“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
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.