Kensington Road

Coordinates: 51°30′6.6″N 0°10′22″W / 51.501833°N 0.17278°W / 51.501833; -0.17278

Kensington Road[1] is a section of road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster, London, forming part of the A315 road. It runs along the south edge of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. To the west it becomes Kensington High Street, to the east it becomes Knightsbridge, while Kensington Gore is the name applied to the middle section. To the north is Kensington Palace and to the south, the road is joined by Palace Gate, Queen's Gate, Exhibition Road, and Rutland Gate (west to east).

Kensington Road from the Royal Albert Hall, looking west.
Cabmen's Shelter in Kensington Road, close to the junction with Queen's Gate.
Kensington Road and bus stop.

Kensington Road houses one of the remaining thirteen Grade II listed Cabmen's Shelters used by London's taxi drivers as a place to buy food and (non-alcoholic) drink.[2][3]

The London bus routes 9, 23, 52, 360 and 452 serve Kensington Road.

Running adjacent to Kensington Road on the south side, separated by a high wall, is Prince's Gate. It was named after a gate into Hyde Park, opened in 1848 by Edward VII, the then Prince of Wales. In 1855 some stuccoed terraces were built opposite it, facing Kensington Road. They were described by Leigh Hunt as like "a set of tall, thin gentlemen squeezing together to look at something over the way". Many of the individual properties are now embassies or offices. Notable ones include:[4]

Several notable people lived in Prince's Gate too. Field Marshal Douglas Haig lived and died at No. 21 in 1928; Robert Baden-Powell lived at No. 32 in 1903–14; and Joseph Chamberlain lived at No. 72 in 1880–2. No. 14 was the home of Joseph Kennedy when he was the American ambassador to Britain in 1937–40, accompanied by his son John F. Kennedy.[4]

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  1. ^ Kensington Road Guide — Kensington, London W8,
  2. ^ White, Belinda (6 September 2011). "Taxi for Anya!". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Buchan, Ella (1 May 2018). "The secret green shelters that feed London's cabbies". BBC Travel. Retrieved 16 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c Weinreb, Ben and Hibbert, Christopher (1992). The London Encyclopaedia (reprint ed.). Macmillan. p. 640.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)