Three world-class museums, a world-famous concert hall and a memorial to Queen Victoria’s husband Albert constitute the area known as Albertopolis, between High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road Tube stations.
Children love the Natural History Museum, which has some of Charles Darwin’s collections and stunning reconstructions of dinosaur skeletons.
The Science Museum is also a favourite for its steam engines, including Stephenson’s Rocket, and for bringing classroom lessons to life. And the Victoria and Albert, known as the V&A, covers 5,000 years of art from four continents. The complex is around a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Behind the museums towards Kensington Gardens is the spectacular Royal Albert Hall. Prince Albert wanted to create an area for public enlightenment in the wake of the 1851 Great Exhibition, of which this concert hall was part. But he died in 1861, 10 years before its completion. Queen Victoria commissioned the Albert Memorial, which stands just opposite in Kensington Gardens.