Kensington New Town

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Albert Lodge at 18 Victoria Grove is rendered in stucco, which is typical of the area.[1]

Kensington New Town is an area of housing in Kensington, London, which was developed in the early 19th century.[2] It lies to the south of Kensington High Street and to the southwest of Kensington Gardens.[3]


The area first began to be built up in 1837, and the original construction continued until 1846.[4] The developers included John Inderwick, a successful pipe-maker and tobacconist; John James Vallotton, who was a successful haberdasher in Jermyn Street; and Jonathan Hamston who was a carpenter and builder.[1] The core of the district is the intersection of Launceston Place and Victoria Grove. Many of the original late Regency style buildings are still present into the 21st century.[4] Most of the buildings in the area have an off-white or cream stucco exterior coating, with a small amount of brick houses. The Gloucester Arms, a Grade II listed pub, is at the centre of the area, along with various shops.[3][5]

The borough council recognised and protected this area as the Kensington New Town Conservation Area in 1969 and this has since been extended to become the De Vere Conservation Area.[3]


  1. ^ a b Hermione Hobhouse, ed. (1986), "Kensington New Town", Survey of London, London, Vol. 42, Kensington Square To Earl's Court, pp. 130–150
  2. ^ Charles Dickens, "Kensington", Household Words, Vol. 8, p. 13
  3. ^ a b c De Vere Conservation Area Appraisal (PDF), The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 31 March 2016
  4. ^ a b "Kensington New Town", The London Encyclopedia, Pan Macmillan, p. 452, 2008, ISBN 9781405049245
  5. ^ Historic England. "THE GLOUCESTER PUBLIC HOUSE (1358152)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 September 2016.

Coordinates: 51°29′55.61″N 0°11′3.15″W / 51.4987806°N 0.1842083°W / 51.4987806; -0.1842083