COVID-19: Leisure and culture

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

Service disruption - Closure of the Curve Community Centre
The Curve Community Centre has now closed for general access to the community.

The Curve Community Centre has now closed for general access to the community. This is to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus and protect residents and staff. We will be setting up a service initially for those residents identified by our NHS colleagues.

We are developing a community and voluntary sector/health and Council partnership to support our isolated residents who may need help with food and shopping deliveries. The Curve will be deep cleaned and will then be used to help with the logistics of providing support to those most vulnerable to the impacts of Covid-19.

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 Government advice, Kensington Leisure Centre, Chelsea Sports Centre, and St Luke’s pitches will be closed until further notice and we will automatically freeze all memberships.

Financial support for clubs and community organisations

Sports England has announced £195 million of funding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. This package will allow clubs and community organisations to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and to help organisations get back to business once this crisis comes to an end. To find out more about the funding and whether you may qualify, visit the Sport England website.

Parks and playgrounds

We will continue to keep our parks across the borough open as we know how important they are for residents’ mental health and wellbeing and, so that our residents can continue to exercise.

However to help protect our residents, we have taken the decision to close our playgrounds and outdoor gyms in parks and on housing estates from Tuesday 24 March.

This is subject to change as the situation around Coronavirus evolves.

If you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, we advise that you stay home. For further guidance, please visit the NHS website.

Public toilets

Automated and accessible toilets are closed until further notice in the following locations:

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

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