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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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Cadogan Hall

<div class='contentField'><p>Home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is one of London’s leading concert venues. It offers a programme of live events ranging from classical to jazz, rock and pop.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.cadoganhall.com/">Read more</a></div>

Investec Opera Holland Park

<div class='contentField'><p>A unique opera company that presents an open air summer season under a temporary canopy in Holland Park. Around six different operas are presented every season. Many are famous classics, but the company often stages less well known works.</p> <p>Image Anne Sophie Duprels as Zazà and Joel Montero as Milio in Opera Holland Park 2017 production of Zazà © Robert Workman for Opera Holland Park.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Opera Holland Park Theatre, Ilchester Pl, Kensington, London W8 6LU</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.operahollandpark.com/">Read more</a></div>

Electric Cinema

<div class='contentField'><p>One of London’s oldest cinemas, with luxurious leather chairs, sofas and beds.</p> <p>Image © Soho House Electric Cinema 1607 AB LR 002</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.electriccinema.co.uk/portobello">Read more</a></div>

Gate Cinema

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">Atmospheric, Grade II listed, single screen cinema.</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>87 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JZ</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Gate_Picturehouse">Read more</a></div>

The Tabernacle

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">Arts centre and carnival base offering concerts, films, talks, activities and exhibitions.</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.tabernaclew11.com/">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>