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Kensington Central Library  

 
 
ADDRESS
12 Philimore Walk, Kensington, London W8 7RX
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon, Tue & Thu 9.30am-8pm, Wed, Fri & Sat 9.30am-5pm
 

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Library full of books for lending and reference, CDs and DVDs, computers and community events. There's an adults reading group on the third Monday of the month, career and CV advice (45 minutes slots per person which must be booked in advance) and IT help sessions. Regular children's activities include storytime, baby rhyme time on Wednesday mornings and Chatterbooks on the third Saturday of the month as well as an arts and crafts session in the afternoons.

 

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Notting Hill Gate Tube Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
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Car Parks

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Hornton Street Car Park
 
1 minutes walk
 
Young Street NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 4 miles from Kensington Central Library
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Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Coronet Theatre
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103 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London W11 | 11 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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14 Kensington Arcade, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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96 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 14 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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2 Kensington High Street, W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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WOW: City Lights And Woodland Shade
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Concerts | On 25th February 2020 

Royal College of Music 15 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
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Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2020 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

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