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Back to school: live near the best schools and universities

Finding the best schools or universities for your children is never easy. But Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea are home to some of the top schools and colleges in the capital. These institutions have exemplary academic records for those looking for a fresh start. Here are six of the best homes for sale or to let nearby.

1 Imperial College London (

Kensington Square, London W8 £7,000,000

Imperial College London, in South Kensington, is a public research university specialising in science, engineering, medicine and business. It appears in the Complete University Guide. If you send your teenagers to this esteemed establishment, then they will follow in the footsteps of Alexander Fleming, HG Wells and Brian May.

A 15-minute walk from the university is this Grade-II listed Georgian town house in Kensington Square. It has five bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is currently one of our most attractive properties on the market. Kensington High Street is about five minutes away with Whole Foods, offering healthy snacks, fresh fruit as well as trendy juices. Kensington Palace Gardens is five minutes in the other direction.



2 The Royal College of Music (

Cadogan Place, London SW1X £895/pw

The Royal College of Music is a magnet for gifted musicians from around the world. It is located in South Kensington just near the Royal Albert Hall. The conservatoire is steeped in history, dating back to a royal charter in 1882. Whether you play the tuba or trumpet – this is the place to study.

This two-bedroom Knightsbridge apartment is a twenty-minute walk (or ten-minute cycle) from the Royal College of Music. It would make a beautiful flat for a professional couple or a very well-healed student.



3 Fulham Boys School (

Sloane Avenue, London SW3 £975,000

Fulham Boys School is a new secondary school in the Royal Borough. It has built a good reputation across London in a relatively short time. The school was founded by local parents and teachers in 2014. Not surprisingly, it is already proving popular. It might be too late to send your son there this year, but it could prove an attractive option in the future.

Here is a two-bedroom apartment in Chelsea Cloisters. It is cool, calm and contemporary. Finding a double-aspect flat in the capital can often be difficult, but here is a spacious property in a good location. It is only a bus journey away from the school.



4 Royal College of Art (

Kinnerton Street, London SW1X £1,495/pw

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is one of the world’s most influential post grad schools for art and design. The college has two campuses – one by the Royal Albert Hall, while the other is located in Battersea. Its alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the creative industries Quentin Blake, Edwin Lutyens, Gertrude Jekyll and Ridley Scott.

This attractive mews property is to let nearby. Mews houses are full of charm and character. Today, they are some of London’s most desirable homes. This property has three-double bedrooms and is located near the shops and cafes in Motcomb Street.



5 More House (

West Halkin Street, London SW1X £3,100,000

More House School is a private girls’ school based in Knightsbridge. It has strong art and music departments so will appeal to artistic types. The secondary school was opened in 1953 and attracts children from the local area as well as further afield.

Just a five-minute walk from the school is this beautiful two-bedroom property, complete with a terrace for warm summer days and a reception with study area. TV experts often talk about location, location, location. This property is located in the heart of Belgravia. Hyde Park is a 10 minute walk away, while Peter Jones in Sloane Square can provide everything you need for going back to school.



6 Hampshire School (

Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 £2,250,000

Here is an excellent independent co-education preparatory day school for girls and boys aged three to 13 years. The head master is always welcoming and the teachers are friendly, too. Clubs at the school range from maths and street dance to classics and cookery. There is a well-stocked library as well as a large sports hall. It is housed in a beautiful red-brick Victorian building in the heart of Chelsea.

This two-bedroom apartment is full of stylish touches from fitted-wardrobes for storing football boots, to sleek wooden floors for parking Micro-scooters. The communal gardens are perfect for children’s parties, football and learning to play tennis.