South Kensington is one of London’s tourist hotspots, for there is an abundance of cultural and recreational treats available to be enjoyed by both visitors and residents alike. Jump onto the London Underground at High Street Kensington tube station and see for yourself, as Monarch House serviced apartments are only two circle line stops away from this hive of activity.
Nothing demonstrates the cultural excellence of South Kensington quite like the Royal Albert Hall, perhaps best known for the summer Proms concerts it hosts each year. The Grade 1 Listed building was built to promote appreciation for the Arts and Sciences, and thus is a veritable hub for exhibitions, concerts, ceremonies and more. It’s well worth checking the website to see what’s on!
South Kensington is also home to several of the capital’s finest museums. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest museum of decorative arts and design in the world, and houses a total 145 different galleries. Entry is free, and a recent renovation programme has renewed and restored several areas of the museum, making for an unrivalled visiting experience. The Natural History Museum hosts hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits, as well offering a chance to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s Attenborough Studio and discuss important science and nature related issues. The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in the whole of Europe, and with its breathtaking 3D and 4D activity simulators, and a screen larger than the combined height of four double-decker buses – the IMAX 3D Cinema – it isn’t difficult to see why.
If you’re willing to travel slightly further than the time it takes to reach Exhibition Road – where the museums are located – then it’s worth heading over to The Duke of York Square, situated off King’s Road at the Sloane Square end. There are a multitude of fashionable shops, chic boutiques, quaint coffee shops, and excellent restaurants, as well as a charming food market each Saturday, featuring quality food from a large assembly of small, specialist, food stalls.