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Discover Kensington - interesting places to visit
London, W8

Royal Albert Hall Kensington


Kensington is full of things to do and see so when you have finished with the museums why not dig a little deeper?


Interesting places around Kensington London

Hansom Cab Gastropub

Hansom Cab in Kensington

84 Earls Court Road,

Kensington, London, W8 6EG 

Owned by the Morgan brothers (Piers of TV fame) and chefed by Ollie Couillard, formerly of Michelin-starred La Trompette.

This is a seriously good place with a top reputation and is frequented by the upmarket locals. The front is a pub so you can just go in for a drink.

Every Thursday evening is live Irish traditional music. 

 Abingdon Gastropub, 54 Abingdon Road, London W8 6AP

The Abingdon has long been an established Gastropub in Kensington with a regular local clientele.  

The food is perfect Gastropub cuisine with dishes like double baked Goats Cheese Souffle, battered scallops and mouth watering risottos.  

The wine list is varied  and ranges from the more traditional French vineyards to the lesser well known and more obscure wines from Slovenia and Hungary for example.  All perfect accompaniaments to the splendid dishes the kitchen serve up on a daily basis.

It is well worth a visit, the surroundings are comfortable and the atmosphere is lively and busy.  

A very popular place to visit be it for a light lunch or relaxing and mouthwatering dinner.


The Devonshire Arms, 37 Marloes Road, Kensington, W8 6LA

Maybe the Devonshire Arms doesn't come with the SW7 postcode but all the same, the Devonshire Arms is well and truly a Kensington Gastropub that is firmly rooted in this area of London.

The style is somewhat quirky, with huge windows which have been nicely dressed.  The interior is very nicely decorated and the huge bar adorns the centre of the pub with seating all around.  Behind the bar are a number of tables / seating areas with a lovely open fireplace which, during the winter months is lit.

Outside, to the front is a small courtyard garden which is heated all year round. 

The food on offer is the usual pub favourites, battered fish, burger etc., but the menu is well thought out and changes frequently. Sundays offers everybodies favourite, a Roast cooked lunch.  Be warned, it does get very busy and the meat dishes sell out fast.

We have found that the food is well prepared and comes with a large choice of award winning beers and lagers and a good selection of World wines.

The only downside is that it can get busy and service can be a little slow so do not visit if you are in a rush.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington Close Hotel, Kensington Marriott Hotel, and Holiday Inn London Forum are all within a short walk of the Devonshire Arms.  

Other recommendations

Boujis Nightclub - frequented by the royals, Mischa Barton, Uma Thurman and Prince the singer

The Roof Gardens - frequented by the stars - a one acre garden in the sky.  See Laura Porters Blog about the Kensington Roof Gardens.

Bodo Schloss - a very cool apres ski bar, restaurant and club

Evans & Peels Detective Agency - 1920's themed restaurant with burlesque and wine in paper bags

Wholefoods Store - absolutely massive food store offering organic food stuffs - upstairs there are several food stations and seating - something for everyone.  Great place to get a takeaway or eat in.

The Orangery Tea Rooms - Take tea at Kensington Palace in whats been described as the most visually stunning Orangery in the world.

Leighton House Museum - Totally original 19th century house now preserved as a museum.