Kensington, with population of 64,681 2011 according the 2001 census, is a district in west London, famous for the picturesque public Italian and Dutch gardens, public buildings, and landmarks. The commercial heart of the district is Kensington High Street. Kensington is also a home to many European embassies.
Kensington Gardens are lying near Hyde Park, within the western Central London. They were the private gardens of Kensington Palace once. They are now public gardens opened during the hours of daylight. Back in 1536 Henry VIII used the Kensington Gardens as a hunting ground and the gardens themselves were part of the western section of Hyde Park. There are several buildings surrounding Kensington Gardens now. Original features of the Palace can also be seen now. Among the other buildings are the public building Albers Memorial, and the Serpentine Gallery.
Kensington High Street is the heart of the district. It is considered one of the major centres in Greater London. The street is where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ends and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham begin, near Kensington Olympia Station and the Kensington carpet cleaning office. There is underground station under the street. Kensington High Street is one of the most popular shopping streets in western London. In 1958 a big building project was complete and on the top of the building was created the largest roof garden area in Europe. Kensington High Street is also a home to a large part of the British music industry.
Kensington is also a home to the Catholic community of priests living under the rule of life established by Saint Philip Neri, called London Oratory. It was founded in 1849 and housed in a building on William IV Street (called King William Street back then). The community change its place several times until the Oratory House was built in 1854, followed by a large temporary church.