Kensington and Chelsea

Category: London boroughs

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (often abbreviated to RBKC) is a London borough in the west side of central London, created in 1965 from the former boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea.

Kensington’s Royal Borough status was inherited by the new borough. It is an urban area and was named in the 2001 census as the most densely populated local authority in the United Kingdom, with a population of 158,919 at 13,244 per square kilometre (the land area is approximately 12 square kilometres).

The borough is immediately to the west of the City of Westminster, which is at the heart of modern London, and itself contains a substantial number of city centre facilities such as major museums and universities (in “Albertopolis”), department stores like Harrods, and embassies. It also contains many of the most exclusive residential districts in London.


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