Kensington is a prominent district governed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, situated quite adjacent to West London. Kensington is famous for many things, from Anglo-Saxon era to Kensington Gardens, the main campus of Imperial College London in South Kensington, and anticipating history of arts and music, but the affluent district has so much more to offer locals and visitors.
Let’s take a brief look at the top 5 Kensington facts that you probably missed on the internet.
- World’s First Sumo Wrestling Tournament
(Photo: Source, Courtesy: The Sporting & Dramatic News)
Sumo is a type of wrestling where each opponent attempts to force the other out the of the round-shaped ring. Interestingly, the first international sumo wrestling tournament outside Japan was held at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington in 1904 (also known as the first wrestling event in the UK) that is one of the oldest and biggest concert halls in the UK.
Taxi to Royal Albert Hall – You can travel to Royal Albert Hall from Maida Vale London only in £11 with Kensington Taxis.
- Cupola Room at Kensington Palace
One of the most intriguing and astonishing facts in the UK is regarding the name theories about Queen Victoria. Did you know that the first name of Queen Victoria was not at all Victoria? Well, it was Alexandrina for real and she received the name while christened/baptised in the Cupola Room at Kensington Palace in Kensington. Queen Victoria was also born in Kensington Palace.
Taxi to Kensington Palace – You can request a taxi to Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX by Taxis in Kensington only in £14.50 from Fulham High Street, London SW6 3JJ.
- Imperial College London
Situated in the South Kensington, London – Imperial College London is the one and only university in the UK that entirely focuses on medicine, engineering, science and business. It also listed amongst the top 100 universities in the world in terms of study curriculum, student-pass-out strength and famous people who educationally belonged to Imperial College London.
Taxi to Imperial College London – You can travel to Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ from Olympia Way, London W14 0NE only in £12 with Kensington Taxi Service
- The Tallest Church Spire in London
St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington is known to have the tallest church spire in entire London. It is 276 feet tall, it one amongst the oldest Church parishes in the UK to have survived Norman Conquest.
Taxi to St Mary Abbots Church – You can visit the church to boost morale by travelling from Kensington Palace to St Mary Abbots Parish Church, London W8 only in £8 with Kensington Taxicab & Private Car Hire.
- 18 Stafford Terrace – Linley Sambourne House
Linley Sambourne House, now known as 18 Stafford Terrace, in Kensington, London is a public museum. Apart from artefacts and history, 18 Stafford Terrace has been used several times for shooting a movie. It can be seen in the movies like ‘Maurice’ and ‘Room with a View’.
Taxi to 18 Stafford Terrace – Taxi to Linley Sambourne House from Hyde Park London W2 2UH only in £9 with Kensington Taxis & Minicabs.