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South Kensington / Gloucester Rd

Once known as Albertopolis, this place started out as Prince Albert's playground of learning. These days the museums are the carrot that draws the tourists westwards from the buzzing centre. Free entry to museums mean more money for treats, and if it's treats you're after then fresh gelato at Oddono's or a good wedge of organic brie at the South Kensington Farmer's Market won't fail to disappoint. If your idea of a good night out consists of more than a few quiet shandies then we suggest checking out another 'nabe.


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Posted By:  Lee Mannion
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Albert Memorial
It doesn't seem right that although hordes of tourists will head to the Diana Memorial Fountain over in Hyde Park, they'll bypass a more stunning wonder that is a ten minute walk away.  With enough gold glinting to light up even the gloomiest London grey day, the Albert Memorial (opposite the Albert Hall) is mesmerising, if only because there is so much to look at. Wikipedia is the place to go for all the astounding facts, but suffice to say that there are over 169 sculptures contained around the gold man perched in the middle. Albert died at the age of 42 and so missed was he by Queen Victoria, she wore black in mourning for the rest of her life. Although it's easy to be a bit snide about the royals, it seems Albert's heart was in the right place--most notably he was the President of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery. Kensington Garden is a lovely place for a stroll in any case and a turn round the memorial is like a meander through an outdoor gallery. Best of all, it's free.

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