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The Shed

The Shed

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

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.

Caffe Concerto

Caffe Concerto

Café and restaurant with live music.

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens

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

Parson's Nose

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 Havelock Tavern

The Havelock Tavern

A fantastic little pub that does a superb steak! One of the best locals in Brook Green with friendly service and a great selection of craft beers and ales.

K West Hotel & Spa

K West Hotel & Spa

Frequented by celebrities, this out-of-the-way hotel has an amazing spa and a glam rock inspired afternoon tea too!

Nam Long

Nam Long

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

Rassell's

Rassell's

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

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 Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

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.

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

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

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.

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!

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

"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."

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

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

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

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  1. 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 was born has been redeveloped. Some of the shops have changed for the better, and the food is better in some of the new restaurants than it was - but the spirit of Kensington has remained the same. I am now 53.

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Child-friendly activities near Kensington

NCT Bumps & Babies Group

David Lloyd Kensington,
Come along to the David Lloyd Kensington Gym cafe-playground every Tuesday for some NCT Bumps & Babies fun. The group is free to attend so come along for a chat and some play time with other local mums and dads. 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

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

Royal College of Music Museum


The RCM Museum of Music is full of musical treasures dating from the 15th century onwards. Website

Perform-Drama Workshops

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

Swimway Child/Parent & Baby classes

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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.

About Kensington

Kensington is a district of west London, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. An affluent and densely-populated area, its commercial heart is Kensington High Street and it contains the well-known museum district of South Kensington. To the north, Kensington is bordered by Notting Hill; to the east, by Brompton and Knightsbridge; to the south, by Chelsea and Earl's Court; and to the west, by Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush. The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops. Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares, including Edwardes Square, Earls Terrace - an exclusive redevelopment of Georgian Houses, The Phillimores, and Wycombe Square - a new build development done to a very high standard.

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