Should you choose to stay in the Chelsea and Kensington area while in the UK capital and your preferred mode of transport will be on four wheels – or even two wheels – then you’re going to need somewhere in the vicinity to park your vehicle.
Irrespective of whether you’ve decided to base your time spent here at the likes of the San Domenico hotel London or not, a well-sized, well-run and safe and secure parking resource in the area’s going to be a must. And a good place to start your search could be Kensington High Street Car Park.
Maintained and run by the parking specialist Indigo UK, it’s located right in the heart of the district, just outside London’s congestion charge zone and within a 1-3-minute walk of High Street Kensington Tube station (which is supplied by the Circle and District lines), ensuring it’s an excellent location for parking for the whole day so you can hop on the Tube (or the other good public transport options) and explore the city on foot.
That said, the car park’s also within very easy reach of a plethora of outstanding local attractions, including (but far from limited to) Kensington Palace and Gardens, Hyde Park, the Kensington Olympia exhibition venue, the elegant area that’s Holland Park and Kensington Town Hall and Central Library – all of which are only 10 minutes away on foot.
Moreover, a number of excellent retail outlets are also located nearby, such as Kensington High Street’s popular Whole Foods Market – which is located in the historic arcade that was once home to Barker’s department store – and, of course, the globally-renowned museums of ‘Albertopolis’ (the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, or V&A), in addition to the Design Museum and the iconic Royal Albert Hall performance venue.
Prices and offers
Speaking of all the amenities within walking distance, some of them, it ought to be pointed out, have a partnership with the car park, meaning that should you show your purchase receipt or membership card from any of them (whichever’s appropriate), you can save money on your parking – or when you spend over a certain amount at specific outlets you can park at a reduced cost. The likes of the aforementioned Whole Foods store on Kensington High Street, Equinox Gym and the Kensington Pavilion office suite and luxury lounge location all partner with the car park in this way.
Outside of such offers, ordinary prices are very competitive (by London standards), ranging between just over £5 for one hour’s parking to £25-£30 for 4-24 hours’ parking on weekdays and £20 for 4-24 hours’ parking on Saturdays and Sundays.
Electric vehicle charging
Finally, the car park has recently had installed four separate electric vehicle charging points; so ideal should you be planning to stay at one of the nearby 5 star hotels in London and looking to make use of your Tesla vehicle during your time in the capital. Normal parking charges apply for these specific spaces, but charging is free.
At a glance
Address/ telephone: Hornton Street W8 7NX/ 0207 937 8013
Open: 24-hours a day, seven days a week
Payment: Debit card, Visa card and MasterCard
Access: via Phillimore Walk, signposted from the High Street (by road); entrances on Campden Hill Road and Phillimore Street (on foot); bus routes 9, 10, 27, 52, 328 and N9 all pass nearby
Additional notes: motorcycle and disabled parking spaces available; height restrictions (1.98m); overnight parking and Safer Parking Award winner.