Leave Templeton Place, head to Earls Court Road and turn north until you hit Kensington High Street. Take a right and stroll along this great shopping street until you reach Kensington Palace via the park on your left. There you can explore the State Apartments, visit the stunning ‘Fashion Rules’ Exhibition and wander through the decadent gardens of one of the country’s most beautiful Royal residences.
When you’re finished, a short walk east through the park will lead you to the Albert Memorial, London’s most ornate monument, unveiled in 1872 in honour of Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, Prince Albert.
Just north-east of the Albert Memorial is the Serpentine Gallery, a contemporary art gallery with a seasonal pavilion, redesigned each year by one of the world’s top architects. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery just across the water also hosts the perfect place for a spot of lunch in its onsite restaurant, The Magazine. Designed by award winning architect, Zaha Hadid – and with a surprising yet mouth-watering menu – this is anything but your regular museum fare.
If you’re visiting at the weekend, walk off your lunch with a trip to the world famous Portobello Road Market. Exit the park at the Queensway underground station and head left along Bayswater Road. Turn right onto Pembridge Road, just passed Notting Hill Gate station and then left onto Portobello Road.
When you’ve finished browsing the eclectic shops and stalls, take any left hand street and then go left again onto Ladbroke Grove. Turn right once you come to Holland Park Avenue and then left onto Holland Walk. Walk through Holland Park and round off your day with a trip to Opera Holland Park. Each summer, half a dozen operas are staged in this beautiful open air theatre; the ideal way to spend a balmy evening.
After all that walking, you’ll be grateful for your relaxed and serene suite at Templeton Place…