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Things to do in Chelsea/Kensington

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Chelsea/Kensington. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Chelsea/Kensington attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Chelsea/Kensington to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Chelsea/Kensington.

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  • Butler's Wharf

    A top shopping hang-out in the 60's comprised of newly gentrified warehouses and restaurants, is swinging once again.   Go to the gallery to catch ... More
  • Chelsea Physic Garden

    Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the city’s oldest botanic garden and home to Brit... More
  • Church Street Market

    This bustling market in high-end St. Johns Wood is home to 220 trading pitches filled with a wide range of goods and products. Open every Monday th... More
  • Emma Hope

    Designer Emma Hope’s Sloane Square store sells vintage-inspired shoes and handbags to London’s fashionable set. After starting her career at Laura ... More
  • Gagosian Gallery

    Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Howard Hodgkin: while the gallery’s star-studded roster speaks for itself, there’s also plenty more to ... More
  • Graham & Green, Chelsea

    Hundreds of hanging lamps illuminate this bijou boutique, with cushions toppling from the corners and shelves towering with apparel, bags, and acce... More
  • Montgomery Place

    A throwback to Prohibition-era speakeasies, Montgomery Place has an unassuming façade that belies a sophisticated interior with dark leather seatin... More
  • Sally Clarke's

    Part of Clarke’s restaurant in the Kensington area, this shop sells a range of food products, as well as complete dishes like roasted-chicken pie a... More
  • Skandium

    Lauched by three Scandinavians, the British company Skandium sells Scandinavian furniture and accessories at its Brompton area store, one of multip... More
  • Steinberg & Tolkien

    Find 100 years of vintage clothes, from Mary Quant minis to marabou hats and lizard-skin clutches. Created by the editors of T+L for Regent Seven ... More
  • Thomas Goode

    Since 1827, this Mayfair boutique has carried the ultimate in luxury houseware basics, from fine bone china to crystal stemware to sterling silverw... More
  • Topshop, Chelsea

    A leader in the UK's high-street fashion, Arcadia Group-owned Topshop on Kensington sells affordable clothes with a "brave and irreverent" style, w... More
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

    Within this labyrinthine collection of stately buildings covering 12 acres lie more than 27,000 pieces and 43,000 photographs: everything from Celt... More

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