Travelling around London by coach can be an exciting way to discover both famous spots and those which are a little less well known. London is a big place, and it’s easy to stick to the city centre, so if you haven’t explored the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea yet, it’s worth a visit. Here are some of the best things to do in this part of London.
Go on a Shopping Spree
If you love shopping, there are endless choices around the borough, including the legendary Harrods in Knightsbridge. However, for the authentic Chelsea experience, head to King’s Road. You’ll find everything from designer brands and independent boutiques to delicious eateries, and many people spend the day here exploring along the 3km stretch.
If you love markets, Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is a must-visit site, and you can soak up the buzzing atmosphere from Monday to Saturday. Thousands of people flock here every year to peruse the antique vendors and grab fresh produce from the stalls.
Explore Its History
Kensington and Chelsea have an abundance of history and culture to uncover, including the Royal Hospital Chelsea (home of the Chelsea Pensioners), the Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. Don’t forget about Kensington’s famous world-class museums located adjacent to one another – the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum.
The area is also full of some beautiful neighbourhoods and properties, so a simple stroll around the local streets is a great way to take in the stunning architecture on offer. Spot some of London’s Blue Plaques on buildings which mark the homes and workplaces of famous figures.
Relax in Nature
This London borough offers some of the most peaceful and interesting parks to those who want to relax, stroll or take some time away from the busy city life. Holland Park is one of the most popular spots, boasting 22.5 hectares of gardens. Not only are there large woodland areas, but it’s the home of Kyoto Garden, a Japanese inspired garden full of colourful plants and water features to create a tranquil oasis. If you love plants, also check out the Chelsea Physic Garden, which houses thousands of species for you to discover.
Dine in Style
If you’re a foodie, Kensington and Chelsea offers endless places to sample. A lovely spot for brunch is Pavilion Road near Sloane Square underground station, where you’ll find gourmet delicacies, seasonal produce and artisan food to satisfy the taste buds. Grab a coffee and wander down this charming cobbled street for a village feel experience within the city. If you’re near King’s Road, don’t miss the famous Partridges on Duke of York Square, selling high-quality, fresh foods. It even hosts a food market on Saturdays on the square.