Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh

1921 - 2021

It is with deep sadness that the Council and residents have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

COVID-19: Leisure and culture

Updates on parks and playgrounds, Museums, Community and Leisure Centres and public toilets.

Filming and special events

This guidance follows the restrictions enforced by the Government.


In line with current guidance on film and TV production, the Council is accepting and reviewing filming and photography applications submitted during this period on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the impact the activity could have on the proposed location and the local community. 

Productions will need to demonstrate a clear plan to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, in line with current Government advice, including:

  • Assurances on how social distancing will be maintained for cast and crew, and in managing the public
  • Assurances on health and hygiene measures that will be implemented during the proposed film or photographic shoot event, to prevent the spread of Covid-19
  • Crew completing the free Screen Skills Coronavirus basic awareness on production.
Learn more about filming in our borough​.

Should Government advice change and not support film and TV production, bookings may need to be cancelled or postponed. The Film office will endeavour to provide production companies with as much notice of cancellation as possible.

Please read the latest Government guidance for further details.


The Council is currently unable to accept or process applications for event activity in public spaces, including in parks and on streets, during this period.

The Events team continue to be available to discuss any future event proposals, review plans and offer guidance during this time. Applicants are advised to use the Covid-19 Outdoor Event Guidance document below to assist with understanding what is expected to be included across all areas of planning.

This document should be read in conjunction with our standard event guidelines as well as the specific Government and industry guidance that applies to your activities.

Kensington and Chelsea Covid-19 Outdoor Event Guidance

Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace

Due to Government enforced restrictions, Leighton House Museum is closed.

If you have purchased a ticket to visit, you should have received an email from Eventbrite with refund instructions. If not, please contact us on museums@rbkc.gov.uk with any enquiries.

The museum however will still be open virtually, so please keep an eye out for online workshops and talks. 

Sambourne House (18 Stafford Terrace) remains closed.

For more information, please visit the Leighton House Museum website.

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 Monday 12 April 2021. For more information, please visit the Better gyms Leisure Centres, Gyms & Swimming Pools in Kensington and Chelsea website.

Members can continue to take advantage of online classes and at home workouts through the Better app. Residents can also take part in our virtual offer delivered by the Council’s Sports Development team as part of our Active for Life programme.

For more information about our centres, please visit the leisure centres webpage.

Parks and playgrounds

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

Our playgrounds will also continue to be open, but social distancing remains in place, and you are encouraged to bring hand sanitiser with you.

Playgrounds 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.

However, tennis courts and cricket nets are closed during the national lockdown.

Please visit the GOV.UK website for information and guidance on meeting with others safely.

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