The first station here was constructed in 1867 but demolished in 1906 and rebuilt complete with a shopping arcade.
The arcade takes you out on to the High Street. Kensington High Street is a popular London shopping street in an upmarket wealthy area.
Leaving the station arcade I turned right which took me past the old department store Derry & Toms. From the late 19th century the street had three large department stores: Derry & Toms, Barkers and Pontings. By 1920 Barkers bought out both Derry & Toms and Pontings but they continued to trade under their original names. A prolonged building project in the 30s changed the buildings into fine examples of Art Deco.
In 1936 the Vice president of Barkers employed a landscape gardener to design a garden on the top of Derry and Toms. It covers 1.5 acres and has three different gardens with 500 species of plants. In 1964 the original music video for Roy Orbison's 'Oh Pretty Woman' was filmed in the garden.
Barkers continued until 2006 when the department store closed for good. Part of the premises were taken over by American Whole Foods Market which opened the UK's first organic superstore there in 2007. The office space above the retail part of the building was occupied by the headquarters of Associated Newspapers and they took over the rest of the store for more office space.
I turned off the High Street and down Derry Street to Kensington Square.
Dating from the 17th cent, Kensington Square is one of the earliest garden squares in London. The first buildings on the square date from 1682.
The garden is not open to the public.
One of the buildings around the square is the convent of the Assumption. Inhabited by a French order of nuns, it has been based here since 1869.
Left the square via Young Street passing this house which used to be the home of the Victorian writer William Makepeace Thackery (Vanity Fair). The house is now part of an American College.
The average house/mansion price is £40,000,000. For obvious reasons it is commonly known as 'Billionaires Boulevard'.
There is a gate a little further along the High Street which might be familiar to many of you. This was the gate from which Princess Diana's Funeral procession left Kensington Palace on its two hour journey to Westminster Abbey 20 years ago.
Kensington Palace, home to Prince William and family as well as Prince Harry and some other minor royals.
The Princess of Wales lived at Kensington Palace for 15 years and enjoyed seeing the changing displays in the garden.
To mark 20 years since her death the gardeners have created a simple but elegant White Garden.
Kensington Church Walk is a narrow passageway of quaint shops leading from the road to St Mary Abbot's church
The church has the tallest spire in London. It was built in 1872 by the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, who helped to design more than 500 churches and chapels.
The gardens led me back onto Kensington High Street.
Just off the High Street, you have small Mews houses to Mansions but one thing they do have in common is that they are all incredibly expensive.
I walked along the High Street as far as the Design Museum.
The Museum moved here from Shad Thames in Nov 2016. Its new home is the former Commonwealth Institute which was opened in 1962 but it was too expensive to be modernised. Major funding contributions from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sir Terence Comran meant that the building would be saved and brought to life again. It also means that for the first time access to the Design Museum will be free. It has taken four years to complete the work giving the Design Museum three times more exhibition space as well as more areas to extend its learning programme.
The Museum is next to Holland Park and I left via the ornate gates. The iron gates were brought from Belgium by the third Lord Holland and erected in 1836. They have recently been restored and gilded with 780 sheets of 23.5 ct gold.
'Sticky Fingers' restaurant on Phillimore Gardens. Bill Wyman of Rolling Stones fame named the restaurant after one of their albums. Pity it wasn't open when I past as I would have enjoyed tasting the food.