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A locals' guide to SW5

"There's a buzz around Earl's Court that you can escape, walking down the handsome crescents and residential streets."

Robert Swann

"I love this quaint mews just off Earls Court Road..."

Robert Swann

"It's amazing how peaceful the streets off Earls Court Road are when there's so much on the doorstep..."

Alexis Zaranis

What is your favourite place?

Where do SW5 locals go?

Parson's Nose

A top-quality butchers that also offers butchery classes. As well as a branch on Old Brompton Road, there are two additional shops in Putney and Fulham.

The Kings Head

Tucked away off Earls Court Road, this pub is great for a catch up with friends or a cosy date.

Maroush Bakehouse

Really fresh Lebanese cuisine moments from Earl's Court Underground Station. Get the set menu and you'll have enough for your lunch the next day!

Noor Jahan

The best Indian in South Kensington. Everything is good, especially the chicken bhuna!

Nam Long

Cool bar and good Vietnamese food - if you like rum, drop £17 on a Flaming Ferrari!


Dating back to 1897, this family-run garden centre has been supplying the Kensington and Chelsea residents for generations!

The Scarsdale Tavern

One of London's best-kept secrets. Great for a drink after work or a weekend watering hole...

The Troubadour

'50s café in Earl's Court that also includes a deli, a gallery and a club!

The Hollywood Arms

Located in the heart of Chelsea, The Hollywood Arms is a luxurious bar and restaurant serving premium drinks and fresh British food.

Little Chelsea Fish Market

A lovely restaurant specialising in seafood dishes made using fresh fish delivered daily from boats off the English coast.

The Roof Gardens

An oasis on a roof top - it's certainly an unusual place to find a garden, complete with ducks and flamingos!

The Anglesea Arms

Charles Dickens was a local at this pub when he lived over the road at 11 Selwood Terrace. The Great Train robbery was also planned from the back room in this pub!

Wyndham House

A family-run butchers selling not only meats, but deli items, cheeses and condiments.

The Harwood Arms

The only Michelin-starred pub in London. The best Scotch Eggs bar none.


Amazing pizzas and fresh homemade pasta. Cheap and very cheerful!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Earls Court, West Kensington, South Kensington, Kensington, Fulham, Chelsea, Holland Park, Barons Court, Notting Hill and Imperial Wharf

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"Earls Court is a fantastic base for families. We're in the catchment area for the Lyćee Français, Bousfield Primary School, Redcliffe School and plenty of nurseries in between."

February 2015

Local resident

"Communications, location, services i.e. shops, restaurants."

November 2014


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"The first London Eye, was a giant Ferris wheel erected for the Empire of India Exhibition at Earls Court in 1894. 300 feet high, and capable of carrying 1200 passengers, sadly on the evening of May 6th 1906, it got stuck and the passengers had to remain in it overnight, relieved by tea and sandwiches which were hoisted up to them."

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Child-friendly activities near SW5

Dance Classes

St Cuthbert With St Matthias Primary School
Learn Hip Hop Jazz Contemporary choreography and MTV routines with our fantastic team of fun and funky teachers. From your favourite pop routines and commercial dances the sultry strut of Fosse jazz the high kicking buzz of Cabaret the fun of dancing like Fred and Ginger or the freedom of contemporary we have the very best teachers. Our teachers are accredited by RADA Laban Reebok ISTD IDTA Mountview Academy & more.

Rhyme time

Brompton Library
Songs and rhymes for children under two years old. If you can't make it to our baby rhyme time sessions you can download our nursery rhyme book and play along with your child at home. Website

Baden Powell House

Now a hostel for scouts and guides but also houses a small permanent exhibition about the life of Robert Baden-Powell who founded the Scout and Guide movements. Find out more about joining the Scouts on our Uniformed Classes page Website

Baby Rhyme Time

Kensington central Library
Songs and rhymes for children under two years old. Children and their carers can join in songs and rhymes or listen to stories. Website

Culture Kids Sensory Play for Babies

Kensington central Library
We are now offering new sensory play classes at all of our venues. Classes are suitable from 4 weeks to crawling. No need to sign up for the term as we are happy for you to pay as you play. Each class will have stimulating sensory props scarves textured toys baby musical instruments parachute for peek a boo games and a grand finale of lavender bubbles to calm and relax the little ones. Classes will also give you a fantastic opportunity to meet new mums exchange advice and stories and there will be 15 minutes after every class for catch up time. Classes cost £10 per session. If you have any questions or for further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Culture Kids Music Classes

Kensington central Library
Culture Kids music classes are like no other as each class is based on one of more than 40 different lesson plans. There is a different theme each week and not one of the classes is repeated within the school year. During the class the children listen and play along to music look at flash cards and photographs explore toys and props dance sing dress up read stories and do role play which all adds up to a fun packed 45 minute session. We also use a variety of different instruments in class and again many are native to the countries that the children are learning about. Culture Kids music classes are a sensory explosion! A child's brain is like a sponge the more information you fill it with the more it will absorb. You are never too young to learn through fun!
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    SW5 is the postcode district in South West London incorporating the areas of Earls Court and is covered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea local authority.

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