GETTING TO KNOW KENSINGTON

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When visiting London, you’ll no doubt want to explore as many of the 32 boroughs and districts as you can. Of course, when staying at the Park Grand Court Hotel, it’ll be a good idea to explore the closest boroughs first and get to know the area in which you’re staying. Kensington is one of the most popular parts of London for a wide range of reasons. With its centrality, rich history and affluent neighbourhood inviting beautiful architecture and shopping destinations, this multi-cultural and stunning area is the perfect area in which to start your London odyssey. However long you’re visiting the area for, we’ve found some of the best events, entertainment and attractions in the area for you to take advantage of.

Museum Row

South Kensington plays host to Museum Row, the area in which you’ll find three of the best museums in the city, all situated on one stretch of South Kensington road. With the Science Museum, V&A and Natural History Museum all available to visit for free, these museums will give you a whole weeks’ worth of activity.

Natural History Museum

Having catalogued over 80 million items during its 138 years of existence, the Natural History Museum in South Kensington is a museum which spans geology, biology and astrology, bringing a wide range of accessible and interactive exhibits to the city. Alongside the popular dinosaur exhibit, you’ll find yearly temporary showcases such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and the non-ticketed Explorations and Endeavours exhibit.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is the second of the three Museum Row attractions, again bringing a free to visit and interactive experience for all ages. The Science Museum introduces young people to world of static electricity, man made technological marvels and even earthquakes.

V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the London museum dedicated to design and decorative art. From fashion designers to sculptors, the Victoria and Albert Museum explores the history and future of design, both in a technological and material context.

Hyde Park

Before you take a walk-through Little Italy, London, Hyde Park is top of the list of green spaces and idyllic retreats. Made from hundreds of acres of historic landscape garden and lakes, Hyde Park also holds a wide range of art galleries, monuments and day festivals throughout the year.

Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most famous concert halls in the world, and plays host to an eclectic mix of musicians, dancers and singers throughout the year. Whether it’s classical or pop your looking to buy a ticket for, the South Kensington based Royal Albert Hall is a Victorian domed shape building which was designed with an iron dome roof and mosaic frieze along the side.

Portobello Market

This Notting Hill based market is one of the most famous in London. Spanning a mile of Portobello Road, this market is well known for its beautiful range of vintage antique and clothes stalls and is a must for any first time Londoner looking to get a feel for the West of the city.

Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre is a celebrated new writing theatre in Sloane Square, bringing thought provoking, diverse and above all, entertaining theatre and performance shows to the West of the city. With cheap tickets and accessible programming, the theatre is the definitive London hub for new work.

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