The Royal Borough of Kensington-and-Chelsea (RBKC) was once the separate boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. While both have been popular areas since the royals moved into Kensington Palace in the 17th century, Chelsea has been a market garden, Victorian bohemian enclave, and cultural centre in the 1960s and 70s. The two were combined in 1965, with the slogan “How good to dwell in unity.”
This small borough is a centre of innovation and influence. It is home to multiple museums and universities in the South Kensington and Albertopolis area, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as major department stores like Harrods and embassies in the Knightsbridge, Belgravia, and Kensington Gardens areas. With green spaces like Hyde Park, as well, residential properties in Kensington-and-Chelsea like those on Billionaire’s Row are some of the most expensive in the world.
There is upmarket shopping in Kensington, on High Street starting near the entrance to Kensington Palace, and in Chelsea, and on King’s Road, as well. The UK offices for many companies in the UK music industry can also be found here, including Universal on Kensington’s High Street. This borough is densely populated, and there are plans to develop North Kensington with a crossrail station and a new development at Kensal Gasworks with 4,500 new homes. With a resulting rise in property values in the future, now is the time to invest in property to rent in Kensington or Chelsea properties for sale.