Prince Albert and Sir Henry Cole had a vision: an area of the capital dedicated to education and culture. It became a reality 150 years ago in South Kensington, and became fondly known as Albertopolis after its royal patron. Albertopolis is home to some of London’s most magnificent buildings, world class museums, premier educational institutions and the headquarters of national organisations.
Albertopolis was designed to celebrate the achievement and grandeur of Britain and her Empire. Today, the area retains many links with the wider world and has a very international feel. It is home to dozens of embassies, cultural institutes of various nationalities and the largest French community outside France. It also welcomes tourists from around the world and hosts of international students.
Explore the grandeur of this cultural quarter with its magnificent buildings and great institutions. Discover links to countries far and wide. And hear some remarkable stories about diplomats and spies, musicians and artists, explorers and inventors, immigrants and refugees.
Discover links to more than 110 Olympic and Paralympic Nations on this walk.
2 ½ miles
A relatively flat route along city streets and through a park
- Suitable for:
An entirely step-free route
- Country links include:
- Albert Memorial
- Royal Albert Hall
- Getting there:
Nearest mainline station London Paddington
Nearest stations South Kensington, High Street Kensington, Lancaster Gate
Served by a variety of local bus routes
Several Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in the area