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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In London Kensington

For anyone planning a move to or within Kensington in central London, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic part of London.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Kensington's famous areas include Notting Hill, Portobello Road, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens

Kensington has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different properties to call home, from brilliantly located apartments, period terrace houses and innovative new builds to  executive housing, family townhouses and apartments. 

"Kensington is an upscale area with stately Victorian buildings and embassies. Many flock to the arwa in order to see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, hands-on displays at the Science Museum, and period furnishings at Kensington Palace. Whislt the grand Royal Albert Hall hosts concerts from classical to pop. Well-to-do shoppers frequent chic boutiques on Kensington High Street and antiques stores on Kensington Church Street." Guide London

Kensington sits right in the heart of London and is surrounded by a number of affluent neighbourhoods. It Shares a border with Hyde Park to the east, Chelsea to the south, Hamersmith to the west and Shepherd’s Bush to the north. 

One of the most trendy places in Kensington is the Portobello Road, adorned with intricate and eclectic markets and delicious eateries, it makes for a wonderful day out. The road was originally established as Portobello Farm in 1740. Admiral Edward Vernon named it after the Spanish town of Puerto Bello that he conquered in what is now the country of Panama. 

For more fun facts about figures about Kensington and the surrounding areas of Kensington, scroll down to our Kensington feature page! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Kensington, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Kensington (or you already live in Kensington but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Kensington there is a big choice of high quality Kensington schools, with a number of the Kensington’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

Kensington’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In Kensington UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>  You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Kensington and in the suburbs Notting Hill, Portobello Road, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

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>  You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Kensington, some of the best of which being:



Bute House Preparatory School for Girls

Hammersmith, London, England, W6 7EA

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 4-11 Years, Day

Bute House has an outstanding reputation for the academic success of the girls, but a great education encompasses so much more and, in fact, contributes to academic success. Bute House is forward thinking and offers a broad curriculum that develops skills alongside knowledge, provides opportunities for girls to excel in subjects like science and technology and develops their passions for creative and performing arts, sport and music. 

[Read More About Bute House Preparatory School for Girls…]  



The Lloyd Williamson School

North Kensington, London, England, W10 5SH 

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 0-14 Years, Day 

The Lloyd Williamson School provides teaching of a high standard and all the children’s interests and talents are actively encouraged. They celebrate childhood and nurture each child to be the best they can be in a challenging and inspiring environment that ignites a passion for life and learning. 

[Read More About The Lloyd Williamson School…]



Eaton Square School

Belgravia, London, England, SW1V 1PP

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day

Eaton Square School offer's a well-balanced education, placing an emphasis on developing the whole child pupils will be fully prepared to take their own place in an ever-changing world.

[Read More About Eaton Square School…]


Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In London, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In London, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In London, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In Kensington, England ,UK

The most popular neighbourhoods in the Kensington area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Kensington, UK

South Kensington (8,500), Earl’s Court (9,900), Notting Hill (8,500), North Kensington (39,200), Holland Park (9,100)




Kensington is a very popular place to live and many people move to Kensington each year, or to near Kensington and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Kensington are looking for a bustling and vibrant location with endless opportunities to choose from. Deciding to relocate to the Kensington in order to enjoy a different pace of life of the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Kensington, England, UK

> FACT 1:  Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and the second largest carnival in the world! The northern area of Notting Hill is famous for its annual carnival that follows Rio De Janeiro in its tradition. There is a large variety of music offered at the carnival, with over 40 sound systems and 10 steel bands! TimeOut magazine has estimated that it contributes around £93 million to the British economy each year. 

> FACT 2:  Portobello Road is one of the most famous street markets in the world and dates back to the 19th century. Families have sold for generations over this mile long stretch of road. Saturday is the busiest day as the market stalls overflow right onto the road and sell all sorts of quirky stuff. Walk just a couple of minutes and you’ll see everything from antiques, jewellery, vintage clothing and books to rare fruit and veg, fancy cheeses, incredible bread and lots of tempting cakes! 

> FACT 3:  If you’re after a little taste of the French lifestyle but don’t fancy packing a suitcase, head over to London’s French Quarter in Kensington. South Kensington has strong french routes and is home to the largest French expat community in London. Maitre Choux is the place to head if you’re in need of a midday pick-me-up, be sure to try their famous eclairs which come in all the flavours you’ve ever wished for! 

> FACT 4:  Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant star in the film Notting Hill, a romantic comedy about a young bookseller who falls in love with a high-profile American actress. The filming locations were based around North Kensington with the most famous scenes shot at Portobello Road Market. ‘The Travel Book Co’ bookshop that William Thacker (Hugh Grant) worked at is even still here today. 

> FACT 5:  Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Stormzy, David and Victoria Beckham and Jeremy Paxman all currently have homes in Kensington - so keep your eyes peeled whilst exploring the area! 

> FACT 6:  Kensington is the location of London’s Museum District. If in need of a cultural day out, this is the place to be. The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum are all situated in Kensington as well as the Royal Albert Hall, one of London’s most iconic buildings. 

> FACT 7:  The world famous Chelsea Flower Show that draws in over 150,000 visitors each year was originally in Kensington. The show began in 1862 at the Royal Horticultural Society in Kensington - it only moved to Chelsea in 1913 where is is now held at the Chelsea General Hospital’s grounds 

> FACT 8:  Paddington Bear used to visit Portobello Road! The famous bear, who was part of Michael Bond’s book series, visited Mr. Gruber for ‘elevenses’ every day, where Paddington would buy buns and Mr Gruber would make hot chocolate! 

> FACT 9:  Two of London's top ten most expensive places to live are located in Kensington. Property prices in Kensington Palace Gardens reach £35,696,711! 

> FACT 10: Kensington Palace has been one of the homes to the Royal Family since 1689. Its previous occupants have included Lady Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry and is currently home to Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and their three children. 

Where To Live In Kensington, UK

Kensington and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, mansion, with or without granny annex, garden or courtyard. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

For central city living, Kensington and the areas near Kensington are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Portobello Square Kensington, Crown Lodge Kensington, Chelsea Island Kensington, Gorleston Street Kensington, Holland Park Villas Kensington, Albertopolis Kensington, Bayswater Kensington, Notting Hill, Kensington

Commuting To And From Kensington By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Kensington is especially popular with those who have offices based in London and are happy to commute into the centre for the majority of the week.

Others are happy to commute regularly to The City of London, Canary Wharf, Westminster, The West End and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Kensington To City of London: The City is about 5 miles by road from Kensington via the A315 and driving to the centre of The City from Kensington normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to The City from Kensington, with tubes taking from 25 minutes via the Circle Line to get to The City.

> Kensington To Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf is about 9 miles by road from Kensington via the A1203 and driving to the centre of Canary Wharf from Kensington normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular tube service to Canary Wharf from Kensington, with tubes taking from 40 minutes via the Circle and Jubilee Lines to get to Canary Wharf

> Kensington To Westminster: Westminster is about 3 miles by road from Kensington via the A315 and driving to the centre of Westminster from Kensington normally takes under 20 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Westminster from Kensington, with tubes taking from 15 minutes via the Circle Line to get to Westminster.

> Kensington To The West End: The West End is about 4 miles by road from Kensington via the A402 and driving to the centre of The West End from Kensington normally takes under 30 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to The West End from Kensington, with tubes taking from 30 minutes via the District & Circle Lines or the Central Line to get to The West End.



Nearest Airports To Kensington, UK

The nearest airport to Kensington is London City International Airport (LCY) which is 10 miles away. Other nearby airports include London Heathrow (LHR) (under 11 miles), London Gatwick (LGW) (under 23 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (under 27 miles).




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