Destination guide

Enjoy world-class holiday homes to rent in Kensington

If you’ve always dreamed of a holiday in London, visiting the Kensington area is an excellent decision. One of the more upscale areas of London, Kensington is known for its classic Victorian architecture and interesting cultural institutions. From world-class concert performances at the stately Royal Albert Hall to captivating exhibits at the Natural History Museum, there’s almost no limit to what you can see and do on a Kensington holiday. In addition to can’t-miss activities, this area features a wide array of top-notch holiday homes to rent, so whether you’re travelling with your family or visiting London on your own, you’ll have no trouble finding accommodation to suit your needs.

Things to do

Top attractions near holiday homes in Kensington

On your holiday in Kensington, there are several attractions near holiday homes you must include on your itinerary. First off, you should be sure to take a trip to the Kensington Gardens, where you can stroll through wide open green spaces and then spend some time reflecting by the Diana Memorial Fountain. If you’ve always imagined what life would be like as a royal, you should consider a visit to the Kensington Palace, which features opulent decorations both inside and out, and is the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. To take a step back in time to Victorian-era London, you can visit 18 Stafford Terrace, a museum that features authentic furnishings.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Kensington

Are you looking for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Kensington a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • London Dungeon (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Stamford Bridge Stadium (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • BT Tower (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • ZSL London Zoo (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Sea Life London Aquarium (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Coca-Cola London Eye (3.1 mi / 5.1 km)
Day trips

Best day trips from your Kensington holiday home

From your Kensington holiday rental, you’ll have your choice of several exciting day trips. For example, when the weather is warm, you may want to plan a trip to Brighton Beach to stroll along the wooden pier or spend time on the sand. History buffs can take a day trip to Stone Henge to explore the mysterious stone structure, and afterward, you can take a tour of historic Windsor Castle. If you’ve always dreamed of spending time in the English countryside, you may want to visit the quaint town of Bristol. Finally, you can travel to Cambridge University Town to tour the grounds of the world-famous university.

Natural highlights

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Kensington

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Kensington is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sky Garden (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • South Park (13 mi / 20.9 km)
  • Kensington Gardens (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Hyde Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Battersea Park (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
  • St. James Park (2.5 mi / 3.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Kensington

The nearest airport is in London (LCY-London City), located 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is London West Brompton Station. You can get around Kensington by jumping on the metro at High Street Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Underground Station or Earl's Court Station.

Restaurants and bars

The best restaurants near holiday rentals in Kensington

While you’re in Kensington, you’ll have your choice of some of the best cuisine in London, including high tea, all near holiday homes to rent. At many of the area’s top restaurants, you can sit down for a delicious cup of tea, delicate finger sandwiches and flaky cones with rich clotted cream and sweet jam. If you’re looking for something a little heartier, you can stop by one of the area’s many excellent pubs. At one of these spots, you can fill up on savoury cuisine that will give you the energy you need to explore the city, including classic pub fare such as fish and chips or a meat pie with a buttery, golden-brown crust and rich, delectable fillings.

Shopping

Top shopping spots in Kensington near holiday accommodation

If you’re the type of traveller who likes to do a little shopping near your holiday accommodation, Kensington is one of the best areas of London to visit. Kensington High Street is the top shopping spot in this area, and up and down this bustling thoroughfare, you’ll find some of the world’s top brands as well as a number of high-end boutiques. Portobello Road and its famous market is another excellent spot to visit if you want to do some shopping. At the market, you can find a great selection of antiques, most of which you can purchase for an attractive price. The market also features vendors selling clothing, fresh produce and much more.

Where to stay near Kensington?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,897 holiday rentals near Kensington. From 3,218 Condos/Apartments to 590 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kensington is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kensington?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kensington:

  • Central London: 6,325 holiday homes
  • Covent Garden: 856 holiday homes
  • Notting Hill: 2,126 holiday homes
  • London City Centre: 6,437 holiday homes
  • Paddington: 1,738 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kensington?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Kensington. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • St. Augustine's Church: 11,485 holiday rentals
  • Grosvenor Casino Gloucester Road: 11,500 holiday rentals
  • Kensington Roof Gardens: 11,515 holiday rentals
  • Wildlife Garden: 11,499 holiday rentals
  • Design Museum: 11,511 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kensington listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Kensington?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 3,218 Condos/Apartments in Kensington. Our other popular types of Kensington holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 590 holiday houses
  • Studios: 3,236 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 4 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Kensington?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 23 holiday homes with pool available in Kensington. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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