London area of West Kensington guide

What to do and where to stay in London's West Kensington neighbourhood

Nestled between Brook Green, Hammersmith, Fulham and Shepherd's Bush, the largely residential neighbourhood of West Kensington, which includes Barons Court, consists mainly of Victorian terraced houses and boasts some impressive mansion blocks. The area is quite ethnically diverse, especially along the vibrant North End Road, fabled for its fruit and vegetable market. Landmarks include the Olympia Exhibition Centre, the Queen's Club (which hosts an annual grass court tennis tournament in the lead up to Wimbledon) and the intimate Barons Court Theatre, located in the basement of the Curtains Up pub. The band Queen once shared a flat in West Kensington, while Gandhi lived here for a year while a student. The Famous Three Kings pub, now a sports viewing Mecca for a largely antipodean crowd, was the venue of Joy Division's last London gig.

See our recommended nearby West Kensington Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

West Kensington Hotels

in or near West Kensington
NH Kensington Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
202-220 Cromwell Road, SW5
This clean, comfortable modern hotel made up of six Victorian houses is a short walk from Earls Court Tube station from where the Piccadilly line can ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
97 Cromwell Road, SW7
The location, two minutes' walk from Gloucester Road tube station, is the major draw of this modern, high-rise hotel. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Natural ... More
 
 
 
The Bentley Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
27 - 33 Harrington Gardens, SW7
As its name suggests, The Bentley hotel is a rather sleek model. Appropriately located in upmarket Kensington and Chelsea all of the 64 rooms in this ... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Entertainment

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The Troubadour
London > Entertainment > Live Music
263-267 Brompton Road, West Kensington, London SW5
The Troubadour is a lovely little cafe, which hosts an inspiring program of folk, blues, psychedelia and poetry downstairs. It's also the place where Private Eye ... More
 
 
 
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The Troubadour
London > Entertainment > Live Music
265 Old Brompton Road, West Kensington, London SW5
Kensington's original boho coffee house. Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon played here back in the 60s. Of course, Kensington has changed a ... More
 
 
 
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Finborough Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
118 Finborough Road, West Kensington, London SW10
The Finborough Theatre in Earls Court punches well above its weight, presenting award-winning plays and works by new writers in a small theatre above a pub. ... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near West Kensington
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Maggie & Rose
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
58 Pembroke Road, West Kensington, London W8
A members club for kids, it could only be in Kensington and Chelsea. Classes taking place throughout the day, Monday to Friday, include mini musicians from ... More
 
 
 
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Leighton House Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
12 Holland Park Road, West Kensington, London W14
Leighton House is one of the most opulent museums in London, and its small scale makes it easy enough to explore thoroughly in an afternoon. Located ... More
 
 
 
 
 

West Kensington Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's West Kensington
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HG Walter
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
51 Palliser Road, West Kensington, London W14
Winner of the 2004 award for Best Butcher in Britain, this extraordinary shop is well worth the trip to Baron's Court. A more recent award in ... More
 
 
 
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Roberson Wine
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
348 Kensington High Street, West Kensington, London W14
Family owned independent wine merchant. Roberson's stock the largest selection of wine by the bottle in London, largely French classics... More
 
 
 
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North End Road Market
London > Shopping > Markets
North End Road, West Kensington, London SW6
North End Road Market is a taste of real London - a little rough around the edges, it's true, but that only adds to the appeal ... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near West Kensington London?
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Best Mangal
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
104 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14
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Mamma Anna & Co
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
3 Charleville Road, West Kensington, London W14
Whether you want to eat it in, take it away or learn how to cook it, Mamma Anna & Co has got all you need for ... More
 
 
 
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Mohsen
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
152 Warwick Road, West Kensington, London W14
Iranian cuisine. ... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Pubs

The best pubs in or near London West Kensington.
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Famous Three Kings
London > Nightlife > Pubs
171 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14
Popular sports pub in west London which has three giant screens and 16 plasma TVs, making it the ideal place to watch football or rugby.... More
 
 
 
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The Curtains Up
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
28a Comeragh Road, West Kensington, London W14
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Cumberland Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
29 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14
An excellent gastropub, with a menu of truly delightful English and Mediterranean dishes. The Cumberland is the only decent pub within a mile radius, a friendly ... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Nightlife

West Kensington clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Ping
London > Nightlife > Bars
180-184 Earl's Court Road, West Kensington, London SW5
We can't help but feel that Boris Johnson would approve of Ping, a cavernous venue which serves cocktails, pizzas and ping pong (or whiff whaff if ... More
 
 
 
The Crescent Champagne Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 North End Crescent, West Kensington, London W14
The Fox Tavern has had a blinging makeover, turning from pints and sports on the TV screens to champagne and DJs on the decks, reopening in ... More
 
 
 
Ted's Place
London > Nightlife > Bars
305a North End Road, West Kensington, London W14
Gay friendly male clientale.... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Leisure

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The Queen's Club
London > Leisure > Palliser Road, West Kensington, West Kensington, London W14
Established in 1886 during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Queen's Club was the first multi-purpose sports complex to be built anywhere in the world. But ... More
 
 
 
International Show Jumping Championships
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, West Kensington, London SW5
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Fulham Pools
London > Leisure > Fitness
Normand Park, Lillie Road, West Kensington, London SW6
Public Fitness Club ... More
 
 
 

West Kensington Education

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London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
155 Talgarth Road, West Kensington, London W14
LAMDA is among the most famous and prestigious acting schools in the world. It is very hard to be selected for a course here, but almost ... More
 
 
 
 
London Electronics College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
20 Penywern Road, Earls Court, West Kensington, London SW5
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West Kensington Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near West Kensington.
 
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Olympia London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hammersmith Road, West Kensington, London W14
Times have changed since the Olympia first flung open its doors to the public on Boxing Day 1886 for the Hippodrome Circus, with the promise of ... More
 
 
 
Express By Holiday Inn London Earl's Court
London > Business > Venue Hire
295 North End Road, Earl's Court, West Kensington, London W14
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