Things to do in South Kensington and Chelsea

South Kensington and Chelsea are districts in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.

South Kensington and Chelsea are known as a popular tourist destinations due to its density of museums and cultural landmarks found in these London boroughs. Additionally, if you venture slightly off the main roads, you will easily find rows of beautiful traditional houses to admire.

Here are a few suggestions of things to see and do in South Kensington and Chelsea:

Things to do in South Kensington:

Walk Down Kensington Palace Gardens and explore Kensington Gardens

Start your day by making your way to the beautiful Kensington Palace Gardens, 30 mins  from Eccleston Square Hotel. A  ticket for Kensington Gardens costs £17.50 for adults and for children is £8.70. This ticket also gives you access to the Palace Gardens, the Queen’s State Apartments and other seasonally rotating exhibitions.

Visit a Museum on Exhibition Road

There are three major museums on Exhibition Road which are all free: The Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Science Museum‘s free exhibits include clocks, mathematics, the modern information age, the history of steam power, space, and more. There is also an IMAX theatre and temporary exhibitions accessible with the purchase of a ticket.

The Natural History Museum is especially great for kids, or for adults who like interactive and hands-on museums.

Lastly, the Victoria and Albert Museum is focused on art and design. It’s impossible to see everything in one visit considering the permanent huge collection of over 2.27 million objects!

All three of these museums are enormous and could easily fill your entire day. Be aware that there can be long queues to get into the museums, especially on weekend days.

Royal Albert Hall

A great piece of architecture completed in 1871 and famous for holding the BBC Proms annually each summer since 1941. There are plenty of shows and concerts taking place in the hall throughout the year, we would suggest checking their website to find out what’s on.

Recommended places to eat in South Kensington

Kensington Creperie

Sweet crepes, savoury galettes and salads in simple creperie with original tiles and outside seats.

Macellaio RC

An authentic Italian restaurant on Old Brompton Road, Macellaio aims to showcase the best possible produce from Italy, an Italian addition to London’s ever-growing steakhouse scene

Brompton Food Market

An independent restaurant and cafe serving breakfast and lunch in a relaxed environment, the restaurant has a small secret outside garden for an intimate breakfast.

Ceru

Direct from the sun-blessed shores of the eastern Mediterranean, book your table at CERU to discover contemporary Levantine cuisine at its freshest and finest.

Wright Brothers South Kensington

Oyster bar and seafood nook with daily happy hours in an intimate dining room.

Pierino

Asmall but smartly decorated restaurant serving delicious Italian food.

Things to do in Chelsea:

Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to exhibit his collection to the public. It is free for the public to enter and view the gallery.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Is one for those with serious horticultural interests, focusing on edible and medicinal plants, with 5,000 species on display.

Skiing and climbing

Indoor ski-slope Chel-Ski sits right next door to climbing wall Clip n Climb, ideal for those with more energy than sense plenty of energy to burn. Take to the mountains in the morning on the treadmill style ski slope, before hopping next door and scaling the walls in the afternoon.

National Army Museum

The National Army Museum gives a history of many aspects of the British Army and Armed Forces, including how it has influenced our culture. It is located in the Chelsea district of central London, adjacent to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

King’s road

King’s Road, which stretches from Sloane Square tube station all the way down into Fulham, exemplifies the It’s lined with restaurants and bars, as well as high-end shops and boutiques.

RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT IN CHELSEA

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay eponymous Michelin star restaurant is the ultimate venue for eating out in London, serving polished French dishes from carefully chosen ingredients.

Daphne’s is a Chelsea staple, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, superb service and compellingly delicious Italian food that changes with the seasons.

Il Trillo

(the only other branch of this restaurant is in Italy). The atmosphere is laid-back, but the food is unerringly good, a gastronomic journey into the heart of Tuscany

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

boasts a beautiful, wholly Instagrammable terrace, perfect for al fresco dining.

Medlar

is an elegant place its refined, romantic interiors and its delicately crafted dishes

Cambio de Tercio

which counts Rafael Nadal among its famous fans, is the finest Spanish restaurant in Chelsea

The Hollywood Arms

Located in the heart of Chelsea, The Hollywood Arms is a luxurious bar and restaurant serving premium drinks and fresh British food.

 

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