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
Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
97 Cromwell Road, SW7
The location, two minutes' walk from Gloucester Road tube station, is the major draw of this modern, high-rise hotel. The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, Natural ... More
The Bentley Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
27 - 33 Harrington Gardens, SW7
As its name suggests, The Bentley hotel is a rather sleek model. Appropriately located in upmarket Kensington and Chelsea all of the 64 rooms in this ... More
NH Kensington Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
202-220 Cromwell Road, SW5
This clean, comfortable modern hotel made up of six Victorian houses is a short walk from Earls Court Tube station from where the Piccadilly line can ... More

SW7 Entertainment

in or near SW7
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
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
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
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
Information Age
London > Attractions > Museums
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7, London SW7
A major permanent gallery on the second floor of the Science Museum, open on 25th October 2014, Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World is ... More
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Cromwell Road, SW7, London SW7
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) was originally founded in 1852 to inspire and educate British designers and manufacturers. Today it houses ... More

SW7 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW7
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
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
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?
Dorsia - London
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
3 Cromwell Road, SW7, London SW7
British Cuisine... More
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
Ognisko Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
55 Exhibition Road, SW7, London SW7
The terrace at Ognisko Restaurant is "tented and lanterned" and overlooks a small park, making Guardian ... More

SW7 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW7.
The Enterprise
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
35 Walton Street, South Kensington, SW7, London SW3
Bar ... More
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
The Duke of Clarence
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
148 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7, London SW5
Gastropub... More

SW7 Nightlife

SW7 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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
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
Ghost INC
London > Nightlife > 7-11 Queensberry Place, SW7, London SW7
Perhaps the last thing you would expect under South Kensington's upmarket Gainsborough Hotel is a compact cocktail bar pumping out electro house and nu-wave until 2.30am ... More

SW7 Leisure

SW7 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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
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
Cadogan Place Gardens North and South
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Cadogan Place, SW7, London SW1X
A private space a short walk from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, Cadogan Place Gardens is a long rectangular site with Pont Street dividing a smaller north ... More

SW7 Education

in or near SW7
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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Imperial College Union
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, SW7, London SW7
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SW7 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW7.
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
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
The Great Hall, Imperial College
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Kensington Campus, SW7, London SW7
One of London's largest academic venues, the Imperial College London has a portfolio of more than 200 meeting and seminar rooms. Its largest conference room, The ... More
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