Kensington, Chelsea & Battersea
With its world-class museums and fine parks, this wedge of West London feels like a purpose-built family entertainment zone. And in the 1850s, that is more or less what it was. A new cultural quarter in Kensington rose from the proceeds of the 1851 Great Exhibition, while across the river, plant-hunter John Gibson created Battersea Park for the masses. Tying the two together is the King’s Road, lined with designer shops and restaurants.