Kensington is one of the smallest districts in all of England. Yet, it is arguably one of the wealthiest. With Notting Hill, Chelsea, Central Kensington, South Kensington and Knightsbridge all residing in the district. It is also a Royal Borough and has been since 1901 as it was home to Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace holds a very interesting history in itself. Queen Victoria was born there in 1819, and she lived there until 1837. Further back, the original “home” was commissioned by King William III. However, it was Christopher Wren who rebuilt the original house in 1689, turning it into a place fit for a royal residence. Wren did such a good job that the palace was used by kings and queens right up until 1760. Now it is used by members of the royal family.
During the Second World War, the people of Kensington suffered greatly. Over 40,000 people of Kensington were injured during this time. However, showing the true English resilience of the time, the people of Kensington rose up and created a huge army of civilian volunteers for the Red Cross, Fire services and a great deal more.
Of course, now Kensington is home to major museums, some of the greatest department stores in the world and the amazing Notting Hill Carnival, among much more.