Who Are Kensington’s Famous Residents


London is well known for attracting the best and brightest from around the world. Celebrities and high-profile stars from all over the planet come to London to settle into one of its many beautiful boroughs. Even then, it may surprise you to find out just how many famous residents faces you could spot around the city.

Among the residential celebrity hotspots, Kensington is one of the most popular places for famous people to hang their hats. If you’re planning a trip to our Lancaster Gate hotels, it may delight you to know that you’ll be sleeping just a few streets away from some of biggest celebrities in the world. Here are just a few examples of the famous residents & stars you might catch a glimpse of around Kensington.

James Dyson

James Dyson
British inventor, industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company. Born: 2 May 1947. Best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works on the principle of cyclonic separation.

Many people will be familiar with this name and how influential he has been on the cleanliness of modern homes. After developing the first successful bagless vacuum cleaner, James Dyson became a style icon in the world of design and has since made millions designing and developing cutting-edge new products. After revolutionising the household vacuum cleaner, he went on to reinvent the hand dryer and the fan which has allowed him to amass a huge fortune.

Eric Clapton

English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards. Born: 30 March 1945.

To music fans everywhere, this guitar god needs no introduction. Responsible for reinventing blues in the UK, Eric Clapton is one of the most renowned and respected artists in the music business. He has written multiple record-breaking albums and has worked with the best in the business. He was conducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times and now spends his days in his lush home in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson
English actor, comedian and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Born: 6 January 1955.

Many may know him as Mr Bean and others as one of the many whacky characters from Monty Python. However you recognise him, there’s no denying that Rowan Atkinson has become one of the most beloved British actors in the world. From his flamboyant body language to his curiously queer facial expressions, he has made millions of people laugh and smile for decades. He now resides in the beautiful area of Kensington.

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams
English singer-songwriter and entertainer. Born: 13 February 1974.

The former member of Take That turned pop superstar has made a home for himself in the beautiful borough of Kensington and Chelsea. From humble beginnings, Robbie Williams gained worldwide fame after joining the boy band sensation, Take That in the 90s. Since then he has made a name for himself around the world as a solo artist, selling millions of records and topping charts all over the globe.

Sir Richard Branson

English business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist, founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. Born: 18 July 1950.

Chances are you have heard of this island-owning entrepreneur. As the founder of Virgin, the multi-millionaire has become a household name thanks to his many ventures and projects around the world. From trains and planes to mobile phones and soft drinks, the Virgin logo has been seen on all kinds of products over the last few decades. Despite facing a few losses in recent years, the business mogul still spends some of his time in the affluent area of Kensington – when he’s not on his own private Necker Island of course!

Did you know: Richard Branson ranks eighth among wealthiest British billionaires by net worth.