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Kensington and Chelsea

On the western edge of central London, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is London’s smallest borough, so it's easy to get around on foot or by bike. It is a cultural hub, has internationally known shopping centres and is home to Portobello Road Market, the Notting Hill Carnival and many less well known but unique attractions and events.

What's on

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Hampers and Stockings Christmas Market

Festive artisan market in Kensington Town Square (between the Town Hall and the Library). There will be vendors selling a mix of handmade and fair-trade products - Christmas gifts, fashion, accessories, jewellery, home ware and festive craft stalls, alongside food stalls, a mulled wine stall and a coffee and cake stall. Community choirs and a Snow Queen will provide entertainment.

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Hampers and Stockings Christmas Market

What to see and do in Kensington and Chelsea

See and do

So much to see and do - visit major museums and galleries, lesser known hidden gems, theatres and other entertainment venues, parks and gardens, places of interest, libraries, sports and recreation, find sculpture on public display, discover the history of the borough, commemorative blue plaques of famous former residents and notable filming locations.

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Leighton House

The former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton and the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the UK. It has a collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.

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Saatchi Gallery

Founded in 1985 to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible by providing an innovative platform for emerging artists to show their work. The Gallery has hosted 15 out of the top 20 most visited exhibitions in London over the last five years, and has more followers on social media than any other museum in the world. Entry to all Saatchi Gallery’s exhibitions is free.

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Shopping

Shopping

Our shopping centres range from international destinations to smaller, more quirky local centres and street markets.

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Eat and drink

Where to Stay

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Peter Jones

<div class='contentField'><p>Chelsea’s department store, part of the John Lewis Partnership, stands at the beginning of King’s Road.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8EL</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/peter-jones">Read more</a></div>

Antikbar

<div class='contentField'><p>Original vintage posters</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>404 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.antikbar.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Trotters

<div class='contentField'><p>Family owned business providing stylish /traditional children’s clothing.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>34 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4UD</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.trotters.co.uk/pages/kings-road-store">Read more</a></div>

Designers Guild

<div class='contentField'><p>Flagship store offering furnishing fabrics, wallcoverings, upholstery and bed and bath collections worldwide.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EN</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.designersguild.com/">Read more</a></div>

Anthropologie

<div class='contentField'><p>Women’s clothing, accessories and home décor.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>131-141 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4PW</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.anthropologie.com/en-gb/stores/kings-rd-london">Read more</a></div>

Haines of Sloane Square

<div class='contentField'><p>London’s oldest news kiosk it’s been run by the same family for over 125 years, currently occupying a kiosk designed by Thomas Heatherwick.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AL</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://hainesofsloanesquare.com/">Read more</a></div>

King's Road Curve

<div class='contentField'><p>Details of events in the smaller independent shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars at the western end of King’s Road.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://kingsroadcurve.wixsite.com/london">Read more</a></div>

Baar & Bass

<div class='contentField'><p>Luxury fashion and lifestyle boutique.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://baarandbass.com/">Read more</a></div>

Kyoto Garden

<div class='contentField'><p>A gift from the city of Kyoto, this tranquil kaiyushiki, or stroll garden, features a koi carp pond, a waterfall and stone lanterns set in a Japanese-style landscape.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Holland Park, Holland Park Ave, Kensington, London W11 4UA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park">Read more</a></div>

Holland Park

<div class='contentField'><p>Holland Park contains areas of woodland, a Japanese garden, the Ice House Gallery, a sculpture garden, Holland Park Theatre. It is home to Opera Holland Park, and the <a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/environmentandtransport/ecology.aspx">Ecology Centre</a>, which runs events and activities for children and young people.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Ilchester Pl, Kensington, London W8 6LU</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park">Read more</a></div>

Kensington Gardens

<div class='contentField'><p>In the gardens of Kensington Palace you will find the famous Peter Pan statue and the <a href="https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/diana-memorial-playground">Peter Pan themed playground</a> with a pirate ship and beach, created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>London W2 2UH</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/about-kensington-gardens">Read more</a></div>

Chelsea Physic Garden

<div class='contentField'><p>The oldest botanic garden in London, it houses around 5,000 medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Curators House, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Brompton Cemetery

<div class='contentField'><p>A celebration of the high tide of the British Empire and commercial prosperity. It contains memorials to the great and the good including more Victoria Cross holders than anywhere else in the world and over 2,000 Chelsea Pensioners, and is a haven for wildlife.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Fulham Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9UG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton-cemetery">Read more</a></div>

Kensal Green Cemetery

<div class='contentField'><p>This was the UK’s first purpose built cemetery. It was designed as park with graveled carriage drives and smaller paths to stroll along, and contains many ornate mausoleums.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Harrow Rd, London W10 4RA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.kensalgreen.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>