The Great Exhibition of 1851 prompted the construction of grand Italianate stucco houses in South Kensington, providing homes for wealthy people who wanted to be close to the area, which had become famous for being a scientific and cultural nucleus. Some of the world’s finest institutions are located in South Kensington, such as the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A.
Today South Kensington has a relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere, perhaps thanks in part to its being a popular area for French families. Some of the houses have now been broken into spacious flats. There are also some mansion blocks located around the area’s borders with Knightsbridge and Chelsea, and some very pretty mews houses in quiet, tucked away mews.
World-famous department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, are just a short walk away in Knightsbridge.
The Lyceé is a hugely popular school with local French families. Faulkner House (featured) and Glendower can be counted amongst the nearby private primary schools. Our Lady of Victories is the local Roman Catholic state primary.
Macellaio RC (featured), Obica and Ognisko are all excellent local restaurants. Hummingbird Bakery is the place to go for an afternoon treat.
There are bars and pubs located in the area. Boujis (featured) is a popular members only nightclub, which attracts a A-list crowd after dark.
Many of the stucco houses surround beautiful private garden squares, to be enjoyed by their residents. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park (featured) are a short walk away.