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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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Michael Hoppen Gallery

<div class='contentField'><p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-themecolor: text1;">One of the foremost collections of photography available to buy in Europe. </span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.michaelhoppengallery.com/">Read more</a></div>

Saatchi Gallery

<div class='contentField'><p>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.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.saatchigallery.com/">Read more</a></div>

Graffik Gallery

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">Specialising in street art.</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>284 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://graffikgallery.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Mosaic Rooms

<div class='contentField'><p>Art gallery and <a href="http://mosaicrooms.wpengine.com/category/shop/">bookshop</a>&nbsp;supporting and promoting contemporary Arab culture in London.</p> <p>Image © Andy Stagg</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Tower House, 226 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0SW</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://mosaicrooms.org/">Read more</a></div>

Royal Society of Sculptors

<div class='contentField'><p>Provides exhibitions, artists’ talks and creative workshops.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://sculptors.org.uk/royal-society-sculptors">Read more</a></div>

Westbank Gallery

<div class='contentField'><p>Contemporary art gallery, bar, event space, nightclub.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Notting Hill, 3-5 Thorpe Cl, London W10 5XL</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://londonwestbank.com/">Read more</a></div>

Whole Foods Market

<div class='contentField'><p>Their largest store with a food court upstairs, hosts a range of events and tastings.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>63-97 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SE</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/o/whole-foods-market-uk-15888761191">Read more</a></div>

Snow and Rock

<div class='contentField'><p>Specialists in outdoor and winter sports clothing and equipment.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>188 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 7RG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.snowandrock.com/stores/london-kensington.html">Read more</a></div>

Trailfinders

<div class='contentField'><p>The UK’s largest independent travel company has a ‘drop–in’ travel clinic offering travel health advice and vaccinations.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>194 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 7RG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.trailfinders.com/travel-centre/khs">Read more</a></div>

Cass Art

<div class='contentField'><p><span lang="">Staffed by artists, offering artist’s materials, workshops, events and advice on creative projects.</span></p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>220 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 7RG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.cassart.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Waterstones

<div class='contentField'><p>Literary&nbsp;haven for locals and visitors.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>193 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SH</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/kensington">Read more</a></div>

Guru Makeup Emporium

<div class='contentField'><p>Run by professional makeup artists supplying the TV, film, fashion and theatre industries and sharing their expertise with the public.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>12 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4EP</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/">Read more</a></div>

Japan House Creative Crossing

<div class='contentField'><p>This creative crossing is designed by Kenya Hara for Japan House London. It takes inspiration from the character 'one' in Japanese and celebrates a refined subtlety and particular Japanese sense of beauty. It is part of the Council's Creative Kensington High Street project delivered in partnership with the Kensington Business Forum.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="/explore-kensington-and-chelsea/japan-house-creative-crossing" hreflang="en">Read more</a></div>