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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


This is the Art Deco frontage of Barkers of Kensington Department store which closed in 2006. Currently it is a whole food store but still looks as elegant today  as it did when it was built in the late 19th C.

Just across the High Street is St Mary Abbotts church. The spire is 278 feet high and is the tallest parish church spire in London. The church stands where the original village of Kensington stood in the 8th C.

Moving away from the noise and crowds on the High Street you enter a different world. This is Kensington Churh walk with its quaint shops and mural.

Looking back down the walk you can see the old school buildings next to the church.

There are many large expensive properties in Kensington. Here are just a few.

This is Holland Park School, one of the first purpose built London comprehensive schools and situated next to Holland Park.

Tower House built in 1877 in a 13th C Gothic style, The actor Richard Harris lived here in the 60s before selling it Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame.
The house next door is said to be one of the best properties in Kensington. It was the home of Sir Michael Winner, film director, who lived here as a child and then bought it from his parents. It is worth well over 60million pounds.


  1. Thanks for the great tour! Love all the old brick buildings.

  2. Kensington is a beautiful area ! I once went there with a "friend" she got crazy there because of the shops and spent so much money that her husband told me I should have watched over her (I sent him to hell) While she was shopping I was sitting in the Kensington Park and enjoyed the sunshine ! I hate boutiques !

  3. A great tour round the village Thank you

  4. So nice to walk with your through the beautiful surroundings of this area. Thos prices of the houses are ridiculous.

  5. The photos are interesting especially one the church.

  6. Interesting design on the school and I like the little lane near the church.

  7. Very interesting post. All of the buildings just fascinating! Does Jimmy Page still live in the Tower House?

  8. Thank you very much for the tour of Kensington♡♡♡ Loved the exotic church with spire and all!

    So sorry for my absence, I was a bit under the weather since Monday. But slowly getting better♪ Wishing you a wonderful coming weekend.
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  9. Kensington appears to be filled with buildings of timeless elegance, delightful to visit.

  10. love the tour! TY -
    Your post would be a lovely addition to the inSPIREd Sunday meme featuring church architecture.

  11. Oh, the old part -- the alley -- is especially wonderful. It's kind of fun to learn who owns those super-expensive homes isn't it!

  12. Tower house looks a bit Royal! Nice walk.


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