Kensington Area Guide

Kensington’s superb schools make the area a huge draw for families, who ensure a lively community spirit. Culturally vibrant, the area offers a terrific cross-section of character and sophistication, from the bustling antiques market in Portobello Road to the major museums of South Kensington. The Royal Albert Hall, hub of the nation’s major cultural events, is a pleasant walk away, and Holland Park hosts its own highly regarded annual opera festival, set among the gardens of a former stately home.

Westbourne Grove is as fine a shopping street as any in London, peppered with designer brands and upmarket specialist shops. Kensington Church Street and Thackeray Street have their own collections of villagey shops and cafes, while on Kensington High Street, Whole Foods Market is the biggest and smartest organic food shop in London.

The area’s upmarket restaurants include The Ledbury, Granger’s and The Abingdon; the Churchill and the Windsor Castle pubs are renowned.
High Street Kensington provides District and Circle Line services to Earl’s Court and on to Wimbledon, Richmond and Ealing. From the stations at Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate, Central Line trains run direct to the West End and the City. Paddington Station, with it’s excellent Heathrow link, is also within easy reach; Heathrow may be accessed direct from Earl’s Court on the Piccadilly Line.
The A40, just to the north, heads West to Heathrow Airport and the motorway network.

Council Tax Information

Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There is currently 1 council covering the Kensington area, Kensington and Chelsea Council.

For more information about council tax bands please visit: or see below for current rates according to tax band.

Council A B C D E F G H
Camden £906.25 £1,057.30 £1,208.33 £1,359.38 £1,661.46 £1,963.55 £2,265.63 £2,718.76
Islington £864.10 £1,008.12 £1,152.13 £1,296.15 £1,584.18 £1,872.22 £2,160.26 £2,592.30
Kensington & Chelsea £695.20 £811.07 £926.93 £1,042.80 £1,274.53 £1,506.27 £1,738.00 £2,085.60
Lambeth £826 £963 £1,101 £1,239 £1,514 £1,789 £2,065 £2,477
Southwark £805 £939 £1,073 £1,207 £1,475 £1,744 £2,012 £2,414

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