Things to do in Kensington
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
A sporting complex built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the park contains the athletes' Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues, including the Olympic Stadium and London Aquatics Centre.
Home to the world’s oldest tennis tournament which was first held in 1887, the Wimbledon is one of the four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
This is the official ‘Home of Cricket’. Opened in June 1814, it is the most famous cricket grounds in the world.
The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. The original building was once destroyed, and the present one was opened in 1997.
A prominent theatre company that presents new plays, classic drama and Shakespeare productions.
The Wallace Collection
Located in an historic London townhouse, the Wallace Collection was once the grand home of Sir Richard and Lady Wallace. The museum houses a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with large holdings of French 18th-century pieces. Works by Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Velàquez can also be found here.
The Queen's Gallery was constructed 40 years ago at the Buckingham Palace, out of the bomb-damaged ruins of a chapel. It exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection on a rotating basis, with about 450 works on display at any one time.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Founded in 1811, the England's first purpose-built art gallery houses one of the world's most important collections of European Old Master paintings. Dating from 1600s to the 1700s, the collection includes works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Poussin and Canaletto.
The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest art museums in the world and best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and drawings. Displayed in the elegant Somerset House, world-famous artists from Monet and Botticelli to Van Gogh can be seen alongside a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.
Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
The gallery was established in 1886 as "a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city", with works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th-century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.
Glimpses of the former Roman amphitheatre can be witnessed here where thousands gathered to watch wild animal fights and gladiatorial combats, 2000 years ago.
It is the only gallery in the world created in the Brutalist style of architecture – a striking concrete form that Londoners either love or hate. It hosts three to four temporary modern or contemporary exhibitions each year.
The gallery has been a major influence in the British art scene since its opening and serves as a career springboard to budding artists. In 2010, it became the Museum of Contemporary Art for London which since is open to the public.
Victoria & Albert Museum
The world's greatest museum of art and design represents more than 3,000 years of human creativity. Some of the highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries, which are home to some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the jewelry gallery and the British Galleries.
A national museum of modern and contemporary art - Picasso, Rothko, Dali and Matisse, that is open to all for free.
London's Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day. It is the oldest gallery in England, having opened in 1897 and houses a substantial collection of the works of J. M. W. Turner.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768, is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain. Situated in the heart of London's West End on Piccadilly, it is a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. It is universally renowned for hosting some of the capital's finest temporary and touring exhibitions.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the collection includes works across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video.
The Barbican in London is Europe's largest arts centre, comprising a concert hall, theatres, cinemas, art galleries, shops and a conservatory. It is also a base for the London Symphony Orchestra.
Based in the heart of East London, Boxpark Shoreditch is the world’s first pop-up mall and the home of the pop-up store, with more than sixty carefully chosen fashion brands and food and drink retailers.
Here in Canada Square, it is a shoppers’ paradise with a huge shopping centre that opens seven days a week. Sleek and modern, it boasts more than 200 shops, with major high-street chains as well as a good selection of designer stores.
One of London’s best markets since the early 17th century. it now houses fashion, jewelry, food and music stalls which are best to visit on a Sunday.
Here at the Portobello Market, shops and stalls open daily. There is an antiques market that opens on Saturdays, a flea market on Portobello Green on Sunday mornings as well as an organic foods market on Thursdays.
The Notting Hill is a venue famous for its vast array of small, unique shops selling unusual and vintage clothing, rare antiques, quirky gifts, books and organic food. The Portobello Road Market is nearby – a mile-long (1.6km) street with a vibrant array of different stalls set out daily.
Known worldwide as the home of bespoke British tailoring, Savile Row is the place to go for a handmade suit crafted the old-fashioned way. On the corner of this "golden mile" of tailoring is the Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store.
The King’s Road excites with an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops and high-street staples, alongside a vast array of cafes and eateries.
The largest urban shopping centre in Europe where you'll find high street favourites including Debenhams, Next, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser. There are also more than 275 luxury, premium and high-street retailers showcasing over 700 brands as well as a cinema, gym and several dining establishments.
A world renowned place for both locals and tourists, lanes of shops are housed in incredibly ‘secure subterranean vaults’ prized with the largest collection of silver in the world under one roof. From cutlery sets to picture frames and jewelry, you are bound to find all types of silverware here.
This is a pedestrianised shopping street located near Oxford Street and Regent Street. It is home to numerous fashion and lifestyle retailers, including a large number of independent fashion boutiques.
Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market - a source of exceptional British and international produce.
A perfect choice for meat lovers, the restaurant serves good quality barbecued meats and other traditional Brazilian dishes at reasonable prices.
A delightful café, located in a pretty conservatory that overlooks the Kensington Gardens, serving tea, coffee and lunch.
A large and welcoming Victorian pub, filled with bric-a-brac and Churchill memorabilia. The pub serves affordable Thai food served in the conservatory.
Here you will find Authentic French cooking with plenty of garlic-infused dishes in a wonderfully ‘Parisian’ atmosphere.
Green Man & French Horn
This bar-cum-restaurant is a long, narrow room with wooden furniture, bare brick walls, monochrome floor tiles and a long bar illuminated by factory lamps. The food is influenced by seasonal market produce, recipes and specialities of The Loire River, from the hills in the Ardèche to the oyster beds on the coast of Saint Nazaire.
A high-end, modern French restaurant with global influences, served in an understated dining room.
This restaurant is adorned with red lanterns hanging high up in the huge red and gold dining rooms spread over several floors. It is one of the few places in town which offers a traditional dim-sum trolley experience.
Joy King Lau
A great place for Dim Sum with excellent value. The décor, menu and service is the epitome of old meets new.
These scrumptious Shanghainese dumplings are sometimes called ‘soup dumplings’ which are steamed parcels containing both filling and ‘broth’
Well-known for its tonkotsu with pork loin slices and crunchy kikurage (“cloud-ear” mushroom) served over thin handmade noodles (in a dish called Shiromaru Hakata Classic). Vegans should definitely try the seaweed and mushroom-broth version topped with fried tofu.
Bocca di Lupo
The restaurant specialises in ‘the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions’. The ingredients are either homemade or carefully sourced from around Italy.
A Michelin-starred Italian business restaurant that is ideal for business entertainments.
A wholesome choice for a healthy breakfast or lunch, serving homemade dishes from pies, soups, to lasagna and even warming bowls of porridge laced with honey and maple syrup.
A highly relaxing restaurant and bar in a former foundry building, christened after Laurel and Hardy’s dog (also a colloquialism for whisky). The menu tantalizes with a combination of locally sourced food (cider-marinated lamb rump, pan-fried red mullet) and splendid roasts on Sunday.
Gun (Pub food)
A riverside pub set at the end of a pretty, cobbled street near Billingsgate Market. The pub comprises a dining area with a terrace affording expansive views of the Thames. It is one of the best places to go for fresh fish and Portuguese classics, such as cataplana and estapada.
Golden Union Fish
A traditional-style, licensed fish and chip restaurant located in the heart of Soho, the restaurant has a distinct post-war ‘50s décor
Well known for its prime cuts of matured beef and other British classics served in stripped-back, bare-brick surrounds. Hawksmoor favourites also include plum pudding belly ribs and the smooth potted smoked mackerel.
One of London's largest open spaces with three ponds, tennis courts, grass pitches and a bandstand
Lee Valley Park
Stretching 26 miles (42 km) along the River Lee, from East India Docks, past the Olympic Park and up to Ware in Hertfordshire, this huge park offers green spaces, nature reserves and ample options for sports. Guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of every month
A park that is popular with joggers and families alike with the many play areas, Battersea Children's Zoo and a grand 1-km riverside promenade
Hampstead Heath is just four miles from central London, with spectacular views of London from the top of the Parliament Hill. A perfect spot for kite-flying, strolls and picnics.
The oldest of the Royal Parks offers spectacular views over the river Thames, a perfect place to take a break between visiting Greenwich's other attractions.
The Victoria Park is a large park, 86-hectare open space with canals, ponds, a pavilion, tennis courts and a sports ground.
A club venue with the best music from the world’s greatest DJ and has three different themed rooms, combining a variety of spaces indoors and outdoors that are open 24-hours.
Seating up to 1,500, KOKO is host to both live music and club events. The building has undergone a massive refurbishment program which restored its original theatrical style, with six bars, a stage and a dance floor.
This is Shoreditch’s premier entertainment venue that is perfect for parties.
The venue is housed under railway arches, showcasing an incredibly diverse range of music to a warm and friendly crowd. The club also offers tasty global street food canteen.
A club with an international appeal, good for parties that run into the early hours in the morning. The music is predominantly world-oriented, with African influence and appeal to crowds across all cultures.
333 Mother Bar
A 3-floor club with a low-lit bar, where DJs play a mix of dance floor classics.
One of the world’s top clubs, Fabric is an exciting dance venue that showcases anything from hip hop, breakbeat, dubstep, drum and bass to electro and techno.
Café de Paris
Featuring disco and a restaurant in an elegant building, here you will find great entertainment with regular cabaret shows.
Ministry of Sound
A popular clubbing venue with four bars and dance floors was recently ranked seventh in the 2013 DJ Magazine top 100 clubs poll and has won the IDMA ‘World’s Best Sound System’ award for four consecutive years.
This was once a manor house that became known as Fulham Palace because bishops were considered to be the ‘princes of the church’. Today, it is a sought-after venue for weddings, parties and corporate events.
Natural History Museum
A landmark museum of animals and natural phenomena, with hands-on exhibits and animatronic dinosaurs.
Standing at 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. It offers panoramic views of City of London.
The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, is the grandest and the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall. This magnificent building is particularly noted for its Rubens ceiling.
A Royal Palace created in the Tudor period during the reign of King Henry VIII, the Hampton Court is the finest piece of Tudor architecture in Britain.
Maritime Greenwich was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 for the concentration and quality of buildings of historic and architectural interest in the area. The buildings are in clusters along the riverfront, in Greenwich Park, and in the Georgian and Victorian town centres.
Clarence House, which stands beside St James' Palace, was built between 1825 and 1827 for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence and once serves as the London home of Queen Elizabeth. Today, Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
This is Church of England Cathedral, one of the most recognisable sights of London which was the venue for royal weddings as well as funeral services of several famous people, such as Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Nelson.
Westminster Abbey (Part of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Abbey is a famous English Gothic monastery church where coronations of kings and queens took place since 1066. A number of royal weddings also took place here, including that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Boat and Pedalo Hire
fun boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park during summer or take a ride on the UK’s first Solarshuttle that is powered by the sun.
Well known for its Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park is one of London's best-loved parks with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and rose gardens. Also located within is The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
Home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, the Royal Park is a garden planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds.
Kensington Roof Top
London’s only rooftop nightclub, the venue simply shines with glamour when night comes.
Established in 1967, this is one of the most prestigious and best loved private clubs in town.
Experience the Mayfair mansion in any of its two bars and two restaurants, and savour great wines amidst a style crowd as you become bedazzled by the ambience.
Mahiki is a London nightclub in Dover Street, well known for its celebrity clientele and well-loved for its exotic cocktails, happy and fun atmosphere.
Be part of the hottest crowds in town in a night of glamorous debauchery.
Sitting in the entertainment heart of London, the London square is the site of most British film premiers, surrounded by clubs and bars.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery displays over 2,000 Western European paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century. Discover inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh.
A truly distinctive place that features fashion, unique gifts, rare sweets, arts and crafts and handmade jewelry. Here, you will find the latest urban street wear, funky cosmetics and shoes on Neal Street.
Enjoy views of up to 40km on board Europe’s tallest observation wheel.
A must-see for visitors, the largest square in London is home to Nelson’s Column, iconic stone lions and the famous Fourth Plinth.
The British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Here, you will find world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (Part of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
A neo-Gothic masterpiece and seat of the UK government, the Big Ben is an iconic landmark of London and UK in general. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
The official London residence of British monarchy since 1837 is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch today.
The Science Museum
The most visited science and technology museum in Europe has more than 15,000 objects on display, including the world famous Apollo 10 command capsule.
Fit for a Duchess, the palace is home to the British Royal Family including Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design houses over 4.5 million objects of permanent collection.
A Michelin-starred restaurant of haute cuisine, the restaurant specialises in the ‘imaginative’ cuisine from the South West of France. The place is furnished with heavy wooden screens, a serene and urbane room of grey and gold with marble panels.
National History Museum and Science Museum
Selfridges (Marble Arch tube)
Westfield Shopping Centre (Shepherds Bush tube)
Portobello Market (Notting Hill tube)
High Street Kensington
Sloane Square ‘Street Food market’ (only on Saturdays)
O2 Shepherds Bush’s Empire (Shepherds Bush tube)
Royal Albert Hall
The Park International Hotel
117 - 129 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 4DS
Victoria and Albert Museum
The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design houses over 4.5 million objects of permanent collection.Distance From Hotel: 700 m 9 mins 8 mins 4 mins
Fit for a Duchess, the palace is home to the British Royal Family including Prince William and Kate Middleton.Distance From Hotel: 1.5 km 19 mins 16 mins 8 mins
The Science Museum
The most visited science and technology museum in Europe has more than 15,000 objects on display, including the world famous Apollo 10 command capsule.Distance From Hotel: 850 m 11 mins 9 mins 4 mins
The official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 is also their principal workplace today. Westminster Abbey: Featuring a mix of architectural styles, the Gothic monastery church is the traditional place of coronation and burial for English monarchs.Distance From Hotel: 3.2 km 41 mins 19 mins 8 mins
House of Parliament
Watch committee hearings or take a tour inside one of the world’s most iconic buildings.Distance From Hotel: 3.5 km 45 mins 30 mins 12 mins
The British Museum
Dedicated to human history and culture, the museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts.Distance From Hotel: 5.1 km 1 h 6 mins 29 mins 15 mins
A must-see for visitors, the largest square in London is home to Nelson’s Column, iconic stone lions and the famous Fourth Plinth.Distance From Hotel: 4.3 km 55 mins 21 mins 11 mins
Enjoy views of up to 40km on board Europe’s tallest observation wheel.Distance From Hotel: 5 km 1 h 5 mins 20 mins 15 mins
With 13 theatres, over 60 pubs and bars, the market has long been associated with entertainment and shopping and is well loved for the street performances.Distance From Hotel: 4.7 km 1 h 1 min 23 mins 14 mins
The National Gallery
The art museum on the Trafalgar Square houses over 2300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.Distance From Hotel: 4.3 km 55 mins 20 mins 12 mins
Sitting in the entertainment heart of London, the London square is the site of most British film premiers, surrounded by clubs and bars.Distance From Hotel: 4.1km 54mins 22mins 12mins
Home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, the Royal Park is a garden planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds.Distance From Hotel: 1.6 km 20 mins 15 mins 5 min
Well-known for its Speakers’ Corner, the park is one of the London’s eight Royal Parks.Distance From Hotel: 2.5 km 31 mins 24 mins 9 mins
St James’ Park
Become part of nature or watch the world go by in this park that is surrounded by London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Westminster.Distance From Hotel: 3.9 km 50 mins 11 mins 10 mins
With more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties, the Royal Park has excellent sports facilities making it the largest outdoor sports area in central London.Distance From Hotel: 4.7 km 1 h 1 mins 31 mins 14 mins
The smallest of London’s eight Royal Parks, this is a popular spot for picnics and sunbathing in fine weather.Distance From Hotel: 3.1 km 41 mins 18 mins 8 mins
The largest of London’s Royal Parks, the National Nature Reserve is home to 630 red and fallow deer.Distance From Hotel: 11.1 km 2 h 19 mins 1 h 14 mins 20 mins
Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the café bar is set to tantalize your taste buds while keeping the prices reasonable.Distance From Hotel: 450 m 6 mins 6 mins 2 mins
Be it for the cosy, rustic and romantic ambience or the traditional and classics dishes, this place has been a favourite haunt among the locals for decades.Distance From Hotel: 1.4 km 18 min 10 min 4 min
For great seafood served in the heart of London’s Notting Hill.Distance From Hotel: 1.6 km 20 mins 14 mins 6 mins
The Michelin-starred restaurant serves good food and wine well-loved by local and travellers alikeDistance From Hotel: 6.1 km 1 h 18 mins 41 mins 25 mins
For those who desire classic European food offering fresh British produce, served in a boutique setting.Distance From Hotel: 1.3 km 16 mins 13 mins 5 mins
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
The Michelin-starred restaurant is the world’s 5th best restaurant.Distance From Hotel: 1.9 km 25 mins 17 mins 6 mins
Royal Albert Hall
Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets, world-famous proms and more have taken place within this concert hall that was built since 1941. Check out http://www.royalalberthall.com/Distance From Hotel: 950 m 12 mins 10 mins 4 mins
Royal Opera House
The arts venue in Covent Garden is the place to watch and learn about world-class opera, music, ballet and dance.Distance From Hotel: 4.8 km 1 h 2 mins 25 mins 14 mins
Royal National Theatre
Alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House, the theatre has seen numerous notable productions since 1963.Distance From Hotel: 6 km 1 h 17 mins 34 mins 14 mins
The South Bank Centre
The Europe’s largest centre for the arts offers 21 acres of creative space along River Thames.Distance From Hotel: 5.4 km 1 h 10 mins 25 mins 16 mins
Many noteworthy performances and live concert productions have taken place at this entertainment venue.Distance From Hotel: 1.8 km 22 mins 20 mins 5 mins
The London West End shows, musicals, plays, comedies, dances and concerts are all happening here at the Theatreland.Distance From Hotel: 4.5 km 58 mins 18 mins 12 mins
SEA Life London Aquarium
Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life, here you can stroll under a Tropical Ocean along a stunning glass tunnel walkway.Distance From Hotel: 5.1 km 1 h 5 mins 25 mins 14 mins
Kensington Roof Top
London’s only rooftop nightclub, the venue simply shines with glamour when night comes.Distance From Hotel: 700m 9 mins 9 mins 3 mins
Established in 1967, this is one of the most prestigious and best loved private clubs in town.Distance From Hotel: 1.4 km 17 mins 15 mins 4 mins
Experience the Mayfair mansion in any of its two bars and two restaurants, and savour great wines amidst a style crowd as you become bedazzled by the ambience.Distance From Hotel: 3.9 km 50 mins 22 mins 11 mins
One of the most elegant in its class, the club has more history than any other London nightclub and the food remains very much popular among the Londoners.Distance From Hotel: 3.3 km 42 mins 22 mins 9 mins
One of London’s most popular clubs, the place is well-known for its celebrity clientele.Distance From Hotel: 3.3 km 43 mins 19 mins 9 mins
Be part of the hottest crowds in town in a night of glamorous debauchery.Distance From Hotel: 650 m 8 mins 5 mins 3 mins
Boat and Pedalo Hire
Have fun boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park during summer or take a ride on the UK’s first Solarshuttle that is powered by the sunDistance From Hotel: 4.8 km 1 h 3 mins 34 mins 22 mins
Hyde Park Stables
For horse riding and horse riding lessons right in central LondonDistance From Hotel: 2.4 km 31 mins 18 mins 12 mins
Home to the England rugby team, the stadium seats an impressive 82,000 spectators.Distance From Hotel: 13.3 km 2 h 45 mins 52 mins 22 mins
The world class stadium has been home to the England football teams since it was opened in 2007.Distance From Hotel: 11.6 km 2 h 26 mins 55 mins 24 mins
The third-largest football stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club.Distance From Hotel: 10 km 2 h 7 mins 37 mins 26 mins
This football stadium is the home ground of Chelsea Football Club.Distance From Hotel: 2.4 km 29 mins 16 mins 6 mins
One of the world’s finest department stores in the world, Selfridges dominates the west end of Oxford Street catering to the needs of every shopper and is a place to be seen for the label-conscious.Distance From Hotel: 4.3 km 55 mins 24 mins 14 mins
An upmarket department store that is well-loved for its food hall.Distance From Hotel: 1.4 km 18 mins 14 mins 5 mins
For designer fashion, beauty buys, food and wine.Distance From Hotel: 4.5 km 58 mins 19 mins 14 mins
For luxury goods, famous gifting, homeware brands and art fabrics.Distance From Hotel: 4.5 km 52 mins 24 mins 13 mins
Fortnum & Mason
A unique and beautiful department store well-known for high quality good, fine foods, hampers, teas and wine.Distance From Hotel: 2.8 miles 58 mins 19 mins 12 mins
Along Sloan Street, Bond Street and Kensington Church Street
The place to scout for art pieces, antiques and tiny crafts.Distance From Hotel: 4.5 km 58 mins 18 mins 5 mins
Portobello and Bermondsey
If you are looking for something unique, this is the perfect place for antiques, special pieces and surprise finds!Distance From Hotel: 8.3 km 1 h 46 mins 37 mins 19 mins