We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this two-part series detailing what the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has to offer in all things culture! Choosing your new local area can’t just be done by the historical richness of the area however. Top-notch shopping, academic institutions and transport links are a must to make sure everyday practicalities are met for a long and prosperous experience in this part of the world.
Shopping in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
For all things retail therapy, Knightsbridge dons the world-famous Harrods for exclusive shopping delights, just a 5 minute walk away from Sloane Street if luxury shopping is your thing. If your budget does not afford such pleasures, the borough offers up Kensington High Street and the King’s Road in Chelsea, with equally stylish, but less pricey, clothing shops and a number of restaurants, cafes and bars to keep you going!
An equally delightful local stop is Portobello Market, taking over Portobello Road in the Notting Hill district on the weekends, proudly showcasing the world’s largest antiques market, clothing and goods ready to be bartered, and cuisine from all over the world to tickle your tastebuds.
In regards to everyday essentials, the borough offers up a number of well-known grocery and general merchandise retailers and food delivery services, so you won’t be at a miss when doing your weekly shop or when ordering your friday takeaway!
Education in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
As the number of cultural experiences on offer suggests, the borough is proudly home to a number of innovative universities at the forefront of contemporary artistry and academia. These include the English National Ballet School in the heart of Chelsea, the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music in South Kensington, and the main campus of Imperial College London, also in South Kensington.
For those in the earlier stages of life, notable independent preparatory and secondary schools grace our streets, offering up a first-class education, including Hill House School in Knightsbridge and Sussex House School for boys in Chelsea. There are also a number of state-funded primary and secondary schools, and colleges for further education.
If the aforementioned isn’t enough, the borough contains excellent transport links to other parts of London, England and abroad.
12 tube stations equip you with access to five of the 12 London Underground lines, including the Central line, Circle and District line, Hammersmith & City line and the Piccadilly Line. If you’re looking further afield, Kensington (Olympia) and West Brompton will get you to a major link in regional travel, Clapham Junction, in 10 minutes and 7 minutes respectively. The major railway terminals of London Paddington, just north of the Borough, and Victoria, just East of the Borough, will help you get even further afield, with a 15-22 minute train journey to all Heathrow Terminals from Paddington and a 27 minute train journey to Gatwick Airport from Victoria.
It’s been our aim in this two-part series to give you a snapshot insight into where we hope you’ll be calling home! Make sure you keep an eye on our website for more informative blogs and information, and contact us to receive expert individualised estate agency advise.