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The Scarsdale Tavern

The Scarsdale Tavern

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

The Kings Head

The Kings Head

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

Design Museum

Design Museum

A great cafe and museum close to Holland Park.

The Troubadour

The Troubadour

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

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens

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

Rocca

Rocca

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

The Roof Gardens

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 Hollywood Arms

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.

Muriel's Kitchen

Muriel's Kitchen

Healthy homemade salads, tempting sweet treats and delicious breakfasts to rival any brunch menu, Muriel's Kitchen is part of a small yet well-established chain.

The Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

Maroush Bakehouse

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 Shed

The Shed

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

Nam Long

Nam Long

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

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

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

Caffe Concerto

Caffe Concerto

Café and restaurant with live music.

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

"Now mainly a ruin after bombing in World War II, Holland House was built in the 1600s and was once home to Lord and Lady Holland. They were known to mix in high standing social circles and their guests included Charles Dickens and Lord Byron."

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

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The Science Museum is a must-see attraction in London that's been around since the 1800s.

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

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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

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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Parenting Consultancy company offers support and advice to parents on topics such as feeding, weaning, sleeping difficulties, temper tantrums & post natal depression amongst others. Website

Pregnancy Yoga in South Kensington


Yoga is the ideal exercise for pregnant woman. Pregnancy yoga is widely recommended by midwives and doctors to expectant mothers as a way of keeping fit and mobile, and helps to relieve discomforts sometimes associated with pregnancy such as back pain, tightness in breathing, sciatica, SPD, and swelling of the joints. It also gives you space to strengthen, open and relax your entire body, creative a positive and centered mindspace to prepare your for your labour. 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.

Monkey Music

The Meeting Room, underneath Kensington Library
Monkey Music provides you and your child with weekly music classes that are entertaining and educational. Classes are small and tailor-made to encourage children to learn with their friends through catchy songs, games and dances that you will both remember for years to come. Website

Fire Tech Camp

Science Museum
Fire Tech Camp provides computer tech holiday camps in the UK. Our expert trainers teach the skills to build apps games robots code and other cutting-edge technologies. Mother-of-two Jill Hodges founded Fire Tech Camp in 2012 after experiencing the lively tech camp scene for children in the USA and failing to find something similar for her own kids back in the UK. The London camps are based in Imperial College. Time at the computer screen is broken up with creative activities games in Hyde Park and an excursion to the nearby Science Museum. Camps include: * Video Game Design (ages 9-14) * Robotics (ages 9-12) * Intro to Physical Computing and Arduino (ages 14-18) * Java & Greenfoot Coding (ages 12+) * Python Coding (ages 14+) * Stop Motion and 2D Animation (ages 9-12) * 3D Animation with Movie Storm (ages 12+) * Digital Music (ages 9-12 and 12-17)

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