COVID-19: Leisure and culture

Information about parks and playgrounds and closures of Museums, Community and Leisure Centres and public toilets.

The Curve

The Curve Community Centre has begun a phased re-opening prioritising the safety of users, service providers and staff. 

The opening is provisional and subject to change based on Government advice and guidance. At present, The Curve is open to residents on restricted hours from 10:30am until 3:30pm.

All visitors to the centre will be required to fill out a Covid-19 Health form and leave contact details for ‘Test and Trace’ purposes in the event of a visitor to the centre being diagnosed with Covid-19.  

To help manage the number of visitors to the centre, please book in advance of attending.

For details of the classes and programmes being run and for updates, visit The Curve webpage.

Filming and special events

Facilitating Filming and Events

While the Government has recently published guidance on the phased easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, the overall message is to continue social distancing. 

With no specific reference in the guidance to social or work-related gatherings in public or private spaces, we remain unable to process any event or filming application at this time. However, we are keen to offer planning advice and support, so please do contact the Team: 

Please note the standard lead times and fees.

We will continue to monitor changes to the current guidance, while maintaining the health and safety of our residents as our top priority during this challenging time.

Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace

Following the latest government public health advice on Coronavirus, and in response to increasing concerns, we have taken the decision to close Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace today until further notice.

The office hours continue as 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with staff working remotely. For general enquiries please email us at: museums@rbkc.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

All our public events have been cancelled and this includes costumed and conventional tours, pre-booked visits from schools and community groups and our free Holland Park guided walks. If you have booked a ticket, you will receive a separate message with details about how to receive a full refund.

If you have booked a private event to be hosted at Leighton House Museum, please contact our Events Manager, Sam Butler, on email: sam.butler@rbkc.gov.uk, who will be able to assist.

While Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace remain closed, we are already working on exciting content to share with you through our digital channels, please follow us on our platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye on our regular enewsletter.

We will all be working hard on plans for the ‘new’ Leighton House following the completion of the capital project. Please see the Hidden Gem to National Treasure page.

Sports and leisure centres

Following the latest Government guidance, Kensington Leisure Centre and Chelsea Sports Centre will begin a phased reopening to the public on Saturday 25 July 2020. For more information, please visit the leisure webpage.

Please visit the Better website to learn more about this as well as safety and cleaning, membership fees, opening times and more.

Parks and playgrounds

Our parks across the borough have been open throughout the Coronavirus pandemic as we know how important they are for residents’ mental health and wellbeing and, so that our residents can continue to exercise.

However, our playgrounds and outdoor gyms in parks were closed since late March. These reopened on Saturday 4 July, but social distancing remains in place, and you are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer with you. Playgrounds and outdoor gyms are being cleaned at least once a day, but to ensure your safety please clean your hands after using them and do not let your children touch their faces.

Public toilets

Toilets are now open in the following locations:

  • Sloane Square
  • Old Brompton Road
  • Gloucester Road, outside Underground Station (including the accessible toilet in Courtfield Road)
  • Kensington High Street
  • Kensington Church Street
  • Notting Hill Gate
  • Lonsdale Road
  • Tavistock Piazza
  • Westbourne Grove
  • Bevington Road
  • Talbot Road

The automated toilet at Earl's court Underground station remains closed.

Art, music, drama and online events

Enjoy these online activities from some of the borough’s cultural organisations and institutions, an engaging way to still connect during these challenging times.

  • ACAVA at home: Family focused arts, health and wellbeing activity including puppet making and a guide to make a stop-frame animation at home
  • Design Museum: Resource packs for families to create and make at home including building your own furniture exhibition, constructing a box building and making rocking toys.
  • Discover South Kensington: Digital tours, talks and stories from some of the great museum collections, including the Science Museum, V&A and Natural History Museum
  • Gate Theatre: Open Mic night on Wednesday evenings, presenting new artists each week.
  • GLUE at the Tabernacle: Music, arts, steelpan and drama activities for young people aged 5-16
  • Leighton House Museum: A series of online resources and fun-filled activities to discover more about Frederic Leighton, his magical house and Victorian art and culture

  • Metronomes Steel Orchestra: Steel pan sessions and live jamming with Eversley “Breeze” Mills on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30pm
  • The Mosaic Rooms: Living Room Sessions bringing music from the Arab world to your living room.
  • Playground Theatre: Play reading sessions for anyone to join on Tuesdays and Fridays 11-12.30pm
  • Royal Albert Hall: #RoyalAlbertHome series streaming world class artists performing from their homes
  • Royal Court Theatre: Watch a performance of acclaimed play Cyprus Avenue, available to view until April 26
  • Finborough Theatre: Watch online the Finborough Theatre’s award-winning 2016 production of It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson, based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley. Free to view until Tuesday 7 July 2020. Watch the play on YouTube