The west London district of Kensington is an upmarket area of London known for Kensington Palace - the official London residence of the Royal Family – the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, the commercial hub of Kensington High Street, and the museum district of South Kensington including the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal College of Music, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Food and drink are also key to the area’s popularity with South Kensington Farmers’ Market taking place on Saturdays at Bute Street, and on Tuesdays at Queens Lawn, Imperial College bringing together fish, sausages and fruit amongst other farm-produced fresh food and drink. Bute Street is also home to Moxon’s Fishmongers and Oddono’s ice cream parlour.
First mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Kensington was originally a manor, and has remained extremely wealthy with some of the capital’s most expensive streets, garden squares and leafy, open spaces. Kensington Gardens is home to the famous Serpentine Lake, the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
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