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South Kensington tube question

Does the South Kensington area include the Gloucester and Earl's Court tube stops? Is staying near those tube stops convenient to accessing London's sights? Thank you!

Posted by
713 posts

Yes, and yes. I've stayed in a hotel very close to the Gloucester Road tube station, and also in a hotel a few blocks from Earl's Court. Both stations are within the Zones 1-2 central fare area for London Transport, and have good connections for London sightseeing. I've chosen that area as my London base for at least 4 trips and didn't regret it. I chose another area on my last trip - Bloomsbury - for the sake of variety, not because of anything wrong with the S. Kensington area. Just use Google maps or something like that, to check specific addresses of lodgings you're considering booking, in relation to those stations. Some of the places closer to the Earl's Court station may be called "Earl's Court," and both the "S. Kensington" and "Earl's Court" terms may be used creatively/loosely, especially by smaller places that aren't all that well-located. I think I ran into that more when looking for apartments than hotels, but it never hurts to check addresses on the map.

Posted by
5513 posts

Gloucester Road is slightly more convenient than Earls Court. Gloucester Road is on the Circle line, as well as the Piccadilly and District. Earls Court is only on the Piccadilly and District. I find the area fine for sightseeing, as long as there are no closures on those line during your stay. You can check tfl.gov.uk to see if there are any upcoming engineering works.

Posted by
6500 posts

We stayed near the Gloucester Road station and found it very convenient, nice neighborhood too. Earl's Court is a little farther west and south, probably just as convenient but less expensive.

Posted by
5513 posts

The Gloucester Road tube station and the Earls Court tube station are maybe 6 blocks apart. You can walk between them in 10 minutes.

Posted by
1010 posts

My husband and I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, South Kensington, three years in a row. It was directly across the street from the Gloucester tube. It was a very convenient tube stop. It was only a short distance over to the Knightsbridge stop. Knightsbridge is the stop for Harrod's. We have enjoyed eating upstairs in Harrod's or in the food court on the first floor. There is a great lunch buffet served upstairs in Harrod's. It is served until 3:30 PM. We also enjoyed having proper tea in the same location. London is just plain out of this world. You only have to walk a short distance from the Gloucester tube to see Kensington Gardens or to get the hop-on, hop-off buses.