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West Kensington area guide

Explore the best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do in West Kensington

Straddling the affluent border between Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, West Kensington boasts some of the most desirable neighbourhoods in London. Rents here may be higher than in most boroughs, but the area is popular for a reason: Kensington’s simmering wealth has spilled over the borders from W8 and the streets are now lined with speciality shops, such as Dorian Caffot de Fawes Antiques, inventive restaurants (like theatre pub The Curtains Up) and stylish bars (especially along North End Road). It's also extraordinarily well served by public transport. Even village life has made it here, with a Saturday farmers' market.

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The Curtains Up
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The Curtains Up

Theatre pub with an all-day food menu, an open fire and a Sunday quiz

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
L'Elysee Artisan Café & Patisserie
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L'Elysee Artisan Café & Patisserie

Venue says: “We're a great stop if you are at Olympia and need quick, efficient and excellent service with great quality food!”

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Cumberland Arms

Flower-filled exterior aside, there’s nothing fancy about this local favourite. From the well-worn furniture to the order-at-the-bar chalkboard menu, it’s all very familiar. In summer, outside is the place to be, a young after-work crowd spilling into the good-sized courtyard. Inside, with its candlelit tables and open fireplace, is more suited to cosy winter catch-ups, the homely vibe only tarnished by the undeniable whiff of bleach. The food has a homespun feel too, with portions on the massive side and a Mediterranean-inspired menu that may not be particularly inventive, but is generally appealing with a good range of seafood, steak and pasta dishes. A tender chargrilled ribeye steak surrendered easily to the knife, and the taste buds, while roast sea bream fillets with chorizo and potatoes proved a pleasant, if safe, combination. The wine list covers most parts of the world, with a particular slant toward New Zealand varieties. Desserts were straight out of the 1970s, trifle and ice-cream among them, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce were familiar, unchallenging and safe – much like the Cumberland Arms itself.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in West Kensington

The Melody Restaurant at St Paul's Hotel
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The Melody Restaurant at St Paul's Hotel

Welcome to The Melody Restaurant at St Paul's Hotel. We look forward to serving you!

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El Toro
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El Toro

As well as serving the best quality Aberdeen Angus beef from Argentina, Hammersmith's El Toro has a range of pizza, pasta and fish dishes on offer. The corner restaurant, open seven days a week and with free WiFi, is a minute's walk from Kensington Olympia station.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Miran Masala
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Miran Masala

A short walk from Kensington tube, Miran Masala is a BYO restaurant that serves up Pakistani specialities, such as karahi bindi gosht (lamb with okra), karahi chicken (with yoghurt, cumin and mixed spices) and karahi fish tikka (with tomato, pepper and spices), as well as dhansak, jalfrezi, madras and korma dishes. There's also a takeaway menu available.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Curtains Up
Restaurants

The Curtains Up

Theatre pub with an all-day food menu, an open fire and a Sunday quiz

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in West Kensington

Things to do

The Bhavan Centre

A centre celebrating Indian arts, culture and heritage.

Theatre

Barons Court Theatre

Located beneath The Curtains Up Pub, Barons Court Theatre tends to stage a mix of classic adaptations alongside the work of new or up-and-coming playwrights. The 60-seat, subterranean venue is well served by artistic director Ron Philips who rarely shies away from staging ambitious productions in a tiny space.

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in West Kensington

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Cumberland Arms

Flower-filled exterior aside, there’s nothing fancy about this local favourite. From the well-worn furniture to the order-at-the-bar chalkboard menu, it’s all very familiar. In summer, outside is the place to be, a young after-work crowd spilling into the good-sized courtyard. Inside, with its candlelit tables and open fireplace, is more suited to cosy winter catch-ups, the homely vibe only tarnished by the undeniable whiff of bleach. The food has a homespun feel too, with portions on the massive side and a Mediterranean-inspired menu that may not be particularly inventive, but is generally appealing with a good range of seafood, steak and pasta dishes. A tender chargrilled ribeye steak surrendered easily to the knife, and the taste buds, while roast sea bream fillets with chorizo and potatoes proved a pleasant, if safe, combination. The wine list covers most parts of the world, with a particular slant toward New Zealand varieties. Desserts were straight out of the 1970s, trifle and ice-cream among them, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce were familiar, unchallenging and safe – much like the Cumberland Arms itself.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Bars and pubs

Famous Three Kings

Head to this West Kensington sports bar for complete Olympic immersion. 13 TV screens (three of which are 3D) and three projectors will be showing around-the-clock Games coverage. No bookings are taken, so just turn up for your favourite competition.

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The Hand and Flower

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Albion

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