Museums on your doorstep
The street is named after the 1851 Great Exhibition of manufactured products, held in Hyde Park, to which the museums owe their existence.
On the advice of Prince Albert, profits from the Great Exhibition were used to buy land to create a cultural and educational quarter. As well as museums, the area is home to prestigious institutions including the Royal College of Music, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal College of Art. These share their expertise through public talks and events.
World class entertainment
Classical music enthusiasts flock to the imposing Royal Albert Hall each summer for the BBC Proms festival. The Grade I-listed venue stages a diverse line-up of events throughout the year including live music, film screenings and Champions Tour tennis.
One of London’s eight royal parks, Hyde Park provides 350 acres of open space for relaxation and sport. The Serpentine Lido offers the chance for a cooling swim during summer months, while those who prefer to keep dry can take to the lake in row or pedal boats.
South Kensington is a hub for London’s French community thanks, in part, to the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle school and the Institut Français, which promotes French culture through a language centre, cinema and two libraries.
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