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Kensington and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Kensington and surrounding areas

"A short stroll with the kids to the Natural History and Science Museum is always a treat..."

Will Pitt

"The pedestrianised area of Exhibition Road is a great spot for grabbing a quick bite to eat while visiting the nearby museums."

Will Pitt

"The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A are all within a stones throw of each other on Exhibition Road."

Amit Sharma

What is your favourite place?

Where do Kensington and surrounding areas 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 Troubadour

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

Eggbreak

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.

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 Scarsdale Tavern

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

The Shed

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

Noor Jahan

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

Kensington Gardens

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

Little Chelsea Fish Market

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

Natural History Museum

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

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

Royal Albert Hall

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

H G Walter

The best in W14, this traditional butchers sells top quality meat.

Mirabell Cucina

An Italian deli that specialises in paninis, wraps and sandwiches on a variety of breads, as well as hot meals. Beautiful cabinets display fresh produce daily!

Bistro Mirey

Unique French Bistro with Japanese influences, serving brunch on Saturday too!

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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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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

Kiddikicks

Imperial Cinema
Fun football coaching for children from 18 months to 7 years. Timetable: Nippers - 18months to 2.5 yrs - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-10.45am Runners - 2.5 yrs to 3.5 years - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.45am - 11.30am and 3.30pm-4.15pm Racers - 3.5yrs to 5 yrs - Tuesdays and Thursdays 4.15pm-5pm Over 5s - Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm-5pm Prices vary depending on age group.

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.

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

Perform-Drama Workshops

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

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

Growing up in Kensington

Kensington Palace
Jump into the shoes of Princess Victoria and find out about her life as a child at Kensington Palace. Families can play, explore and learn together in these free one-hour creative play workshops for 4 to 7-year-olds. Children will learn through hands-on activities and stories. Website
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