Between Kensington High Street and Cromwell road rest South Kensington, a distinctively elegant part of the capital. It is a museum mile with the triumvirate of world famous (and free) museums: the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum (with a beautiful ice rink between November and January). The surrounding area is now one of the most fashionable in town. Besides the aristocratic mansions and the presence of royalty in Kensington Palace, the village of Kensington contains in its quieter backstreet some hidden gems to be discovered like Holland Park and Leighton House, the perfect Victorian artist’s pad. Besides the Whole Foods Market store, which represents a temple of organica, Kensington Church Street provides a taste of more traditional Kensington with its selection of pricier boutique and antique shops. Holland Park is one of London’s wildest parks with squirrel and peacocks roaming about, a beautiful Japanese garden, a summer open-air opera season and a multi-level adventure playground for the kids.