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Kensington and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Kensington and surrounding areas

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

Rebecca Boon

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

Alexis Zaranis

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

Will Pitt

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Natural History Museum

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

Nam Long

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

Royal Albert Hall

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

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

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 Scarsdale Tavern

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

The Kensington Creperie

Every crêpe imaginable, amazing for people watching... Order the crêpe complete and wonder how you ever made do without one before.

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 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!

The V&A

With over 4.5 million items in its collection, The Victoria and Albert Museum is a celebrated part of London's cultural heritage.

The Kings Head

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


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

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!

Bacchus Lounge

Amazing Italian food on Fulham Road close to the hospital.

Jeff de Bruges

Belgian boutique chocolate in the heart of South Kensington. Great for currency with the mother-in-law!

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"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."

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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

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

Parenting support & advice

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

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.

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.

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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