Destination guide

Explore London from up-scale South Kensington

South Kensington vacation rentals range from glamorous apartments overlooking grand Regency squares to stylish contemporary boltholes in discreet mews properties. This is central London at its smartest. With world-class dining, internationally renowned shopping and some of the world's best museums within its boundaries, South Kensington is the perfect base to explore London's historic sights, legendary sounds and wonderful cultural attractions. Hop on a bus or river taxi and you're never too far away from Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Tower Bridge or the Tower of London.

Things to do

South Kensington's green spaces

South Kensington is in a great spot to enjoy London's shops, bar scene and nightlife. Head to nearby fashionable Chelsea for great local restaurants and Michelin-starred dining – although South Kensington has its own fair share of that too. Twenty minutes south, by the banks of the River Thames, you'll discover the 2nd-oldest surviving botanical garden in England. The Chelsea Physic Garden dates back to 1673 and is a quiet spot for contemplation among scented plants and a friendly cafe. In fact, South Kensington is surrounded by green spaces. A 20-minute stroll north will take you to Hyde Park, home of the Serpentine Gallery, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Kensington Palace.

Activities

South Kensington's world-class museums

Tumble out of your South Kensington vacation rental and you'll discover some of London's finest restaurants, bars and boutiques. The luxurious department store, Harrods, is located on South Kensington's Brompton Road. A 10-minute stroll west from there and you're in the heart of London's museum district. The collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum will send fashionistas and design lovers into paroxysms of delight, while the Science Museum has wonderful interactive family-friendly exhibits. Next door, the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum is dominated by a huge dinosaur skeleton you may recognize from numerous movies – including Paddington.

Weather

South Kensington seasonal events

Many London Fashion Week shows happen around South Kensington's Design Museum and the V&A so the area buzzes when the fash-pack is in town. A South Kensington vacation rental is also a great choice if you're in town for a concert or event at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. This huge circular concert hall is best known as the venue of the British classical musical series, The Proms, but also hosts thrilling concerts by international artists, pop stars and rock acts. Christmas is another wonderful time to visit South Kensington, with the streets lit by the twinkling lights of the shops, bars and restaurants and there's a pop-up ice rink full of delightful festive cheer.

Natural features

Family-friendly fun in South Kensington

If you are in town for a sporting event, a South Kensington vacation rental can be a great choice. Just a short hop along the Underground will take you to Queen's Club, home of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football Club's ground, is also close by. If you're staying at your South Kensington vacation rental with kids, you might like to make the 20 minute trip north to Regent's Park. This beautiful green space is home to London Zoo – where you can see animals including penguins, tigers and giraffes. Across the road, on a sunny day, the green expanse of Primrose Hill offers some of the best views of London. Park yourself under a tree, laze back and enjoy.

How to get there

Transportation to and around South Kensington

Fly into London (LCY-London City), the closest airport, located 9.9 mi (16 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into London (LHR-Heathrow), which is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

Consider catching the metro at Gloucester Road Underground Station or South Kensington Underground Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay around South Kensington?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,631 vacation rentals near South Kensington. From 1,372 Condos/Apartments to 214 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Kensington are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to South Kensington?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Kensington:

  • Central London: 6,724 vacation rentals
  • Kensington: 3,984 vacation rentals
  • Covent Garden: 898 vacation rentals
  • Notting Hill: 2,277 vacation rentals
  • Mayfair: 1,558 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to South Kensington?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in South Kensington. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • London (ZEP-Victoria Train Station): 11,998 vacation rentals
  • Hyde Park: 8,083 vacation rentals
  • London Bridge: 9,963 vacation rentals
  • London Paddington Station: 12,055 vacation rentals
  • Piccadilly Circus: 7,001 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in South Kensington?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,372 Condos/Apartments in South Kensington. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Kensington include:

  • Houses: 214 rentals available
  • Studios: 1,388 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 6 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Kensington?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in South Kensington. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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