Monday, 20, June 2016
- Written by
- Jessica Gibson
8 Reasons to visit Kensington this Summer 2016
With its diverse collection of parks, gardens, leafy avenues and world-famous museums, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea really comes alive in the summer months. The Kensington welcomes many leisure guests every summer who arrive for a slice of the city. To celebrate the sunshine, we’ve rounded up 8 reasons to visit Kensington and Chelsea this summer.
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1. Visit Buckingham Palace State Rooms
Despite being one of London’s most famous tourist attractions, The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace only open for a few months each year. From 23rd July to 2nd October, tourists and Londoners alike will be able to step into the grandest home in England. Stroll through the nineteen rooms, which the Royal family have used to entertain their guests for hundreds of years.
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2. Marvel at Sensational Butterflies
The Natural History Museum has become home to an invasion of sensational butterflies for their biggest summer exhibition. Running until 11th September, you can explore a tropical butterfly world in the heart of London. Spot the difference between butterflies and moths and look out for caterpillar camouflage. Magnifying glasses are on hand for a closer look at this fun and educational exhibition. Booking required.
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3. Get Undressed at The V&A
Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day at The V&A’s revealing new exhibition. Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will run from 16th April to 12th March 2017. Admission costs £12.00 for adults or is free for V&A members.
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4. Party at Barclaycard British Summer Time
Every July Hyde Park hosts its open-air festival British Summer Time, which will involve a series of different concerts from 1st to 10th July. This year headliners include Stevie Wonder, Take That, Mumford and Sons and Florence + The Machine. Each headliner is supported by fantastic acts and tickets are still available for these musical showdowns.
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5. Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Hyde Park
Nothing beats being in the park on a summer’s day, and there are enough things to do in Hyde Park for a full day out. Water babies can head out on to the Serpentine by hiring a pedalo or rowing boat, and can even take a dip in the Serpentine lido. With tennis courts, a horse riding school and bikes for hire, there’s no end to summer activities in Hyde Park. Even better yet, with The Kensington’s ‘Pedals, Pashley and Picnic’ package you can indulge in a quintessentially British day out by taking their custom designed bikes around London with a specially prepared picnic.
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6. Take a seat at Wimbledon
If you’re lucky enough to bag tickets for Wimbledon Tennis Tournament this year, The Kensington provides the perfect base. Far away enough from the madness, but close enough to access on a direct tube ride; simply hop on at South Kensington and you’ll be taken straight to Wimbledon. Even if you can’t get show court tickets, there are various public viewing areas such as Henman Hill, which have just as much tennis buzz as inside centre court itself. Wimbledon will take place this year from 27th June to 10th July.
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7. Celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday
Although Beatrix Potter is famous for spending her later life in the Lake District, she was actually born on Bolton Gardens in Kensington. She grew up in South Kensington and often visited the South Kensington Museum (now known as the V&A) with her father. Her 150th birthday will be on the 28th July 2016 and is sure to be celebrated in and around the Royal borough.
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8. Get Classical at BBC Proms in the Park
BBC’s Proms in the Park will return again this summer with a line up of 91 concerts over 58 days. Known by many as the Word’s Greatest Classical Music Festival, BCC Proms in the Park concerts will be popping up in a series of venues all over London. One of the most famous venues to play host is the Royal Albert Hall, which is located a 13 minute walk from The Kensington.
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