Area Guide:

South Kensington constitutes a rough triangle which fans out northwards from the Tube station and encompasses what could be called London's museum quarter, thus making it a mecca for the more discerning visitor. As a residential district, it compares favourably with the equally affluent areas of neighbouring Knightsbridge and Chelsea sharing as it does the same mixture of graceful garden squares, genteel side streets and ultra-chic retail spaces.

Scientific and Cultural institutions abound, especially in the area around Exhibition Road, which includes such renowned places of learning as the Imperial College, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music also being nearby. However there are two main jewels in South Kensington's rich crown and these take the form of the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which together with the Royal Albert Hall represent the high-water mark of imperial Britain's optimism and sense of achievement.

Large numbers of French expatriates working in the City live here lending a distinctive and welcome Gallic influence to a number of bookshops and cafes.