south kensington

Called the Frog Valley by the English, South Kensington hosts an impressive number of French institutions: Embassy of France, Consulate of France, French Institute, French Alliance and, of course, the French Lycée.

One must admit that the French have chosen one of the most pleasant areas to establish their position. Bordering Hyde Park, offering an incredible number of private gardens known as “communal gardens”, with 3 major museums (National Natural History, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A)) and many shops, this neighbourhood offers a certain “douceur de vivre” whilst being very central!

Chelsea and its famous Kings Road remains the quintessential chic with its luxury boutiques, famous restaurants and the famous Chelsea Flower Show, which attracts many every year

The density of good schools in both the public and the private system has made it a oversubscribed area for families who are willing to take on the difficult admission procedures.


Living in South Kensington & Chelsea: the good addresses, tips, and activities not to be missed.

  • Walk by the handsome Hugh Grant in Chelsea Square
  • If you are after good cheese, go straight to La Cave à Fromages, close to the tube station, where you will also find excellent sesame or poppy seed as well as the best sandwiches in all of London, drizzled with balsamic glaze at the last moment! You can even buy coloured and cheese macaroons!!
  • The Saturday morning market in Bute Street is charming, the little fishmonger notifies you by SMS on the morning of the catch of the day! How fresh!
  • And after the market, pay a visit to Christies, which displays the furniture and works of art before their auction: go in, access is free!
  • Want French magazines and books? Go to “La Page“, where they will advise you and you will find the latest Elle magazine.
  • Chaukat: on Old Brompton Rd, the “must” for the fans of Liberty fabrics at low prices.
  • Lisa Earle: Sloane Square, they will pamper you and you can get a great relaxation massage, English women are crazy about this address.
  • Restaurant Poilane across from Peter Jones: A little Frenchie paradise …
  • Temporary exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V & A) are always entertaining and educational!
  • Discover the huge Conran Shop in the historic building of the Michelin House, there’s even a pretty florist and a succulent oyster bar located at the entrance of the building!
  • The cosy tea room Aubaine sells salted butter macaroons to die for …
  • Stroll through Walton Street, everything is so pretty!
  • Enjoy the air in Hyde Park by entering through the beautiful entrance to Queens Gate.
  • Do not forget to spend time (and money) at Harrods: in the tea section, the TWG corner is absolutely delicious. And the “pets corner”, so British!!
  • Buy flowers at the Chelsea Flower Show which brings together. every year, the best gardeners of England
  • Finally, book yourself a little party at the Royal Albert Hall across Hyde Park, dinner included … an unforgettable evening guaranteed!

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