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The Curtains Up

The Curtains Up

A pub with a great vibe and good food, but it has to be Barons Court Theatre downstairs that is its main selling point - I love it here!

L'Elyseé

L'Elyseé

A great little French café on Hammersmith Road. They have a range of smoothies and amazing coffees, as well as tasty sandwiches and French pastries.

Bistro Mirey

Bistro Mirey

Unique French Bistro with Japanese influences, serving brunch on Saturday too!

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!

H G Walter

H G Walter

The best in W14, this traditional butchers sells top quality meat.

Rassell's

Rassell's

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

The Scarsdale Tavern

The Scarsdale Tavern

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

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.

The Colton Arms

The Colton Arms

The Colton Arms is a great pub right next to Queens Club. It has just undergone a major refurbishment and looks so beautiful inside and out. There is a lovely beer garden, a great new chef and a wonderfully friendly team. They also have quiz nights, steak nights, deals on prosecco, brunch and a cracking Sunday roast. I couldn't recommend it more.

The Troubadour

The Troubadour

'50s café in Earl's Court that also includes a deli, a gallery and a club!

The Harwood Arms

The Harwood Arms

The only Michelin-starred pub in London. The best Scotch Eggs bar none.

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.

The Malt House

The Malt House

A lovely gastro pub in the heart of Fulham Broadway.

Wahleeah

Wahleeah

A slice of NYC in Fulham. Awesome design, amazing food and great service.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of West Kensington, Barons Court, Earls Court, Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington, Holland Park, South Kensington, Shepherd's Bush and Chelsea

"Earls Court 2 boasts the largest unsupported roof span in Europe, with floor space of 17,000sqm!"

St Paul's Studios, Talgarth Road were built as artists' studios in the late 1800s and have housed a number of notable people, most famously Margot Fonteyn.

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There's a buzz around Earl's Court that you can escape, walking down the handsome crescents and residential streets.

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

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Diddi dance

St Mary's Church
At Diddi Dance we realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class. We are the only pre-school dance program to explore 14 different dance styles. £8 per session Website

Fulham Pools


At one of our indoor pools, you'll find the perfect place to sharpen up your stroke or simply relax and recover. Sharpen up your stroke with a series of detailed and focused lessons with one of our top-class teachers, who will guide you through everything you need to know to improve. For kids and adults. Website

Aqua Rangers Swimming school


The Aqua Rangers Swimming School offer a wide range of swimming lessons available Monday to Friday between 2pm and 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Our classes are small with maximum 2 children per class and our teacher are great at developing every child into a happy little swimmer. Contact us to find out more. Happy Swimming Website

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.

First Steps Academy of Dance

Sir John Lillie Primary School
First Steps is at the heart of the Chelsea and Fulham community. It is a living vibrant place where young children are given the chance to realise their potential and develop their personality through dance. At First Steps we lovingly guide nursery ballet children all the way through to their Grade 8 RAD Award. Classes are held for 2 1/2 year olds to 18 year olds from Mondays through to Saturdays.

Song Academy

The Holy Trinity Church
Song Academy provides a unique and exciting opportunity for children to write and record songs from scratch in collaboration with experienced professional musicians. Song Academy is for everyone whether they play an instrument feel they can sing can write creatively or not. Take on the many roles in the collaborative songwriting process the songwriter music producer and recording artist. At the end of a term the children perform in their own gig with a live band of professional musicians and take home a compilation CD of all their song. Website

Twynholm Tots

Twynholm Baptist Church
A warm and welcoming playgroup for parents/carers and their children to enjoy together. Spacious and clean facility and yummy refreshments for all! Website

About West Kensington

West Kensington is an area on the western edge of Central London primarily located within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, encompassing some western areas of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located 3.4 miles (5.5 km) west of Charing Cross. West Kensington, the London postal area of W14 is roughly defined as the area between Brook Green and Hammersmith Road to the west, Fulham to the south, Shepherd's Bush to the north and Kensington to the east. It is best known as home to the Olympia Exhibition Centre and the Queen's Club at Barons Court. West Kensington is a cosmopolitan enclave, with significant local population diversity. West Kensington is primarily a residential area consisting mainly of Victorian terraced houses, many of which are subdivided into flats.

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