South Kensington is a London Underground station in Kensington, west London. It is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.
It is hard to define boundaries for South Kensington, but it is generally talking about the commercial area around the tube station. The smaller centre around Gloucester Road
station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road
, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum
, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, Victoria and Albert Museum
, and the Royal College of Music
Large numbers of French, Spanish and Italian citizens live in the area. A significant French presence is evidenced by the location of the consulate, the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle
- a large French secondary school opposite the Natural History Museum
- and the French Institute, home to a French cinema. There are also several French bookshops in the area.
Horse bus outside South Kensington station, early 1900s.
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