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Kensington Central Library  

 
 
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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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11 minutes walk
 
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Hornton Street Car Park
 
1 minutes walk
 
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Wrights Lane, W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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The Milestone Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £313  29% off
1 Kensington Court, W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Baglioni Hotel London
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60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 | 8 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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St Bride Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 4 miles from Kensington Central Library
This specialist library off Fleet Street houses 50,000 books and 3,500 periodicals, catalogues and directories on printing. From techniques to type faces, graphic design to typography, ... More
 
 
 
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Pancras Square Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
5 Pancras Square, Bloomsbury, London N1C | 4 miles from Kensington Central Library
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The Women's Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
25 Old Castle Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5.3 miles from Kensington Central Library
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Material Innovation: Sustainable Textiles
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 14th May to 2nd August 2019 - 10am-6pm
Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
An installation of 18 cushions for the atrium seats showcases Land Rover's new range of interior fabrics including a synthetic PVC-free material, suede created from recycled ...More
 
 
 
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David Adjaye: Making Memory
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Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
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Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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The Coronet
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Originally built in 1898 as a theatre, Notting Hill's Coronet is now the place to go for a good, old-fashioned cinema experience. The dcor harks back ... More
 
 
 
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The Print Room at the Coronet
London > Entertainment > Theatres
103 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
A non-for-profit venue with a performance space especially popular for experimental dance, theatre and music, The Print Room was established by Anda Winters and Lucy Bailey ... More
 
 
 
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Gate Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London W11 | 11 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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18 Stafford Terrace
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Hotel Chocolat
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
163 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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Non-Stop Party Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
214 Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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MAC Cosmetics
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28a Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Ultra-chic, ultra-hip cosmetics with colours to die for, all imported from Canada. A must-have for the cosmetics connoisseur. For a treat you can book a session ... More
 
 
 
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Yashin
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
1a Argyll Road, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
14 Kensington Arcade, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Pavilion
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
96 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 14 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
155 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 | 22 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
An excellent members archery club that shoots in the grounds of Kensington Palace in summer and in Pimlico in winter. Archery is a totally satisfying sport, ... More
 
 
 
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Holland Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Ilchester Place, Holland Park, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | 13 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London > Restaurants > Gastropub
54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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23A Edwards Square, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Notting Hill Arts Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
221 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Kensington Conference and Events Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
Kensington Conference and Events Centre, Just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington Underground Station, Kensington Chelsea and Events Centre is a highly adaptable, purpose-designed ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Roof Gardens
London > Business > Venue Hire
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Kensington Palace
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Museum of the Moon
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Exhibitions | Until 8th September 2019 

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The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently ...More

 
Serpentine Pavilion 2019: Junya Ishigami
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Exhibitions | Until 6th October 2019 

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Exhibitions | Until 6th January 2020 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery 17 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

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