COVID-19: Leisure and culture

Updates on parks and playgrounds, 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 government public health advice on Coronavirus, Leighton House Museum has reopened from Saturday 12 September.

Open on weekends only, the museum follows Covid-secure guidelines, requesting all visitors to wear a face mask and will need to book a ticket via Eventbrite to access the Leighton House Museum in advance. The museum has regular cleaning routines and implemented a one way route for visitors.

Sambourne House (18 Stafford Terrace) remains closed.

Please visit the Leighton House Museum website for more information.

Sports and leisure centres

Kensington Leisure Centre and Chelsea Sports Centre are open. 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.

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

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.

Our playgrounds and outdoor gyms 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.

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