Print-friendly version of this page South Kensington is a London Underground station in Kensington, west London. It is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.
Imperial College Road runs east–west with Queen’s Gate
to the west and Exhibition Road
to the east.
Formerly known as Imperial Institute Road, the road now takes its name from Imperial College on whose campus it is located. It lies at the heart of the area once known as Albertopolis
, with a number of museums, cultural buildings and educational institutions in the area, a legacy of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Imperial College Road forms part of the boundary between Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the south and the City of Westminster to the north.
It is hard to define boundaries for South Kensington, but it is generally talking about the commercial area around the tube station. The smaller centre around Gloucester Road
station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road
, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal College of Music.
Large numbers of French, Spanish and Italian citizens live in the area. A significant French presence is evidenced by the location of the consulate, the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle - a large French secondary school opposite the Natural History Museum - and the French Institute, home to a French cinema. There are also several French bookshops in the area.