Kensington Area


FIE study and housing facilities are located in the attractive Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of London’s most desirable areas.

Highlights of the Area

  • FIE is located near schools such as Imperial College, the Royal College of Art, and the Royal College of Music.
  • Just down the street are some of the world’s great cultural institutions, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Natural History Museum.
  • Kensington is home to charming residential areas where famous residents of the present (Madonna, Hugh Grant, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise) mix with the ghosts of those who lived in the area in the past (T.S. Eliot, J.S. Mill and Beatrix Potter).
  • Students live and study near some of London’s most fashionable streets, including Gloucester Road, where students will find banks, a post office, pubs, restaurants, and grocery stores; and High Street Kensington, one of London’s premier shopping streets.

Accessing the Rest of the City

Getting to the rest of the city is easy and convenient. The area is served by a number of underground (tube) and bus routes, opening up the whole city to the curious visitor.

Foundation House is located near the corner of Gloucester and Cromwell Roads, at the Gloucester Road tube stop.  From here, students have instant access to the Piccadilly, Circle and District Tube lines.