If you’re looking for ‘classic’ London, then Kensington Gore is the place. You don’t get more classic than a world-famous classical music venue (that was opened by Queen Victoria herself) just a stone’s throw away from two of the world’s most timeless parks (Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens) and the suitably gorgeous buildings that surround it.

A ‘gore’ is the name given to a narrow, triangular piece of land, and the Kensington version weaves around the Royal Albert Hall. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the big museums and South Kensington station.

It is quite a short street but there’s plenty to admire: not only do you have a 360 degree view of the Royal Albert Hall, but you’ll also find yourself on a television set: the Royal College of Organists (bottom picture below) is used as Mr Selfridge’s house (which was in Arlington Street in real life) in the ITV series of the same name.

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

More information: See Wikipedia for more on the history of the area.

Old street lamp in Jay Mews, London

Royal Albert Hall memorial and statue in Kensington, London

Home and buildings in Jay Mews, Kensington, London

Exterior of The Royal College of Organists in Kensington Gore, London