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.

Ratedapartments.com offers a wide range of serviced apartments in Kensington. Meticulously designed to match up to the beautiful vicinity, the apartments offer one a perfect way to experience London. Exuding class and a distinctive charm, the apartments come extremely well equipped to meet the needs of a smart traveler. Here are a few of our premium apartments, click to view:

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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.

The Best Nightclubs in London


“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”, said the famous writer Samuel Johnson. Rightly celebrated for its vibrant nightlife, this capital city of England boasts of an extensive range of world-class theaters, bars and clubs for all tastes and preferences.

London’s varied and effervescent nightlife is exemplary and sets it apart from the rest of the world. The city has got the coolest partying scenes and there’s plenty to lure you to branch out and seek the latest.

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We bring to you an exhaustive list of the finest and best of night clubs in London. There you go!

Ministry of Sound

If house, trance and techno are your kind of music, then your trip to London is incomplete without hitting the Ministry of Sound. The club cannot be explained in words. Establishing a cult following, the club is beyond doubt a ‘brand’. We’d let you explore the rest on your own. Elephant & Castle is the closest tube station.

 

Fabric

Voted number 1 in the “Top 100 Clubs in the World” poll by DJ Magazine in 2007 and 2008, Fabric is situated on Charterhouse Street on the southern edge of the London Borough of Islington. It is Europe’s first bass-loaded dance floor where bass comes all the way through the floor.

Farringdon is the closest tube station.

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 KOKO Nightclub

A nightclub and music venue underneath the Camden High Street, Koko has had performances from Prince, Madonna, Coldplay and My Chemical Romance. It is undeniably one of London’s most distinctive music venues and embraces everything from alternative pop/rock to hip hop and trance. Mornington Crescent is the closest tube station.

Maddox

Maddox Club is ideally nestled in one of the most exclusive areas of London. Situated in Mayfair, Maddox is one of the premium private clubs and has merged a DJ stall into an excellent restaurant. The DJs here churn out some of the top notch eclectic numbers to make your dining experience, simply incredible. The downstairs of the club is where you need to head to, if you are in an intense party mood.

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Egg

Spread over Mediterranean-styled three floors, a balcony terrace and a courtyard garden, Egg is huge enough and continues to push the boundaries. Spinning out the best music from the greatest DJs, Egg offers something for all kinds of dance and music enthusiasts. The warm and intimate atmosphere at Egg will certainly amaze you.

The closest tube station is King’s Cross.

Pacha

Bringing the Ibiza experience to London, Pacha plays the best house, techno and trance sounds to offer you an unbeatable experience. The club has been revamped with a third room, a wall art installation, oak paneling and a repositioned DJ booth. With radiant chandeliers, bed-like sofas, high-tech sound system and bars, Pasha is a class apart. It has been a host to almost every star you’d care to know. Victoria is the closest tube station.

XOYO

Established in 2010, XOYO in Shoreditch is one of the most tasteful clubbing venues in the area. Delivering an unparalleled soundtrack, XOYO has hosted artists and DJs like Felix Da Housecat, Tiga, Alex Metric , Tensnake, Erol Alkan and Jacques Lu Cont to name a few.

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All across the length and breadth of London, you can find traditional and authentic pubs. If you want to explore the stylish up-market bars, head to Walton Street or South Kensington. You can also take a trip to the West End.

For the hip and arty, Shoreditch is the place which is high on ingenuity and easy on the pocket.

If celeb spotting is a must for you, there’s no place better than Soho! And if you want to check out the townie type pubs, it is Clapham for you.

Leicester Square and Covent Garden house the most tourist oriented nightclubs, thanks to its central location.

Need we say more? Time to take your pick, put on the dancing shoes and dance away the night in glory!