A place of culture to visit and explore

A place of culture to visit and explore

Kensington and Chelsea has one of the strongest visitor economies in London. South Kensington is home to The Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums, which welcome over 10 million visitors each year between them, while many other cultural gems can be found further north, including Kensington Palace, the Design Museum, Leighton House Museum and the Museum of Brands. We hope to see these great cultural institutions go from strength to strength, while widening access and engagement with local people.

The borough generates £325 million a year in business rates, the ninth most in the country, of which it retains £65m to fund local services. We have some of the most iconic locations in the capital, from Portobello Road to Knightsbridge, and many beautiful residential streets and garden squares.

High streets everywhere are under pressure from the growth of large shopping malls and online retail. We want ours, including Kensington High Street and Kings Road, Chelsea, to evolve and adapt to create a new kind of retail experience and recover their cachet as much loved destinations in their own right. The Council will bring together all those with a stake in their high street, to develop a vision for its future and a plan for its improvement, starting with Kensington High Street.

As the principal host borough for the Notting Hill Carnival, we are delighted to celebrate the diverse heritage of the people of Kensington and Chelsea. We will continue to support and promote Carnival and other events which draw visitors here and enrich our cultural scene.

The Council has developed a new Culture Plan for the borough through a series of conversations with cultural providers, practitioners, retailers and residents. The Plan will harness and support the power of arts and culture to bring communities together, improve health and well-being, and enhance skills and enterprise to develop the next generation of talent. It will be published and launched in the Autumn of 2020, meanwhile for more information email culture@rbkc.gov.uk