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Kensington is known to be a rather posh or upscale area, full of gorgeous houses, home to many of the diplomats and politicians who work in the nearby government buildings or embassies. Kensington also draws many tourists, as it is the area which boasts the beautiful Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and of course, none other than Kensington Palace. There are also some great concerts held at the beautiful Royal Albert Hall, and for those who enjoy it, great shopping as well.
Because of this extensive list of draws, and the number of people who work in, live in and visit Kensington on a daily basis, parking is something which can be helpful to know about before you go, to ensure that you know where to park, how to pay, how much to pay and local regulations about parking, etc.
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Some additional information about parking in kensington, to cater to all your parking needs
The demand for on-street parking in Kensington is very high, because, as mentioned above, there are a lot of residents, and the population of residents, employees and tourists is high. Many residents do not have underground or off-street parking at their apartments or homes and therefore need on-street parking.
Kensington’s municipal authorities give priority to residents, offering them permits first. This means that unless you have an address in Kensington, you are not eligible for a street parking permit in the area.
Those visiting the area, whether for work, as a tourist, or even visiting family or friends, have access to on and off-street car parks. These car parks are mainly pay and display.
Further, these car parks have controlled and regulated parking hours, which vary by borough. During hours deemed to be open parking times, anyone can park in any permit, pay and display or yellow line parking spaces without any fees or charges (i.e. for free).
One good way to avoid paying for parking, or having to find parking at all is to take any of the local public transport options. This includes over 13 underground stations, trains, buses and even river travel.
The Purple Badge initiative or scheme is available for those with disabilities or those who need access to park in designated spaces. These badges give parking concessions and exemptions to those drivers who need them.
As mentioned, on and off street parking and parking spaces or car parks, have controlled hours when there are restrictions and enforced rules as it relates to parking. There are also places where parking is restricted for accessibility and safety reasons. Those looking to park in the Kensington area, with or without a permit, are encouraged to read signs and postings to clarify any and all restrictions in terms of parking.
Though waiting is always restricted, as are double yellow line restrictions, parking is free on bank holidays such as Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Some areas have designated drop off zones, especially for buses and larger vehicles but make sure to stop in places where stopping is permitted, as waiting and stopping in certain restricted zones is entirely forbidden and comes with a fine.
As mentioned, there are many nearby attractions such as the Royal Albert Hall for concerts and theatre shows, Kensington Palace, as well as museums, embassies and even parks. The area is desirable for visitors and tourists alike.