Splendid Walk Around Kensington

Rather Splendid Walk Around Kensington

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Lindley Sambourne House

18 Stafford Terrace is Linley Sambourne House. Edward Linley Sambourne was the illustrator of Punch magazine until 1910. It is a beautifully preserved house with all his artwork and other accoutrements.

28 Logan Place – Freddie Mercury’s house

Mary Austin was left this property along with £9million.
* She lived with him for 20 years but got fed up with all the graffiti so that’s why the door is covered and there’s so much security.
* He moved in in 1985 before being diagnosed with HIV but his final resting place is somewhat a mystery.

Stratford Road

* Stratford studios. Built in 1880 by a local builder taking advantage of the local call for artists since the great exhibition
* Fountain at end of road on Marloes Rd used to be part of the old Kensington Workhouse which became St Mary Abbots Hospital around 1931 and got demolished in 1990s
* Note brick gate posts further up the road which are the only surviving part.

Kensington Church Walk

Kensington Church Walk is a good place to go for Vintage Clothing. Hornets is excellent for bowler hats and boating blazers. Garnet, a few doors along is where Princess Diana used to go and Princes William and Harry used to run along the wall outside.

Kensington Church Street

Michael German Walking Stick shop

St Mary Abbots – 1870
* Church spire tallest in London
* Designed by George Gilbert Scott who was working on the Albert Memorial

Kensington Palace Gardens

One of the most expensive streets on the planet, Kensington Palace Gardens is home to royalty, oligarchs, tycoons and ambassadors. With an average house price estimated at over £33 million

18 – 19 Kensington Palace Gdns. Most expensive sale in the world
Bernie Ecclestone used to own it but Croatian wife, Slavica, didn’t like it.
She’s taller than him.
Then he sold it for 57 million to Lashkmi Mittal Indian steel tycoon -they call it the Taj Mittal

Other famous residents include the Sultan of Brunei,
Wang Jian Lin – China richest man,
Roman Abramovic

Kensington Court

* Used to be a 100 room Marble palace “Kensington House” by rich Victorian Baron Albert Grant. when he went bankrupt the staircase went to madam Tussauds and the gates to Richmond Park as the whole place was dismantled.

* The freehold was then bought by developer Jonathan Carr who built Kensington Court.
* 15 Kensington Court is the Old Pump House. Jonathan Carr wanted a cheap quiet alternative to steam to power lifts so water was pumped underground from Thames. It was the first time independent hydraulic system had been used to power domestic houses in Britain or the world.

We finish in the Bricklayers Arms.

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