South Kensington is one of London’s most famous neighbourhoods, and there is enough for visitors to see and do there to fill an entire day (or more, if there’s time). With world-class museums, famous parks and gardens, and great cafes and shops, the area is the perfect place to explore on foot.
This self-guided walking tour of London’s South Kensington will take you around to all the sightseeing highlights and allow you to explore everything the neighbourhood has to offer. You can use the interactive map below to guide you as you go.
Self-Guided Walking Tour of South Kensington
Starting Point: South Kensington tube station (District, Circle, Piccadilly lines)
Duration: 2-4 hours
Start your tour at the South Kensington tube station, one of the prettiest stations in the city. Exit onto Onslow Square and walk down to Fulham Road. Some of London’s best shopping can be found here, and it’s worth exploring if you want some retail therapy.
When you’re done, make your way back up Cranley Gardens and down Old Brompton Road to the tube station. Around the corner on Exhibition Road is a pedestrianised area lined with all kinds of cafes and restaurants. If you’re hungry or want to stop for a coffee, Le Pain Quotidien and Fernandez & Wells are great for light fare, and Le Comptoir Libanais and Casa Brindisa are perfect for more substantial meals. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside.
Once finished, continue your walk up Exhibition Road to Cromwell Road, where you will see the Natural History Museum on your left, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) on your right, and the Science Museum straight ahead. Take your pick of the museums (or visit all three if you have the stamina) and wander through to learn more about your topic of choice.
When you’re done, continue up Exhibition Road, passing by Imperial College, one of London’s top universities, on your left. Turn left on Prince Consort Road and then right on Kensington Gore, which will lead you to Royal Albert Hall, one of the city’s most famous (and beautiful) concert venues.
Royal Albert Hall sits along Hyde Park, one of London’s largest and most famous green spaces. Cross Kensington Road to the Albert Memorial, a monument to Queen Victoria’s husband, and spend some time walking through the park. If you want to, you can go to Kensington Palace and explore the rooms and gardens.
When you’re finished walking in Hyde Park, you can continue to another area of London or walk back down Exhibition Road to the South Kensington tube station, where your self-guided walking tour will end.