Kensington and Chelsea

The V&A, Holland Park and Kensington Palace

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of London’s most desirable areas. This is where you’ll find the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, all conveniently located within a few minutes’ walk of each other. The Saatchi Gallery, displaying contemporary art from established and emerging artists, reinforces this area’s reputation as a cultural hotspot. King’s Road and nearby Kensington High Street, meanwhile, boast plenty of designer shops, spas and trendy bars.

Staying in a Kensington hotel in London or one of the many hotels in Chelsea also makes it easy to explore some of the best green spaces in the city, with Holland Park in the centre of the district, Kensington Gardens on the border with Westminster, and Hyde Park only a short stroll away.

Holland Park is a mixture of untamed woodland and landscaped lawns, where you’ll find the ruins of the once grand Holland House and the park’s resident peacocks. Kensington Gardens has a regal edge as it is home to Kensington Palace, the former residence of royalty such as Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, and current home of Prince William and Princess Kate.

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Our favourite hotels

  • London Court Hotel
    8.9/10 Average score from 1122 reviews on

    London Court Hotel

    One of the more affordable hotels in Kensington, London, this budget hotel offers easy access to the Tube, along with free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning.

    • £ 50
    • € 57
    • $ 64
  • Knaresborough Boutique Apartments
    9.1/10 Average score from 823 reviews on

    Knaresborough Boutique Apartments

    Situated in a historic Victorian building, each apartment has a kitchenette and private bathroom. There's free Wi-Fi and The Royal Albert Hall is only a 15-minute walk away.

    • £ 69
    • € 79
    • $ 88
  • The Nadler Kensington
    8.9/10 Average score from 1196 reviews on

    The Nadler Kensington

    Each room at this Kensington hotel has a private bathroom with a power shower. There's also a kitchenette and an interactive TV offering on-demand movies for added entertainment options.

    • £ 78
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    • $ 100
  • K+K Hotel George
    8.6/10 Average score from 1398 reviews on

    K+K Hotel George

    This Kensington hotel offers 4-star comfort and style, just a short walk from Earl's Court Underground Station. The rooms boast sleek black granite bathrooms and there's also an on-site sauna.

    • £ 98
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    • $ 125
  • DoubleTree by Hilton London - Hyde Park
    8.2/10 Average score from 1914 reviews on

    DoubleTree by Hilton London - Hyde Park

    Along with wall-to-ceiling windows and views of Kensington Gardens, this hotel near Hyde Park has a stylish modern interior. Each room boasts air-conditioning and a Nespresso coffee machine for a caffeine boost.

    • £ 118
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  • Fraser Suites Queens Gate
    8.5/10 Average score from 988 reviews on

    Fraser Suites Queens Gate

    These studios and apartments are within walking distance of the Knightsbridge shops and The V&A. Each one offers a kitchenette, daily housekeeping services and a comfortable seating area.

    • £ 128
    • € 146
    • $ 164
  • Cheval Harrington Court at South Kensington
    9.2/10 Average score from 123 reviews on

    Cheval Harrington Court at South Kensington

    Each luxury 4-star apartment here comes with free Wi-Fi, a maid service and a 24-hour concierge. South Kensington Underground Station is only a few minutes' walk away, along with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    • £ 198
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    • $ 253
  • Egerton House
    9.3/10 Average score from 173 reviews on

    Egerton House

    Only a few minutes' walk from Harrods, this 5-star hotel boasts hand-stiched, luxurious mattresses, antique furniture and a butler service. Afternoon tea is also served in the lounge area.

    • £ 292
    • € 333
    • $ 374
  • Bulgari Hotel and Residences- London
    9.4/10 Average score from 186 reviews on

    Bulgari Hotel and Residences- London

    Enjoy a stylish stay at this Knightsbridge hotel, with a private cinema, elegant ballroom and award-winning spa. The decor is a blend of English style and Italian heritage, with fine dining available on-site.

    • £ 690
    • € 787
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