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AREA GUIDE: SOUTH KENSINGTON

 AREA GUIDE: SOUTH KENSINGTON, THE ETERNAL NEIGHBORHOOD OF WEST LONDON

Firstly, Let’s explore with this area guide the beautiful South Kensington, in West London.

The wealthy west London neighborhood of South Kensington way of life has been compared to European-style living, thanks to a concentration of flats in the area rather than houses.

South Kensington has one of the world’s greatest concentrations of internationally renowned cultural destinations. Housed in monumentally grand and architecturally stunning Victorian buildings, it has the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. The latter has a collection of dinosaurs that has made it a favourite with the nation’s children for generations.

SOUTH KENSINGTON REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS

This neighborhood is dotted with plenty of garden squares that are “hidden”, unlike the better-known squares of Notting Hill. Walking amongst lavish pieces of architecture, you will breath a European atmosphere, reflection of the many Europeans that moved here.

South Kensington presents fine terraced houses, most of them now split into flats and maisonettes. There are also charming small houses, always with a very well-kept garden in front. Walking in the area during springtime, you will smell the sweet perfume of the flowers blooming in the gardens.

South Kensington shows also a more modern trend, with the new developments striking on the West and North Side, heading towards EarlArels Court.

SCHOOLS

The neighborhood is home to several different options for schooling, including both private and public schools.

Some of schools include: Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School, Eaton House The Vale School, Glendower Preparatory School, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle.

TRANSPORTS

South Kensington has a Tube Station, served by the Piccadilly line, the Circle line and the District line. The efficent lines will whisk you straight to the West End, Paddington, The City of London.

If you are not a fan of underground transports, you’ll find plenty of buses running night and day in the area.

PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE

South Kensington is one of the most visited parts of London, and for good reason: it’s home to the Natural HistoryScience and V&A museums. The main thoroughfare, Exhibition Road, is a lively and fitting route past the iconic institutions, up to Hyde Park and the Albert Memorial. There’s architectural splendour at nearly every turn, from the florid Italianate Brompton Oratory Catholic church to the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

If you are planning your night outs, you will have several options to pick.

It’s impossible to list all of the fantastic dining options open to South Kensington locals, from tiny independent eateries to award-winning chains.

Feeling like a steak? El Gaucho is the best option to pick. Known as the first Argentinian Steak House in London, here the mouth-melting food and the hospitality of an energetic host will guide you through a sensorial journey into the Argentinian cuisine. Other options included the proper old-traditional Italian Da Mario, Yashin Sushi, the colourful The Builder’s Arms.

Many come to Barts, a secret Chelsea drinking den for the 1920s-themed experience – step through a clandestine entrance to find an intimate, plush-red speakeasy adorned with old paintings and antique lights, bar stools and stuffed animal heads – but, great character aside, the real reason to come is for the killer cocktails. If you are a fan of elegant cocktail venues, you should add on your list Balans Soho Society.

A GLANCE INTO SOUTH KENSINGTON HISTORY

Firstly, It might sound funny to think about it, but South Kensington was underdeveloped until the mid-19th century.

However it was not until the Great Exhibition in 1851 that the area really started to take off.

In addition, following the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, the exhibition’s commissioner bought an 87-acre (352,000 m²), known as as Exhibition Road.

The land became the home dedicated to arts and science. This lead to the opening of schools and universities etc.

The absorption of South Kensington was sealed by the arrival of the Underground to Gloucester Road in 1868. This linked the area directly to the main railway termini and to the political, commercial and financial hearts.

Also, South Kensington boasts an unbeatable range of free museums and beautiful open spaces alongside its more upmarket attractions.

HOUSE PRICES

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HOUSE PRICE INCREASE: +1.04% (since Sept 2017)

EL GAUCHO

The 1st Argentinian Stake House that opened in London. If you feel like having a delicious steak or some tapas, this is your destination.

 

WHOLE FOOD

Find your favourite supermarket in South Kensington, stocked with healthy and organic options.

 

 

SERPENTINE GALLERY

Sitting in the middle of Kensington Gardens, this little but precious gallery displays various contemporary masterpieces.

 

 

MURIEL’S KITCHEN

Muriel’s Kitchen is a family-run hideaway. Inspired by grandma Muriel, the restaurants offers the best ingredients of the season, sourced from independent suppliers.

 

 

VICTORIA AND ALBERT’S MUSEUM

The museum displays splendid marble statues, clothes from old times, decorative art and design masterpieces.

 

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Schedule your journey into history! From dinosaurs to Volcanos, from a piece of the moon to the most innovative scientific trends, everything is here!

 

BETTY

“I love living in  South Kensington. I’ve been living in the area for the last 15 years and I enjoy how this area is safe and the many cultural events scheduled every month”.

 

CHIARA

“South Kensington is rich of restaurants, clubs and it’s always funny!”

 

GUSTAV

“It’s safe and very few crimes are happening here. The educational system is also great and I feel confident in giving my children and great quality life”.

 

CLAUDETTE

“Living in Kensington is a dream made reality. Going through Exhibition Road, you will have museums, cultural events. The little streets are dotted with restaurants and (for a foodie like me) I’ve got plenty of options to eat around!”

Average sold price in South Kensington for March 2017 to February 2018:

£2,582,674

(Sold price data for South Kensington are calculated on Land Registry Data, considering sales for 12 months period indicated).

AVERAGE PRICE PAID:

£2,385,076

SALES FOR THE ACCOUNTED PERIOD:

139

CURRENT AVERAGE PRICE:

£2,594,476

CHANGE:

+1.04% increase

AVERAGE HOME RENT (PER MONTH)

 

Studio / 1 BR          2 Bedrooms           3 Bedrooms            4 Bedrooms

£1,820                        £3,445                     £5,850                    £8,450

 

AVERAGE HOME PRICE

 

   Studio / 1 BR          2 Bedrooms           3 Bedrooms            4 Bedrooms

        £775K                     £1,5M                   £2.85M                    £6.85M

 
 

 

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SOUTH KENSINGTON TOP SCHOOLS

SCHOOLS

OFSTEAD RATING

CHELSEA OPEN AIR NURSERY SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE

Ofsted phase: Nursery
School Type: Nursery
Age: Nursery

 

 

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BOUSFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ofsted phase: Primary
School Type: Community
Age: 1-6 

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CHRIST CHURCH COFE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ofsted phase: Primary
School Type: Voluntary Aided
Age: 1-6

 

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MARLBOROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ofsted phase: Primary
School Type: Community
Age: 1-6

 

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ORATORY ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ofsted phase: Primary
School Type: Voluntary Aided
Age: 1-6

 

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