Long admired, South Kensington offers a plethora of activities and attractions. Popular with tourists and Londoners alike, the museums and shops lie adjacent to garden squares, mansions blocks and mews. We take a look at what else South Kensington has to offer.
South Kensington is on the cusp of one of London’s finest green spaces, Hyde Park. Hyde Park connects to Green Park and St. James’s Park and has many points of interest. Located within the grounds of the park, Kensington Palace is home to members of the royal family when they’re in town. Those looking for culture can visit the Serpentine Gallery, and it’s easy to while away a few hours with a visit to Speakers’ Corner or by going on of a tour of the sculptures dotted around the park.
An affluent area, South Kensington boasts many independent schools. The most famous include the French language school, Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle, Glendower Primary School, which appears on both Tatler’s and The Good Schools Guides, and Falkner House, for girls aged between four and eleven.
A non-fee paying option is Our Lady of Victories Roman Catholic Primary School, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Find out more about the schools located in the area.
South Kensington underground station is located in Zone 1 and is served by the circle, district and piccadilly lines. Multiple bus routes run through the area, making access to the West End and other parts of the city very easy. More information on bus routes can be found here.
The price tag
The average sold price for a property in South Kensington in March 2016 was £3,522,642. Within the last year, flats have accounted for the majority of recorded sales, with an average selling price of £1,929,603.*
Many notable residents have lived in South Kensington. The author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie lived on Gloucester Road, Beatrix Potter in Bolton Gardens and Virginia Woolf grew up on Hyde Park Gate.
More recently, Kylie Minogue is just one of the celebrities said to have made their home in SW7.
Kay Cooke, Sales Manager of KFH’s South Kensington branch says:
“South Kensington is globally renowned for its stunning architecture. Most famously the prominent Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and more recently One Hyde Park, which has achieved over £7,000 per square foot. Properties with views of Harrods retain their value and command a huge premium for buyers looking to be close to the famous store.
Buyers have the choice between pretty mews houses, period conversions and, for those with a bigger budget, imposing period townhouses. Flat sales remain the highest volume of sales in the area with premium prices paid for first floor flats, garden views and penthouses apartments with lift access.”
To find properties currently for sale in the area click here.
*Source: Land Registry