The centre of overall UK government and the place to find some of the most stunning buildings in the city. Westminster Palace and the Cathedral are clearly impressive but they are best viewed from the London Eye (also in the Westminster area) or a walk along the south bank of the River Thames. The south bank is liberally blessed with fine bars and restaurants set just back from the river and for those who lover the arts you can find the Saatchi Gallery here along with the National Film Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.
Chelsea can be described as an exclusive village within a capital city. It has many secluded and characteristic places to eat and drink and it also offers excellent shopping opportunities along the world famous Kings Road. Synonymous with the vital trend movements of the past 40 years, Chelsea provides visitors with a window to all that is the best about the past and present Swinging London.
Kensington is a large area of historic and architectural interest. Anyone who has walked the streets of Kensington will be left impressed by its handsome residential streets and squares. Kensington has many landmarks - including Kensington Palace - and is home to a good number of embassies.
High Street Kensington offers perfect access to Holland Park and for those who love music and the arts, the underground station is only a short walk from the Royal Albert Hall.
Ideal location to explore London from your own home from home.
Many of the famous city sites, including the Victoria and Albert museum, the Natural History museum and the Science museum, the Albert Hall, Hyde Park with the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Palace and Gardens or the Saatchi Gallery, as well as the many boutiques, bistros, cafés and traditional English pubs in the area are just a walking distance.
Oxford Street is the long shopping paradise that runs from Holborn to Bayswater. Oxford Street itself is a must visit for the eager shopper, but visitors can also enjoy Soho for its great nightlife and market, and Bond Street for its exclusive style and elegance. You can spend a whole day exploring the back streets of the Oxford Street area and whether you have children or not, you must visit Hamley's (the World's Finest Toy Shop) on Regent's Street.
Made famous by the British comedy film of the same name, Notting Hill actually offers plenty more than cinema goers would appreciate. Splendid bars and restaurants, the exciting and culturally rich carnival every August and the weekend market at Portobello Road, all add to the charm of this one time poor relation within the Kensington and Chelsea Borough. Notting Hill has come a long way since it was known as the potteries in the 19th century (because of a pottery works nearby) or the piggeries (due to the 3-1 ratio of pigs to people).
Knightsbridge is rightly renowned for being the home of the internationally famous stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Also in the area is Sloane Street where visitors can find the great designers. But Knightsbridge is not all about shopping; cultural diversions can be found in the museums off the Cromwell Road (Science, Victoria & Albert and Natural History) and leisurely pursuits in either Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens.