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Things to do in Kensington, Greater London

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Science Museum
“Not only an architecturally impressive building, the Natural History Museum is also filled with wonders. Take a day to explore, be amazed and re-learn all those things you forgot from school.”
  • 464 locals recommend
Art Museum
“One of my favourite museums in London with an eclectic selection of artefacts.”
  • 441 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom Hours: Friday 10am–6pm Saturday 10am–6pm Sunday 10am–6pm Monday 10am–6pm Tuesday 10am–6pm Wednesday 10am–6pm Thursday 10am–6pm Suggest an edit”
  • 274 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful Park , historic Holland House and it's own peacoks running around. Don't forget to visit Kyoto Gardens inside.”
  • 281 locals recommend
Park
“Before you start your stroll along Hyde Park pass by Kensington Gardens Palace. An opportunity to learn about the royal residence and their day to day life.”
  • 169 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“An evening out that you'll never forget is guaranteed in this world-renowned concert hall. With 390 shows on offer each year, you'll be blown away by any spectacle held here regardless of the genre.”
  • 156 locals recommend
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“Kensington Palace is where Princess Diana lived and both William and Harry do too”
  • 175 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London which covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. In 2018, the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award.[1]”
  • 131 locals recommend
Place to shop
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“Shopping is the King's Road's obsession – here you'll find an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops and high-street staples, alongside a vast array of cafes and eateries. Also home to the Saatchi Gallery.”
  • 142 locals recommend
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“Favourite hangout of the young and moneyed Chelsea-ites, the food at Bluebird has traditionally played second fiddle to the cocktails. Newly-appointed executive chef Simon Gregory has, thankfully, upped the kitchen’s game considerably with the likes of salt baked kohlrabi and salsify and spice roasted baby chicken now the stars of the show.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Nature
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“If you're making an outing to Kensington Palace or Kensington Gardens get there via this beautiful de-tour. Take a leisurely stroll down Kensington Place Gardens and turn left into the park via the gate that leads you right past Kensington Palace. A gated tree-lined street with impressive palatial embassies and private homes on either side. Known as London's most expensive street. Surprisingly quiet and tranquil spot in central London.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“In the middle of Hyde Park - Contemporary Art free entry as with most state-funded museums. A temporary structure/installation is erected outside the gallery each year by an Artist / Architect incorporating space where you can enjoy a coffee or snack”
  • 102 locals recommend
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“Open since 1954, the pub has a 114-cover ground floor restaurant, a 132-capacity club, and a 20-seat wine bar, plus two self-contained flats, and office, garden, and extra storage. It has developed a reputation as a host venue for stars including the first UK shows of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Jimi Hendrix, and other more modern acts such as Adele and Ed Sheeran. It also welcomed Rolling Stones bandmembers Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, when they played a “secret” gig together there in 2013. SW5 9JA”
  • 98 locals recommend
Soccer Stadium
“Home of the Mighty Blues! As well as matchdays, you can visit the museum or the brilliant Under the Bridge jazz club!”
  • 52 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Classic Ivy restaurant, good selection of food all times of the day (breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner). Has a big green conservatory at the back - very pretty. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pub
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“If you want to experience London pub, The Scarsdale Tavern is a place you might want to visit. The Tavern is our favourite pub and local partner ( so you will get discounts!). ”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Favourite hangout of the young and moneyed Chelsea-ites, the food at Bluebird has traditionally played second fiddle to the cocktails. Newly-appointed executive chef Simon Gregory has, thankfully, upped the kitchen’s game considerably with the likes of salt baked kohlrabi and salsify and spice roasted baby chicken now the stars of the show.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Café
“Open since 1954, the pub has a 114-cover ground floor restaurant, a 132-capacity club, and a 20-seat wine bar, plus two self-contained flats, and office, garden, and extra storage. It has developed a reputation as a host venue for stars including the first UK shows of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Jimi Hendrix, and other more modern acts such as Adele and Ed Sheeran. It also welcomed Rolling Stones bandmembers Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, when they played a “secret” gig together there in 2013. SW5 9JA”
  • 98 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Classic Ivy restaurant, good selection of food all times of the day (breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner). Has a big green conservatory at the back - very pretty. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pub
“If you want to experience London pub, The Scarsdale Tavern is a place you might want to visit. The Tavern is our favourite pub and local partner ( so you will get discounts!). ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Awesome place with gorgeous food! One of the few pubs in London with a Michelin star! ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“This is a unique place that looks like an old speakeasy with a detective theme. There is no sign outside the door, so it may be difficult to find, but that's part of the fun. Don't expect too much of the food, keep in mind that you are there for the unique experience and the cocktails!;)”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
“A hidden gem with a lovely atmosphere. It's a short walk from West Kensington Station, great for drinks and also food which is prepared with fresh and seasonal British produce. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Pub
“A modern take on an old-school pub with colourful mismatched tiles on the floor around the bar. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

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