Summer Activities in and around Kensington
Nestled in West London is the affluent area of Kensington, the home of royalty and next-door neighbour to beautiful Chelsea. Read on to discover our round-up of the best places to visit in the area this summer.
The Churchill Arms, London’s Best-Dressed Pub
The Churchill Arms in Kensington is known for its Instagrammable flower-power exterior. Dripping in thousands of flowers and crammed with Churchill memorabilia, The Churchill Arms is one of London’s most recognisable watering holes. Now over 270 years old, the pub was apparently frequented by Churchill’s grandparents. Be sure to stop by for a photo and a drink.
Address: 119 Kensington Church Street, High Street Kensington, W8 7LN
Telephone: 020 7727 4242
The Victoria & Albert Museum
The V&A is the world’s leading art and design museum, which happens to be located in Kensington. It’s home to over 2.2 million artefacts and is free to visit. This summer you can experience the Bags: Inside Out exhibition, sponsored by Mulberry. If you’ve got little ones, until 1st September you can stop by the Imagination Station to find activities for the whole family.
Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL
Telephone: 020 7942 2000
Pop into Harrods for a quintessentially London experience, and the perfect place to explore when it’s raining outside. The famous department store is 5 acres of luxury retail space, set across 330 departments. In 1917, Harrods opened a pet department unlike any other, selling exotic animals such as panthers, tigers, lions and alligators. Don’t worry, pets haven’t been sold since 2014.
You can wander around the store in awe of the exquisite displays, and treat yourself to some Belgian chocolates in the food hall.
Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
Phone: 020 7730 1234
Holland Park is Kensington and Chelsea’s largest park, with over 22 hectares of gardens. It’s the perfect place for a romantic picnic. Among the beautiful grounds is the famous Kyoto Garden, which was opened in 1991, a gift from the city of Kyoto.
As the leaves begin to change colour for Autumn, you can relax among the tranquil tiered waterfalls and a serene pond full of beautiful koi carp. There are stone lanterns, Japanese maple trees and you might even spot a peacock or two wandering around.
Address: Ilchester Pl, London W8 6LU
Telephone: 020 7602 2226
BBC Proms is known as the world’s biggest classical music festival. This summer, Proms has returned to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, for eight weeks of live music, as it has done every year since 1941.
The 2021 lineup consists of 52 concerts over 44 days, featuring 30 orchestras and ensembles and more than 2,000 musicians. You can buy tickets for concerts taking place between 20 August and 10 September, some of which you can purchase on the door.
Find out more about buying tickets for the BBC Proms 2021 here.
Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP
Phone: 020 7589 8212
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