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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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Kyoto Garden

<div class='contentField'><p>A gift from the city of Kyoto, this tranquil kaiyushiki, or stroll garden, features a koi carp pond, a waterfall and stone lanterns set in a Japanese-style landscape.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Holland Park, Holland Park Ave, Kensington, London W11 4UA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park">Read more</a></div>

Holland Park

<div class='contentField'><p>Holland Park contains areas of woodland, a Japanese garden, the Ice House Gallery, a sculpture garden, Holland Park Theatre. It is home to Opera Holland Park, and the <a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/environmentandtransport/ecology.aspx">Ecology Centre</a>, which runs events and activities for children and young people.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Ilchester Pl, Kensington, London W8 6LU</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park">Read more</a></div>

Kensington Gardens

<div class='contentField'><p>In the gardens of Kensington Palace you will find the famous Peter Pan statue and the <a href="https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/diana-memorial-playground">Peter Pan themed playground</a> with a pirate ship and beach, created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>London W2 2UH</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/about-kensington-gardens">Read more</a></div>

Chelsea Physic Garden

<div class='contentField'><p>The oldest botanic garden in London, it houses around 5,000 medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Curators House, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Brompton Cemetery

<div class='contentField'><p>A celebration of the high tide of the British Empire and commercial prosperity. It contains memorials to the great and the good including more Victoria Cross holders than anywhere else in the world and over 2,000 Chelsea Pensioners, and is a haven for wildlife.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Fulham Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9UG</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton-cemetery">Read more</a></div>

Kensal Green Cemetery

<div class='contentField'><p>This was the UK’s first purpose built cemetery. It was designed as park with graveled carriage drives and smaller paths to stroll along, and contains many ornate mausoleums.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Harrow Rd, London W10 4RA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.kensalgreen.co.uk/">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>