Places to see in London West Kensington
West Ken is a great part of town to relax in. The hustle and bustle of the rest of London isn’t as frenetic in this end, and as it’s a largely residential area, you can look forward to an ambulatory wander past the myriad of cafés, pubs, boutique shops and restaurants. There are a few great attractions for the more exciting nights on your calendar, but for the most part we recommend using your time in West Kensington to chill out and get some “me” time in the world’s cultural capital.
Recommended Attraction in West Kensington
The Crabtree Pub, on Rainville Road (off Crabtree Lane), is arguably in the top 20 London pubs, and once you get there you’ll see why. Inside, it’s a Victorian delight, with high ceilings, posh dado rails and the rest, giving you the feeling that whilst you’re standing at the bar being served, someone in a top hat and a snuffbox was doing the same 200(ish) years ago in that very spot.
But the real feature of this pub is its location by the river. The beer garden at the back, which is enormous and tastefully decorated (with every waterside’s finest feature; a weeping willow) runs right the way down to the riverside, so on a summer’s day there’s no better place to enjoy your free time. There’s a barbecue, a good deal of heating lamps for when the air begins to bite, and plenty of seating. There’s also the restaurant in the rear of the restaurant, serving up great grub year-round.
Uniquely, this pub offers life drawing classes every Monday (booking imperative) providing equipment and model, as well as a raft of other events to keep you busy as winter approaches.
Alternative Things To Do in West Kensington
The Troubadour deserves a mention, with its live music and retro appeal as well as a great live poetry heritage, as does The Finborough Theatre; a tiny producing house whose reputation has soared in the last decade for outstanding and cutting edge work. There are the attractions that will pull people from miles around, such as Earls Court Exhibition Centre and Earls Court Two (which, even if you don’t actually have a reason to go there, offer architecture on a jaw-dropping scale) as well as a good deal of shopping, coffee drinking and lovely walks.
Attraction List in West Kensington
Due to its residential nature, this is a great part of town to get a budget hotel deal and really feel the cares fall away as you relax like you’ve never relaxed before. In order to get the best deal for you, and really treat yourself to the best you and your wallet deserve, use our West Kensington hotel booking service and snap up a bargain.
This is where you will find Holland Park with its attractive formal gardens such as the Japanese Garden, secluded woodland areas, an Orangery and even the ruins of Holland House. Londoners love this park! It comes alive when Opera Holland Park takes place in the open air Holland Park Theatre each year. You should definitely book tickets if you’re in London at the right time.
Address: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London W14, UK
Here you’ll find Debenham House, which is perhaps the most flamboyant house built in the 20th century in London. It was designed by Halsey Ricardo for Ernest Debenham, the owner of Debenhams. Its exterior of blue and green glazed bricks is a sight to behold!
Address: 8 Addison Rd, London, Greater London W14 8DJ
Come here to Melbury Road and you’ll be standing in one of the most architecturally interesting streets in West London. Properties to watch out for are Tower House at number 29 and Woodside at number 31, which literally looks like an English country mansion stranded in West Kensington!
Address: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London
Here is Leighton House Museum, an Italianate red brick villa that was once the home and studio of the famous Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. You can take a tour of this beautiful 19th century building whose focal point has to be the sumptuous Arab Hall. You will also find paintings by Leighton, Edward Burne – Jones and John Millais, to name but a few.
Address: 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ
Phone: 020 7602 3316
Take a walk along Kensington High Street where you’ll find plenty of typically upmarket high street stores to splash your cash in. Just don’t forget to explore the wonderful range of natural and organic food available in the Whole Foods Market London which sits in the fabulous Barkers building.
Address: London W8 6SU
This huge glass dome structure is the Olympia Exhibition Centre, which first opened its doors in 1885. Nowadays it boasts 3 massive exhibition halls where a number of trade and consumer exhibitions take place. These exhibitions cover anything from skiing to yoga, so check out what’s on during your stay!
Address: Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
Phone: 020 7385 1200
If you’ve ever fancied going to an auction now’s your chance! World renowned auctioneers Sotheby’s have a salesroom in the Olympia 2 building at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. Anything from ceramics to rock and roll memorabilia are auctioned here.
Address: 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA
Phone: 020 7293 5000
The Science Museum has over 15,000 exhibits on display, but Blythe House actually contains 170,000 other exhibits that the museum doesn’t have enough space for! It’s used as an overspill for the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum too. You can take a guided tour here on Wednesdays to see wonderful and often weird things that most members of the public will never get to see.
Address: 23 Blythe Road, London, W14 0QX
Sure to while away an hour or two, the Carnival Store is a really well known fancy dress shop in West Kensington. It’s been run by the same family in the same location for the last 50 years!
Address: 95 Hammersmith Rd, London W14 0QH
Phone: 020 7603 2918
Try out a traditional London market and go to North End Road Market where you’ll find a range of good value fruit and haberdashery stalls.
Address: North End Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1NG
Undoubtedly one of the best pubs to watch sporting matches in London is the Famous Three Kings Pub. It’s got a fun and friendly atmosphere and so many TV screens that you’ll never miss a match whilst away from home. In a past life it was the Nashville Rooms where greats like Joy Division and the Sex Pistols played.
Address: 153 N End Road, Kensington, London, W14 9NL
Phone: 020 7603 6071
Talgarth Road is incredibly busy but it does contain a hidden architectural gem! The beautiful row of terraced houses here make up St Pauls Studio’s, Grade II listed buildings that were designed by Frank Wheeler specifically for artists in the 1890’s.
Address: Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 A4
The famous and exclusive Queens Club stands here. It was the first multisport complex ever to be established in the world in 1886, but nowadays it’s famous for its lawn tennis. Huge events like the Stella Artois Championships, the World Rackets Championships and the British Open take place here each year. If you love tennis you should try and book tickets to watch some of the best tennis players in action!
Address: Palliser Road, London, W14 9EQ
Phone: 020 7386 3400
Take time out to relax and come here to Normand Park where you’ll find a children’s play area, tree lined walks, a community garden and a broadwalk.
Address: Lillie Road, West Kensington, London SW6 7ST
Earls Court Exhibition Centre is a massive exhibition and concert venue. It’s actually one of the largest buildings to be built in London in the 1930’s and the largest indoor arena in the UK. Massive artists like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, David Bowie and Pink Floyd have all played here so you should see what’s on whilst you are in London.
Address: Warwick Rd, London SW5 9TA
Phone: 020 7385 1200
If you fancy a spot of undercover shopping you should come here to Westfield 12 Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush where you’ll find a range of shops and a multi screen cinema.
Address: London, Shepherds Bush W12 8PP
Phone: 020 8746 0038
Sure to be a huge attraction, Westfield London is Europe’s largest shopping centre. You can browse the shops and boutiques here, try out the cafes, bars and restaurants, head to the spa, take a look at the centre for arts and even watch a film at the 14 screen cinema!
Address: Ariel Way, London, Greater London W12 7GF
Phone: 020 3371 2300
Many a London traveller has sought out the best river-view pub along the Thames, and many will be surprised to find that there’s precious little that hasn’t been rendered exclusive by managers. The Crabtree is a fantastic option for the dedicated river-view drinker, having a beer-garden that extends right the way down to the water’s edge.
Address: Rainville Road, Fulham, London W6 9HA
Phone: 020 7385 3929
Bijou is the name of the game with this 50-seater venue in West Kensington, which offers independent, thought-provoking fare to a loyal and discerning audience. Finborough Theatre is mainly concerned with new writing, or giving foreign plays their first British outing, and as such offers visitors a chance to see intimate plays not on offer elsewhere.
Address: Finborough Road, Earls Court, London SW10 9ED
Phone: 020 7244 7439