Unmissable sights in South Kensington
Insider guide exclusively curated for guests at KeyHost London apartments in South Kensington.
When staying at one of KeyHost’s luxury apartments in elegant South Kensington, you have the perfect base for seeing some of London’s best attractions. If you’re travelling with children, the museums and sights in this guide also offer plenty to keep them occupied and entertained.
Hyde Park is the second largest urban park in Europe and is bordered by the upscale neighbourhoods of Bayswater to the north, Kensington and Knightsbridge to the west and south and Mayfair to the East. Major sights within the park include the famous Speaker’s Corner, the Albert Memorial built by Queen Victoria for her beloved prince, a beautiful Rose Garden, the Serpentine Galleries, and the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
Insider tip: In the lead up to Christmas, a spectacular winter fair known as Winter Wonderland comes to the park with amusement rides, food stalls, bars, live music and entertainment. During the summer numerous concerts and events take place in the park, including British Summer Time.
Kensington Palace is perhaps most famous as the one-time home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the current abode of both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Nottingham Cottage, where Harry and Meghan live today, was extended into a palace by the architect Sir Christopher Wren (the man who built St Paul’s Cathedral). Today, parts of the palace are open to the public and it is home to a popular and critically-acclaimed exhibition: Diana: Her Fashion Story.
Natural History Museum
If you have a love of natural history, make sure to book a behind the scenes tour at the Natural History Museum to see Archie, the giant squid. He is one of only four whole specimens in the world and is 8m long (half the length of a fully grown squid. He’s a teenager). On the way to see him you get to visit the specimen room where all the museum’s animals are kept. There are even some specimens brought back by Darwin on the Beagle. Pretty cool stuff if you like to talk nerdy.
Insider tip: In the winter months, the space outside the museum is transformed into a magical ice skating rink. The perfect way to spend a couple of hours in London, surrounded by beautiful architecture and magical Christmas lights.
You don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy the Science Museum, as it offers something for everyone. From the history of space exploration to the mystery of the human body, there is much to amaze and entertain visitors. A few highlights, include a flight simulator, the command module of the Apollo 10 missile, and a space exploration virtual reality experience. There is also an exciting and world-renowned programme of special exhibitions, as well as an IMAX theatre showing 3D films with a science theme.
Possibly the most famous department store in the world, Harrods is well worth a visit. From an incredible selection of fine foods, to remarkable home furnishings, the finest of jewellery, and the highest of fashion, Harrods is home to the best names in style and taste. It’s cheesy, but if you’re there you’re probably also going to want to visit the Diana and Dodi memorial and see the Egyptian escalator.
Insider tip: If you’re visiting with children or have special littles ones in your life, why not stop by the Children’s department to have a look at the fabulous selection of toys and children’s clothing?