A short walk down Cromwell Rd. leads to London's splendid Victoria & Albert design museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum. At the top of Exhibition Road, the gold Gothic Revival statue of Prince Albert presides over Kensington Gardens. These wooded wildernesses and glassy ponds merge with Hyde Park to form a majestic green space, providing a suitable location for Kensington Palace. Rent bikes at Speaker's Corner and pedal South Carriage Drive past the Knightsbridge Barracks. In the 1930s, Noel Coward kept parties lively in the white-columned houses of Belgravia, Cadogan Place and Eaton Square, where Russian oligarchs and Arab princes now claim residences.
Getting Around London
The best way to get around London is using public transportation and taxis. Poor parking availability and legendary traffic makes driving tricky, and Americans may find it challenging to drive on the opposite side or the car and road. Gatwick Express is the fastest train service from Gatwick to Central London. Trains run daily directly into London Victoria train and tube station starting at 4:35 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., then run every 15 minutes from 5:50 a.m. until 12:35 a.m. with the last trains leaving at 12:50 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. Fares: 1st Class £26 (Single), £50 (Return); Express Class £17.90 (Single), £30.80 (Return). Heathrow Express is the fastest train service from Heathrow to Paddington Station. Trains run from 5 a.m. until midnight from Heathrow. The standard single fare is £20 and standard return costs £34.
Nearby Airports
  • London Heathrow Airport-LHR
  • Gatwick Airport-LGW
Airport Taxis
  • £45-£83-Heathrow to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
  • £78-£98-Gatwick to Central London, depending on time, tariff, and traffic
Things to Do and See Near Kensington
  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London
  • Tate Modern
  • London Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Globe Theatre
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Palace of Westminster
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Marylebone
  • Middle Temple
  • Covent Garden
  • Big Ben