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Kensington Square

Behind the art deco splendour of Barker's Department Store, this square is one of the oldest in London.

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. 41.

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.

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