Kensington - Little London Whispers

Kensington

A day out in Kensington is a day well spent. It has also been home to Britain’s young royals for over 300 years. Most notably now it’s home to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Kensington Palace also has some wonderful exhibitions on in January, so well worth spending a day up here. Art and outside space look no further than the Serpentine Galleries on the border of Hyde Park. Kensington High Street offers a vast array of shops from the newly opened Japan House, alongside Wholefoods, one of our favourite places to shop on pay day!

Breakfast in Kensington:

Ole & Steen. Delicious Danish bakery, new to the high st. Delicious delicious delicious.

Coffee break:

Joe & the Juice on Ken High St : We love their coffee as much as we do their juice
Gail’s Bakery nearer to the Design Museum is good
Primrose Bakery for very good cupcakes on your way to Holland Park.

Lunch in Kensington:

Relaxed lunch

Wholefoods has an entire first floor dedicated to eating in.
Platter London is Holland Street, does delicious food to go.
Bill’s in Ken High Street station.
Wagamama : A warming curry bowl never fails.

Smart lunch

Royal Garden Hotel : Ming Jang. Fabulous views of Kensington Gardens whilst eating a feast of Chinese food.
Design Museum : Their top floor restaurant has a wonderful light, and a nice quiet view.
Sally Clark : An oldie, but a goodie
Launceston Place : Hidden in the back streets of Kensington, it is good British food. It’s quiet and cosy. Definitely not as old fashioned as it used to be.

Tea time:

Aubaign: French pastries galore.
The Kensington Hotel: A themed London Landmark tea launches in January. It has our name all over it!

Evenings in Kensington

Sundowners:

The Churchill – London’s most photographed pub on Kensington Church Road.
The Builder’s Arms on Kensington Court Place.
Piano Kensington : Sunday Night Jazz behind this little door on the High St, or a pianist 6 nights a week. Reliably told Sunday is the day to go!

Supper:

Maggie’s. English food at its best.
Ottomezzo : Hidden behind Kensington High St is this fabulous Italian restaurant. Seriously good neighbourhood restaurant
Zaika for an amazing Indian feast
Dishoom : Another Indian favourite.

Other Ideas

Shopping:

All the high street shops / Holland St for cool Richard Young photography, and some pretty little alternative shops. Kensington Church St for antiques.

Culture Vulture in Kensington:

Design Museum: It’s new home, and it’s quite a show.
Leighton House Museum : It’s a gem of a museum. Home to Lord Leighton, former head of the RA, and considered to be the most opulent museum in London.
Royal Albert Hall: Daily tours of London’s most stunning performance hall.
Kensington Palace : Childhood home to Queen Victoria, and home to the late Princess of Wales. The exhibition featuring her Fashion Story is on until February 2019. The new ‘The Favourite” costume exhibition coincides with films release on 1st January 2019. Read the BLOG POST
Serpentine Galleries : See local listings for exhibition details.

Fresh Air in Kensington:

Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park & Holland Park incl. the Japanese Garden

Verdict Kensington:

She said: “Absolutely love Kensington Palace. They have some beautiful exhibitions. Then a bowl of pasta at Ottomezzo before some shopping” 
He said: “Leave me at the Churchill…”
Teens said: “Enjoyed the Design Museum, and love the High St shopping”