Hamptons Relocation & Renovation Guide. Kensington

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Kensington Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health clubs, Shopping & more.




A very warm welcome to Kensington and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons. You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in London. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since. Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’. Yours sincerely, Richard Broer - Head of Sales Tertius North - Head of Lettings






Welcome to Kensington


Interview: Innovative Designs


Interview: Wolff Architects


Pubs & Live Music


Coffee Shops


Independant Boutiques


Kensington Arts


Contents Family Days Out


Schools & Nurseries


Map of Kensington


Health Clubs


Local Restaurants


Social Media Links


Council Information







Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Kensington Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Kensington, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy. 7


A little bit of history There has been a settlement here since Saxon times and Kensington is referenced in the Domesday Book of 1086. The area has been home to royalty since the 17th century and Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace in 1819. It was at Victoria’s request that Kensington became an official ‘Royal Borough’ on her death in 1901. The rich and famous flock to the area, with prominent residents including Richard Branson, Rowan Atkinson and James Dyson. Kensington is one of the most expensive areas in London and property here comes at a premium. It is best known for its elegant Georgian townhouses, many with distinctive white stucco frontages, but striking red brick Victorian mansion blocks, charming mews houses and luxury new build apartments also form a key part of the architectural landscape.



Why move to Kensington? There is truly something for everyone here, with an array of boutiques and shops, high-end restaurants, world class museums and lavish properties. Kensington also borders many of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, including Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Earl’s Court and Notting Hill. Kensington High Street is home to many firm favourites such as H&M, Waterstones and Decathlon, while Kensington Church Street has an array of independent boutiques and specialty stores, selling everything from clothing and homeware at Cologne & Cotton to fresh local produce at Chegworth Farm Shop. Exhibition Road in South Kensington is home to such internationally renowned institutions as the Natural History and Science Museums, Imperial College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is the world’s largest art and design museum. The area is also home to the Olympia exhibition centre which is serviced by Kensington (Olympia) overground station. 9


Interview with ‘Innovative Designs’ Why should people appoint an interior designer instead of managing their own project? Each project comes with a uniqueness to it. There can be multiple challenges associated with the conducting of a project that an individual might not be aware of. An interior designer comes with years of educational and practical experience that will assist in being able to identify, assess and create all aspects of the project, creating just the luxurious house you had envisioned for. Our designers will begin by conducting a meeting with the client on site, understanding the clients concepts/requirements and then implement this in the space that we are working with. When this becomes challenging, our designers’ expertise plays a pivotal role as they have the ability to suggest and advise on the next best alternatives. What type of projects get you most excited? Innovative Designs thrives on being able to deliver an immaculate service and a brilliant product. We are leaders in the bespoke joinery market and have worked on over 1000+ projects across London and surrounding the M25. We are experts in our work and love to work on the most challenging of projects. The bigger the project the more scope that we have as a company in executing the brilliance of our products. The products we work on can range from luxury Walk In Wardrobes, TV Media Units, Home Offices, Utility rooms, Kitchens and other bespoke joinery. Who or what have been your major influences and role models? Innovative Designs has been creating furniture for over 20 years, but have acquired our inspiration from our parent company “Trade Flooring”. Trade Flooring is a company that supplies, distributes and fits bespoke flooring. From Engineered Wood, laminate, LVT, Chevron, herringbone and many more. Trade Flooring is pioneering and is also one of the industry leaders. Being in operation for more than two decades and having a very respectable portfolio

from “Baby Dior” to “ Bhudda Bar” it is evident that “Trade Flooring” strive in delivering a quality product and service that we aspire to. The interior design industry is inspirational by creating styles and identifying various personalities and characters. Alongside the development of technology and travel, integrating a diverse range of arts and knowledge to your home interior. A key role model and influence is “ The House in Good Taste” by Elsie De Wolfe, an empowering book, cultivating contemporary ideas and American décor for current interior designers. As famously stated “Good taste can be developed in anyone, just as surely as good manners are possible to anyone. And good taste is as necessary as good manners”. The theories have influenced the business dealings from a niche set of luxury clients and designing their affluent homes. In developing a style for a client’s property who takes the lead or is it a collaborative effort? Innovative Designs take great pride and joy in showcasing our talents and offerings to our clients. We take the lead effort in demonstrating our capabilities and offerings. This then transitions to a collaborative effort between the managers, the design team, the client and our build team. The attributes of a successful project depend upon the successful communication between all parties. Is there a project that you are most proud of? We have built a reputation in the industry and have a vast portfolio of commendable projects. Innovative Designs took great pride in furnishing 3 storey property. We began from the basement, building 3 units: a kitchenette with LED Lighting and quartz worktops, a utility room with inbuilt steamer/washer and dryer unit, and a gym unit. The first floor consisted of a shaker style walk in closet manufactured in our premium Xylocleaf material with a range of accessories. We then made our way to the second floor where we had built a corner wardobe. The client was not only thrilled with the end result but also impressed with the quality and lead time.



hic, educational, and vibrant are just some of the ways to describe London’s South Kensington neighborhood. The neighborhood, part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has long been associated with culture and luxury spurned by the extensive construction of museums and real estate following the Great Exhibition of 1851. You’d be hard-pressed to find another enclave of the city with such a dense cluster of cultural and academic institutions, from world-class galleries to prestigious universities. It’s also an elegant residential area that attracts the attention of visitors and residents alike. South Kensington is bordered by equally stylish neighborhoods. It lies north of Chelsea, south of Hyde Park, west of Knightsbridge, and east of Earls Court. Its position in London places it in a prime location near the center of the action! An array of shops, museums, parks, restaurants, and theatres give the area its dynamic character, and make it one of the most popular real estate markets in London. Visitors come for the upscale boutiques, art galleries, antiques dealers, and designer furnishing retailers. Francophiles will love South Kensington for its French influence. As well as the many French expatriates who live here, you’ll find the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle secondary school, the French Institute, and the Consulate General of France in London. To help you visualize the neighborhood, our video guide of Kensington covers the region and the bordering neighborhood of Chelsea. You’ll feel like a local when you explore the culinary, shopping, and sightseeing delights of South Kensington! There’s no better way to live like a local than to go where the locals go, including coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs! Thankfully, South Kensington has plenty to offer. The difficult part will be choosing which to sample first! www.nyhabitat.com



FAMOUS RESIDENTS Kensington and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..

Jennifer Saunders, Actress

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Composer Roman Abramovich, Joan Collins, Actress, Writer

Sarah Brightman, Singer, Actress Nigella Lawson, Celebrity Cook Elle Macpherson, Fashion Model Lawrence Hayward, Singer Cara Delevingne and Poppy Delevingne grew up in a Belgravia mansion, Supermodels Fiona Shackleton, Royal Solicitor Aditya Mittal, Chief Financial Officer Matthew Arnold, Poet and Critic Margaret Thatcher, former British Conservative Prime Minister, lived at No. 73 until shortly before her death in 2013 Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, American-born violinist, and conductor Tony Curtis, Actor Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews, film director and his actress wife, lived here for a few years in the early 1970s after their departure from Hollywood Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley, (1797–1851) Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, (1867–1947) Sir Sean Connery, Actor Sir Roger Moore, Actor







Pubs & Live Music

Tattersalls Tavern Eat, drink & relax with your family, friends and colleagues. Traditional pub with dark wood panelling and heavy curtains, for cask ales and classic British food. 1 Knightsbridge Grn, London SW1X 7QN. 020 7584 7122 www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greaterlondon/tattersalls-tavern The Terrace Bar Tucked away on a quiet street in Mayfair, a short walk from Shepherd’s Market, The Terrace Bar is a hidden gem serving some of London’s most innovative cocktails and pairings. A classic piano bar, The Terrace Bar blends traditional hospitality with thrillingly theatrical cocktails and tasting experiences including whisky nosing and tasting, molecular cocktails, and Gin & Jazz each Wednesday. 35 Charles St, London W1J 5EB. 020 7491 2622 www.chesterfieldmayfair.com/dining-anddrinks/the-terrace-bar 16


The May Fair Bar May Fair Bar is a true mirror of its surroundings. From the unmistakable sophistication and vibrancy of our neighbourhood’s streets and mews to the independent spirit of nearby luxury boutiques and art institutions, May Fair Bar reflects the unique atmosphere and contemporary design of its namesake district. A social destination where everyone is welcome. Berkeley St, London W1J 8LT. 020 7769 8200 www.themayfairhotel.co.uk/may-fair-bar The Running Horse Established in 1738, The Running Horse is the oldest public house and kitchen in Mayfair. A collaboration between James Chase of the awardwinning Chase distillery and Dominic Jacobs, former bar director at Sketch, the pub has been lovingly restored and reopened its doors in the Autumn of 2013. The Running Horse sources ingredients from some of the UK’s best independent food and drink producers, ensuring a wholly British experience: from field to bottle to table. 50 Davies St, London W1K 5JE. 020 7493 1275 www.therunninghorsemayfair.co.uk/

Duke Of York 8 Dering St, London W1S 1AF. 020 7629 0319 Greene King is the country’s leading pub retailer and brewer, with delicious homemade food and serving the best ales and beers with a wide selection. Come and visit us and relax. www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greaterlondon/duke-of-york/ Hush Mayfair Tucked away in a hidden courtyard in the historic heart of Mayfair, Hush remains one of London’s favourite dining destinations, encompassing two dining spaces, an award-winning cocktail lounge, The Bar at Hush, extensive private dining options and one of the very best outdoor dining spaces in London. 8 Lancashire Ct, London W1S 1EY. 020 7659 1500 www.hush.co.uk/ Smith & Whistle Bar & Terrace Welcome to Smith & Whistle, located in the heart of Mayfair at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, just steps away from Green Park. Step into our elegant retro style decorated bar with beautiful copper walls and forget about the busy roads. At Smith & Whistle we mix a masterful martini and have designed a cocktail list that Mr. Whistle would have been delighted by. We’ve sourced some of Britain’s finest draft and bottled craft beers and smuggled in the finest English wines. Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX. 020 7499 6321 www.smithandwhistle.com/


hould you wish to wet your whistle in Kensington you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Kensington. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.

The Punchbowl As one of Mayfair’s oldest pubs, we know a thing or two about good food and wine and pride ourselves on offering a place for our patrons to meet, dine and unwind. Tucked away on a quiet side street, here we can offer three very different dining experiences to suit your mood. Whether relaxing with a pint of ale and a plate of fish and chips in our Pub, savouring rich culinary creations in our Dining Room or enjoying an exclusive private dinner in The Club, you’ll find only the finest in great British food, service and comfort awaits. 41 Farm St, London W1J 5RP. 020 7493 6841 www.punchbowllondon.com/ Dickie’s Bar Originally Lord Headfort’s hunting lodge and deerpark, the 100-acre Virginia Park Lodge in County Cavan is today owned by Richard Corrigan himself. Here, the head Plant Hunter (Sergeant Taylour to us) and head groundsman Donal daily stalk its vast expanses in search of the season’s finest delectables. They’ve even built a nuttery to lure in more, well, nuts. 28 Upper Grosvenor St, London W1K 7EH. 020 7499 9943 www.dickies.corrigancollection.com/ 17


Local Hotspots Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Kensington! Queens of Mayfair The core of Queens is high quality Artisanal produce to give the basis of a great taste and flavours for food to both eat in and take away. We serve high grade coffee on a daily basis and have a delicious menu from 7:30am, breakfast, morning cakes and baked goods, lunch, and a good selection of serving platters in the evening. We look forward to welcoming you. 17 Queen St, London W1J 5PH. 020 7459 4617 www.queensofmayfair.com/aboutqueens-of-mayfair

39 Steps Coffee – Knightsbridge 39 Steps Coffee was started in early 2018 in Soho, London with the aim of providing the finest specialty coffee, scrumptious food, and only the best service, to the busy bees in Central London. We have since branched out to Knightsbridge, London, opposite the famous Harrods store, and continue to grow and build relationships with our regular customers, whilst growing our offerings to customers. Our primary aim is to provide only the highest quality service to customers, whether it be a quick coffee break, a spot of lunch, or with any manner of service. 130 Brompton Rd, London SW3 1JD. www.39stepscoffee.com/ Café Kitsuné at Pantechnicon Conceived in Tokyo by the famed Japanese-French record label and named after the fox – an animal that’s greatly revered in Japan – Café Kitsuné features classic pastries and cakes with a Japanese accent. Grab a double-baked matcha croissant or a caramel miso rice pudding brioche for breakfast, freshly baked each morning by our chefs. For lunch there’s the fluffiest sandos in town, while coffee and cocktails are available throughout the day for whenever you need that pick-me-up. Ground Floor, 19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB. www.pantechnicon.com/ 18


Tomtom Coffee House Tomtom Coffee House is a specialist coffee shop on the corner of Elizabeth Street. We have a very good reputation for producing one of the finest cups of coffee in the West End. Our drinks are made freshly from Allpress roast beans, using the best equipment on the market and by our expert Barista. 114 Ebury St, Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9QD. 020 7730 1771 www.tomtomcoffee.co.uk/ Feya The interior starts with a river of purple marble, leading you to Feya’s sunny sky, with a stop by the leafy rainforest. This enchanted forest in the heart of London has mesmerised many customers and is now our primary venue to host event. Serving speciality coffee and drinks, with an extensive menu serving high quality food and pastries. 146 Brompton Road, London, SW3 1HX. 020 3972 7989 www.feya.co.uk/feya-knightsbridge

Pinko Boutique We are a high-class women’s fashion retailer. We stock a large selection of quality Italian everyday casual garments and accessories. We offer a unique in store shopping experience by appointment for any guidance you may need if preferred. What ever your need here at Pinko we have a design for you. 45 Brompton Rd, London SW3 1DE. 020 7584 6524 www.stores.pinko.com/en/unitedkingdom Aquazzura Boutique Exuding a modern, alluring elegance, Aquazzura’s footwear collections have become instantly iconic since their debut in 2011. Exquisitely handmade in Italy with a particular focus on comfort and wearability, Edgardo Osorio’s creations combine luxury and craftsmanship with an innovative design, sophisticated embellishments, and vibrant colour palettes. From the signature seasonal collections to exclusive collaborations and bespoke creations, Aquazzura shoes can be seen on the feet of trendsetters, Hollywood stars, European royalty and fashion insiders all around the globe. 38 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JG. 020 3828 0433 www.aquazzura.com/gb_en/ aquazzura-world/aquazzura.html

Oliver Brown The home of traditional & contemporary ready-to-wear and bespoke tailoring. Oliver Brown is a leading shopping destination for quintessentially traditional and contemporary ready-to-wear collections, bespoke tailoring, formalwear hire and luxury accessories. We specialise in designing collections of the highest quality, using cloths sourced from some of the oldest mills in the North of England and Scotland, manufactured in England. 75 Lower Sloane St, London SW1W 8DA. 020 7259 9494 www.oliverbrown.org.uk/

On Motcomb Dedicated to luxury and attention to detail. We offer an exclusive shopping experience. Devoted to luxury evening wear our curated collection include a number of exclusive pieces comminssioned each season from Ateliers. 11-12 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB. 020 7235 4146 www.on-motcomb.com/



Kensington Arts Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Kensington! 20


The Royal Court Theatre The Royal Court is the writers’ theatre. We are a leading force in world theatre for cultivating and supporting writers – undiscovered, emerging and established. We also Offer expertly crafted cocktails alongside an extensive selection of craft gins and beers, wine and soft drinks, the Royal Court Bar & Kitchen provides a sanctuary in the middle of Sloane Square to accompany your theatre experience. Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS. 020 7565 5000 www.royalcourttheatre.com/ Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Delfont Mackintosh Theatres is owned by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. We operate eight of the most prestigious theatres in London’s West End: the Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, Novello, Gielgud, Sondheim, Noël Coward, Wyndham’s and Victoria Palace, all of which have undergone major refurbishments combining beautiful restoration with 21st century comfort. Mackintosh House, 39-45 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LA. 0844 482 5151 www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/ Curzon Mayfair Curzon Cinemas is London’s leading arthouse cinema chain with eight venues across the capital. We also have a further four venues outside of London, bringing the very best of Hollywood, independent and world cinema to audiences. In 2017, the Curzon group received the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. 38 Curzon Street, London, W1J 1TY. www.curzon.com/venues/mayfair Victoria Palace Theatre The Victoria Palace Theatre, magnificently restored for the 21st century, reopened on 6th December with the European premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning HAMILTON which sits perfectly in this re-imagined theatre. The theatre has been redeveloped from renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham’s original design to combine beautiful restoration with twenty first century comfort and facilities, which include a new purpose built rehearsal and audition space that is available for hire. The bright space is located at the top of the Victoria Palace Theatre, a stone’s throw from Victoria Station and is fully equipped with all essential requirements including a sprung floor and new PA system. 79 Victoria St, London SW1E 5EA. 0844 482 5138 www.victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk/ Gatsby’s Mansion Welcome back to the roaring twenties! Jay Gatsby invites you to one of his infamous parties. The champagne flows and as the drama unfolds the man himself will be the perfect host. As invites go, this is the hottest ticket in town. A hedonistic world of red hot rhythms, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age selfindulgence awaits. Dress to the nines and immerse yourself in this heart racing adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale. 56 Davies St, London W1K 5JF. 020 3053 1500 www.immersivegatsby.com/ Jermyn Street Theatre

16B Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6ST. 020 7287 2875 Jermyn Street Theatre is the West End’s smallest producing theatre. Led by Artistic and Executive Directors Tom Littler and Penny Horner, the programme includes outstanding new plays, rare revivals, new versions of European classics, and high-quality musicals, alongside one-off musical and literary events. We collaborate with theatres across the world, and our productions have transferred to the West End and Broadway. www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/ Ham Yard Theatre The 190 seat state-of-the-art theatre has been designed and equipped to the highest professional standards. The walls are lined with electric blue wool, with striking tangerine orange leather seats and bright fuchsia pink silk curtains framing the stage. As well as an exclusive dress circle balcony, there are two beautifully appointed green rooms complete with mini bar, shower, sofa and desk. 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT. 020 3642 2000 www/ham-yard-hotel/ham-yard-theatre/ Victoria Palace Theatre The Victoria Palace Theatre, magnificently restored for the 21st century, reopened on 6th December with the European premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning HAMILTON which sits perfectly in this re-imagined theatre. The theatre has been redeveloped from renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham’s original design to combine beautiful restoration with twenty first century comfort and facilities, which include a new purpose built rehearsal and audition space that is available for hire. The bright space is located at the top of the Victoria Palace Theatre, a stone’s throw from Victoria Station and is fully equipped with all essential requirements including a sprung floor and new PA system. 79 Victoria St, London SW1E 5EA. 0844 482 5138 www.victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk/ Finborough Theatre Founded in 1980, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre, led by Artistic Director Neil McPherson, presents plays and music theatre, concentrated exclusively on thought provoking text-based new writing, as well as rediscovering genuinely neglected works from the 19th and 20th centuries, many produced or co-produced inhouse. We offer a stimulating and inclusive programme at the centre of London’s cultural life, appealing to theatregoers of all generations and from a broad spectrum of the population. 118 Finborough Rd, London SW10 9ED. 01223 357851 www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/



Family days out

Kensington is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list. 22


Kensington Palace Explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria’s re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King’s State Apartments and Queen’s State Apartments. As well as being a popular visitor destination, Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX. 0333 320 6000 www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/#gs.fwwzs3 Kensington Gardens Once part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens offers a mix of old and new park pastimes and green space. Get your fix of contemporary art and architecture at the Serpentine Galleries, marvel at the history and heritage of Kensington Palace or admire the Victorian splendour of the Albert Memorial. Over in the Diana Memorial Playground , kids will enjoy the huge wooden pirate ship, sensory trail and play sculptures, inspired by the adventures of fictional park hero, Peter Pan London W2 2UH. 0300 061 2000 www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens Holland Park Royal Borough’s largest park. It has the following facilities: 22.5 hectares of gardens, children’s play facilities sports areas a cafeteria large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife. Please note dogs are not permitted inside the garden. Holland Park also has the beautiful Kyoto Garden. This is the Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. Holland Park is also the base of the borough’s Ecology Service. The Ecology Centre at Holland Park runs a series of events, activities and educational visits for schools. We also run a wildlife club for children, holiday activities, and a full programme of events for all ages. Ilchester Pl, London W8 6LU. 020 7602 2226 www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/hollandpark Natural History Museum A natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. With plenty to discover and learn for all ages your sure to have an adventurous family day out. Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD. 020 7942 5000 www.nhm.ac.uk/ Science Museum Our museum tells the stories of the extraordinary human achievement and technological advances that have helped humanity overcome challenges throughout history. From Helen Sharman’s iconic space suit to Amy Johnson’s marvellous Gipsy Moth aeroplane. Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. 0330 058 0058 www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

St James’s Park St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions. Enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from St James’s Café, watch the resident pelicans at feeding time, or while away a sunny afternoon in a deckchair. London SW1A 2BJ. 0300 061 2350 www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park Hyde Park Set right in the heart of London, Hyde Park offers both world-class events and concerts together with plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind. Dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, brave an open water swim in the Serpentine, or just admire the views across the lake from a waterside café. Have a go at tennis, horse riding, or join the many joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the open air. London W2 2UH. 0300 061 2000 www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park Victoria and Albert Museum The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance. Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL. 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk/ Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London. One of the United Kingdom’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, it is held in trust for the nation and managed by a registered charity which receives no government funding. Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP. 020 7589 8212 www.royalalberthall.com/ The Albert Memorial The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is one of London’s most ornate monuments. It commemorates the death of Prince Albert in 1861 of typhoid. The Albert Memorial is located in Kensington Gardens on Albert Memorial Road opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It is one of London’s most ornate monuments, designed by George Gilbert Scott. Influenced by the series of 13th Century Eleanor Crosses (Charing Cross perhaps being the most famous) and other statues in Edinburgh and Manchester, the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is one of the grandest highVictorian gothic extravaganzas anywhere. Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH. 020 7298 2000 www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens 23



Local Schools

Where our children spend most of their

week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision. 24


Fox Primary School We work together to enable all children to reach their full potential, to make a difference and to create positive experiences. The Fox Federation values are: Respect, Resilience, Collaboration, Curiosity and Inclusion. Fox Primary School is a primary school in London for children between the ages of 4 and 11, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is located on Kensington Place, between Kensington Church Street and Notting Hill Gate. Kensington Pl, London W8 7PP. 020 7727 7637 www.fox.rbkc.sch.uk/ Holland Park School Welcome to Holland Park School. We are a very successful and oversubscribed comprehensive school in the heart of west central London. Several times Ofsted outstanding and with results frequently in the top 5% of all schools nationally we stand at the apogee of achievement and success. Featured in The Good Schools’ Guide, a Platinum Investor in People school and with a plethora of accolades and awards, we enjoy success and all of the work that is required to keep us there. The school is proud of its diversity – diversity in all respects. We educate young people from all walks of life, spanning those who are enormously privileged to those carving out success with the odds stacked against them. Little wonder that Ofsted commented on the power of social justice in school. Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill Rd, London W8 7AF. 020 7908 1000 www.hollandparkschool.co.uk/

Hawkesdown House School Love of learning and a nurturing environment are at the heart of Hawkesdown House. The school achieves academic excellence and first-class entry results to pupils’ next schools, with a broad and exciting curriculum and in days filled with variety, laughter and busy purpose. Parents are fiercely loyal to this educational philosophy, the success of which is borne out in the excellent results and in the creative, thoughtful, happy pupils. We would be delighted to welcome you to the school, to meet you, to tell you more about Hawkesdown and for you to see around. 27 Edge St, London W8 7PN. 020 7727 9090 www.hawkesdown.co.uk/ St Barnabas and St Philip’s Church of England Primary School A popular Church of England primary school situated in the heart of London, with all the opportunities and challenges that face people working in a major world capital. We believe that children thrive in a caring and intellectually stimulating environment with plenty of praise and encouragement. We aim to help our pupils gain confidence, knowledge and skills so that they take their place in society as well-balanced young people. Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important responsibilities parents undertake. The Christian ethos is central to what we do. We aim to promote Christian values for ourselves and others and welcome parents and children who are in sympathy with those ideals. Our core values of Friendship, Trust and Peace underpin our mission as a school. 58 Pembroke Mews, Earls Ct Rd, London W8 6EJ. 020 7937 9599 www.sbsp.rbkc.sch.uk/ 25


The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School We are determined to draw out and develop the aptitudes and talents of all our pupils. At the heart of the school lies our Catholic ethos, which underpins everything we do. Quite simply, we see our principal role, as a Catholic school, to be a seed-ground for the apostolic mission of the Church. The school aims, through its commitment to Catholic teaching, to prepare our pupils to undertake their responsibilities as Catholics in society. Working in partnership with parents, we aim to foster in our pupils a love for the Church which will help them to grow and develop as they make their way through life. 89 Addison Rd, London W14 8BZ. 020 7603 8478 www.cvms.co.uk/index.asp Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College Ashbourne College was founded in 1981 and remains one of the best private sixth form colleges in London. We offer high quality tuition coupled with an informal and friendly atmosphere allowing every student to feel happy, confident, and able to reach their potential. Ashbourne’s three key strengths are exam success, individual attention, and superb location. 7 Old Ct Pl, London W8 4PL. 020 7937 3858 www.ashbournecollege.co.uk/



Kensington House Nursery School Kensington House Nursery School is a Nursery School in Kensington, London. We are a small establishment convenient to Kensington, Earl’s Court and Holland Park. Our spacious premises, set in the beautiful St. Philip’s Church, are specially designed for children 2 to 5 years of age. Our Nursery School in Kensington operates during term times only, Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm with a choice of morning and/or afternoon sessions. We believe in strong foundations, and this is what we aim to give to our pupils. Happy children are great achievers! St Philip’s Church Hall, Earls Ct Rd, London W8 6QH. 07925 618825 www.khnurseryschool.com/ Holland Park Pre-Prep & Nursery At Holland Park Pre-Prep & Nursery (HPPN) we are dedicated in providing outstanding early years education for children. We pride ourselves on being a home from home for the children, recognising the importance of them feeling happy and safe in their environment. We want to teach kindness, positive and healthy attitudes, high aspirations and most importantly, give the children the opportunity to be the best version of themselves. 5 Holland Rd, London W14 8HJ. 020 7602 9066 www.hollandparkpreprep.co.uk/



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Fitness & health


eading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.



Aquilla Health & Fitness Club DiscoverAquillaHealthandFitnessinKnightsbridge, London, a private gym and swimming pool in South Kensington and Knightsbridge. Adjacent to the Rembrandt Hotel, Aquilla has everything you need to work out and relax in stylish comfort. If you need motivation and expert guidance to achieve your fitness goals, our Personal Trainers are here to help. We can assist with training, nutrition, injury rehabilitation and more. The Rembrandt Hotel, 11 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2RS. 020 7225 0225 www.aquillahealthclub.com/ Claire Wilkinson Yoga, Meditation & Holistic Healing I am a yoga and meditation teacher and a Reiki Master & Sound Bath Healer. Through my teaching my aim is to help you tap into your full potential and reconnect with your true self. I teach a weekly schedule of classes. Group classes in person in Kensington and also via Zoom. I coach students privately in their practice of Yoga & Meditation. I offer sessions of Reiki, Transformational Healing and also Sound Bath Healing. I run regular online courses Reconnect to Your Inner Self. The Life Centre, 15 Edge St, London W8 7PN. 07970 745361 www.clairewilkinsonyoga.co.uk/ Harbour Clubs Kensington As one of the finest health clubs in West London, Harbour Club Kensington is an exceptional place to work on your fitness, enjoy some relaxation or spend time getting active with the family. You’ll find a well-equipped gym, spacious studios, a luxury swimming pool with spa facilities, as well as a comfortable club lounge, all just a short walk from Gloucester Road tube station. 116 Cromwell Rd, London SW7 4XN. 0345 129 6709 www.harbourclub.com/clubs/kensington/ Campden Hill Lawn Tennis Club The Club was founded in 1884 soon after the first Wimbledon Championships and is situated on Campden Hill in Kensington. The Club has twelve courts, six outdoor and six indoor as well as a practice court and a Clubhouse with bar and restaurant. The Club is non-profit making, owned by its Members and run for the benefit of its 1,600 strong Membership. 9 Aubrey Walk, London W8 7JH. 020 7727 4050 www.chltc.co.uk/

The Life Centre Notting Hill One of London’s best yoga studios, The Life Centre is still our favourite online yoga community. An early adopter, instructors have really found their stride, and its schedule of classes has everything from slow yin to vigorous vinyasa. The Life Centre is your retreat for selfdiscovery - yoga for life. 15 Edge St, London W8 7PN. 020 7221 4602 www.thelifecentre.com/ Core Kensington All our group classes are in studio, using top of the line Merrithew reformers and equipment. Just come along in comfortable workout gear. Anti-slip Pilates socks are a must! Book your class today and feel great. Get the ultimate Pilates workout with a Personal Training session at one of our studios. Your instructor will customise the workout to your goals and needs. Select your studio to book you session Bridgeman House, 375 Kensington High St, London W14 8AZ. 020 7854 1934 www.corepilatesstudios.co.uk/ Move Imperial Welcome to Move Imperial. If you’re looking to introduce a bit of exercise into your daily routine, want to join a club sport or are competing at a national or international level, we’re here to help you move. South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ. www.imperial.ac.uk/sport/ The Kensington Studio 24a Radley Mews, London W8 6JP. 020 7937 4911 We at the Kensington Studio possess great passion and knowledge about Health and Fitness and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals with a service tailored uniquely for you. The spacious and exclusive Studio is situated in the beautiful Stratford Village area of Kensington. We have equipped our 2,000 square foot Studio with the latest state-of-theart equipment to maximise your results. From the minute you arrive we’ll make the experience very personal to you, placing you with a trainer that’s in line with your goals and needs. There are no membership fees so you only pay for the training you do with our highly qualified trainers. Combine this with all the other health, lifestyle and fitness services we provide and the Kensington Studio is no doubt the place to go. www.thekensingtonstudio.com/ 31


Local Restaurants

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie The Ivy Kensington Brasserie brings the familiar luxury of The Ivy on West Street to a relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining restaurant on Kensington High Street. Our garden terrace is situated at the back of our restaurant and provides the perfect respite away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. Adorned with flowers and foliage, it is the perfect spot to soak up the sun during the summer months. A number of tables remain unreserved throughout the day allowing more people to experience a taste of Ivy magic in both our dining and service. Sample our extensive range of quality food and delicious cocktails at your leisure from breakfast until late, whether you are a local resident, work close by or are visiting some of London’s best loved landmarks such as The Royal Albert Hall. 96 Kensington High St, London W8 4SG. 020 3301 0500 www.theivykensingtonbrasserie.com/ Maggie Jones’s Restaurant Maggie Jones’s has been a favourite haunt among Kensington locals for over 40 years. Cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic, the restaurant is tucked away in a little culde-sac between Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street. Maggie’s is warm, friendly and traditional, with a generous menu full of classic dishes, beautifully cooked. 6 Old Court Place, London W8 4PL. 020 7937 6462 www.maggie-jones.co.uk/ Ormer Mayfair Restaurant Ormer Mayfair is under the direction of Executive Chef Sofian Msetfi. Sofian brings a wealth of experience, having worked at some of the most respected restaurants in the UK and Ireland. Diners will enjoy exciting tasting menus (including a vegetarian tasting menu) with 5 course lunch tasting menu, six or eight courses available for lunch and dinner. Sofian’s impeccable modern British dishes boast the best locally sourced and seasonal British produce, all served in the inimitable style that has helped Ormer Mayfair garner so many accolades since opening. Flemings Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon St, London W1J 7BH. 020 7016 5601 www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk/fine-dininglondon/ 32


Dishoom Kensington BEGIN YOUR DAY AT DISHOOM with breakfast, which might be a Bacon Naan Roll, a Kejriwal or a Big Bombay. Then lunch lightly on Roomali Rolls and Salad Plates, or linger with a feast. Refresh your afternoon with a drop of Chai and a small plate or two. Dine early or dine late. Or just join us for a tipple – perhaps an East India Gimlet, a Viceroy’s Old-fashioned, or our very good Dishoom IPA. 4 Derry St, London W8 5SE. 020 7420 9325 www.dishoom.com/kensington Chucs Belgravia With 55 covers and room for over 100 standing, Chucs Belgravia is one of our most ambitious location. Featuring a large wraparound terrace where guests can sip coffee alfresco or unwind over cocktails & cicchetti during the sunnier months, a 120 bin wine list & interiors by Fettle Studios, it’s one not to be missed. 25 Eccleston St, London SW1W 9NP. 020 3827 3000 www.chucsrestaurants.com/restaurant/chucsbelgravia/

Da Mario Kensington A traditional Italian restaurant serving traditional dishes that well-loved amongst our visitors. This building is a beautiful architectural example produced by the merge of two styles: Venetian and Gothic. The building is 120 years old and was expressively commissioned by Queen Victoria wishing to see something new from the classical style design so much used in those days. 15 Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4PP. 020 7584 9078 www.damario.co.uk/ Clarke’s Restaurant From homemade artisan bread, flaky pastries and cheese biscuits to our own label wine and olive oil – in here you’ll find everything your heart desires. Our best sellers over the last 35 years. From hand rolled dark chocolate truffles to buttery, flaky and herb-roasted chicken pie these products have been tried, tested and loved. 124 Kensington Church St, London W8 4BH. 020 7221 9225 www.sallyclarke.com/

Alexandrie Restaurant This chic yet relaxed restaurant spans two floors on Kensington Church St. What we offer is not the food you’ve had in today’s commercial or public places on your holidays in Egypt; instead we introduce you to what the food-loving families have been eating at home for much longer than the Republic has been in existence. And it has been influenced by the long history of cosmopolitan Egypt, in particular incorporating French, Italian, and Greek ideas into our cuisine. Alexandria has been, historically, at the forefront of this endeavour. 38C Kensington Church St, London W8 4BX. 020 7937 2244 www.alexandrie.co.uk/ Eli’s Restaurant - South Kensington Eli’s restaurant is a southern France style chicken rotisserie combines with vibrant flavour of Mediterranean and traditional homemade North African (Algerian) couscous. Our chef prepares everything in house making sure your meal is prepared to the highest quality and standard. Our succulent corn-fed chicken ( imported from France ) is cooked in our slowly rotating oven which allows the meat to cook evenly over entire surface. We marinate our chicken for 24 hours using a secret blend of herbs and spices. We pride ourselves on our food and family-based service. 6-8 Bute St, South Kensington, London SW7 3EX. 020 7581 2002 www.elisrestaurant.co.uk/ 33


‘Virtually’ all you need

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.



We Love Kensington https://www.facebook.com/groups/1221424811204269// Kensington Community News https://www.facebook.com/groups/KensingtonCommunityNews Kensington Mums https://www.facebook.com/groups/218326131566944 Old Kensington https://www.facebook.com/groups/299110966871134

betterstreets4kc https://twitter.com/betterstreetskc?lang=en Kensington Mums https://twitter.com/kensingtonmums Mayfair Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/242243602806003 New Kensington https://www.facebook.com/groups/161606753902954



Help and support from your local Council You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here.. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax. Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Kensington & Chelsea Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. https://www.rbkc.gov.uk



Planning and Building Control Unsure which services you need? If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do. Please note that many developments will require both. What is planning? Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools). You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following: • create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building • affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties • affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes • work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas • affect traffic volumes, road safety or access • change the density of development in an area • use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties • have an effect on existing trees

What is building control? Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval. https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control



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