Location of Kensington in Greater London
Kensington is a district in west London that belongs to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea . Located directly on the western edge of Hyde Park , the district, with its predominantly Victorian development, offers the neat image of an aristocratic, “royal” district. There are also some down-to-earth cafes, pubs and bars to be found (especially on Kensington Church Street).
The district is famous for the direct vicinity of Kensington Palace and for the very high real estate prices of some prominent luxury properties on the edge of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park as well as Albertopolis , a museum district in which the Royal Albert Hall is also located.
Kensington is the UK constituency with the highest median income and consistently voted Conservative Party through 2017 . In one of the closest election results in the 2017 British general election, the Labor Party candidate was elected by 35 votes .
Born in Kensington:
- William Whiting (born November 1, 1825), poet of the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save
- Charles Samuel Myers (born March 13, 1873), psychiatrist and university professor
- Howard Carter (born May 9, 1874), Egyptologist
- Olive Willis (born October 26, 1877), founder and headmistress of Downe House School
- Leonard Sidney Woolf (born November 25, 1880 at 101 Lexham Gardens), publisher and author
- Virginia Woolf (born Adeline Virginia Stephen at 22 Hyde Park Gate on January 25, 1882), writer
- Ernest Haley (born January 3, 1885), athlete and Olympian
- John Gielgud (born April 14, 1904), actor and director
- Eleanor Burford (born September 1, 1906), writer
- Peter Hill-Wood (born February 25, 1936), banker and football official
- Francesca Annis (born May 14, 1944 or 1945), actress
Born and died in Kensington:
- Richard Meinertzhagen (March 3, 1878 - June 17, 1967), British officer and ornithologist, lived in 17 Kensington Park Gardens from 1921
Died in Kensington:
- Isaac Newton († March 20 July / March 31, 1727 greg. ), Physicist, mathematician, philosopher and administrator
- Freddie Mercury († November 24, 1991), lead singer of the band Queen
- Richard Wright († September 15, 2008), member of the band Pink Floyd
- Citylab: London's Richest Neighborhood Just Voted Labor. That's astounding. , June 9, 2017