You might want to skip Sloane Square and miss museum row, because getting off the beaten track when touring the historic Kensington and Chelsea promises a new world of wonder. Whilst the crowds flock to the classic walks of West London, we thought we’d give you something a little different. If you’re a guest at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate and are looking for some tips and tricks for exploring the beautiful area, then look no further. Whether you’re visiting for the day or for the week, there’s plenty to see in Kensington and Chelsea which will speak to all ages and tastes.
The Design Museum is based in Kensington and is one of the most extensive museums focused on industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Whether you’re here for the spectacle or you’re a designer yourself, there’s plenty to see at this often-overlooked museum gem in the city. Forget museum row, the Kensington Design Museum has won the European Museum Award for 2018 and is one of the must inclusive and absorbing exhibition spaces in the city. This year you can find exhibitions focussing on interiors, as well as next years much anticipated Stanley Kubrick exhibition, exploring the legendary filmmakers sets from some of his most famous films.
Based in Holland Park, Kyoto Gardens is one of the most extensive replicas of a Japanese botanic garden in the city. With a pond full of Koi Carp, and a peacock or two strutting around, the garden is a vibrant and tranquil haven from the hustle and bustle of London. Kyoto Gardens also includes Japanese Maple Trees and stone lanterns, alongside the trickling calm of the tiered waterfalls.
The famous Sotheby’s auction house is one of the most famous auction houses in the city. With a headquarters in New York, the Kensington based Sotheby’s has been running since 1744, giving it quite the history. Having had thousands of pieces of art, real estate, jewellery and collectables pass through their doors, Sotheby’s is well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in London’s trading history, as well as looking to invest in some of the most valuable objects still being sold in London. There’s nothing quite like an auction, and if you’re looking for a chance to attend one in London, then Sotheby’s is a must.
Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre is one of the most exciting and innovative theatres in the city, giving a platform to some of the most talented performers and writers in not only the UK, but the World. Boldly standing out among the shops and restaurants of Sloane Square, the Royal Court Theatre consists of two spaces, the Jerwood Theatre and their upstairs space, giving you a chance to see the best in new writing from across the world.
Portobello Road Antiques Market
Portobello Market is home to a weekend market which is a must visit for any West Londoner. Every weekend, this mile-long stretch of road in Notting Hill hosts an extensive range of antiques and arts and crafts markets.