In Londons South Kensington neighbourhood lies an area known as Albertopolis, which is named after the husband and consort of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and which contains several cultural institutions and public buildings. Prince Albert was instrumental in the development of the area, the land for which was purchased with the money that was made during the Great Exhibition of 1851, under Alberts advice.
The name Albertopolis was coined in the 1850s by pundits who apparently were poking fun at the Princes glorious scheme, but the term fell into disuse until the 1960s, when historians revived the name as part of an effort to preserve some of the buildings that were in danger of destruction.
The area includes many museums, educational institutions and other buildings including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Geographic Society, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and several other important landmarks.
The area is popular with tourists and locals alike, and the museums are generally free to the public (excluding special exhibitions). The Kensington district contains many attractions as well as Albertopolis, including Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. The Roof Gardens are another popular attraction – perched 6 stories above Kensington High Street, the Roof Gardens are made up of three separate gardens and a complex that includes the famed Babylon restaurant, which overlooks the woodlands garden section.
There are a number of good hotels in Kensington that offer easy access to all the local attractions, and most are in the mid-priced to luxury range. There are several 4 and 5-star Kensington hotels, and all can be relied on to provide information and transportation to the various sites of interest in the district. Just ask the concierge for maps, directions and cab arrangements. Book your visit in advance to find the best deals on rooms and suites.
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