If you’re looking forward to your first trip to London and planning a vacation rental in Kensington, then you really couldn’t find yourself in any better part of London. Within walking distance, you will find Kensington Palace Gardens (the Palace is the former royal residence of Princess Diana and is now the official London residence to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry), which adjoins the world-famous Hyde Park. Running between the two parks is the beautiful Serpentine Lake, where there’s simply no better place to picnic during the summer months, right in the heart of London.
Also, you’ll be a stone’s throw from London’s famous museum district, where you’ll find the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum, all within shouting distance from one another. Each of these museums is enormous, full of wide-ranging collections, wonderful for kids and grownups alike, and, like all the major public national museums…. FREE! Here’s what you need to know about three of London’s most iconic and favourite museums:
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A, named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, was founded in 1852 and is today by far the largest design and decorative arts museum in the world, home to well over four million items, with collections ranging from the contemporary to the ancient, spanning all the continents. Here, you can take in ceramics and textiles, metalwork and glassware, prints and sculpture. Literally impossible to take in all in one day (or indeed considerably more than that), the V&A will have you wishing to go back for more and more.
The Natural History Museum
With a whopping permanent collection of 80 million specimens that include the tiniest creepy crawlies and the largest dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum is truly a place of awe and wonder. Entering through its famous arched doorway, the first splendid sight you’ll have will be of the magnificent diplodocus that fills its stunning main hall, and from there you’ll be able to enjoy the Geological Museum, the Darwin Centre and the Large Mammals Hall (and, yes, they’re really large). Other highlights include snakes, scorpions, and slime.
The Science Museum
Founded in 1857, the Science Museum’s vast collections (over 300,000 items) include, among many other highlights, steam locomotives and jet engines, an IMAX cinema, a wonderful exhibition devoted to medical history, and the world’s first computer. A visit to the museum will also allow you to explore the themes of energy and atmosphere, agriculture and the cosmos. Many of the exhibits are interactive, making for a thoroughly engaging time.
If you’re taking advantage of vacation rentals in Kensington, Chelsea or indeed anywhere in the London area, be sure to make the most of your time here and pay these fabulous museums a visit.