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A locals' guide to W8

"Adjoining Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and its gardens offer a beautiful backdrop for days out in the sun."

Rebecca Boon

"From the BBC Proms to world renowned stage shows, the Royal Albert Hall is a beautiful and historic venue."

Will Pitt

"Off Earl's Court Road there are some delightful painted houses like those on Wallgrave Road."

Robert Swann

What is your favourite place?

Where do W8 locals go?

The Scarsdale Tavern

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


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


Eggs as many ways as you can imagine... This restaurant is particularly good for brunch and it's close to Notting Hill Underground Station too.

The Shed

British food from the farm. Lots of fresh dishes served at lunch and dinner in rustic surroundings.

Royal Albert Hall

A great piece of architecture completed in 1871 and famous for holding the BBC Proms annually each summer since 1941.

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 Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

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!

The Kings Head

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

Kensington Gardens

The perfect spot for a game of rounders in the summer...

Natural History Museum

From dinosaurs to volcanoes, a great day out for all the family!

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!

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 V&A

The V&A on a summer's day in The John Madejski Garden - quintessential South Kensington!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Kensington, Earls Court, Holland Park, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Bayswater, West Kensington, Paddington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea

What do you love about W8?

Why do you find W8 a great place to live?


"Minutes from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park and a stone's throw from Portobello Road I believe that W8 really has the best of everything. Shops on Kensington High Street, Kensington Church Street, and Notting Hill Gate mean that you're never far from what you need, or what you want! There are also some cracking pubs, like the Churchill Arms, which I'd recommend going to see in summer. I've only lived here for ... more

February 2015


"I love Kensington because I was born here and it has not really changed a great deal. I walk though he Church Yard of the Church where I was Christened, and past the cake shop that made my Christening cake. I can throw bread at the ducks swimming in the same ponds as I did when taken to the park as a child. I can look in the window of the antique shop where my grandmother bought my 21st birthday present. The hospital where I w... more

January 2015


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"Grade II listed Kensington Roof Gardens provide an oasis from the streets below. Laid out between 1936 and 1938, they also boast live flamingos and ducks!"

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Child-friendly activities near W8

Rhyme time

Kensington central Library
20 mins singing time there is fantastic. Usually very very busy, but kids seem to love it. Come early to grab a nice seat.

Perform-Drama Workshops

Kensington United Reformed Church,
Drama, dance and singing workshops that will boost children's confidence, creativity and concentration skills. 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

Sing and Sign

Sing and Sign combines the benefits of both music and baby signing. We teach a wide range of signs using some traditional and some specially written or adapted songs. What makes Sing and Sign special is that every sign used in song relates to those important first words of a baby's world! Website

Swimway Child/Parent & Baby classes

Private Venue
Small group or individual classes taught in a private house in Kensington with the pool heated to a minimum temperature of 30°C. Website

Baby Spa

Baby Spa
The spa sessions use hydrotherapy, dynamic movement and massage to promote a range of physical and emotional benefits for your newborn. Website

The Life Centre - Mummy and Babies Yoga

These classes will aid your postnatal recovery through specifically adapted postures, whilst also spending quality and nurturing time to bond with your baby though fun and play. Website
  1. About W8

    W8 is the postcode district in West London incorporating the areas of Kensington, Holland Park (part) and is covered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea local authority.

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