A Quick Guide To South Kensington, SW7
The area of South Kensington is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is centred 3.9 kilometres from Charing Cross in a west - southwest direction.
The boundaries of the area are not easily defined, although by common definition South Kensington covers the area around the tube station and all the surrounding streets and garden squares. The area of Albertopolis on Exhibition Road is also included within the boundaries.
The area is mostly known for the museums on Exhibition Road, regarded as a museum district. Among them is the Natural History Museum, which is considered to be the most prestigious museum of natural history in the world. The museum features 80 million items in five collections entomology, palaeontology, mineralogy, zoology and botany.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is home to the largest collection of design and decorative arts items in the world. Over 4.5 million objects are featured here. The origins of the museum can be traced back to the Great Exhibition of 1851. It opened a year later, taking the name of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.
The Science Museum is a famous tourist attraction, with over 3 million visitors every year. It is publicly funded so there is no admission fee. The museum includes items such as the oldest steam locomotive, Stephenson’s Rocket, prototype jet engine and steam engines.
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