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The Aghan Khan's Ismaili Centre in South Kensington is the place where the Ismaili community gather for social, cultural and primarily religious reasons, discussions and events - the Prayer Hall being the building's focal point and the triangular plot facing towards Mecca. Located opposite the Museum of Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museum since 1985, it occupies a significant cultural spot. The building also contains classsrooms, offices and a multi-purpose social hall variously used for art exhibitions. When it was first unveiled the building design - in the traditional Islamic colours of white, light grey and blue - was hailed as a welcome improvement to the area between Thurloe Place and Cromwell Road, replacing what had previously been a derelict site and a bit of an eyesore.

 

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The Egerton House Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £263  21% off
17 Egerton Terrace, SW3 | 5 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Set back from a tree-lined garden square in exclusive Knightsbridge, with prime shopping nearby at Harrods or along the King's Road and the Natural History Museum ... More
 
 
 
Sydney House Chelsea
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £124  25% off
9- 11 Sydney Street, SW3 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The Sydney House Chelsea is a converted town house located in a Grade II listed building, just moments from the King's Road in London's fashionable Chelsea ... More
 
 
 
100 Queen's Gate Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
100 Queen's Gate, SW7 | 7 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Neighbours with the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, the 100 Queen's Gate Hotel is in one of London's most ... More
 
 
 
 
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Brompton Cemetery
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW10 | 21 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Opened in the mid-19th century Brompton Cemetery was set up as one of the 'Magnificent Seven' series of cemeteries, which included Highgate Cemetery, established to cope ... More
 
 
 
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Oxford Street
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1C | 32 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
With over 200 million visitors a year, more than 300 shops and 5 million square feet of retail space, Oxford Street lays claim to being London's ... More
 
 
 
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Circus West Village
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Circus West, Battersea Power Station, SW8 | 33 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
A butcher, baker, florist and an arts centre ensure that Circus West Village has everything a modern urban village ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) was originally founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers. Today it houses ... More
 
 
 
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V&A Exhibition Road Quarter
London > Attractions > Sights
V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 2 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
A new purpose-built underground gallery, magnificent courtyard space and a new entrance from Exhibition Road on the west side of the Victoria and Albert Museum are ... More
 
 
 
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Brompton Oratory
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Built in 1884, in the Italianate Baroque style, the Brompton Oratory is an exact imitation of the Church of the Gesu in Rome and sports some ... More
 
 
 
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Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 16th May to 20th September 2020
The Ismaili Centre, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 2 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
This spring, the V&A explores the development of watercolour painting during the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery with its new exhibition, Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer ...More
 
 
 
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Driverless: Who is in control?
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 12th June 2019 to 1st October 2020
The Ismaili Centre, Exhibition Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
With continuous development of new technology, the concept of a robot-driven society is getting closer and closer. But just how new are these technological advancements? In ...More
 
 
 
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Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 22nd May 2020 to 3rd January 2021
The Ismaili Centre, Cromwell Road, SW7 | 4 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Discover the real life creatures, specimens and artefacts from the Natural History Museum's collection which could just as easily feature in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts. A ...More
 
 
 
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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The huge IMAX screen - ten times bigger than the average screen - at the Science Museum is one of the few places in London where ... More
 
 
 
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Cine Lumiere
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Institut Francais Cultural Centre, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The Cine Lumiere is a shining beacon for all fans of European and World cinema. Attached to the Institut Francais, its programme is varied and intelligent, ... More
 
 
 
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The Royal College of Music is the school where Gustav Hoilst, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, James Galway, Joan Sutherland and Ralph Vaughan Williams learnt their ... More
 
 
 
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La Cave a Fromage
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
24-25 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
In true French style, this chic cheese shop piles its wares high and stinking, with no fridges, or glass barriers to stop customers getting in for ... More
 
 
 
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Gilding the Lily
London > Shopping > Florists
Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Superior florist directly opposite South Kensington Tube Station. They sell flowers to the great and good of this area and as you might expect, this means ... More
 
 
 
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Chanel
London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
278-280 Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW3 | 4 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The bags, the shoes, the accessories and of course the collection, Chanel needs no introduction. The fashion empire founded by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel began in 1912 ... More
 
 
 
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Kulu Kulu
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
39 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Ismaili Centre
Kulu Kulu is a good example of a typical sushi bar, a great place to go for sushi whether you’re a novice or an experienced fan. ... More
 
 
 
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Dorsia - London
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
3 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Ismaili Centre
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Fernandez and Wells
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
8 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 1 minute from The Ismaili Centre
Journalist Rick Wells and ex-Monmouth manager Jorge Fernandez clearly enjoy the simple things in life and that's what you'll get when you go to their Fernandez ... More
 
 
 
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
 
 
 
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 16 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
 
 
 
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The LookOut, Hyde Park
London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 16 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Hidden in a copse of trees in Hyde Park, The LookOut is a tranquil haven in the heart of London. Home to the Isis Education Centre, ... More
 
 
 
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G-Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63-81 Pelham Street, South Kensington, London SW7 | 3 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Downstairs from LA Fitness (keep going past the people who look like they're about to die on the running machines) you'll find G-Spa. A world away ... More
 
 
 
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Bamford Wellness Spa Brompton Cross
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
104 Draycott Avenue, SW3 | 5 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
A luxurious spa, complete with a space for yoga and three treatment rooms Bamford Wellness Spa Brompton Cross is a centre for relaxation where you ... More
 
 
 
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Space NK
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
40 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London SW1X | 11 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The Knightsbrige branch of Space NK in Hans Crescent, right next to Harrods, is especially appealing - not only does it sell desirable toiletries, chic ... More
 
 
 
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The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Bar ... More
 
 
 
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The Admiral Codrington
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
17 Mossop Street, Knightsbridge, London SW3 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Affectionately referred to as "the Cod", this Knightsbridge boozer-come-gastropub has acquired a reputation for serving high quality, modern food in no-fuss, sleek surroundings. If you do ... More
 
 
 
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The Builders Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
13 Britten Street, Chelsea, London SW3 | 10 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Chelsea local, The Builders Arms on Britten Street, a landmark pub serving thirsty locals since 1999, underwent an elegant makeover in ... More
 
 
 
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BOTTLES Chelsea
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
100 Draycott Avenue, SW3 | 5 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Following on from its successful Old Spitalfields Market wine bar, launched in 2018, BOTTLES in West London opened a ... More
 
 
 
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Albert's
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
92 Old Brompton Road, SW7 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The guys behind Boujis, Raffles and Mahiki - Jake Parkinson-Smith, Carlo Carello, Piers Adam and Fraser Carruthers - offer a party place ... More
 
 
 
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Barts
London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 | 6 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Taking its inspiration from the American speakeasy movement, Barts is a tiny, intimate and relaxed bar in South Kensington which promises a refreshingly fun experience - ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
Conference facilities can accommodate for up to 2450 people.... More
 
 
 
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Natural History Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 | 4 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. This ornate museum is home to more than 70 million specimens from ... More
 
 
 
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The Great Hall, Imperial College
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Kensington Campus, South Kensington, London SW7 | 8 minutes from The Ismaili Centre
One of London's largest academic venues, the Imperial College London has a portfolio of more than 200 meeting and seminar rooms. Its largest conference room, The ... More
 
 
 
 

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Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
Renaissance Watercolours: from Durer to Van Dyck
Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2020 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

This spring, the V&A explores the development of watercolour painting during the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery with its ...More

 
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
Exhibitions | Until 6th February 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

In 2020, the V&A celebrates the significant contribution that the Royal Academy of Dance has made to the development of ...More

 
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Exhibitions | Until 10th January 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

Take a tumble down the rabbit hole at the Victoria & Albert Museum's landmark exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser which ...More

 
Bags: Inside Out
Bags: Inside Out
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2021 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

From Margaret Thatcher's iconic handbag to Queen Mary's World War II gas mask, the V&A puts history's most famous bags ...More

 
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Exhibitions | Until 3rd January 2021 

Natural History Museum 4 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

Discover the real life creatures, specimens and artefacts from the Natural History Museum's collection which could just as easily feature ...More

 
Driverless: Who is in control?
Driverless: Who is in control?
Exhibitions | Until 1st October 2020 

Science Museum 4 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

With continuous development of new technology, the concept of a robot-driven society is getting closer and closer. But just how ...More

 
The BBC Proms 2020
The BBC Proms 2020
Concerts | Until 12th September 2020 

Royal Albert Hall 8 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world ...More

 
Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
Serpentine Pavilion 2020: Counterspace
Exhibitions | Until 11th October 2020 

Serpentine Gallery 12 minutes walk from The Ismaili Centre

The all-woman team of directors at Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace is behind the design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion. The youngest ...More

 
 
 
 
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