I was quite excited to do the Kensington Walk from the London’s Hidden Walk book series as Kensington is one of my favourite areas in London. I find it so charming and for some reason, I do feel like it has a small-town feel to it although it really isn’t a small town. In fact, some of the city’s most expensive houses can be found here – houses that I won’t be able to afford ever in this lifetime.
From the very busy Kensington High Street, I walked towards St Mary Abbots Church – I’ve always passed by this church whenever I’m in the area but didn’t realize that there’s a peaceful garden just behind it. It’s quite fascinating to know that beyond the hustle and bustle of London, there’s always a garden somewhere to escape from it.
I then walked through the Kensington Church Walk which is a cute little street that leads up to Holland St. I can’t resist walking through small alleyways especially if it’s lined up with beautiful and unique shops.
Kensington’s reputation as being the residential choice of the wealthiest and the richest of the city is mainly due to William III’s chronic asthma. For the sake of his health, the King left his palace at the Whitehall and decided to live in rural Kensington – bought Nottingham House which we all now know as the Kensington Palace. Of course
living in the same borough as the King would be such an honor so developments of houses and flats happened around the area which comes at a cost which only the richest of the rich can afford.
At the end of Holland Walk, you’ll find Holland Park which is one of London’s finest green spaces. The beautiful Holland Park is open to the public and offers a large area of woodland abundant with wildlife. There’s a play area for kids and also provides facilities for tennis, football and cricket practice. The beautiful Kyoto Gardens is of course my favourite, I love how pretty and peaceful it is.
I had lunch at Romulo’s Café, a Filipino restaurant along Kensington High St. The jug of calamansi juice was a very welcome refreshment for me after the walk on a hot, sunny day. They were having a lunch meal deal priced at £9 for one dish with steamed rice. Quite a steal especially since I do find their normal price quite steep.
After lunch, I went to Kensington Palace where my Kensington walking tour ended. I rented one of the Santander bicycles to use on my way back to Waterloo station.
London’s Hidden Walk is seriously a great purchase if you like walking around London and exploring its sights and learning more about its history. If you want to buy all three series, it costs £17.28 but you can also just buy the Volume 2 of the series where the Kensington walk is featured for £10.00. You may click on the images below if you wish to buy it.
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