Kensington, Gauteng

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This article is about the suburb of Johannesburg. For other places also named Kensington, see Kensington (disambiguation).
Kensington is located in Gauteng
Kensington is located in South Africa
Kensington is located in Africa
 Kensington shown within Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°11′36″S 28°6′22″E / 26.19333°S 28.10611°E / -26.19333; 28.10611Coordinates: 26°11′36″S 28°6′22″E / 26.19333°S 28.10611°E / -26.19333; 28.10611
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
 • Total 5.21 km2 (2.01 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 19,197
 • Density 3,700/km2 (9,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 45.9%
 • Coloured 6.4%
 • Indian/Asian 9.5%
 • White 37.0%
 • Other 1.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 59.6%
 • Zulu 11.0%
 • Afrikaans 6.7%
 • Xhosa 2.5%
 • Other 20.2%
Postal code (street) 2094
PO box 2101
Roberts Avenue, Kensington, 2002.

Kensington is a hilly suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was established in 1897 by Max Langermann (after whom the thoroughfare Langermann Drive is named). It is located in Region F[2] and is bounded to the west by the suburb of Troyeville, to the east by Bedfordview and the north by Bruma and Cyrildene.

Kensington is laid out over the slopes of several koppies (flat-topped, high-sided hills). The streets were laid out in 1902, and were heavily planted with trees, which give the area a distinctive, wooded appearance. Notable features of the suburb include Rhodes Park, named after Cecil Rhodes; Jeppe High School for Boys, Jeppe High School for Girls, Kensington Castle and the Kensington Cross. [3] Kensington is a restaurant neighbourhood in development, with most restaurants and coffee shops amid the antique shops on Queen Street. There is an annual Spring Fest on the opening weekend of September.

There are several shopping centres and office parks in the area such as the Eastgate Shopping Centre, Park Meadows Shopping Centre and the Pick 'n Pay head offices.

Kensington is also home to the headquarters for the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Kensington". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "2007 map of regions of Johannesburg" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Horse War Memorial on Caledonia Hill". Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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