South Kensington

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Bibendum South Kensington

Walton Street Shopping

Natural History Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Best for:
the V&A, Natural History and Science Museums, eating and drinking, women’s fashion and designer home furnishing. Exhibition Road, the boulevard that leads to the museums, has recently been transformed into a pedestrian friendly space with a good selection of cafes and restaurants offering outdoor seating in the summer months.

South Kensington has a cosmopolitan feel with brilliant French, Polish and Japanese food on offer and some interesting art galleries. From South Kensington tube station it’s a short walk down Pelham Street to Brompton Cross where you will find the fabulous Art Deco Michelin Building housing the Conran Shop and Bibendum Restaurant, surrounded by designer's fashion houses including Chanel, Joseph, Paul Smith and Kenzo. Venture around the corner to Walton Street and Draycott Avenue and you will find a number of one-off independent shops and restaurants, or head south down Fulham Road for a great selection of fashion retailers.

Specialist shops: costume jewellers Butler and Wilson, La Cave a Fromage cheese shop, and South Kensington Farmers' Market operates in Bute Street on Saturdays. The Brompton Quarterly magazine gives details of what's on in the area.

People spotting: With the Lycée and Institut Français the area has a very French feel, and is nicknamed the 21st Arrondissement.

Trivia: Bibendum is the name of the Michelin man.