Queen Victoria was born in this palace in 1819, and Princess Margaret and other royals also resided here. A Jacobean mansion ... More
Kensington Palace & Gardens
Queen Victoria was born in this palace in 1819, and Princess Margaret and other royals also resided here. A Jacobean mansion in Kensington Gardens (next to Hyde Park), Kensington Palace was the London residence of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Visitor attractions include the state apartments and the Royal ceremonial dress collection. Lunch and tea are served in the Orangery or the Winter Cafe, depending on the time of year.
There's very little content, even for those wanting to worship at the Shrine of Diana, and what is there is not very well explained or presented - the paintings in particular are very badly lit, almost unviewable in fact. Hampton Court is (just) worth the 15 quid they charge to get in, Kensington at 12.50 is a complete rip off by comparison.
If you have some time, drop by Kensington Palace. I wasn't overwhelmed by it the way I was with Buckingham, but that's to be expected considering this was originally intended to be a private getaway for the royal family and not a big showpiece palace. The interior is rather underwhelming, but the outside is beautiful, the gardens are amazing and the Diana dress/photo exhibit is an enjoyable sight.
Kensington Palace is definitely one of the places to see. There are several attractions within a minutes walk so plan to spend an afternoon in the vicinity. The gates on Kensington High Street are your first hint that there is something there worth seeing. After Princess Di's death there are flowers there seven days a week. Make sure that while you are there you walk the grounds and go see the Albert & Victoria Hall.
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