London Area Guides
Kensington Area Guide
Our area guide to Kensington gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include W14, W8
Kensington is one of the most expensive and prestigious areas of London.
Property Types & Architecture
A varied mixture of mansion blocks boasting large flats and tall white Victorian terraces providing grand family homes can be found off Kensington High Street. Proximity to either Holland Park or Kensington Gardens drives prices skyward. Substantial houses around Holland Park, many of which have been converted into flats. Camden Hill Square offers an attractive collection of Victorian terraces.
Shopping & Entertainment
Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street are both very popular shopping centre. Notting Hill Gate can offer a number of individual boutiques.
Spoilt for choice if you want to eat.
Parks & Commons
Holland Park is very well maintained, there is also Kensington Palace Gardens and Hyde Park nearby.
Who lives here?
The wealthy and the really wealthy.
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Guide to Kensington transport links
Barons Court (Zone 2)
District LinePiccadilly Line
High Street Kensington (Zone 1)
Circle LineDistrict Line
West Kensington (Zone 2)
Schools in Kensington & Exam Results
Schools in Kensington fall under the Hammersmith and Fulham Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Kensington by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Kensington
Kensington Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Kensington area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
|Hammersmith and Fulham||£750||£875||£1,000||£1,124||£1,374||£1,624||£1,874||£2,249|
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Kensington Local Authorities
Kensington is represented by Hammersmith and Fulham Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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