Cultural heartland with a touch of French

South Kensington is an affluent area often described as ‘London’s cultural heartland’. Two tube stations, Gloucester Road and South Kensington, provide excellent links to London’s entertainment, commercial/financial and political centres of the West End, City of London and Westminster. The area houses three famous museums, a number of typically Victorian garden squares, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London, the Royal Colleges of Art and Music and the Royal Geographical Society. Covering some of the most exclusive real estate in the world, it borders onto fashionable Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Kensington proper with their famous landmarks and shopping, including Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and Gardens and the shopping meccas of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and High Street Kensington. South Kensington has a large French population, confirmed by the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle (a large French secondary school) and the French Institute, which houses a French cinema. French bookshops and cafés are also scattered among the small shops, eateries and salons in the area, also popular with Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern citizens.