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

The Snow Queen
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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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


Sloane Square Hotel

<div class='contentField'><p>A Chelsea home from home</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>7-12 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Milestone Hotel

<div class='contentField'><p>Luxury boutique hotel</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>1 Kensington Ct, Kensington, London W8 5DL</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>


<div class='contentField'><p>Italian home in Kensington</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5BB</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Royal Garden Hotel

<div class='contentField'><p>Overlooking Kensington Gardens</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Millennium Gloucester

<div class='contentField'><p>Close to Gloucester Road tube station</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>4-18 Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 4LH</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href=";utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=BlackFriday2018&amp;utm_content=millennium%20gloucester%20hotel&amp;utm_term=external&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiKKVuIWa3wIVx-J3Ch2NoAL9EAAYASAAEgL1s_D_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds">Read more</a></div>

Bailey's Hotel

<div class='contentField'><p>Victorian townhouse hotel</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">140 Gloucester Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4QH</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href=";utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=BlackFriday2018&amp;utm_content=millennium%25">Read more</a></div>

Safestay Hostel Holland Park

<div class='contentField'><p>Budget accommodation in a grade&nbsp;I listed building within Holland Park.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href=";network=g&amp;creative=231043150028&amp;adposition=1t3&amp;uniqueclickID=14530144799333414377&amp;sub_keyword=&amp;sub_ad=b&amp;sub_publisher=ADW&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMImvWg6t-I4AIVCrftCh3G8A5JEAAYAyAAEgKtDfD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds">Read more</a></div>

Copthorne Tara Hotel

<div class='contentField'><p>Located close to Kensington High Street.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>