West Kensington is primarily a residential area consisting mainly of Victorian terraced houses many of which are subdivided into flats. Elegant Mansion flats and modern developments.
There are excellent examples of Victorian architecture with several houses and some entire streets listed- including the imposing mansion blocks of Fitzgeorge Avenue, Fitzjames Avenue, a gated, very elegant tree lined street with very helpful porters on site.
The many mansion blocks include those around Avonmore Road, Glyn Mansions (Built 1897), Argyll Mansions, Palace Mansions, Rugby Mansions, which also benefits from a communal garden, Avonmore Mansions and Avonmore Gardens (Built 1893) which is located next to the new Kensington Village development. These mansion blocks are located a short stroll away from Kensington High Street and opposite Olympia. Another mansion block tucked away on Addison Bridge Place, is Welbeck Court. This block is again very close to Kensington High Street.
More recent private modern developments include Windsor Way, a modern award winning development located just off Brook Green, which provides a community feel, a gated development with CCTV, porters on the gate and 24 hour security. This development is a mix of flats and houses, some with underground parking. There is also visitor on site parking.
St Paul's Court, accessed from Colet Gardens or Glidden Road, was built in 1980 on the former site of St Paul's School. This development provides a selection of modern one, two and three bedroom properties and a few houses with generally three or four bedrooms. This development is gated with on site porters and very appealing communal gardens. Underground parking is provided with many flats and houses, but not all.
Kensington West, situated on Blythe Road has a concierge service and on site leisure facilities, a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats some of the penthouses have large terraces and most flats have balconies.
Brook Green provides an eclectic mix of fantastic family houses and conversion flats. Impressive houses surround Brook Green, which in itself is a green space with tennis courts, a large childrens play ground, a dog excercise area and seating area. There is a very friendly, caring, involved association set up by the residents, this link will take you to their site http://www.brookgreenassociation.org/
West Kensington is a cosmopolitan enclave, with significant local population diversity. There is a significant population of Middle Eastern, Europeans - Italian, Spanish, and French, for some of whom private schools operating in their native languages can be found around Brook Green. The area also has a large student population, given its close proximity to Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital, South Kensington, Hammersmith and other Central Universities.
West Kensington has a major advantage in its location. An influx of spill-over wealth from Kensington (W8) means that the area has experienced significant developments including the opening of more speciality shops, eateries and gastropubs.
West Kensington straddles the border between the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.
W14 had become the first London postcode to not have a post office — however an agreement was reached with North End News in February 2009 to provide a post office counter.
Local business consists of small shops, offices and restaurants, with the Olympia exhibition Centre nearby. Indeed, it is the mix of local shops that give the area its character. Brook Green also benefits from quaint eateries and some very popular pubs. Including The Albion public house which is reputedly haunted!
West Kensington is within easy reach of Kensington High Street, Earls Court, and the Broadways of Fulham, Hammersmith and Notting Hill.
The Baron's Court Theatre is also located in basement of "The Curtains Up" bar and restaurant, fantastic for lunches and dinner, family and dog friendly, a real home from home environment, fresh food with daily specials, have a look at their main site http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/
The Queens Head o Brook Green is also very popular with a garden, friendly service and open fires in the winter.
The Carnival Store is a famous fancy dress and costume shop located in the same premises on Hammersmith Road and family owned for the past 40 years.
There are a number of schools in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, have a look at the Goverment web link,
West Kensington is also home to the following independent schools
St James Independent School for Junior Boys and Girls and St James Independent School for Senior Girls.
St Pauls Girls School
Latymer Upper School
Godolphin and Latymer
Fulham Prep School
West Kensington is remarkably well served by public transport, owing to its central location between the Fulham, Hammersmith and Kensington hubs.
- Tube: Six separate Tube lines are within a 5 to 15 minute walk of West Kensington.
In the area:
- West Kensington (District Line)
- Barons Court (District and Piccadilly)
- Kensington (Olympia) (District line)
- Kensington High Street (District and Circle)
In areas surrounding it:
- Earls Court
- High Street Kensington
- Fulham Broadway
- West Brompton
- Gloucester Road
- Goldhawk Road
- Shepards Bush
West Kensington Tube Station, the District Line branch (running between Kensington Olympia-Earl's Court-Kensington High Street), Piccadilly from Barons Court/Earl's Court, Circle and District Line from High Street Kensington, Hammersmith and City Line from Hammersmith tube station, and the Central line from Shepherd's Bush and Holland Park.
- Overground: The London over ground is available from Kensington Olympia station and Shepherds Bush.
- Bus: Several Bus routes are available in the area including the 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 391 and C1. Along Hammersmith Road, there are numerous buses linking the area to Paddington, Hammersmith, Chiswick, Notting Hill, Oxford Street, Aldwych, Kings Cross and Trafalgar Square. The N9 bus also runs from Olympia to Heathrow via Isleworth and West Middlesex Hospital (night bus).
- West Kensington is also conveniently located close to the A4 (West Cromwell Road) with links to the West and Heathrow.