What’s it like living in West Kensington?
Nestled in a coveted West London enclave, its borders often blurred with Hammersmith, Brook Green, Kensington Olympia and Barons Court, the small residential area of West Kensington offers a tranquil retreat from city life without sacrificing the convenience and vibrancy of urban living. Residents have central London at their fingertips.
As West London Estate Agents, Horton and Garton are well positioned to share the many reasons why West Kensington stands out as a stellar choice for buyers and renters.
A brief history of the area
West Kensington’s history is a tapestry of transformation from archery fields in the Middle Ages to a bustling Victorian suburb.
By the 17th century, grand houses replaced the archery grounds, and a village emerged, growing rapidly post-1814 around the newly built St Mary’s church.
The opening of North End station in 1874 triggered development across the area, particularly by builders Gibbs and Flew which led to the creation of the West Kensington estate.
Despite a market slump in the 1880s, the area recovered, and as with much of West London the area attracted creatives, artists and writers.
The area’s 20th-century growth saw mansion blocks replace some houses, and post-WWII reconstruction further shaped the look and feel.
Where is West Kensington?
West Kensington enjoys a prime West London location and is situated between Hammersmith, Kensington and Fulham. Once a prime location for students due to its proximity to Imperial College, today, it’s become a magnet for young professionals and families. They’re discovering that their money stretches further here than in pricier neighbours like Chelsea, South Kensington, or even Earl’s Court, making West Kensington an attractive and practical choice if you’re seeking value without compromising on location.
Transport in West Kensington
West Kensington, Kensington Olympia and Barons Court all sit in Zone 2 on the District Line – making City commuting easy. Buses run regularly to Olympia West, with extra services added on days when big shows are taking place. There are lots of taxis available in the area (again, particularly around Olympia West), but the roads are mainly quiet.
You can also walk to Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Bridge or Kensington Palace in less than half an hour.
Benefits of living in West Kensington
Boasting a unique blend of laid-back charm and metropolitan convenience, West Kensington is an ideal place to live for many.
The area’s allure lies in its tranquil, leafy streets and diverse architectural beauty, from classic red-brick mansion blocks to modern developments.
Its strategic location promises easy access to the city’s core via reliable transport links, while maintaining a safe, community-oriented atmosphere with crime rates notably lower than the London average.
This, coupled with a vibrant local scene featuring eclectic eateries, traditional pubs, and a variety of shops, ensures that West Kensington is not just a residence but a lifestyle choice for those who seek the vibrancy of London living without the premium cost of its more high-profile neighbours.
The Local Neighbourhood
The community here is diverse and welcoming, adding to the area’s charm. Then there are the local amenities, from quaint cafes to bustling markets, that cater to all tastes and needs, making West Kensington not just a place to live, but a place to thrive.
There are several eateries and convenience shops dotted across the area, and as is typical for many parts of London, several historic public houses.
For shopping, Westfield is a short journey away and offers a range of designer boutiques and high-street favourites.
A ten-minute bus ride will take you to High Street Kensington, where you can explore a mix of local grocers, international retailers, and upscale shopping options. Olympia West is also a popular nearby events space that hosts plenty of exhibitions and shows.
Schools in West Kensington
West Kensington and the W14 postcode area is home to several well-regarded schools. Primary schools nearby include Addison Primary School, Avonmore Primary School, Kensington Primary Academy, Normand Croft Community School for Early Years and Primary Education, and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. These schools cater to ages ranging from 2 to 11 years and offer a mix of community school environments.
For secondary education, the area is home to The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School, a Roman Catholic academy converter for boys aged 11 to 18 years, and The Fulham Boys School, which is a Church of England free school also for boys of the same age group.
Property in West Kensington
West Kensington has evolved into a prime London postcode, and homes here are sought-after, whether they’re on the market for rent or sale.
The architecture found on roads such as Stonor Road and Avonmore Road is impressive, as are many of the buildings in W14. These majestic tucked away townhouses offer the convenience of being near the tube while maintaining a tranquil atmosphere, thanks to a well-planned network of one-way streets.
Some new-build developments have been constructed in and around the area in recent years but apartments in West Kensington are primarily converted townhouses and mansion blocks.
The structure and layout of many homes in West Kensington means they are naturally wider spaces, more akin to properties found in Prime Central London areas.
Are you considering moving to W14?
West Kensington stands as an attractive proposition for buyers and renters looking for a balance of lifestyle and connectivity and truly beautiful homes.
To explore your plans to move please do get in touch.