FACTOID # 2: Puerto Rico has roughly the same gross state product as Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > South Kensington
South Kensington
Location
OS grid reference: TQ265785
Latitude: 51.491231°
Longitude: -0.176954°
Administration
London borough: Kensington & Chelsea
County level: Greater London
Region: London
Constituent country: England
Sovereign state: United Kingdom
Other
Ceremonial county: Greater London
Historic county: Middlesex
Services
Police force: Metropolitan Police
Fire brigade: London Fire Brigade
Ambulance service: London Ambulance
Post office and telephone
Post town: LONDON
Postal district: SW7 (and small areas of SW3 and SW5)
Dialling code: 020
Politics
UK Parliament:
London Assembly: West Central
European Parliament: London
London | List of places in London
The junction with Old Brompton Road and Pelham Street, outside South Kensington tube station.
The junction with Old Brompton Road and Pelham Street, outside South Kensington tube station.

South Kensington is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It is a built-up area located 2.4 miles (3.9 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. Image File history File links Greater_london_outline_map_bw. ... Image File history File links Locator_Dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... Latitude, usually denoted symbolically by the Greek letter φ, gives the location of a place on Earth north or south of the Equator. ... Longitude, sometimes denoted by the Greek letter λ, describes the location of a place on Earth east or west of a north-south line called the Prime Meridian. ... The administrative area of Greater London contains thirty-two London boroughs. ... Arms of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a London borough in the west side of central London, created in 1965 from the former boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... Constituent country is an official term used to describe three of the four principal component parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK): England; Scotland; Wales. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ... Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England and the second smallest (after Rutland). ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the Home Office police force responsible for Greater London, with the exception of the square mile of the City of London. ... Fire brigades in the United Kingdom are organised on a territorial basis. ... The London Fire Brigade (LFB) provides fire fighting and rescue services in London, UK. It is the third largest fire department in the world with nearly 7000 staff. ... This is a list of ambulance services in the United Kingdom: Ambulance services in England, after July 1, 2006 are A few deviations from the above have been made for operational reasons. ... The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is the largest ambulance service in the world that does not directly charge its patients for its services. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... SW7 is the postcode for South Kensington in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea The post town for this postcode is LONDON. Adjacent postcodes North: W2, within Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park East: SW1 South East: SW3, across Brompton Road/Fulham Road South: SW10 South West: SW5 West: W8... London SW3 is the London postal district covering the area of London on the north bank of the River Thames, Roughly between Battersea Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. ... SW5 is the postcode primarily for Earls Court but also for a small portion of South Kensington, both in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... 020 is the STD code for Greater London in the United Kingdom. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Greater London is divided into a number of constituencies for London Assembly elections. ... West Central is a constituency represented in the London Assembly. ... Sign in the entrance of the European Parliament building in Brussels, written in all the official languages used in the European Union as of July 2006 The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The debating chamber, or hemicycle, in Strasbourg The European Parliament building in Brussels The European Parliament (formerly European... London is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... This is a partial list of places in London, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 514 KB) The junction with Brompton Road and Pelham Street in South Kensington, London. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 514 KB) The junction with Brompton Road and Pelham Street in South Kensington, London. ... The junction connecting Old Brompton Road and Pelham Street, outside South Kensington tube station. ... Located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, London, South Kensington tube station is the closest London Underground station to the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums, as well as to Imperial College. ... Arms of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a London borough in the west side of central London, created in 1965 from the former boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Victorian Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross The name Charing Cross, now given to a district of central London in the City of Westminster, comes from the original hamlet of Charing, where King Edward I placed a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile. ...


It is hard to define notional boundaries for South Kensington, but when people talk about it, they are generally talking about the commercial area around the tube station and the adjacent graceful garden squares and streets (such as Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum). The smaller neighborhood around Gloucester Road tube 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, Baden-Powell House, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal College of Music, although this part is officially part of the small area known as Knightsbridge. Although the postcode SW7 stands for South Kensington, some parts of Kensington also fall under this postcode. Only the area south of Cromwell Road is regarded as South Kensington. Located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, London, South Kensington tube station is the closest London Underground station to the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums, as well as to Imperial College. ... The Victoria and Albert Museum viewed from Thurloe Square. ... District line building Piccadilly line building Gloucester Road is a London Underground station in Kensington, near the intersection of Gloucester Road and Cromwell Road. ... The main entrance of the Science Museum on Exhibition Road. ... The Natural History Museum from the south east The Natural History Museum, one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, Kensington, London (the others are the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum), is home to life and earth science collections comprising some 70 million items. ... The National Science Museum in London The Science Museum on Exhibition Road, Kensington, London, is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. ... Baden-Powell House, colloquially known as B-P House, is a Scouting hostel and conference center for members of The Scout Association. ... Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ... Imperial College London is a prestigious British academic institution focusing on science, engineering and medicine, complemented by a business school. ... // The Royal College of Music from Prince Consort Road, London The Royal College of Music is a prestigious music school located in Kensington, London. ...


Sandwiched between the extremely affluent centres of Knightsbridge and Chelsea, South Kensington is harder to characterise. Although a wealthy area overall, it also caters for large tourist and student populations; the former is reflected by the type of shops and eateries around South Kensington station, whilst the latter is evident by both the halls of residence for Imperial College London and the large number of language schools in the area, which attract a sizeable number of foreign students. Click Here for Knightsbridge, Castle Hill Australia Knightsbridge is a place in the City of Westminster, London notable for its expensive shops, including Harrods. ... Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ...


The foreign students at both these language schools and at Imperial College London, and the large numbers of tourists contribute to an international (predominantly European) atmosphere to the area. 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 Lycée Français 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 and cafes in the area. One of the constituent buildings of the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle is a large French secondary school situated in South Kensington, London. ...


The nearest Tube stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road. This article is about the British underground transport system. ... Located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, London, South Kensington tube station is the closest London Underground station to the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums, as well as to Imperial College. ... District line building Piccadilly line building Gloucester Road is a London Underground station in Kensington, near the intersection of Gloucester Road and Cromwell Road. ...

Contents

History

The area was largely undeveloped until the mid-19th century, being an agricultural area supplying London with fruit and vegetables. However, following the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, an 87 acre (352,000 m²) area around what is now Exhibition Road was purchased by the commissioners of the exhibition, in order to create a home for institutions dedicated to the arts and sciences - resulting in the foundation of the museums and university here. Adjacent landowners began to develop their land in the 1860s as a result of the creation of new roads and a boom in the development of areas around London, and the absorption of South Kensington into London was sealed by the arrival of the Underground to Gloucester Road and South Kensington in 1868, linking the area directly to the main railway termini and to the political, commercial and financial hearts of the city in Westminster, the West End and the City of London. London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Great Exhibition: Paxtons Crystal Palace enclosed full-grown trees in Hyde Park. ... The Serpentine, viewed from the eastern end Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London and one of the Royal Parks of London. ... This article is about the British underground transport system. ... Westminster is a district within the City of Westminster in London. ... The West End of London is part of the city centre of London in England. ... Coat of arms The City of London is a small area in Greater London. ...


Notable Residents

Notable residents have included:

  • Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882), Campaigner, educator and first director of the Victoria Museum lived at 33 Thurloe Square.
  • Charles Booth (1840-1916), Pioneer of social research lived at 6 Grenvile Place.
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), Actor-manager lived at 31 Rosary Gardens.
  • Francis Bacon (1909 - 1992), Irish-born British artist lived at 7 Cromwell Place.
  • Benny Hill (1924-1992), British comedian lived at 1 & 2 Queen's Gate.
  • Nicholas Freeman, OBE, (1939 - 1989) Controversial Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea lived in Harrington Gardens, near Gloucester Road.
  • Lord Jeremy Fraser (res:1988-2006) multi-millionaire playboy nobleman lived at 24 Thurloe Street.
  • Viscount Joshua Jackson (2005-Present) lives at 6 Onslow Gardens.
  • Professor Derek Abbott (b. 1960), Scientist, was born at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital, South Kensington, W8.

Sir Henry Cole (15 July 1808, Bath – 18 April 1882, London) was a civil servant who facilitated many innovations in commerce and education in 19th century Britain. ... Rt. ... Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (December 17, 1853 - July 2, 1917) was an English actor-manager. ... Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Anglo-Irish figurative painter. ... Alfred Hawthorn Hill (January 21, 1924 – April 20, 1992), better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English comic, actor & singer, best known for his television program, The Benny Hill Show. ... Nicholas Freeman (25 July 1939 - November 1989), OBE (1985) was the Conservative Party leader of the London Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the United Kingdom from 1977 until 1989; he was also its Mayor in 1988. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... Arms of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a London borough in the west side of central London, created in 1965 from the former boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... The Lords and Barons prove their Nobility by hanging their Banners and exposing their Coats-of-arms at the Windows of the Lodge of the Heralds. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The following is a partial list of currently operating hospitals in England, United Kingdom. ...

Nearby places

Brompton are an English Bicycle manufacturer who produce Folding bicycles. ... Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ... Earls Court is a place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... Fulham is a district in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham located 3. ... Kensington is an area to the west of Central London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... Click Here for Knightsbridge, Castle Hill Australia Knightsbridge is a place in the City of Westminster, London notable for its expensive shops, including Harrods. ...

External links

Wikibooks
Wikibooks London has more about this subject:
South Kensington
  • South Kensington Web site
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Web site
  • City of Westminster Web site
  • Harrods Web site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Kensington - LoveToKnow 1911 (1231 words)
KENSINGTON, a western metropolitan borough of London, England, bounded N.E. by Paddington, and the city of Westminster, S.E. by Chelsea, S.W. by Fulham, N.W. by Hammerssmith, and extending N. to the boundary of the county of London.
In Kensington Gardens, near the upper end of Exhibition Road, which separates the two museums, was held the Great Exhibition of 1851, the hall of which is preserved as the Crystal Palace at Sydenham.
Kensington is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of London.
London Choice - Information About South Kensington (638 words)
South Kensington is also close to Harrods, plus the many restaurants and antique markets, pubs, cafes and the delightful backwaters and exclusive shopping facilities of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, which is why the area is always full of countless tourists.
South Kensington Gardens was once a part of Hyde Park, until William VI enclosed it to become the gardens for South Kensington Palace to the west.
Kensington Palace is a delightful royal residence on a domestic scale, still in use by members of the royal family.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m