Information about parking in Kensington
Kensington is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. Located in the heart of London, the area is bustling with museums, galleries, monuments and other tourist attractions, making it a wonderful place to visit. However, with so much to see and do there, it’s no wonder that car parking in Kensington is not always easy to find.
London is known for its high prices, but Kensington prices are even higher than the London average, making it difficult to park in the area without spending a lot. Parking charges on some streets rise to over £5 per hour, and it’s difficult to find an off-street car park in Kensington at a reasonable price.
However, the biggest problem for motorists in the area is not the price of parking - it’s the availability of parking. Spots near all the popular tourist attractions are in high demand, and your chances of finding a free space after 10am on weekdays are very slim as the early commuters are quick to snap up all available car parking in Kensington in the mornings.
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Kensington’s main commercial hub is Kensington High Street. Not far away, you can also find important educational institutions, such as Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, and some of the nation’s most popular museums and galleries, including:
- The Serpentine Gallery
- The Natural History Museum
- The Science Museum
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
Visitors to the area can also catch a concert in the impressive Royal Albert Hall, take a stroll through Kensington Gardens, hire a pedalo on the Serpentine lake, or even get a glimpse into royal life with a visit to the State Rooms at Kensington Palace. The area is also home to many embassies.
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Kensington is well connected to surrounding areas by road. The A4 Cromwell Road links Kensington to Central London on the east and to Hounslow and Heathrow Airport on the west.
Kensington is served by four stations: High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road, South Kensington and Kensington (Olympia). The Circle line stops at three of these, connecting the district to London’s railway terminals, and the area is also served by the District line, the Piccadilly line and the West London line.
London has plenty of electric vehicle charge points available, with a number of them located in Kensington. You can charge your car not far from your Kensington parking space at:
- Stafford Terrace
- Indigo Kensington Town Hall car park
- Kensington Church Street
- Holiday Inn London Kensington
For a map of all the electric vehicle charging points in the UK, check the government’s Go Ultra Low website.
Because of the serious parking problems in central London, Kensington does not have the same Blue Badge concessions as the rest of the country. In Kensington, Blue Badge holders can park in Pay and Display bays, where they have one hour’s free parking after the time they have paid for has run out, and on yellow lines for up to 20 minutes, as long as there is no loading or unloading restriction.
Blue Badge holders in Kensington can also park for free in special Blue Badge parking bays, for up to four hours from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 6.30pm, and for as long as they want outside these hours.
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
On bank and public holidays, Pay and Display parking is free and restrictions do not apply to resident permit bay parking.
Single yellow line waiting restrictions apply on bank holidays and on Good Friday, but do not apply on Sundays (including Easter Sunday) and Christmas Day.
Double yellow line restrictions apply on every day of the year.
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Is parking free on Saturday in Kensington?
Parking restrictions on Saturdays vary across the district. In some areas, parking is controlled between 8.30am to 6.30pm, and in other areas, the controls are lifted at 1.30pm on Saturdays.
Is parking free on Sunday in Kensington?
Yes - Pay and Display parking in Kensington is free on Sundays.
Is there free parking after 6pm in Kensington?
In Kensington, parking controls apply between 8.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Outside of controlled parking hours, anyone can park in any resident permit bay, Pay and Display bay or on single yellow lines for free.
Is it difficult to find a parking space in Kensington?
London is notoriously difficult to park in, and Kensington is no exception - in fact, with so many popular tourist sites, Kensington can be one of the hardest districts to park in. Make sure you read the signs to avoid a fine or put parking in the palm of your hand by booking a cheap, convenient space YourParkingSpace. Kensington parking made easy!
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