12 Facts About Kensington


Kensington is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the West of Central London.

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The north-east is taken up by Kensington Gardens, containing the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and Speke's monument.

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Kensington granted the tenancy of Kensington to his follower Aubrey de Vere I, who was holding the manor from him as overlord in 1086, according to the Domesday Book.

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Kensington granted the church and an estate within the manor to Abingdon Abbey in Oxfordshire, at the deathbed request of his eldest son Geoffrey.

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Boundaries of Kensington are not well-defined; in particular, the southern part of Kensington has conflicting and complex borders with Chelsea whether electoral or postal definitions are used, and has similar architecture.

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The other main green area in Kensington is Holland Park, on the north side of the eastern end of Kensington High Street.

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Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it shares with Chelsea, its neighbour to the south.

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The less-affluent northern extremity of Kensington has high-rise residential buildings, while this type of building in the southern part is only represented by the Holiday Inn's London Kensington Forum Hotel in Cromwell Road, a 27-storey building.

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Kensington is crossed east–west by three main roads, the most important of which is the A4 Cromwell Road which connects it to Central London on the east and to Hounslow and Heathrow Airport on the west.

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Parallel to the north is Kensington Road, linking central London and Hammersmith and Hounslow to the area.

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Nearby West Kensington station takes its name from the former boundaries with Hammersmith and is not in the Borough.

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Kensington has one football team, Kensington Borough F C, which currently plays in the Combined Counties Football League.

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