The borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in London. Home to world-class museums, shopping, fine restaurants and art galleries, there is a lot to see and explore in this swanky area of London.
Those visiting the city will find some of the best luxury accommodation in Chelsea London.
Among the top luxury hotels in the area, The San Domenico House Chelsea London offers the best of boutique comfort and a refined elegance for its guests to stay. Kensington Palace is a short drive away from the hotel.
Both Kensington and Chelsea were originally Saxon settlement and earned a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086. The first royal member to move to the area was William III when he made Kensington Palace his home in 1689. Later Queen Victoria was born in 1819 and spent her formative years in the palace until she became Queen 1837. In keeping with her wishes, Kensington was accorded the status of a Royal Borough in 1901. Chelsea and Kensington were formally united to become the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 1965.
Some transport guidelines for visitors to Kensington Palace are as follows:
Taxis: Travel by taxi can be very expensive with prices subject to the time of the day. While buses and the Tube are better options, there are times when a taxi becomes a necessity. Visitors can hail a taxi when the amber light is on. Finding a taxi is easy with many driving on the main roads.
Driving in the Borough: Since December 2010, the borough is not counted among the Congestion Charge zones of the city. Therefore, there are no charges to dive within or through the area. However, for those planning to drive to central London, Congestion charges are applicable. Drivers have to pay £10 to drive in the Congestion Charge zone. Payments can be done on the day of (until midnight or the day before travel. The charge increases to £12 the next day and if the payment is still not made a fine is charged. Payments can be done online, at various locations or by phone.
These charges are applicable on weekdays (Monday to Friday) 07:00 to 18:00 hrs. The area excluding the congestion zones is free to drive. There is no Congestion Charge on public holidays and the period between Christmas day and the New Year.
Parking in Kensington & Chelsea: Parking can become a challenge. While there many parking meters all around the borough, certain street get full and it might take some time to drive around and find a parking spot. Another option is to park in residents’ parking bays during non-operational hours. The signage in the area informs visitors about the status and if not operational it can be used to park. There are several parking garages also spread over the borough. Visitors can check the website of the local council to know about parking in the area.