Behind the art deco splendour
of Barker's department store, this square is one of the oldest
Kensington Square was laid
out in 1685 and still has a few of its early-18th century
houses. The square became an important artistic haunt in the
19th century, attracting such artists as Edward Burne-Jones,
the Pre-Raphaelite painter and illustrator, who lived at No.
An array of blue plaques denote
other famous former residents of Kensington Square, including
two leading figures of the 19th century: the novelist William
Makepeace Thackery, who lived at No. 16 and the renowned philosopher
John Stuart Mill, at No. 18.