I spent a year in South Kensington during my Master’s at Imperial College London. At the time, I was inundated with studies and didn’t really take the time to explore and appreciate the region. I thought it may be a good idea to take a little time exploring the area, visiting the museums and other significant features of the area. For those not familiar with London, South Kensington is located in West side of London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It’s a particularly upmarket area and where one can only dream to reside in.
1. Royal Albert Hall
This concert hall, best known for holding the Proms during the Summer, is one of London’s beautiful structures. It is of personal significance to me as it was here that my graduation ceremony was held in 2014. The inside is absolutely beautiful, although you cannot enter without having a pass for a ticketed event. The Royal Albert Hall is behind Imperial College London, about a 10 min walk from the station.
2. The Albert Memorial
Just behind the Royal Albert Hall can be found Kensington Gardens. Here, the Albert Memorial, a monument remembering the late Prince Albert is a significant attraction of interest. Connecting to Kensington Gardens is Hyde Park; the Serpentine Gallery and Lake are not too far away. In the warmer months, I have hired a boat on the Serpentine and enjoyed some boating with friends and family.
3. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
Another MUST VISIT in the South Kensington region is the V&A. Most museums in London are free to visit making a day out affordable for all. I have visited the V&A many times, in particular once on my birthday for the Alexander McQueen exhibition (a ticketed exhibition). On other occasions, I have visited the V&A just to relax and sit in the central outdoors area. The V&A is the worlds largest decorative arts and design museum, with a permanent collection of more than 4.5 million objects.
4. Science Museum/ Natural History Museum
Although I did not visit these two museums on this occasion, both are filled with amazing collections (and are also free to enter). I would avoid them during half-terms, and give myself a whole day to explore them thoroughly.
Have you ever visited this area of London? Is there anything I’ve missed out?
– A Y-