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.

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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


Gail's Bakery Kensington High Street

<div class='contentField'><p>Neighbourhood bakery and café</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>240 - 242 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6ND</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Café Lisboa

<div class='contentField'><p>Authentic Portuguese café famous for its custard tarts</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>57 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NR</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="/explore-kensington-and-chelsea/cafe-lisboa" hreflang="en">Read more</a></div>


<div class='contentField'><p>Swedish organic coffee shop</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>225 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Hummingbird Bakery

<div class='contentField'><p>American cupcake specialist.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>133 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DY</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Ole & Steen

<div class='contentField'><p>Danish bakery</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>92 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4SH</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>

Peggy Porschen

<div class='contentField'><p>Celebrity cake maker's Chelsea parlour.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="">Read more</a></div>