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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!

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 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.

The Shed

The Shed

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

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 Anglesea Arms

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

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 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.

The Kensington Creperie

The Kensington Creperie

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

Noor Jahan

Noor Jahan

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

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

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

Mirabell Cucina

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!

Rassell's

Rassell's

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

Jeff de Bruges

Jeff de Bruges

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

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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."

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

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Sameer El-Sebai

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

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Will Pitt

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

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Perform-Drama Workshops

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

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

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.

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

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