8 Things to Do in Kensington and Chelsea: The Intoku Guide

By Liv, DMT Collaborator on 1st December 2021 in Blog

Home to some of the most affluent districts of London, it’s safe to say the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea contains no shortage of activities and attractions to fill your time in London. 

Plus, at the end of a long day of sightseeing and entertainment, you can always head to Old Brompton Road to get your hard-earned sushi fix at Intoku Chelsea! 🍣

Check out our top 8 recommendations for things to do in and around Kensington and Chelsea.

1. Get Cultured 🖼

Kensington and Chelsea are a hotbed for creative culture, and what better way to immerse yourself in it than a visit to the world-famous Victoria & Albert Museum, which documents over 5,000 years of human creativity.

Established by the famous queen and her husband in the 1850s, this massive art and design archive boasts more than a whopping 2 million artefacts, from ceramics to textiles, and every other medium in between.

Entry is free, although the museum often hosts special exhibits that incur a charge to enter. We recommend booking online before your visit.

image of a gallery in the V&A museum, showing grand high ceilings and visitors gazing at the art.

The V&A Museum, Amy-Leigh Barnard via Unsplash.

2. Experience a Taste of Royal Living 👑

Intoku is lucky enough to have restaurants located close to not one, but two Royal residences! While our Windsor sushi cafe sits down the road from Windsor Castle, the location of Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding, our Chelsea restaurant is not far from Kensington Palace.

Located within the famous Hyde Park, the 17th-century mansion was once Queen Victoria’s childhood home. Visitors have the chance to explore memorabilia, furniture and chambers once inhabited by British royalty over the generations.

The price of an adult ticket to the palace is £19.50, while members go free. Ticket prices include access to the beautiful little gardens, including fountains and sculptures.

image of the exterior of Kensington palace, a grand Victorian redbrick mansion.

Kensington Palace, Pranav Thombare via Unsplash.

3. Expand Your Scientific Knowledge 🧬

If you’re wanting to inject a bit of learning into your visit, the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are both well worth a visit.

Ideal if you’re in the area as a family, there are exhibits at the Science Museum to fascinate people of all ages. From the Apollo 10 command modules and some of the first steam engines to an IMAX 3D cinema and Wonderlab, you’ll never tire of the technological innovations on display. To top it all off, entry is free!

If the natural world piques your interest more than robots and space ships, take a trip to the Natural History Museum. It’s home to everything from fossilised dinosaurs and mastodons, to meteorites and the keys to understanding the process of human evolution. 

A whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling in the natural history museum.

The Natural History Museum, Sheng L via Unsplash.

4. Take a Sophisticated Stroll 🌳

Luckily, there’s no shortage of beautiful green space in Kensington and Chelsea. If you’re looking to relax and unwind with a walk in nature, it’s unlikely you’ll have to look far to find it.

Hyde Park is perhaps the most well known. The largest park in London, it contains two lakes, as well as the aforementioned Kensington Palace and gardens. While you won’t be able to explore the entire park in a single day, it does make the perfect pitstop from sightseeing in more crowded locations.

A lesser-known alternative is Holland Park. Its gardens, woodlands, children’s play area, and cafe tend to attract far fewer tourist crowds than Hyde Park. It is also the location of the beautiful Kyoto Garden, a Japanese ornamental garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. 

A bench and footpath across Hyde Park in autumn.

Hyde Park, Angelo Pantazis via Unsplash.

5. Get Your Creative Juices Flowing 🎨

If you’re of a creative persuasion, or just have an eye for art, you may enjoy visiting one of the borough’s galleries. 

Founded in 1985, the Saatchi gallery was intended to bring contemporary art to modern audiences. It seems they are succeeding, even in the digital age! The Saatchi gallery has more social media followers than any other gallery in the world and has hosted 15 of the top 20 most visited exhibitions in London over the past 5 years.

If street art is more your thing, you’re in luck. The Graffik gallery describes itself as “London’s prime urban art destination”. Its past exhibitions have included work by the iconic graffiti artist, Banksy.

the entrance to the saatchi gallery

The Saatchi Gallery, Russ Martin via Unsplash.

6. Witness a Spectacle 🎟

As well as its fair share of theatres, the borough is home to some slightly more eccentric entertainment opportunities. 

Fancy something live, sophisticated, and thrilling? Check out the open-air opera performances put on by Investec Opera in Holland Park during the summer months.

If you’d prefer to see a good old fashioned movie, we recommend Electric cinema, the oldest of its kind in London. The screen is fitted out with leather beds and sofas, perfect for the ultimate chill time.

7. Invest in Some Retail Therapy 🛍

For all you big spenders out there, King’s Road and Sloane Street are the place to go for luxury boutiques and designer brands. You can also check out the iconic Harrods department store, or splash the cash on the latest catwalk trends at Harvey Nichols.

If your budget lies a little lower, check out Portobello Market. It offers everything from vintage clothing to delicious street food, and is well known for its bustling atmosphere. On Saturdays, over a thousand traders set up shop, selling antiques, souvenirs and more goodies than you can imagine, all in one place! Entertainment is provided by street performers who add to the vibrancy.

looking up at the iconic lit up 'harrods' sign outside the department store

Harrods, Tommao Wang via Unsplash.

8. Refresh Yourself With Premium Fresh Sushi 🍤

Round off your day of exploring with sushi, robata and drinks at Intoku Chelsea

Located on Old Brompton Road, we’re 5-star rated on Tripadvisor. Our luxurious interiors and stellar service are as much a part of our philosophy as fresh ingredients and authentic preparation methods.

Check out our extensive menu of cocktails, starters, mains and desserts, including vegan, vegetarian, halal and gluten-free options, onsite now.

Make your booking ahead of time via our online booking form to avoid disappointment! 

an intoku fresh premium sushi platter, featuring maki, uramaki, nigiri and sashimi.

An Intoku premium sushi platter 😋

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