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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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Royal Court Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p>Specialises in new work by innovative authors and regularly gets rave reviews. It has a large café bar underneath Sloane Square that’s open to non-theatre goers.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://royalcourttheatre.com/">Read more</a></div>

Chelsea Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p>Closed for refurbishment until 30 September 2019. Part of the World’s End estate, this small theatre is dedicated to fostering new voices, Live Art and community workshops, activities and events.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>7, World's End Place, Chelsea, London SW10 0DR</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Print Room Coronet Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p>Presents theatre, dance, concerts, art exhibitions and a variety of multidisciplinary collaborations.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3LB</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.the-print-room.org/">Read more</a></div>

Drayton Arms Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">Professional fringe venue above the Drayton Arms pub.</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>153 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LJ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/index.php">Read more</a></div>

Finborough Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">This tiny fringe theatre rediscovers forgotten plays and premiers new work.</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>118 Finborough Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9ED</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Gate Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p>Located over the Prince Albert pub, in Notting Hill Gate this is London's only producing theatre dedicated to international work.</p> <p>Image Effigies of Wickedness production © Helen Murray</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>11 Pembridge Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 3HQ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.gatetheatre.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

SPID Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p>SPID (Social Political Innovative Direct) is an award winning youth charity specialising in high quality community art on council estates.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Kensal House Community Rooms, Kensal House Estate, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BQ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://spidtheatre.com/">Read more</a></div>

Playground Theatre

<div class='contentField'><p>The Playground Theatre offers the latest drama, musical theatre, stand up comedians, festivals and performing arts.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="/explore-kensington-and-chelsea/www.theplaygroundtheatre.london">Read more</a></div>

The Cross

<div class='contentField'><p>One of the first London lifestyle boutiques, selling a mix of fashion, homeware, gifts and kidswear.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>141 Portland Rd, London W11 4LR</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.thecrossshop.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

John Sandoe Books

<div class='contentField'><p>Independent bookseller</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>10 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 2SR</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.johnsandoe.com/">Read more</a></div>

Skillman and Sons

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">Traditional hardware store</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>212 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 7RG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.skillmanandsons.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Bourbon Hanby

<div class='contentField'><p>Antiques emporium on King’s Road</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>151 Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NT</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.bourbonhanby.com/">Read more</a></div>

Kensington Church Street Antiques Dealers

<div class='contentField'><p>Index of the dealers, events and exhibitions.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.antiques-london.com/">Read more</a></div>

Lidgate

<div class='contentField'><p>5th generation family butchers</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>110 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.lidgates.com/">Read more</a></div>

Portobello Road Antiques Dealers

<div class='contentField'><p>Located at the southern end of Portobello Road, some of the shops are actually extensive arcades with many individual dealers.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>111 Portobello Rd, London W11 2QB</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.antiquesportobelloroad.com/">Read more</a></div>

Goldfinger Factory

<div class='contentField'><p>A design-led social enterprise that crafts sustainable high quality furniture and objects with a teaching academy for the local community.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.goldfingerfactory.com/">Read more</a></div>

Blanco & Gomez Wine Merchants

<div class='contentField'><p style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Independent World’s End wine merchants carrying wines from all over the world with a particular fondness for wines from lesser known grapes and regions. Most wines are from small producers who follow sustainable processes, some are certified organic and even biodynamic.</span></span></span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.bgwm.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>