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The Scarsdale Tavern

The Scarsdale Tavern

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

Rassell's

Rassell's

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

Eggbreak

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.

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 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 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!

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.

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens

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

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

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

Noor Jahan

Noor Jahan

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

Nam Long

Nam Long

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

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 V&A

The V&A

The V&A on a summer's day in The John Madejski Garden - quintessential South Kensington!

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

"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!"

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

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From the BBC Proms to world renowned stage shows, the Royal Albert Hall is a beautiful and historic venue.

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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. Minutes from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park and a stone's throw from Portobello Road I believe that W8 really has the best of everything. Shops on Kensington High Street, Kensington Church Street, and Notting Hill Gate mean that you're never far from what you need, or what you want! There are also some cracking pubs, like the Churchill Arms, which I'd recommend going to see in summer. I've only lived here for five months, but I've loved every second!

  2. 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 W8

Baby and Toddler Group

St. George's Campden Hill,
An opportunity for under 5s and all who care for them to come play, chat, have a cup of tea, and make new friends. Website

Sing and Sign


Sing and Sign combines the benefits of both music and baby signing. We teach a wide range of signs using some traditional and some specially written or adapted songs. What makes Sing and Sign special is that every sign used in song relates to those important first words of a baby's world! Website

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

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

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.

Parent and Toddler Group

St. Mary Abbots Church Hall,
This is a fun resource for those with preschool children to meet and relax, chat and enjoy their shared experience whilst accompanying their babies and toddlers. Priority for places is given to families who worship reguarly at St Mary Abbots.

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

About W8

W8 is the postcode district in West London incorporating the areas of Kensington, Holland Park (part) and is covered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea local authority.

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