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Albert Memorial in Kensington W8 honors Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. He died in 1861 and the monument was opened in 1872. Famous Gothic Revival architect George Gilbert Scott led the team of architects that designed this grade I construction.
Singer Freddie Mercury, actress Carmen Ejogo, singer Dusty Springfield, novelist Una-Mary Parker, and cricketer Reginald Popham are notable people who had ties with Kensington W8 at one point in their lives.
St Mary Abbots church in Kensington W8 was founded in 1262. It was rebuilt several times. The current structure is designed by George Gilbert Scott. The church has the tallest spire in London and it’s grade II listed.
In the 11th century, Kensington W8 was known as Chenesitone. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon “Chenesi’s ton”. Chenesi is most likely a proper name and ton means settlement. In the 14th century, the area was called Kesyngton.
In 2005, Kensington High Street was the second most popular shopping street in London. Kensington Roof Gardens are a landmark of the street. The Gardens sit on top of the now closed Derry & Toms store.
An upscale town in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Kensington is situated in the West End of central London. The town’s commercial hub, Kensington High Street, runs from east to west, with the northeast being occupied by Kensington Garden and comprises of the Serpentine Gallery, Speke’s monument, and the Albert Memorial. The Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music are found in South Kensington. Moreover, the town is home to numerous European embassies.
There are several local bus companies that connect Kensington with its adjacent boroughs, with South Kensington station and Kensington High Street being the major hubs. The area is interconnected by 3 major roads from east to west, with A4 Cromwell Road being the most important as it connects the town to Central London (east side) and to Heathrow Airport and Hounslow (west side).
Kensington offers visitors a wide variety of attractions to see and explore including Portobello Market, which is London’s most famous market; Harrods, which is considered to be king of luxury department stores; the whimsical Peter Pan statue; and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home.