High Street Kensington To Knightsbridge
Three magnificent museums and an Egyptian inspired escalator.
Approximately 2.7 Miles / 4.3 Km
Fast fitness walk - 40 minutes
Start: High Street Kensington, District & Circle (Green & Yellow - On the tube map).
End: Knightsbridge, Piccadilly (Dark Blue)
Highlights Include: Kensington Palace, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Harrods
A: High Street Kensington Tube
Exit the station and turn right onto Kensington High Street. Cross the road and at Palace Avenue turn into Kensington Gardens. Take the diagonal path to the Kensington palace
If you have already visited Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial (see the 1minute Walk – Queensway to St James Park) go straight to the back of the Albert Hall.
B: Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is famous for its Gardens. They are fabulous. During this walk don’t miss the Sunken Garden behind the statue of Queen Victoria. Here, the park’s gardeners try to create a stunning display in each season. Inside, Royal Fashion exhibitions, featuring the dresses of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana are always very popular. These exhibitions are subject to change so check the website for the current displays, prices and times.
Exit the Palace and walk clockwise around the pond, then turn south and head for the Albert Memorial.
This stunning and impressive monument dominates the south side of Hyde Park. It’s dedicated to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's beloved husband, who died of typhoid aged 42. It is one of London's most ornate monuments, designed by George Gilbert Scott and unveiled in 1872 when the British Empire was in its most confident era.
Cross the road to the Albert Hall.
Royal Albert Hall
The concert hall opened in 1871 and it’s one of London’s premier concert venues. It is a very magical venue to see all kinds of music performed. The building is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. See the website for concert details and prices.
While you are standing outside have a look at the mosaic frieze, dedicated to the advancement of arts and sciences, which encircles the top of the Albert Hall. It’s 800 feet (343m) long and 5,200 square feet (483 square meters).
Walk to the side of the concert hall and go down the steps at the back. Cross Prince Consort Road and turn left and then right into Exhibition Road. The Science Museum is on your right
The Science Museum – Free
A large museum spread over four floors, with many cars, planes, steam engines and space shuttles. Children and most adults enjoy the many interactive exhibits. The public collection is free to view but the museum does organise special events and exhibitions that charge. See the website for details and floor plans.
Turn left on to Exhibition Road and the Natural History Museum is next door
The Natural History Museum - Free
If you like David Attenborough documentaries you will love this place – it’s huge! My favourite sections are The Red Zone earthquake simulator and of course the famous Dinosaurs. This museum is a favourite with children. Have a look at the website for floor plans, special events lectures and exhibitions.
Exit via Exhibition Road turn right and at Cromwell Road turn left. The Victoria & Albert Museum is on the left
Victoria & Albert Museum - Free
It describes itself as “The worlds leading museum of art and design” – it is probably correct. This is my favourite museum in London. The permanent Rodin exhibition is breathtaking. Other highlights include work by Raphael and exhibitions featuring five centuries of fashion. Visit the website for special exhibitions, floor plans and events.
Turn left on the Cromwell Road, go past the London Oratory Catholic Church and continue straight onto the Brompton Road. Harrods is about 500 yards / meters on the other side of the road
You can end your walk strolling through the world famous store and be sure to check out the amazing Egyptian Escalators. There are 27 restaurants to satisfy every culinary whim.
Exit Harrods and turn right onto the Brompton Road. Knightsbridge Tube is at the intersection of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.
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