One of the most beautiful parts of London, South Kensington, is a center of learning, the arts, sciences and culture – as well as a fantastic place to shop.
South Kensington with Kids
There are lots to of family-friendly things to do in South Kensington. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are both great places to let the kids explore and get some fresh air. In the summer you can even take a picnic. Don’t miss the famous statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens!
The Natural History Museum is the place for kids who love dinosaurs and the natural world, the interactive family-friendly Science Museum caters for children of all ages and the Victoria and Albert Museum features art, sculpture and design from the last 3,000 years. In winter, the Natural History Museum also has an ice rink open to the public.
One of the prettiest London palaces and the London base of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, parts of Kensington Palace are open to the public.
I love the Victoria Revealed exhibit – you can walk through Queen Victoria’s life virtually in her footsteps. You can also visit the Courts of King George I and II in the King’s State Apartments or the intimate Queen’s State Apartments used by Queen Mary II. If you love fashion, don’t miss the wonderful Fashion Rules exhibit.
Take a tour of The Royal Albert Hall, one of the most beautiful and fascinating theatres I have ever visited. In constant use since 1871, The Royal Albert Hall is most famous for the annual classical music series ‘The Proms’ but also features performances, plays and concerts all year long.
Located on the edge of Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall, the breathtakingly elaborate Albert Memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband. The memorial is open to the public daily and tours take place on the first Sunday of the month from March to December 2014 starting at 2pm and 3pm.
Shopping in South Kensington
South Kensington is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you are looking for high street chain stores or bespoke designer shops, there really is something for everyone. South Kensington is also a great place for antiquing, with hundreds of quaint shops full of treasures.
If you fancy a bit of pampering, check out Liz Earle’s flagship store just off the King’s Road for a bespoke facial or have your hair done by Richard Ward (who has also styled the tresses of the Duchess of Cambridge). Do check prices and book both well in advance.
Be sure to include a visit to South Kensington when you come to our famous capital city – it really is not to be missed! Served by the Central, District and Piccadilly Lines, South Kensington is easily accessible by London Underground, London’s subway system.
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April Harris is a food, lifestyle and travel writer who lives in Berkshire, England. She shares inspiration, tips and trends for anyone who loves food, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel and the finer things in life at The 21st Century Housewife.