Leisure centres in Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington Leisure Centre

Kensington Leisure Centre and Chelsea Sports Centre will remain open but that is subject to change as the Coronavirus situation continues to develop. 

Sport England says "Being fit and healthy acts as a deterrent to most infections, it's crucial that members of the public continue to lead active lives throughout this period, whether that's using a local gym or walking or cycling, where it’s possible to do so.

In every scenario, it’s clear that hand hygiene is critical and if you’re planning to go somewhere that involves using sports equipment, make sure you're thoroughly wiping it down before and after you use it. However, if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, we advise that you stay home. For further guidance, please visit the NHS website.

We are working closely with local public health authorities and all official updates from the government, so that we can keep you up-to-date of what is happening. However, things are changing daily – so we recommend that you regularly visit your local centre page for more information of what is happening at your local centre and to visit the NHS website for more information. 

Pay and Play
The Kensington and Chelsea residents' Pay and Play card is a free annual membership available to those who live in Kensington and Chelsea. Find out how to get yours.

Kensington Leisure Centre opening times and contact information


Kensington Leisure Centre
Silchester Road
W10 6EX

Telephone: 020 3793 8210 

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.

DayOpening times
Monday to Friday6.30am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday8am to 8pm

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. It contains the latest cardio and resistance machines, free weights and functional fitness kit. Other facilities include: 

  • 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

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

DayOpening times
Monday to Friday6.30am to 10pm
Saturday8am to 8pm
Sunday8am to 10pm
Bank Holidays8am to 10pm


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. 

Kensington and Chelsea residents' Pay and Play card

Kensington and Chelsea residents' Pay and Play card is a free annual membership. It is available to those who live in Kensington and Chelsea, giving access to a range of discounted activities. You can use this card at Kensington Leisure Centre and Chelsea Sports Centre. It includes:

  • up to 50% discounts off activity prices
  • FREE swimming for children aged under 8 at specified times
  • young people aged 8–15 years swim for £1 at specified times
  • access to a wide range of activities
  • access to courses and other member-only activities and facilities
  • easy online booking and payment
  • up to 14 days advance online booking and 7 days advance telephone booking

To find out more, speak to a member of staff at your local Better leisure centre.

To sign up to your free residents Pay and Play card, visit the Better website.