London is a diverse city, home to all manner of different districts and areas to explore. From the bohemian atmosphere of Camden market to the high-end boutiques on Bond Street, the options are endless. The city is also home to some of the world’s most exclusive locations including Kensington and Chelsea.
The playground of the wealthy, Kensington and Chelsea have long been revered for their culture and atmosphere. Here at The Piccadilly London West End, we think there’s no reason why you can’t step into the shoes of socialites and TV stars – even just for a day. Here’s our guide on how to spend a day in Kensington and Chelsea and experience the best these two neighbourhoods have to offer.
Marvel at Kensington Palace
Kensington is the home of royalty, and you’ll find them at Kensington Palace. The impressive house is currently home to several members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Palace is open to visitors wanting to peek inside the world of the British royal family, with exhibitions and guided tours held daily.
Take an afternoon stroll in Kensington Gardens
After you’ve spent the morning touring Kensington Palace, you can get some fresh air in the grounds. Kensington Gardens were once the private gardens of the grand Kensington Palace. Now, however, you’re free to roam them at your leisure. There’s 270 acres of lush green lawns, formal gardens and the occasional impressive sculpture. The gardens are open until dusk each day, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall hosts the best of the best from the world of entertainment. From the Proms to film screenings, there’s always something new available to see on one of the world’s most famous stages. You can find out what’s on here.
Indulge in retail therapy at Sloane Street
Chelsea’s Sloane Street has long since been a popular shopping destination, but in recent years it’s a built a high-end reputation to rival Bond Street. Sloane Street is now home to designer boutiques and some of the world’s most luxurious brands. Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Prada, and Gucci are just a few of the designers to make Sloane Street their home in recent years.
Take in the art at Saatchi Gallery
Compared to some of London’s impressive galleries and museums, the Saatchi Gallery is still in it’s infancy. It was opened in 1985 by Charles Saatchi, and its sole aim is to showcase the work of unknown artists. It’s a gallery unique to Chelsea, and a must-visit attraction for those interested in art and discovering hidden gems and new talent.
See a movie at the Curzon Chelsea
After a day of retail therapy and good food, the Curzon cinema is the perfect place to wind down. The Curzon is proud of its eclectic offering, presenting both big-budget and independent films from home and abroad, along with live concerts and theatre screenings.
Kensington and Chelsea both have so much to offer. It’s worth taking a day or two of your visit to London to explore the exclusive area and dip your toes into the world of the rich, famous, and royal. If you’re looking for a West End hotels special offers, The Piccadilly is just a stone’s throw away from these and many other attractions in Kensington and Chelsea.