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Kensington and Chelsea,

inner borough (1991 pop. 127,600) of Greater London, SE England. Kensington is largely residential with fashionable shopping streets and several luxurious hotels. Portobello Road is a well-known street market. The area has undergone extensive urban renewal and contains blocks of large, tall flats. In the borough are three bridges: Battersea, Albert, and Chelsea. A large park, Kensington Gardens, adjoins Hyde Park. The gardens originally were the grounds of Kensington Palace (Nottingham House), partially designed by Christopher WrenWren, Sir Christopher,
1632–1723, English architect. A mathematical prodigy, he studied at Oxford. He was professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London, from 1657 to 1661, when he became Savilian professor of astronomy at Oxford.
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, which was the home of William and Mary, Queen Anne, and George I and George II. Holland HouseHolland House,
residence of the Holland family in Kensington, London, made famous in the first 40 years of the 19th cent. by the hospitality of Henry Fox, 3d Baron Holland, and his wife. Built in 1606, the mansion was bought in 1767 by Henry Fox, grandfather of the 3d baron.
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 was the residence of the Fox family and, for a time, of William PennPenn, Sir William,
1621–70, British admiral. In the English civil war he served in Parliament's naval forces, and he joined the pursuit (1651–52) of Prince Rupert in the Mediterranean.
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. South Kensington is a center of colleges and museums; it is the site of the natural history section of the British MuseumBritish Museum,
the national repository in London for treasures in science and art. Located in the Bloomsbury section of the city, it has departments of antiquities, prints and drawings, coins and medals, and ethnography.
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, the Victoria and Albert MuseumVictoria and Albert Museum,
South Kensington, London, opened in 1852 as the Museum of Manufacturers at Marlborough House. It originally contained a nucleus of contemporary objects of applied art bought from the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the instigation of Prince Albert, and
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, the Science Museum, the Royal College of Art, and the Royal College of Science, among others. Albert Hall, a concert hall, is also there. Chelsea is a literary and artistic quarter. Sir Thomas More, D. G. Rossetti, James Whistler, Charles Dickens, and many others were associated with it. Thomas Carlyle's house is there. Chelsea Old Church, part of which dates from the 13th cent., includes the Chapel of Sir Thomas More (1528). The church, as well as the Royal Hospital for Soldiers also designed (1682–92) by Wren, was badly damaged in World War II.

Kensington and Chelsea

a borough of Greater London, on the River Thames: Kensington Palace (17th century) and gardens. Pop.: 174 400 (2003 est.). Area: 12 sq. km (5 sq. miles)
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Constituency Population % above GB Status Majority average Kensington and Chelsea 53370 11% Conservative 8771 East Ham 39724 10% Labour 21032 Ealing, Southall 43157 10% Labour 13683 Wimbledon 38192 10% Labour 3744 Richmond Park 47340 9% Lib Dem 4964 Cities of London and Westminster 59812 9% Conservative 4499 Finchley and Golders Green 45299 9% Labour 3716 Hornsey and Wood Green 41626 9% Labour 10614 Brent North 30614 9% Labour 10205 Brentford and Isleworth 47751 9% Labour 10318
An assertive street outreach service covering the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea working with rough sleepers to reduce street homelessness.
Kensington and Chelsea is being outpaced by several areas of southern England in terms of its annual percentage increase in property prices.
WOMEN IN THE UK Highest life expectancy 2002-2004 Kensington and Chelsea - 85.
Nitesh Patel, economist at Lloyds Bank, said: "Unsurprisingly, many of the most expensive residential streets in England and Wales are in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with more than half of the 20 most expensive London streets in the borough.
Four objections to the plans were sent to Kensington and Chelsea council - one more than the threshold at which planning officers have to step in.
A letter to the Tory-run Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from Roy Brown, of Buckingham Palace's property department, had said: "We would appreciate if this application could be treated as confidential and not be allowed to enter the public domain.
Merthyr Tydfil women also have a life expectancy almost 10 years shorter than those in Kensington and Chelsea - 80.
She applied for a permit and got it and was also paying the council tax in Kensington and Chelsea.
One child in every 234 will be involved in an accident, five times more likely than places including Kensington and Chelsea in London.
His revelations in The Times today came amid mounting speculation he will seek the Tory candidature in the Kensington and Chelsea seat left vacant by the death at the weekend of maverick MP Alan Clark.
Kensington and Chelsea police last night refused to say what had been taken.