Exhibition Road


Exhibition Road - north of Cromwell Road

Exhibition Road is a Restricted Zone with two way traffic along the whole length of the road. Parking is prohibited anywhere in the road except in marked parking bays.

Metal studs in the granite surface mark out Residents’ parking bays and Blue Badge bays and each bay is signed to show which permit holders may park there.

There are 12 Blue Badge parking bays in Exhibition Road. They are divided into two sets of six bays; the southern six are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The northern six are reserved for Blue Badge holders seven days a week between 8.30am to 6.30pm. There is no maximum stay on any of the bays. The bays are marked with studs in the ground and are clearly signed. 

There is no visitor parking in Exhibition Road. The nearest pay and display bays are in Prince Consort Road and Queen's Gate.

Exhibition Road is partly in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and partly in the City of Westminster. The boundary between the two boroughs is near the Science Museum so some of the bays on Queen’s Gate have times of operation and tariffs set by the City of Westminster.

Further information on City of Westminster pay and display bays.

In this area of Kensington and Chelsea, pay and display bays cost £4 per hour and you need to pay for parking between 8.30am and 6.30pm from Monday to Friday and 8.30am to either 1.30pm or 6.30pm on Saturday depending on the location of the bay (please check the nearest pay and display machine and on-street signs for times of operation). Maximum stay restrictions of either two hours or four hours apply.

Loading and unloading, including dropping off and picking up of passengers, is only allowed between the two lines of delineator tactile paving, which is situated four metres from the building line on both sides of the road. All loading and unloading, including dropping off and picking up of passengers, must be continuous at all times. Vehicles are not allowed to park and wait for passengers on Exhibition Road.

There are coach drop off and pick up areas on Cromwell Road, outside of the V&A and the Natural History Museum

Vehicles are not allowed within four metres of the building line, as this area is reserved solely for the use of pedestrians.

South Kensington

To make sure we meet the needs of local residents and businesses as well keeping the area pleasant for pedestrians we have to manage parking and loading properly.

The arrangements in South Kensington are:-

  • Exhibition Road south of Thurloe Place is a Restricted Zone which means parking is prohibited at all times but loading and unloading is allowed
  • The western arm of Thurloe Street is a Pedestrian Zone. Vehicles may not drive into this area unless they are loading and unloading to nearby premises and only between 7am and 10am
  • Exhibition Road between Thurloe Place and Cromwell Road remains part of the Red Route network as before
  • Vehicles are prohibited at all times on the paved area on the south side of South Kensington station

View the Plan of delivery arrangements showing drivers where they can load and unload:

Plan of delivery arrangements [PDF] (file size 175.47 KB)