South Kensington: London for the Culture Vulture on a Budget

Kensington is the ultimate destination for the culture vulture on a budget. Despite being one of London’s wealthiest areas, Kensington has so much to offer tourists who are looking to make the most out of their time and money. A range of beautiful parks and free museums will give you a lovely English afternoon without burning a hole in your wallet. 

Must-See  Museums 

  1. The largest museum for design and decorative arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum, is a must see for anyone who loves interior styling and design concepts. You will find a collection of over 3000 years of ceramics, furniture, fashion, jewellery, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings all in one place, and best of all, for free.
  2. If you are travelling with kids, the Science Museum is your best option for educational entertainment. It is the most visited science and technology museum in all of Europe. There are interactive galleries that can introduce the young to scientific concepts, or let you experience the Apollo space mission with their 3D and 4D cinemas. There are over 15000 objects on display, which makes for a mind blowing experience for all science fans, both young and old alike.
  3. Walking into London’s Natural History Museum, is like walking into a time capsule. The best of natural history can be found here, which highlights animals, plants, ecosystems, paleontology, and many more. You can see everything from a towering T-rex in the dinosours gallery to a gigantic blue whale model that can make you look on in awe. In the winter, the Natural History Museum also houses an open ice rink for people of all ages can enjoy!
  4. If you are looking to see and feel real royal treatment, you can visit the Kensington Palace, the former residence of royalty the likes of Queen Victoria and Diana, Princess of Whales and currently where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge resides. You can also stroll the landscaped gardens and have tea time fit for a queen after.
  5. One of the reasons many choose to stay in South Kensington is because you can feel like you are in the luxury of London with a simple afternoon stroll. Kensington’s Royal parks are all romantic and nostalgic, and features more attractions from regal statues to beautiful lakes and and incredible open spaces.

Kensington is easily one of the best options for people on vacation to stay in. There are many hotels in the area for families and couples, and a lot of executive rooms in London Kensington for business travelers.

Have you been to South Kensington? Do you have other recommendations for places to see and stay in? Let us know in the comments below!

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