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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.

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.

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.

Jeff de Bruges

Jeff de Bruges

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

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 Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

Design Museum

Design Museum

A great cafe and museum close to Holland Park.

Rocca

Rocca

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

Nam Long

Nam Long

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

Ciro's Pizza Pomodoro

Ciro's Pizza Pomodoro

A funky vibe throughout this fun Italian restaurant, with a celebrity hall of fame and an aquarium to add to the ambiance.

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!

Wyndham House

Wyndham House

A family-run butchers selling not only meats, but deli items, cheeses and condiments.

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!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Chelsea, Earls Court, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, West Kensington, Fulham, Bayswater, Holland Park and Victoria

"Gloucester Road used to be called Hogmore Road, but was renamed when the Duchess of Gloucester moved in at the beginning of the nineteenth century."

The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A are all within a stones throw of each other on Exhibition 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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A short stroll with the kids to the Natural History and Science Museum is always a treat...

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What locals say about South Kensington

  1. It’s safe and full of great restaurants and is close to the centre and Hyde Park.

  2. South Kensington is simply beautiful, artistic, opulent and royal. Wow, it would be dream for me to live here!

  3. South Kensington is a fab area with the museums at your doorstep, continental style cafes and restaurants on Exhibition Road, which is pedestrianised, Christie's round the corner and so many garden squares you don't need to walk up to the park to feel you are in nature.

  4. We love the museums and malls here!

  5. I love this area because it is a quiet, and a peaceful place to live. There are not a lot of crimes here and people enjoy themselves in their everyday lives. This is why I love my area.

  6. I like South Kensington because of the peaceful opulence and artistic nature emanating mainly, but not exclusively, from Christies of South Kensington. My property in Onslow Gardens is simply superb overlooking a well maintained, large semi-public garden.

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Child-friendly activities near South Kensington

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 dance and singing workshops that will boost children's confidence creativity and concentration skills. From September to December the children will be rehearsing the classic tale of Cinderella but with a clever twist. Website

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

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.

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)

Parent & Baby Swimming Class in Knightsbridge


This pool is ideal for these types of classes as it is generally kept at a constant temperature of 32°C or above. Please take special note that no push chairs will be permitted into the club. 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

About South Kensington

South Kensington is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It is a built-up area located 2.4 miles (3.9 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. It is hard to define notional boundaries for South Kensington, but a common definition is the commercial area around the tube station and the adjacent graceful garden squares and streets (such as Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum). The smaller neighborhood around Gloucester Road tube station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music and Baden-Powell House. Although the postcode SW7 mainly covers South Kensington, some parts of Kensington and Knightsbridge also fall under this postcode. Neighboring the equally affluent centres of Knightsbridge, Chelsea, and Kensington proper, South Kensington covers some of the most exclusive real estate in the world.

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