Leisure centres

Kensington Leisure Centre 

Kensington Leisure Centre will be closed on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August due to the Notting Hill Carnival, and will reopen as usual on the morning of Tuesday 27 August. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Kensington Leisure Centre opening times and contact information

Address: Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Road, W10 6EX
Telephone: 020 3793 8210
Day Opening times
Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm

Kensington Leisure Centre will be undergoing essential repairs and maintenance works during 2019.

For more information, and to check swim times visit the Better website.

Background informationKensington Leisure Centre opened to the public on Monday 2 March 2015 and is a result of a £29.4m investment from the Council.

Work began back in December 2012 and the new centre replaces one built in the mid 1970s, which itself replaced the Victorian Lancaster Road baths.

Despite a major refurbishment in 2001 the facilities were simply not tailored to the health needs and pastimes of local people.

Find out other highlights of the new fully accessible leisure centre:

​The new centre has a state-of-the-art 120 station gym boasting the latest cardio and resistance machines, free weights and functional fitness kit from Technogym and D2F: 

  • 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool for teaching and swimming at all levels
  • 250-seat spectator gallery;
  • 20-metre teaching pool with mobile floor;
  • eight-court multi-use hall;
  • two Squash courts;
  • two fitness studios;
  • sauna/steam facilities with treatment rooms.

Chelsea Sports Centre

Chelsea Sports Centre opening times and contact information

Address: Chelsea Manor Street, Chelsea, SW3 5PL
Telephone: 020 7352 6985

Day Opening times
Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10pm
Saturday 8am to 8pm
Sunday 8am to 10pm
Bank Holidays 8am to 10pm

Find out more information and check swim times on the Better.org website.

Background informationThe centre retains its historical charm, while offering a wide range of modern leisure, fitness and sporting activities for local residents and visitors alike.

The centre is managed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), on behalf of the Council. 

Better Pay and Play membership card discounts

Every resident is entitled to a free Better Pay and Play membership card which gives discounts of up to 50 per cent at on swimming, classes and using the gyms.  The cards are available from sports centers or on the Better website.

The changes come about after the Council signed a new 10-year contract with Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to continue running Kensington Leisure Centre and Chelsea Sports Centre. The new contract looks to build on the excellent work of GLL and also the commitment the Council has to making it easier for everyone to be active.

In the coming months GLL will be announcing details of pop-up events in parks and estates. These will be designed to make it easier for everyone to be more active by bringing events nearer to residents and also demonstrating what can be done without having to go to sports centers. 

GLL will also invest in the local community through its Community Foundation, contributing both financial and in-kind support to a number of projects that encourage local people to get active, learn and play together.

In addition, GLL Sport Foundation will also support 27 talented young athletes from within the borough.  

Kensington Leisure Centre will receive a health and fitness upgrade, with the installation of new equipment and improvements to the gym floor. Find out more on the Better website.

Further improvements will include the extension of the Spa Experience offering, as well as the introduction of a brand new soft play facility. Visit the Spa Experience page of the Better website.

Similarly, Chelsea Sports Centre will also receive an upgrade to its health and fitness offering, improving equipment and studio space as well as the introduction of a new ‘dry spa’ area, offering a wide range of treatments. Visit the Better website for more information.