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Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century.

The palace is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, while the Duke and Duchess of Kent reside at Wren House.

Kensington Palace, earlier known as Nottingham House, has its origins in a Jacobean mansion built in 1605. Shortly after William and Mary assumed the throne as joint monarchs in 1689, they began searching for a residence better situated for the comfort of the asthmatic William. In summer 1689, William and Mary bought Kensington Palace from Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham.

George I spent lavishly on new royal apartments from 1718. William Kent painted a staircase and some ceilings. In 1722 he designed the Cupola Room, the principal state room, with feigned coffering in its high coved ceiling; in 1819, the Cupola Room was the site of the christening of Princess Alexandrina Victoria, who had been born at Kensington, in the apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Kent (the actual room being what is now the North Drawing Room).

In 1981, apartments 8 and 9 were combined to create the London residence of the newly married Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana, and it remained the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales after her divorce until her death.

Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces; a nonprofit organisation that does not receive public funds. The offices and private accommodation areas of the Palace remain the responsibility of the Royal Household and are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section.

Kensington Palace is also used on an unofficial basis by Prince Harry, as well as his cousin Zara Phillips.


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NEARBY STREETS
Abingdon Villas, W8 Abingdon Villas runs between Earls Court Road and Marloes Road.
Adam And Eve Mews, W8 Adam And Eve Mews is a street in Kensington.
Albert Mews, SW7 Albert Mews is a small cobbled mews, built in 1865
Albert Place, W8 Albert Place runs west off Victoria Road.
Alexander Mews, W2 Alexander Mews is a street in Paddington.
Alexander Street, W2 Alexander Street was built in 1853 by Alexander Hall of Watergate House, Sussex.
Alma Studios, W8 Alma Studios is a street in Kensington.
Ambassador’s Court, SW1A Ambassador’s Court is a road in the SW1A postcode area
Ansdell Street, W8 Ansdell Street is a street in Kensington.
Ansdell Terrace, W8 Ansdell Terrace is a cul-de-sac off of Ansdell Street and was previously known as St Albans Road North.
Ashburn Gardens, SW7 Ashburn Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Ashburn Place, SW7 Ashburn Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Astwood Mews, SW7 Astwood Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Atherstone Mews, SW7 Atherstone Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Ball Street, W8 Ball Street was created by the Kensington Improvement Scheme of 1868-71, carried out by the Metropolitan Board of Works.
Bark Place, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Barkston Gardens, SW5 Barkston Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Beatrice Place, W8 Beatrice Place is a street in Kensington.
Berkeley Gardens, W8 Berkeley Gardens is a short street which runs between Brunswick Gardens and Kensington Church Street containing terraced houses on both sides with small front gardens.
Bina Gardens, SW5 Bina Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2 Bishop’s Bridge Road, now a main thoroughfare, began life as a footpath.
Bishop’s Bridge Road, W2 Bishop’s Bridge Road is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bishop’s Bridge, W2 Bishop’s Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bishops Bridge Road, W2 Bishops Bridge Road is a road in the W2 postcode area
Blithfield Street, W8 Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road.
Bramham Gardens, SW5 Bramham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Brechin Place, SW7 Brechin Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Brunswick Gardens, W8 Brunswick Gardens runs north from Vicarage Gate - a wide tree-lined road with white stuccoed terraces on either side.
Budge’s Walk, SW7 Budge’s Walk is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Burdett Mews, W2 Burdett Mews is a street in Paddington.
Cambridge Place, W8 Cambridge Place is a short cul-de-sac on the west side of Victoria Road.
Campden Grove, W8 Campden Grove runs between Kensington Church Street and Hornton Street.
Caroline Place Mews, W2 Caroline Place Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Caroline Place, W2 Caroline Place is a road in the W2 postcode area
Celbridge Mews, W2 Celbridge Mews is a street in Paddington.
Cervantes Court, W2 Cervantes Court is a street in Paddington.
Chantry Square, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
Cheniston Gardens, W8 Cheniston Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Chepstow Place, W2 Chepstow Place runs from the junction of Westbourne Grove and Pembridge Villas in the north to Pembridge Square in the south.
Childs Place, SW5 Childs Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Chilworth Street, W2 Chilworth Street is an east-west street in W2.
Chilworth Street, W2 Chilworth Street is an east-west street in W2.
Clanricarde Gardens, W2 Clanricarde Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Cleveland Gardens, W2 Cleveland Gardens is a short stretch of road behind Cleveland Square.
Cleveland Square, W2 Cleveland Square is a notable square in Paddington.
Cleveland Terrace, W2 Cleveland Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Cloucester Mews West, W2 Cloucester Mews West is a road in the W2 postcode area
Colbeck Mews, SW7 Colbeck Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Collingham Gardens, SW5 Collingham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Collingham Place, SW5 Collingham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Collingham Road, SW5 Collingham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Cornwall Gardens Walk, SW7 Cornwall Gardens Walk is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Cornwall Gardens, SW7 Cornwall Gardens is a long, narrow garden square.
Cottesmore Court, W8 Cottesmore Court is a street in Kensington.
Cottesmore Gardens, W8 Cottesmore Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Courtfield Gardens, SW5 Courtfield Gardens is named after the field beneath it, cultivated until the 19th century.
Courtfield Road, SW7 Courtfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Craven Hill Gardens, W2 Craven Hill Gardens is a residential garden estate which has two small garden squares.
Craven Hill, W2 Craven Hill is a street in Paddington.
Cromwell Road, SW5 Cromwell Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
De Vere Gardens, W8 De Vere Gardens is a street in Kensington.
De Vere Mews, W8 De Vere Mews is a street in Kensington.
Derry Street, W8 Derry Street formerly known as King Street and laid out in the mid-1730s.
Devonshire Place, W8 This is a street in the W8 postcode area
Douro Place, W8 Douro Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Dove Mews, SW5 Dove Mews is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Drayson Mews, W8 Drayson Mews is a street in Kensington.
Earls Court Gardens, SW5 Earls Court Gardens runs from Earl’s Court station to Knaresborough Place.
Earl’s Court Road, SW5 Earl’s Court Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
East Westbourne Grove, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Eldon Road, W8 Eldon Road is a road in the W8 postcode area
Elsie Lane Court, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Elvaston Place, SW7 Elvaston Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Emperor’s Gate, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Emperors Gate, SW7 Emperors Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Flower Walk, SW7 Flower Walk is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Flower Walk, W2 Flower Walk is a road in the W2 postcode area
Fosbury Mews, W2 Fosbury Mews is a street in Paddington.
Garway Road, W2 Garway Road is a street in Paddington.
Gloucester Arcade, SW7 Gloucester Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Gloucester Gardens, W2 Gloucester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area
Gloucester Road, SW7 Gloucester Road is a main street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Gloucester Terrace, W2 Gloucester Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Gordon Place, W8 Gordon Place is a street in Kensington.
Gore Street, SW7 Gore Street is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Gregory Place, W8 Gregory Place is a street in Kensington.
Grenville Place, SW7 Grenville Place connects Cornwall Gardens and Launceston Place in the north with Cromwell Road in the south.
Hallfield Estate, W2 Hallfield Estate is a street in Paddington.
Harrington Gardens, SW7 Harrington Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Hatherley Grove, W2 Hatherley Grove is a street in Paddington.
Hereford Road, W2 Hereford Road is a street in Paddington.
Hereford Square, SW7 Hereford Square is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Hesper Mews, SW5 Hesper Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Hogarth Place, SW5 Hogarth Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Hogarth Road, SW5 Hogarth Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Holland Street, W8 Holland Street is a street in Kensington.
Hornton Place, W8 Hornton Place is a street in Kensington.
Hyde Park Gate Mews, SW7 Hyde Park Gate Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Hyde Park Gate, SW7 Hyde Park Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Ilchester Gardens, W2 Ilchester Gardens is a road in the W2 postcode area
Inverness Gardens, W8 Inverness Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Inverness Mews, E16 Inverness Mews is one of the streets of London in the E16 postal area.
Inverness Mews, W2 Inverness Mews is a street in Paddington.
Inverness Place, W2 Inverness Place is a street in Paddington.
Inverness Terrace, W2 Inverness Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Iverna Court, W8 Iverna Court is a street in Kensington.
Iverna Gardens, W8 Iverna Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Kelso Place, W8 Kelso Place is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Apartment, W8 Kensington Apartment is a road in the W8 postcode area
Kensington Arcade, W8 Kensington Arcade is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Court, W8 Kensington Church Court is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Street, W8 Kensington Church Street is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Church Walk, W8 Kensington Church Walk is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Court Gardens Kensington Court Gardens is a late Victorian mansion block, completed in 1889, near to Kensington Palace and Gardens.
Kensington Court Place, W8 Kensington Court Place is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Court, W8 Kensington Court is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Gardens Square, W2 Kensington Gardens Square is a street in Paddington.
Kensington Gate, W8 Kensington Gate is a street in Kensington.
Kensington High Street, W8 Kensington High Street is one of western London’s most popular shopping streets, with upmarket shops serving a wealthy area.
Kensington Mall, W8 Kensington Mall is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 Kensington Palace Gardens is a street in west central London with some of the most expensive properties in the world.
Kensington Road, W8 Kensington Road is a street in Kensington.
Kensington Square, W8 Kensington Square is a garden square in London, W8.
Kenway Road, SW5 Kenway Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Kildare Terrace, W2 Kildare Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Knaresborough Place, SW5 Knaresborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Kynance Mews, SW7 Kynance Mews consists of 33 residential properties on a mews road which starts at Gloucester Road and ends in a cul-de-sac.
Kynance Place, SW7 Kynance Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Lancer Square, W8 Lancer Square is a street in Kensington.
Launceston Place, SW7 Launceston Place is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Launceston Place, W8 Launceston Place is a street in Kensington.
Laverton Place, SW5 Laverton Place is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Leinster Gardens, W2 Leinster Gardens began its life in the early 1840s.
Leinster Mews, W2 Leinster Mews is a street in Paddington.
Leinster Square, W2 Leinster Square, along with Prince’s Square, was begun in 1856 and finished in 1864
Leinster Terrace, W2 Leinster Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Lexham Gardens, SW5 Lexham Gardens is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Lexham Gardens, W8 Lexham Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Lucerne Mews, W8 Lucerne Mews is a street in Kensington.
Marloes Road, SW5 Marloes Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Marloes Road, W8 Marloes Road runs north from the Cromwell Road.
Marlogs Road, W8 Marlogs Road is a street in Kensington.
McLeod’s Mews, SW7 McLeod’s Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Melon Place, W8 Melon Place is a street in Kensington.
Monmouth Road, W2 Monmouth Road is a street in Paddington.
Moscow Place, W2 Moscow Place is a street in Paddington.
Moscow Road, W2 Moscow Road is a street in Paddington.
Newton Road, W2 Newton Road is a street in Paddington.
Notting Hill Gate, W2 Notting Hill Gate is a road in the W2 postcode area
Old Court Place, W8 Old Court Place is a street in Kensington.
Old Manor Yard, SW5 Old Manor Yard is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Olympia Mews, W2 Olympia Mews is a street in Paddington.
Orme Court, W2 Orme Court is a street in Paddington.
Orme Lane, W2 Orme Lane is a road in the W2 postcode area
Orme Square, W2 Orme Square is named after Edward Orme, formerly a printseller in Bond Street.
Orsett Mews, W2 Orsett Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Orsett Terrace, W2 Orsett Terrace combined with Orsett Place to form one street in Paddington.
Ossington Street, W2 Ossington Street leads from Moscow Road at its north end to the Bayswater Road at its south end.
Osten Mews, SW7 Osten Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Palace Avenue, W8 Palace Avenue is a road in the W8 postcode area
Palace Court, W2 Palace Court was built in the 1880s to connect the Bayswater Road to Moscow Road.
Palace Gardens Mews, W8 Palace Gardens Mews is a street in Kensington.
Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 Palace Gardens Terrace is a street in Kensington.
Palace Gate, W8 Palace Gate was previously part of Gloucester Road and developed in the 1860s
Palace Green, W8 Palace Green is a street in Kensington.
Palace Place Mansions, W8 Palace Place Mansions is a street in Kensington.
Pennant Mews, W8 Pennant Mews is a street in Kensington.
Petersham Mews, SW7 Petersham Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Petersham Place, SW7 Petersham Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Pickering Mews, W2 Pickering Mews is a street in Paddington.
Pitt Street, W8 Pitt Street is a street in Kensington.
Poplar Place, W2 Poplar Place is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Gardens Mews, W2 Porchester Gardens Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Porchester Gardens, W2 Porchester Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Gate, W2 Porchester Gate is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Road, W2 Porchester Road is a street in Paddington.
Porchester Square, W2 Begun in 1850 and completed between 1855 and 1858, Porchester Square was one of the last areas of Bayswater to be built.
Porchester Terrace North, W2 Porchester Terrace North is a road in the W2 postcode area
Porchester Terrace, W2 Porchester Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Prince Of Wales Terrace, W8 Prince Of Wales Terrace is a street in Kensington.
Prince’s Square, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Princes Mews, W2 Princes Mews is a street in Paddington.
Princes Square, W2 Princes Square is a street in Paddington.
Princess Court, W2 Princess Court is a street in Paddington.
Queen’s Gardens, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Queen’s Gate Mews, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Queens Court, W2 Queens Court is a street in Paddington.
Queens Gardens, W2 Queens Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Queens Gate Gardens, SW7 Queens Gate Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queens Gate Terrace, SW7 Queens Gate Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queens Mews, W2 Queens Mews is a street in Paddington.
Queensborough Passage, W2 Queensborough Passage is a road in the W2 postcode area
Queensborough Studios, W2 Queensborough Studios is a road in the W2 postcode area
Queensborough Terrace, W2 Queensborough Terrace was built by the grandson of John Aldridge in the 1860s on part of the Aldridge lands.
Queensway, W2 Queensway is a street in Paddington.
Rabbit Roe, W8 Rabbit Roe is a street in Kensington.
Radley Mews, W8 Radley Mews is a street in Kensington.
Ranelagh Bridge, W2 Ranelagh Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Redan Place, W2 Redan Place is a street in Paddington.
Rede Place, W2 Rede Place is a street in Paddington.
Redfield Lane, SW5 Redfield Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Reston Place, SW7 Reston Place is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Rosary Gardens, SW7 Rosary Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Saint Petersburgh Place, W2 This is a street in the W2 postcode area
Salem Road, W2 Salem Road is a street in Paddington.
Scarsdale Place, W8 Scarsdale Place is a street in Kensington.
Scarsdale Villas, W8 Scarsdale Villas is a street in Kensington.
South End Row, W8 South End Row is a street in Kensington.
South End, W8 South End is a street in Kensington.
Southwell Gardens, SW7 Southwell Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
St Albans Grove, W8 St Albans Grove is a street in Kensington.
St Margarets Lane, W8 St Margarets Lane is a road in the W8 postcode area
St Mary Abbots Vicarage, W8 St Mary Abbots Vicarage is a street in Kensington.
St Petersburgh Mews, W2 St Petersburgh Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
St Petersburgh Place, W2 St Petersburgh Place is a street in Paddington.
St. Mary’s Gate, W8 St. Mary’s Gate is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Place, W8 St. Mary’s Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stanford Road, W8 Stanford Road is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stanhope Mews South, SW7 Stanhope Mews South is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Stanhope Mews West, SW7 Stanhope Mews West is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Stone Hall Gardens, W8 Stone Hall Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Stratford Road, W8 Stratford Road is a street in Kensington.
Thackeray Street, W8 Thackeray Street is a street in Kensington.
The Broad Walk, W2 The Broad Walk is a road in the W2 postcode area
The Broad Walk, W8 The Broad Walk is a road in the W8 postcode area
The Broadwalk, W1H The Broadwalk is a road in the W1H postcode area
The Broadwalk, W2 The Broadwalk is a road in the W2 postcode area
The Whiteleys Centre, W2 The Whiteleys Centre is a street in Paddington.
Vicarage Court, W8 Vicarage Court is a street in Kensington.
Vicarage Gardens, W8 Vicarage Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Vicarage Gate, W8 Vicarage Gate is a street in Kensington.
Victoria Grove, W8 Victoria Grove is a street in Kensington.
Victoria Road, W8 Victoria Road is a street in Kensington.
Westbourne Gardens, W2 Westbourne Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Grove Terrace, W2 Westbourne Grove Terrace is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Grove, W2 Westbourne Grove is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Park Road, W2 Westbourne Park Road is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Park Villas, W2 Westbourne Park Villas is a street in Paddington.
Westbourne Terrace Mews, W2 Westbourne Terrace Mews is a road in the W2 postcode area
Wetherby Gardens, SW5 Wetherby Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Wetherby Place, SW7 Wetherby Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Whiteleys Centre, W2 Whiteleys Centre is a street in Paddington.
Windsor Court, W2 Windsor Court is a street in Paddington.
Wrights Lane, W8 Wrights Lane is a street in Kensington.
York Passage, W8 York Passage is a road in the W8 postcode area
Young Street, W8 Young Street, named after the developer of Kensington Square, was in use as a road by 1685.


Kensington

Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.

The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops.

The edges of Kensington are not well-defined; in particular, the southern part of Kensington blurs into Chelsea, which has a similar architectural style. To the west, a transition is made across the West London railway line and Earl's Court Road further south into other districts, whilst to the north, the only obvious dividing line is Holland Park Avenue, to the north of which is the similar district of Notting Hill.

Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares.

Kensington is also very densely populated; it forms part of the most densely populated local government district (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) in the United Kingdom. This high density is not formed from high-rise buildings; instead, it has come about through the subdivision of large mid-rise Victorian and Georgian terraced houses (generally of some four to six floors) into flats.
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