguing art installations, particularly during the summer.
6. Golborne Road Market
Chances are you’ve heard of Portobello Road, well-known for its famous market packed with mouth-watering food stalls, niche designers and fashion boutiques. Just to the north of this, however, lies Golborne Road Market. This is home to Portuguese and North African sellers, offering bright, colourful and unique goods.
7. Melbury Road
London is renowned for its interesting architecture, with Central London boasting The Shard, the Onion and the Gherkin. But if you want something a little less commercialised, head to Melbury Road where you’ll find a mish-mash of designs from mansions to castle-like buildings with turrets. This street is the perfect backdrop for creative photography.