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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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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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Golborne Life

<div class='contentField'><p>Events and activities in and around Golborne Road.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.golbornelife.co.uk/">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. &nbsp;Around six different operas are presented every season. Many are famous classics, but the company often stages less well known works.</p> <p>Image:&nbsp;Anne Sophie Duprels as Zazà and Joel Montero as Milio in Opera Holland Park 2017 production of Zazà © Robert Workman for Opera Holland Park&nbsp;</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.operahollandpark.com/">Read more</a></div>

Chelsea History Festival

<div class='contentField'><p>A celebration of history with 35 events over five days centred around Royal Hospital Road.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.chelseahistoryfestival.com/">Read more</a></div>

Sparks Fly Circus and Science Festival

<div class='contentField'><p><strong>Sparks Fly - Circus and Science Festival</strong></p> <p>Kensington Town Square (between the Central Library and the Town Hall) Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 7NX</p> <p>During October Half-term the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are presenting science engagement activities and circus shows outside on Kensington Town Square on the dates below. Activities are free and suitable for all ages. No pre-booking required.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday 22 October 12pm and 5pm Shows and Activities</strong></p> <p>Science shows in marquees from the Science Museum and Ian Dunne. Hands-on science workshops from Imperial College, the Science Museum and Explorer Dome. Outdoor circus presentations from The Fairly Famous Family.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday 23 October 6pm and 7pm Heliosphere Show (Show length 15 mins)</strong></p> <p>Dream Engine present Heliosphere - a show performed to music which is both aerobatic and interactive to create the illusion of flying. Spiralling and spinning and seemly weightless, an acrobat suspended beneath a huge helium balloon explores the uncharted space between street level and rooftops. Outdoors and without seating.</p> <p><strong>Sunday 27 October 12pm to 5pm Shows and Activities</strong></p> <p>Circus shows in marquees from Amir and Hemda (suitable for ages 8 years and over) and The Inverted Company (suitable for ages 5&nbsp;years and over). Science shows in marquees from Ian Dunne. Pop-up Planetarium presentations from Explorer Dome. Outdoor circus workshops and indoor circus craft sessions.</p> <p>Kensington Town Square is a flat surface. Accessible toilets are available on site.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amir and Hemda have been selected and supported by circusnext European Circus Label. circusnext European Platform is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of European Union.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="/explore-kensington-and-chelsea/sparks-fly-circus-and-science-festival" hreflang="en">Read more</a></div>

London History Festival

<div class='contentField'><p>The 11th annual History Festival in Kensington Central Library has seven brilliant speakers who are best selling historians over seven evenings.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://rbkc.newsweaver.co.uk/librarynews/1gn0kso24ub">Read more</a></div>

Hampers and Stockings Christmas Market

<div class='contentField'><p>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.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="/explore-kensington-and-chelsea/hampers-and-stockings-christmas-market" hreflang="en">Read more</a></div>

Chelsea Flower Show

<div class='contentField'><p>Held annually in late May this is the world’s most famous flower show. It’s the fashion show of gardening, an 11-acre display of flowers and show gardens.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>The Royal Hospital, Chelsea</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show?gclid=CjwKCAjw2rjcBRBuEiwAheKeL_q7zmMomlKQG25OgSa6bAMT_uVY3fyw37JcOnZy_1DV3qeCYqYbGhoCdAkQAvD_BwEshowspr%40rhs.org.uk">Read more</a></div>

Discover South Kensington

<div class='contentField'><p>Find out what's on in all the museums and institutions in Exhibition Road.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.discoversouthken.com/">Read more</a></div>

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>