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London Boroughs: Kensington and Chelsea

kac.pngThe Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just to the west of central London, is one of the most densely populated authorities in Britain and also one of the wealthiest. Its one of the smallest boroughs geographically, almost boot shaped and running from the River Thames in the south to Kensal Green in the north, extending westwards from Knightsbridge and Sloane Square to West Brompton, Kensington Olympia and White City, and hugging the south and west borders of Hyde Park.

Like Westminister, it’s a borough that the average visitor to London will spend a lot of time in because of the things to do and places to see, whether its shopping at Harrods, the Kings Road or the Old Brompton Road, visiting to Natural History, Science and V&A museums, watching concerts and shows at the Royal Albert Hall or visiting the exhibition and music venues at Earls Court and Olympia. Notting Hill is in Kensington and Chelsea and its annual carnival in August normally brings a million or more people onto the streets and the annual Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is another massive crowd puller. The borough is also home to some of London’s priciest and most trendy neighbourhoods, and is a popular area for foreign embassies and consulates. Here are some key facts on Kensington and Chelsea.

Area: 12
Population: 158,000
Density: 131 people per hectare
White: 79%
Black Caribbean: 3%
Black African: 4%
South Asian: 5%
Chinese: 1.6%
Born in UK: 55.5%
Born elsewhere in EU: 13.6%
Born outside EU: 30.9%

Christian: 62%
Buddhist: 1.2%
Hindu: 1%
Jewish: 2.2%
Muslim: 8.4%

Qualified at degree level or higher: 51.5%

Miscellaneous facts
Employed: 59.1%
Households without car/van: 50.4%
Unemployed: 4.7%
People working as managers or senior officials: 29.5%
Imperial College London with 13,000 students is in the borough

Kensington and Chelsea Wards
Saint Charles, Golborne, Notting Barns, Colville, Norland, Pembridge, Holland, Campden, Abingdon, Queen’s Gate, Earl’s Court, Courtfield, Redcliffe, Brompton, Stanley, Hans Town, Cremorne, Royal Hospital

Contact Information for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Address: The Town Hall Hornton Street, London W8 7NX – Map
Tel:020 7361 3000
Fax:020 7938 1445