The streets of Kensington and Chelsea today are familiar to many but how did they look in the past? The images in the Then and Now gallery will show how the Borough has changed from a rural hamlet into a thriving part of the metropolis. Via photographs from the Local Studies collection be transported back to the 20th and 19th century Kensington and Chelsea. You can also see the changes in architecture, fashion and transport.
The Thames at Chelsea: From riverside idyll to major London thoroughfare
From country mansion via a pleasure ground to tower blocks; the history of Cremorne
The junction of Thurloe place and Brompton Road where pubs and cars came together
How Kensington's first zoo became home to one of England's most famous actress
Cromwellian generals, Russian princesses and Royal brides all lived in Coleherne Court
Discover how the dinosaurs came to South Kensington
The tube comes to the High Street bringing the eager shoppers
Campden Hill, an ideal site for observing the stars
From farm to housing estate, Portobello Road north of Westway
The tale of two Little Holland Houses and a famous sculptor
Once the home of an American President, now the Civic Centre for the Royal Borough
Every effort has been made to seek permission to reproduce those images whose copyright does not reside with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and we are grateful to the individuals and institutions who have assisted in this task. Any omissions are entirely unintentional, and the details should be addressed to Virtual Museum Team, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.