If you’re in the capital during the festive months, don’t miss the chance to take a trip to Kensington. There’s loads to do, from exploring the area’s free attractions to enjoying a little taste of India in London when hunger hits. So if you’re on a budget but still want to have the best Kensington experience possible, here are five free things to pop on your itinerary.
1. Discover Kensington’s Sparkling High Street
From twinkling lights to unique decorations, Kensington is set for a spectacular Christmas makeover this year. There will be three statement trees and 26 of the beautiful trees lining Kensington high street will also be given a festive makeover. Grab your camera and enjoy being a tourist in the upmarket borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
2. See the Kensington Palace Christmas Tree
Last year, Kensington Palace unveiled a breath-taking 25-foot Christmas tree that was beautifully decorated in gold, silver and white baubles and an array of dazzling lights. The ‘wow’ factor is expected again this year, so don’t miss this much-loved attraction.
3. Take a Festive Stroll Around Kensington Gardens
Whether you’ve had one too many mince pies or want to burn off the sherry, Kensington Gardens is the perfect place for a festive stroll. Relax by the Long Water, spot the world-famous Peter Pan statue and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the picturesque Italian Garden. Wrap up warm and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
If you’ve got time to spare and want to get in the festive mood, head to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. This London Park neighbours Kensington Gardens and can be accessed by crossing The Serpentine lake. Here you’ll find a whole array of Christmas activities, or you can simply wander around and soak up the lively atmosphere.
4. Visit Kensington’s Museums
Kensington is the place to be this Christmas if you love a good museum. It’s home to some of London’s biggest attractions, from the Victoria and Albert Museum to the Science Museum. Also around Exhibition Road is the Natural History Museum, home to an array of dinosaur fossils and a 25-metre long blue whale skeleton. There’s The Design Museum too for all things creative, and Japan House, where you can pick up a host of unique Christmas gifts for friends and relatives.
5. Enjoy a Christmas Market
What would December be without a trip to a Christmas market? Just a stone’s throw from Kensington Gardens you’ll find a festive winter market with a Portobello twist. Stroll down this historic street on a Sunday and pick up a great selection of festive goodies, from foodie treats to keepsakes.
If you’re looking for a little taste of India, don’t miss South Kensington’s Little India. It’s the perfect spot for some authentic cuisine while you’re in the area. Expect some of the best Indian catering in London, and choose from a range of delicious traditional and contemporary dishes.