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KENSINGTON COURT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Our Association represents the interests of the people living in the Kensington Court area of London W.8.
This and the following pages include an introduction to Kensington Court, an explanation of how the Association works, issues that affect our community, news on neighbourhood events, a list of useful contacts, the names of our local patrons and some favourite places to eat and drink.
We tell the story of Kensington Court and feature profiles of people who live and work here. We have a video of some of the architectural features of the neighbourhood's buildings.
And finally there are 4 short videos of Kensington Gardens, the Royal Park that's next door to Kensington Court, in its 4 seasons.
THE FUTURE OF HEYTHROP COLLEGE
Looming over our community is the prospect of another giant construction project - the redevelopment of Heythrop College. Our quiet district of Kensington is already suffering from major construction fatigue. First, in the north-east corner of our neighbourhood, we had to endure 4 years of the de Vere Gardens development, which saw the building of 90 luxury flats, many of which still seem unoccupied. That was immediately followed by the construction of 56 luxury apartments in the north west corner of the neighbourhood, replacing the car park in Young Street. This project has also taken 4 years and is almost complete (click here to get the latest news on that). But just as we were beginning to see light at the end of the construction tunnel came news of yet another project, this one in the south west corner of our area. Developers have bought the site of Heythrop College, which will close in August 2018. Initially they proposed building 150 luxury apartments with extra care. The Association (along with the Kensington Society and over a hundred individuals) opposed this project, which would haves take 5 years to complete and brought unacceptable disruption to our community. Click here for further details of what was being proposed and why we objected.
The good news is that, faced with a tide of objections, the developers withdrew their original application in April. But they are still keen to press ahead with a development - and will be submitting a new application towards the end of the summer. So we need to be vigilant to ensure that what they propose is an asset to the whole community.
THE 2017 ANNUAL STREET PARTY
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Kensington Court is just south of Kensington Palace (the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, perhaps better known as Will & Kate), Kensington Gardens (the home of the Peter Pan statue) & Kensington High Street.
It hosts 3 embassies and 2 High Commissions, 7 restaurants, 2 cafes and a pub, 2 galleries, 3 hairdressers and a number of specialist shops. It mainly consists of Victorian mansion blocks which were built towards the end of the 19th century.
You can read the story of Kensington Court by clicking here.
If you want to get in touch, ask advice, raise an issue or make a contribution to the website, click on the button on the left to go to the Association page.
And if you would like to see some videos, click on the buttons below.
A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF KENSINGTON COURT
For a 5 day Weather Forecast for Kensington, click here
Below are links to the latest Court events and issues