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Crosby Hall

The only surviving Medieval merchant’s house in London. Once the home of Richard III, as Duke of Gloucester, later owned by Sir Thomas More. The hall was moved, stone by stone, from Bishopsgate to Chelsea in 1910 to make way for development. It is now a private residence.

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Japan House

<div class='contentField'><p>A Japanese cultural centre on Kensington High Street, which is part of a global project led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offering an exhibition gallery, events space, a Japanese restaurant and thoughtfully curated Japanese products.</p> <p>Image&nbsp;© Lee Mawdsley</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.japanhouselondon.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Royal Hospital Chelsea

<div class='contentField'><p>Home of the Chelsea Pensioners, the famous scarlet-coated veteran soldiers, for over 300 years. The Hospital is a grade&nbsp;I listed heritage site designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is open to visitors.</p> <p>Image © Royal Hospital Chelsea</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Chelsea Bridge Rd, Belgravia, London SW3 4SR</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/visit">Read more</a></div>

Chelsea Old Town Hall

<div class='contentField'><p>Grade II listed late Victorian building now used for a range of events and home to the iconic Chelsea Registry Office.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/royal-borough-venues/chelsea-old-town-hall/chelsea-old-town-hall">Read more</a></div>

French Institute

<div class='contentField'><p>Encourages cross-cultural exchange and presents the best of French culture, offering: French courses, film screenings, library collections, kids activities, festivals, talks and concerts.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>17 Queensbery Pl, Kensington, London SW7 2DT</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/">Read more</a></div>

Ismaili Centre

<div class='contentField'><p>Home to the UK Ismaili Muslim community. In addition to a central prayer hall the centre also hosts exhibitions.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>1-7 Cromwell Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 2SL</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://the.ismaili/ismailicentres/london/architecture-london">Read more</a></div>

Kensington Town Hall

<div class='contentField'><p>Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the main Council Building is used for conferences and events as well as Council business.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Hornton St, Kensington, London W8 7NX</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/">Read more</a></div>

St Mary Abbots

<div class='contentField'><p>Kensington’s ‘cathedral’ has the tallest church steeple in London, in addition to daily worship there are weekly concerts and regular talks and events.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4LA</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="http://www.smaw8.org/">Read more</a></div>

The Brompton Oratory

<div class='contentField'><p>Home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests founded in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster.</p> </div><div class='contentField'><p>Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RP</p> </div><div class='contentField'><a href="https://www.bromptonoratory.co.uk/#about">Read more</a></div>