The heat wave is back! London has been blazing hot again this week, and all I want to do is play outdoors. As part of my ongoing quest to explore London’s neighborhoods, I have been riding the heat wave over to Kensington.

Gate in Kensington

Kensington Palace Gardens is one of my favorite parks in London, and I have spent a lot of time admiring its pretty flowers and walking under its vine arches. Its benches are the perfect places for picnics in the park, its Orangery is famous for its afternoon tea, and I have been lucky enough to witness some spectacular pink sunset skies on clear nights.

Kensington Palace Gardens in London

During the days I have walked along Kensington Church Street. Running between Kensington and Notting Hill, it is lined on both sides with shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. The lovely Candella Tea Room has become a favorite, and I can’t walk by The Churchill Arms pub without smiling at its flower-festooned facade.

Roofs in Kensington

Over on the high street, the stretch between Kensington Palace Gardens and Holland Park is packed with everything from the biggest Whole Foods I’ve ever seen to high-up hidden terraces like The Roof Gardens. I went to an event at the latter called Love Brunch last weekend as a guest of Perrier-Jouรซt, and spent a sunny Saturday sipping champagne and people watching.

Kensington Roof Gardens

Off the high street are some of the best restaurants and pubs in Kensington. Kitchen W8 still ranks among my favorite restaurants in London, and I have had great brunches at Kensington Square Kitchen. The Builder’s Arms is the perfect place for a pint, and The Queen’s Arms, which is tucked away on a pretty little mews near Gloucester Road, is the secret spot for a drink after a concert at Royal Albert Hall.

Buildings in Kensington

Above all, I love walking in Kensington. The pretty architecture, the cobbled mews with their secret passageways, and the beautiful summer gardens could keep me outside exploring the neighborhood forever. Or at least until the weather changes.

32 Comments on Lady in Kensington

  1. Vanishing Point
    September 6, 2013 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

    I love Kensington, its a lovely place to walk around on a sunny day and just explore. The Gardens are especially pretty and very colourful. For a sweet treat i like to stop by Ottolenghi on Holland street.

  2. Kam @ A married Couple & Their Travels
    September 6, 2013 at 9:16 am (4 years ago)

    The Roof Gardens are the best in the sunny weather! I’ve been to so many roof-top bars this past summer in London but Roof Gardens remains my favorite.

    The weather in London today is so depressing today – wish the sun would come back ๐Ÿ™

    • A Lady in London
      September 6, 2013 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

      Yeah, I think I jinxed the weather when I wrote about the heat wave! Hopefully the rain will go away soon!

  3. Kat
    September 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Welcome to my neighbourhood! I do hope our squirrels and traffic wardens treated you well.

  4. Jules
    September 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Kensington is always fun to walk around and explore. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    September 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this post! Beautiful pictures. I lived around the corner from The Queen’s Arms and I’m a fan of pretty much every place you mentioned, ha. I definitely left a little piece of my heart in South Ken.

    Happy travels ๐Ÿ™‚

    • A Lady in London
      September 7, 2013 at 7:21 am (4 years ago)

      That’s great! It’s such a pretty area.

  6. Pam
    September 7, 2013 at 4:34 am (4 years ago)

    Don’t the royals have a place in Kensington??

  7. Shafag
    September 7, 2013 at 8:07 am (4 years ago)

    Very good material! i loved it. actually, Kensington is the most beautiful part of London!

  8. Davide
    September 7, 2013 at 10:13 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely pictures! I went to The Roof Gardens for the first time this week, I can’t believe such a place exists in Central London…loved it!

    • A Lady in London
      September 7, 2013 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

      Yeah, it’s amazing that it’s right there in the middle of the city, isn’t it?

  9. Carmen
    September 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm (4 years ago)

    We loved Kensington when we lived in London! It’s such a pretty area of London and we often fantasised about living there. No wonder Kate and William have chosen Kensington Palace as their home – that place is a good spot to visit too – although it’s meant to be cursed!

    • A Lady in London
      September 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Yeah, I can see why they like the area so much! Hopefully they will escape the curse! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Andi
    September 8, 2013 at 1:56 am (4 years ago)

    So charming!

  11. laura
    September 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Gosh you take lovely photos don’t you! I’ve not really had the chance to explore kensington (you don’t when you just visit london do you) but you’ve sold it to me. Next trip up, I’ll head out of the usual zones I think

    • A Lady in London
      September 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Laura! I hope you get a chance to visit Kensington on your next trip to London!

  12. Nora Clavis
    September 9, 2013 at 9:40 am (4 years ago)

    A great blog. I love your recommendations.

  13. Cherry
    September 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    How beautiful Kensington is! what beautiful photoes taken by you๏ผ

  14. Charu
    September 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I lived in Sloane Street and close to Kensington…it’s one of my all time favorite areas especially the park and palace!

  15. Michelle
    September 16, 2013 at 8:02 am (4 years ago)

    Greetings from outside London. Your pictures are absolutely stunning and making me a bit desperate to come back for a bit!
    Thanks for sharing
    M x

    • A Lady in London
      September 16, 2013 at 9:02 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Michelle! I hope you get to come back soon (with the puppy!).

  16. Nora Clavis
    November 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Great blog. On your next stroll through London make sure not to miss the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. I just read this article about it and I definitely wanna go there!!!

    • A Lady in London
      November 11, 2013 at 8:13 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Nora! I took your advice and went last night. It was great!


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