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Kensington is a lot more than just the South Kensington Museums, although they are wonderful, of course. If you’re bringing the family to London these ideas make a lovely day out in Kensington.
Start the day by simply exploring Kensington Gardens. This was originally part of Hyde Park but West Carriage Drive is now the dividing point for these Royal Parks.
Kensington Gardens was sectioned off when William III bought the land in 1689 so he could enjoy the clean air of country living, as this was not part of the city back then. He liked the place so much he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build Kensington Palace for him and his wife, Mary II.
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In addition to the three national museums, Kensington has three other museums that are much less well known but equally delightful. Unlike the national museums, which are all free, these museums do charge, but I think they’re well worth it.
First up: Linley Sambourne house in a stucco fronted terrace – Stafford Terrace to be exact. You’ve probably never heard of Linley Sambourne, a Victorian cartoonist; but that’s not really the point. What you get here is an almost unrestored Victorian family house, but one decorated in the ‘Aesthetic’ style and with, for instance, a fine selection of William Morris wallpaper actually on the walls – not just in sample books. Even the house plants in the conservatory with its tiny water garden are correct for the period, though I suspect not actually the originals; and there’s a fascinating insight into early photography when you notice that the bathroom is equipped with a little shelf where Sambourne could keep his chemicals when he used it as his darkroom.