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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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.
A Parisian styled bistro in the heart of London, serving traditional, seasonal French dishes alongside contemporary cocktails. The lunch/dinner menu boasts steak tartare, baked camembert, petit duck rillettes and more. There's also an outdoor terrace with heaters and a small herb garden.
Venue says: “Petit Bistro is an authentic French Bistro set just off Leicester Square. We are an unpretentious bistro serving delicious French food.”