London area of SW7 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's SW7 neighbourhood

The exclusive SW7 postcode covers South Kensington and part of Knightsbridge. South Kensington's concentration of prestigious and world-class museums is unique to London. In no other European city would you find the likes of such luminaries as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal Albert Hall within walking distance of each other and a large number of elegant hotels and landmarks. It's no coincidence that these bastions of culture are clustered together and the name of the street that links them, Exhibition Road, gives a clue as to why they are ''“ the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851 created the foundations for these grand institutions dedicated to the arts and sciences. It was this investment in the area that set in motion a building spurt with large terraced houses which gives the district its current appearance as a high-class residential area. Catering for this type of resident are the designer shops around Brompton Cross. There's also a distinct European flavour to modern day South Ken with a strong French emphasis - thanks to the excellent French Institute and a Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle - making it all the more chic.

See our recommended nearby SW7 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

SW7 Hotels

in or near SW7
The Rembrandt Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
11 Thurloe Place, SW7
Built in Edwardian times, the Rembrandt is an historic building but has been updated with contemporary décor and facilities. It boasts superb conference facilities, fitness centre ... More
Fifty Four Boutique Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
54 Queen's Gate, SW7
Located at 54 Queen's Gate, this traditional Edwardian townhouse hotel is well positioned, within five minutes' walk of both Gloucester Road and South Kensington Tube stations ... More
130 Queen's Gate Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
130 Queen's Gate, SW7
Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the 130 Queen's Gate Apartments provide state-of-the-art accommodation nearby to many of London's attractions, including the Natural ... More

SW7 Entertainment

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Science Museum IMAX
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, SW7, London SW7
The huge IMAX screen - ten times bigger than the average screen - at the Science Museum is one of the few places in London where ... More
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Royal College of Music
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Prince Consort Road, SW7, London SW7
The Royal College of Music is the school where Gustav Hoilst, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, James Galway, Joan Sutherland and Ralph Vaughan Williams learnt their ... More
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Cine Lumiere
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Institut Francais Cultural Centre, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7, London SW7
The Cine Lumiere is a shining beacon for all fans of European and World cinema. Attached to the Institut Francais, its programme is varied and intelligent, ... More

SW7 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SW7
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Science Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Exhibition Road, SW7, London SW7
The Science Museum in South Kensington houses one of the most comprehensive collections looking at the development of science and industry, and it is all done ... More
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Cromwell Road, SW7, London SW7
The Victoria and Albert Museum (or V & A as everyone calls it) was originally founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers. ... More
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Natural History Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Cromwell Road, SW7, London SW7
The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. This ornate museum is home to more than 70 million specimens from ... More

SW7 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW7
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La Cave a Fromage
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
24-25 Cromwell Place, SW7, London SW7
In true French style, this chic cheese shop piles its wares high and stinking, with no fridges, or glass barriers to stop customers getting in for ... More
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Gilding the Lily
London > Shopping > Florists
Old Brompton Road, SW7, London SW7
Superior florist directly opposite South Kensington Tube Station. They sell flowers to the great and good of this area and as you might expect, this means ... More
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Moxon's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 Bute Street, SW7, London SW7
Fishmonger Robin Moxon is regarded as one of the best suppliers of fish in London and is all too familiar with early morning trips to Billingsgate ... More

SW7 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SW7 London?
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Ognisko Polskie
London > Restaurants > Eastern European restaurants
55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road, SW7, London SW7
Polish cuisine. Booking advised. Separate room for parties. Tables on patio. Dress smart casual. ... More
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Kulu Kulu
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
39 Thurloe Place, SW7, London SW7
Kulu Kulu is a good example of a typical sushi bar, a great place to go for sushi whether you’re a novice or an experienced fan. ... More
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Thai Square - Exhibition
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
19 Exhibition Road, South Kensington, , SW7, London SW7
One of the smallest restaurants in the Thai Square group, this intimate space has enough room to seat 48 people. The standard Thai cusine includes favourites ... More

SW7 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW7.
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The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, , SW7, London SW3
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The Admiral Codrington
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
17 Mossop Street, SW7, London SW3
Affectionately referred to as "the Cod", this Knightsbridge boozer-come-gastropub has acquired a reputation for serving high quality, modern food in no-fuss, sleek surroundings. If you do ... More
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Builders Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
13 Britten Street, SW7, London SW3
This popular, basic pub serves some really great food. Everything is cooked on the premises from proper ingredients and the smell that drifts out of the ... More

SW7 Nightlife

SW7 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Barts
London > Nightlife > Bars
Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Avenue, SW7, London SW3
Taking its inspiration from the American speakeasy movement, Barts is a tiny, intimate and relaxed bar in South Kensington which promises a refreshingly fun experience - ... More
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Eighty Six
London > Nightlife > Bars
86 Fulham Road, SW7, London SW3
Eighty-Six is the brainchild of George Adams and Charlie Kearns, the duo behind Verbier's Coco Club. A popular place for after hours socialising for the Fulham ... More
Boujis
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
43 Thurloe Street, SW7, London SW7
Private members club with a regular pack of paparazzi parked outside waiting for royals to exit after one too many vodka red bulls. Its popularity comes ... More

SW7 Leisure

SW7 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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G-Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
63-81 Pelham Street, SW7, London SW7
Downstairs from LA Fitness (keep going past the people who look like they're about to die on the running machines) you'll find G-Spa. A world away ... More
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Space NK
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
40 Hans Crescent, SW7, London SW1X
The Knightsbrige branch of Space NK in Hans Crescent, right next to Harrods, is especially appealing - not only does it sell desirable toiletries, chic ... More
Body Club (Queens Moat House Hotels)
London > Leisure > Fitness
2-10 Harrington Road, South Kensignton, SW7, London SW7
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SW7 Education

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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7, London SW7
There are plenty of initiatives trying to get kids involved in science, but the Dana Centre, an extension of the Science Museum, is the first one ... More
HULT International Business School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
58 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, SW7, London SW7
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Language Link Ltd.
London > Education > English Language Courses
21 Harrington Road, SW7, London SW7
12-16 per class. Under 200pw... More

SW7 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW7.
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Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, SW7, London SW7
Conference facilities can accommodate for up to 2450 people.... More
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Natural History Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Cromwell Road, SW7, London SW7
The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. This ornate museum is home to more than 70 million specimens from ... More
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Royal Geographical Society
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Kensington Gore, SW7, London SW7
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1034 people.... More
 
 
 
 
 
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