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Population 8,839 (2011 Census.Ward)
OS grid reference TQ274790
London borough
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
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Postcode district SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10
Dialling code 020
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LondonCoordinates: 51°29′42″N 0°09′50″W / 51.495°N 0.164°W / 51.495; -0.164

Brompton is an area in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is roughly defined by a triangle formed by the Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road/Brompton Road and Walton Street/Fulham Road.


Kensington Met. B Ward Map 1916
A map showing the Brompton ward of Kensington Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.

Charles Dickens, Jr. (eldest child of Charles Dickens) wrote in his 1879 book Dickens's Dictionary of London that "[Brompton] was at one time almost exclusively the artist quarter and is still largely frequented by the votaries of the brush and chisel, though of late years Belgravia has been encroaching upon its boundaries, and Belgravian rents are stealing westward." Westward was the settlement of West Brompton, still leafy on the edge of Counter's Creek and of industrialisation through canals and railways.

Brompton has been home to many writers and actors, and those in similar occupations. The Survey of London gives a long list.

Landmarks in or near Brompton

Streets in Brompton

  • Kings Road
  • Fulham Road
  • Old Brompton Road
  • Brompton Road

Nearest places

Brompton itself is spread over 3 districts of London, so it is not a separate and distinct district. The Eastern part (The Brompton Road and the area to the East of the Western end of the Brompton Road - often mistaken as Fulham Road) is part of Knightsbridge; the Western part is in South Kensington (containing the Underground Station itself) and the Southern parts are in Chelsea.

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