Discover a selection of 85 vacation rentals in South Kensington, London that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and air conditioning. Prices start at $147 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in South Kensington. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Explore London from up-scale South Kensington

South Kensington vacation rentals range from glamorous apartments overlooking grand Regency squares to stylish contemporary boltholes in discreet mews properties. This is central London at its smartest. With world-class dining, internationally renowned shopping and some of the world's best museums within its boundaries, South Kensington is the perfect base to explore London's historic sights, legendary sounds and wonderful cultural attractions. Hop on a bus or river taxi and you're never too far away from Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Tower Bridge or the Tower of London.

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South Kensington's green spaces

South Kensington is in a great spot to enjoy London's shops, bar scene and nightlife. Head to nearby fashionable Chelsea for great local restaurants and Michelin-starred dining – although South Kensington has its own fair share of that too. Twenty minutes south, by the banks of the River Thames, you'll discover the 2nd-oldest surviving botanical garden in England. The Chelsea Physic Garden dates back to 1673 and is a quiet spot for contemplation among scented plants and a friendly cafe. In fact, South Kensington is surrounded by green spaces. A 20-minute stroll north will take you to Hyde Park, home of the Serpentine Gallery, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Kensington Palace.


South Kensington's world-class museums

Tumble out of your South Kensington vacation rental and you'll discover some of London's finest restaurants, bars and boutiques. The luxurious department store, Harrods, is located on South Kensington's Brompton Road. A 10-minute stroll west from there and you're in the heart of London's museum district. The collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum will send fashionistas and design lovers into paroxysms of delight, while the Science Museum has wonderful interactive family-friendly exhibits. Next door, the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum is dominated by a huge dinosaur skeleton you may recognize from numerous movies – including Paddington.


South Kensington seasonal events

Many London Fashion Week shows happen around South Kensington's Design Museum and the V&A so the area buzzes when the fash-pack is in town. A South Kensington vacation rental is also a great choice if you're in town for a concert or event at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. This huge circular concert hall is best known as the venue of the British classical musical series, The Proms, but also hosts thrilling concerts by international artists, pop stars and rock acts. Christmas is another wonderful time to visit South Kensington, with the streets lit by the twinkling lights of the shops, bars and restaurants and there's a pop-up ice rink full of delightful festive cheer.

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Family-friendly fun in South Kensington

If you are in town for a sporting event, a South Kensington vacation rental can be a great choice. Just a short hop along the Underground will take you to Queen's Club, home of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football Club's ground, is also close by. If you're staying at your South Kensington vacation rental with kids, you might like to make the 20 minute trip north to Regent's Park. This beautiful green space is home to London Zoo – where you can see animals including penguins, tigers and giraffes. Across the road, on a sunny day, the green expanse of Primrose Hill offers some of the best views of London. Park yourself under a tree, laze back and enjoy.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near South Kensington?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now it wants to go on vacation. It's time to pack your bags and head to one of these top vacation rentals in or near South Kensington:

  • Around 0.1 miles from the center of South Kensington, you'll find it hard to resist "Perfect Home In The Heart Of Kensington". It has 2 bedrooms and handy features including an oven and a stovetop.
  • Alternatively, get comfortable at "Seven - Bedroom Luxury Home In The Heart Of London - Westminster". Around 2 miles from the heart of South Kensington, it has 7 bedrooms and comes with a blender and a garden.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect South Kensington vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near South Kensington?

Clock off on Friday and then pack your overnight bag. If you're craving some relaxation and fun, these retreats in and near South Kensington promise a memorable weekend getaway:

  • Located 1 mile to the southeast of central South Kensington, "Splendid, Light And Spacious Apartment Between Fulham And Kings Rd Chelsea" is a good match for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Get out and explore nearby attractions, such as Hornchurch Country Park and Finchley Golf Club. If you're up for more, try ice skating or golf.
  • "Hyde Park On Your Doorstep - Ii" is another great property to consider. Around 1 mile north of South Kensington, use it as a base to enjoy some horse riding or ice skating. Leake Street and Kensington Gardens also have to be on your itinerary while you're here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around South Kensington?

Studio apartments are a tough act to follow when it comes to location, convenience and affordability. Choose one of these studio apartments for rent in or near South Kensington and take in the vibrant local culture:

  • Toss your bags down and put your feet up at "Hyde Park On Your Doorstep - Ii". Amenities including a microwave oven and housekeeping services help make guests feel at home here.
  • Alternatively, get into vacation mode at "Large Studio Apartment West Kensington Comfortably", which comes with conveniences including a TV and an oven.

With the money you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to explore more of South Kensington. Cultural sights like The Vaults and Royal Academy of Arts will help you get a feel for the personality of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near South Kensington?

From time to time, you've just got to take some time out, even if it's only for one or two days. Experience a nice mix of relaxing and exploring at one of these short-term rentals in or around South Kensington:

  • "Stylish Waterside Apartment, Near The Angel" is close to the heart of South Kensington, so you'll have plenty of things to keep you entertained. Discover leading sights like Buckingham Palace and Tower of London when you're not relaxing in your cozy pad.
  • "Centrally Located, Well Equipped" is another appealing option. We recommend adding Big Ben and Trafalgar Square to your must-do list when you're ready to sightsee.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near South Kensington?

Forget chocolates and roses. Sometimes all you need is to escape for the weekend, just you and your beloved. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around South Kensington that would make Cupid swoon. Here are some to tempt you:

  • Slip away on Friday for a few passion-filled evenings at "Perfect Home In The Heart Of Kensington". Located roughly 0.1 miles from South Kensington, it comes with lots of nice touches, including shopping facilities and a dining table.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days canoodling and uncorking Champagne at "Seven - Bedroom Luxury Home In The Heart Of London - Westminster", around 2 miles from South Kensington. A fireplace and air conditioning will help ramp up the romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near South Kensington?

If you're searching for somewhere to reconnect with loved ones this vacation, why not make it memorable? These mansions for rent in or near South Kensington will easily fit the entire crew while doing it in style:

  • Situated 1 mile to the southwest of South Kensington, "1100 Sq Ft Luxury Mansion Flat In Earls Court" is the ideal place to relax and unwind in luxury. Nice touches here include a toaster and housekeeping services.
  • With golf, a fireplace and plenty of other top-rated amenities, "Beautiful Mansion Bloc Flat. Walking Distance To Museums And Parks" will get your guests' nod of approval. This opulent retreat is roughly 1 mile to the west of South Kensington.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near South Kensington?

Share your stay and have more fun. Whether you're planning an adventurous escape with your besties or a big family gathering, you'll have your pick of large group vacation rentals in and around South Kensington:

  • Offering privacy, comfort and space, you'll get everyone's tick of approval at "Seven - Bedroom Luxury Home In The Heart Of London - Westminster". Up to 12 people can be accommodated at this retreat which has 7 bedrooms, a kitchen and a fireplace. It's around 2 miles to the east of South Kensington.
  • "Notting Hill Designer Apartment" is another terrific option. It's around 2 miles to the north of South Kensington, has 1 bedroom and accommodates up to 15 guests. A kitchen and an oven are among the things designed to make your visit even more memorable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near South Kensington?

From lively games of "atomic whirlpool" to lazy afternoon dips, a pool promises hours of fun for all ages. Score some brownie points with the fam by choosing a house with a swimming space in or near South Kensington:

  • Pack your swimsuit and goggles and enjoy a fun stay with your group at "Stunning Central Large 6bedroom House And Garden". Other amenities here include free toiletries and a dishwasher.
  • Alternatively, make a reservation at "Perfect Kensington Mews House - Luxury Just For You" and spend your break poolside. A microwave oven and childrens activities are other things your crew will like about this property.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near South Kensington?

Every get-together with the family should be a memorable one. Whether you're organizing some time off with the kids or a celebration with relatives, Vrbo's large family vacation rentals in or near South Kensington offer a comfy home away from home with enough space for everyone:

  • Get your nearest and dearest under the same roof at "Seven - Bedroom Luxury Home In The Heart Of London - Westminster", which has 7 bedrooms that sleep up to 12 guests. This escape is located 2 miles to the east of South Kensington and comes with amenities such as childrens activities and books.
  • "Stunning Central Large 6bedroom House And Garden" also offers the space you need to make memories with loved ones. This rental is around 3 miles to the east of South Kensington, and accommodates 11 guests in its 6 bedrooms. A dining table and cable/satellite TV services will help keep everyone comfortable and content.

If you want to sightsee, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby to put on your itinerary. Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and London Eye are excellent places to start.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near South Kensington?

Time spent with family is priceless, which is why we'll help you find a place where you can truly connect. Rent one of these family cabin rentals in or near South Kensington and make memories with the ones you love the most:

  • "Garden Cabin Studio In Camden Town" - This popular getaway offers a microwave oven and a fridge and is located around 4 miles to the northeast of central South Kensington.
  • "Log Cabin" - This property is also ideal for families and is around 17 miles southeast of South Kensington. Offering towels, coffee and tea making facilities and more, it'll get your group's stamp of approval.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the South Kensington vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.