A day at the majestic Kensington Palace


A magnificent residence located in Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The palace has been the abode of the royal family since the 17th century. It is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince Harry and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The palace was built in the year 1605by architect Christopher Wren and became the favourite residence under William and Mary of Orange in the year 1689. The palace remained so until George II became king and then relocated to Buckingham Palace.

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In present time, Kensington Palace is a royal residence where the likes of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry stay. Parts of the palace are open to the public including entry to the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments.

The State Rooms are managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces. As far as the offices and private accommodation areas are concerned, these are considered to be the responsibility of the royal Household.

The most opulent are the King’s State Apartments with the Cupola Room, considered the most beautiful. These are decorated with gilded statues and lovely painted ceiling and were the venues for dance and music.

You can see the stupendously beautiful Victoria’s apartments where Queen Victoria was born and lived until she became Queen. A visit here gives you an educational narrative about her life using personal effects and extracts from her journals.  Undoubtedly, Kensington Palace is a place every traveller with an inclination towards history and culture must see.

Location

It is quite easy to reach this famous attraction of London. Queensway Tube Station and Notting Hill Gate Tube Station are both 6 minuteswalk away.

For people who stay in areas such as Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill, visiting the Kensington Palace is easy as it is closely connected. Due to a wide range of accommodation options in the area and easy connectivity to the rest of the city, tourists from all across the world opt for London’s lovely west. Apart from accommodation options, the areas are dotted with numerous restaurants and cafes including the Palace Cafe at the Kensington Palace where you can have some coffee and grab a bite. For a more formal experience, visit the Orangery restaurant for light lunch and afternoon tea. Both the places are situated within Kensington Palace Gardens.

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Kensington Palace. It’s worth a visit and we are sure you agree.

A Rated Guide to Kensington, London


CHAPTER 4: KENSINGTON

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A district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in Central London, Kensington is known for its beautiful buildings, impressive gardens, grand museums and royal palaces. The profound history of Kensington  never fails to impress traveler. Needless to say, a trip to London is incomplete without a visit to this culturally rich area.

Read further and know more about Kensington.

Attractions

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Royal Albert Hall: Situated in South Kensington, Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its magnificent auditorium hosts over 350 shows a year by some of the most popular artists. The events include ballet and opera, classical concerts, charity performances and others. Royal Albert Hall was opened in the year 1871 by Queen Victoria and has today become one of London’s treasured buildings. The hall is a registered charity and operates without public or government funding.

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 Attracting millions of tourists, Kensington Gardens are one of London’s most royal parks. It lies immediately to the west of Hyde Park.  It covers an area of 270 acres and comprises Albert Memorial, the Italian Gardens and Kensington Palace to name a few. Magnificent trees and attractive flowers make this place a must visit.

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Albert Memorial is situated in Kensington Gardens. It was specially made by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert. The memorial was designed in the Gothic Revival Style and was opened in the year 1872. The memorial is 54 m tall and took more than 10 years to complete. When in London, you can’t miss to visit this place.

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South Kensington: Home of museums, for all ages.

Some of these museums include:

–  Victoria and Albert Museums: Check out art and design including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, paintings and sculptures from past thousands of years.

–   Science Museum: This one caters to kids! This interactive garden is specifically designed for kids under five.

–   Natural History Museum: Confront a giant T-rex or experience an earthquake in the Power Within zone.

 Accommodation and Travel

Staying in Kensington offers one the luxury to be close to the city’s most popular attractions. The wonderful green expanse of Kensington Gardens is not far. That’s not it! The Serpentine boating lake, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground and Hyde Park are around. Kensington is as good for adults as it is for kids. London’s legendary West End can be easily reached by tube. The lively Soho is also nearby. The excellent neighbourhood is what makes Kensington one of the most preffered places to base your stay in London.

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Kensington offers excellent connectivity to various parts of London. Most of it is served by Gloucester Road, South Kensington and High Street Kensington tube stations.

Would you like to know the other side of Kensington? The happening one! Stay tuned as we bring to you the lively and effervescent side of Kensington.

A Rated Guide to Chelsea, London


Chapter 3: Chelsea

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Designer shops, exciting punk boutiques, world-class restaurants, historical sites and a bohemian culture – this is what defines the very affluent Chelsea. Located along the iconic river Thames in central London, Chelsea is surrounded by Knightsbridge, Earls Court, Nine Elms, Kensington, Pimlico and Belgravia. Bands like Rolling Stones and the Beatles have had an association with this place.

Read and know all about the chic, trendy and historically significant Chelsea.

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Attractions

The Saatchi Gallery

Where: Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, King’s Road, London SW3 4SQ

What time: 10 am to 6 pm

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Showcasing contemporary works by artists all over the world, the Saatchi Gallery was re-opened in the year 2008. A 70,000 square feet establishment, it is situated in the former barracks of the Duke of York’s Headquarters. The gallery features an excellent selection of artists and offers dedicated space to young and emerging talent.

Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Where: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR

Time: 10 am to 4 pm (Monday to Saturday), 2pm to 4 pm on Sunday. It is closed between midday and 2 pm

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was built by Sir Christopher Wren. It was planned to be a home for soldiers who could not continue duty because of old age or injury. The museum, chapel and Great Hall are open to visitors. The place comes also with attractive grounds which are open daily except during the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

You can also check out the Chelsea Physic Garden and The National Army Museum located close by.

Chelsea Farmer’s Market

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Where: 125 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NR

Time: 9.30 am to 8 pm

Located off the busy and bustling Kings Road, the Chelsea Farmers Market is a good looking square that comes with shops and restaurants. Come over during summers and you will see wooden tables laid out and exuberant people enjoying lunch under colourful umbrellas.

The market comes with everything from books and magazines to hand bags and purses. One can also check out the Chelsea Gardener for a lovely range of plants.

Rockarchive Gallery Chelsea

Where: 289 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EW

What time: 11 am to 7 pm

Rockarchive Gallery, founded by a renowned photographer Jill Furmanovsky exhibits a lovely collection of rock and roll. Furmanovsky brought together a library of famous rock photographers and their pictures of popular musicians. From The Rolling Stones and The Who to The Kinks, you will find them all here. Some of the images come with the story, making them really precious.

This isn’t all! There is a lot around Chelsea that you can explore. Watch plays by inventive writers at the Royal Court Theatre. You can also visit the Chelsea Old Church which dates back to 1157. Other attractions include St Barnabas Pimlico,  Albert Bridge

Shopping

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No place beats Sloane Street and the King’s Road when it comes to designer shops and renowned brands.  Some of the names include Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel, Prada, Jimmy Choo and MIu Miu.

Besides these brands, there are places like Biondi, Fifi Wilson, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Chloe and Graham & Green for ladies’ fashion. An extensive range of perfumes can be found in Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s, L’Occitane and Parfums de Nicolai.

Kiki McDonough, Cartier Boutique, Tiffany & Co, Theo Fennell, Lara Bohinc  and Folli Follie are the places for excellent jewellery.

Pubs and Restaurants

Chelsea is packed with cafes, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. Gordon Ramsay, Rasoi, Tom’s kitchen, Le Cercle, Eight Over Eight, Gallery Mess, The Painted Heron and Hunan are some of the best restaurants in the area.

Famous nightlife venues include The Phoenix, Eighty Six, Phene Arms  , JuJu Chelsea King’s Head and Eight Bells and The Blenheim to name a few.

Accommodation and Travel

This affluent area in central London offers an incredible range of accommodation options. With a distinctive style and charm, Chelsea is undeniably the place to be. Check out some of the best apartments located in Chelsea, here. Not only will you find beautiful décor and elegant interiors in these apartments but also all the amenities required for a perfect holiday.

Chelsea is well connected by various modes of transportation. The closest tube stations are South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines) and Sloane Square. Heathrow Airport can be reached in 60 minutes by tube. You can reach Gatwick Airport in 70 minutes by tube.

Historical Look at London Through the English Capital’s Top Attractions


There is no doubt London is still one of the centres of World History in many respects. Through its many historical sites and attractions, it is possible to see why. While there are hundreds of top historical sites in London alone, here are a couple that have been drawing visitors from around the world in droves.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was at first just another Queen’s House prior to its total transformation into a fulsome private palace for Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). The Palace has been developed over the centuries by Queens and Kings as a comfortable residence befitting a royal family. However, it was through the work of the great architect, John Nash, that Buckingham was modified into what it is today. By 1837, Queen Victoria ascended the throne and the Palace was transformed into a principal residence for the Royal Family it is famous for today.

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London Bridge

The current site where the London Bridge can be seen is a 1973 construction made of concrete and steel to form a box girder kind of bridge. However, the box girder replaced a stone arched bridge constructed in the nineteenth century to replace another old bridge created in the sixth century during the medieval times. Likewise, the medieval structure of the London Bridge was also replacing another timber bridge created by the Romans.

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Kensington Palace

Mary II of England realized her joint sovereign, William III of England, was asthmatic and Kensington Palace was bought for 20,000 pounds from Daniel Finch in 1619 to be their residence. Christopher Wren, the Surveyor of King’s Work at the time was commissioned to expand the Palace so that both the attendants and sovereigns could be accommodated. Queen Mary had the Queen’s Gallery built, including a reconstruction of the King’s Staircase.

By 1704, Queen Anne took residence of Kensington Palace and extended the work of William and Mary through Christopher Wren who had done the earlier expansions. George I in 1722 also added fresh and lavish state rooms, namely the Privy Chamber, Withdrawing Room and the Cupola Room. As the 2nd World War took its toll, Kensington Palace was also affected and it had to be rebuilt by Queen Elizabeth II before her Diamond Jubilee for 12 million pounds in 2012.

Tower of London

Officially “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress”, the Tower of London is a historical Central London castle along the north bank of the River Thames. It was built in 1066 A.D. immediately following the Norman Conquest of England, named after the White Tower of 1078 constructed by William the Conqueror. The Tower of London hosts the Crown Jewels of the Royal Collection within the Jewel House, guarded by Beefeater or the Yeoman Warders.

Houses of Parliament

The House of Parliament is well spread upon the Middle-sex bank of the River Thames within the larger Palace of Westminster and holds the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Westminster Hall in contrast with other Palace of Westminster historical constructions is the oldest, constructed around 1097. The Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) is towards Westminster Palace’s north end and rises to a height of 96 metres or 316 feet.

London Eye

River Thames’ south bank holds the giant Ferris wheel popularly recognised as the Millennium Wheel or the London Eye. Since January 2011, the structure has been known as the EDF Energy London Eye. At a diameter of 120 meters, the 1999 creation is Europe’s highest Ferris Wheel at 135 meters.

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Fen Court’s Slavery Memorial

Around Fen Court is the first slave victims’ memorial ever built in London known as the Gilt of Cain, erected with the support of City of London in 2007. It is the design work of Lemn Sissay and Michael Visocchi.

Guildhall

Every civic government today draws its model from the Guildhall, located in the City of London. Guildhall’s history is long but the first time it was documented as Guildhall was in 1128. For hundreds of years, the building has been the city’s town hall, including maintaining the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London.

Wimbledon-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

It is the only location where all Wimbledon Championships occur. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club or the (AELTC) is located in the capital’s Church Road. As a private member’s club, AELTC is famous for its Grand Slam on grass and was developed on the 23rd of July in 1868, at a time when England was crazed by croquet.

V&A Museum

Apart from being the largest arts and decorative design museum of its kind around the globe, Victoria and Albert Museum is the home of permanent collections totalling 4.5 million. It was developed in 1852 and named after Prince Albert and his wife Queen Victoria. Spread across 12.5 acres, V&A Museum houses 145 galleries with 5,000 years of art collections collected from diverse cultures around the world, both contemporary and ancient art.

An apt accommodation, one that takes you closer to the spirit of the city, is essential to your experience! London certainly has no paucity of choice. The rich historic splendour and old world charm of this city drenched in history is reflected at its best in a wide range of serviced apartments offered.  London Bridge, a bustling and historic area in the heart of the city stretches from London Bridge to pass Tower Bridge on both sides of the iconic river Thames. One of the best places to base your stay in London, it houses some of the best serviced apartments. Featuring a fully furnished kitchen, lounge, terrace and even a balcony, the apartments come with all the modern comforts and conveniences. A stay in this area means you are just a short walk from trendy cafes, exciting bars and everything that exudes the unique London vibe.