London area of W8 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's W8 neighbourhood

The wealthy area of Kensington and its commercial centre, Kensington High Street, stands out in the W8 district. A densely-populated area, Kensington is located just to the west of Hyde Park and is surrounded by similarly swanky areas such as Chelsea, Notting Hill and Holland Park. The main focus of the area is Kensington High Street, home to plenty of upmarket shops and commercial locations, while some of the properties are amongst London's most expensive. The High Street is also home to Northcliffe House, where the journalists of newspapers such as The Daily Mail, The Independent and The Metro gather the best stories for the next day's print. St Mary's Abbot Church, opposite High Street Ken tube, has - at 278 feet - the tallest church spire in London.

See our recommended nearby W8 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

W8 Hotels

in or near W8
Kensington Close Hotel & Spa
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
Wrights Lane, W8
In 2012 Kensington Close Hotel & Spa completed a £40m renovation and extension project in celebration of their Golden 50th Birthday. This includes over 700 ... More
 
 
 
Royal Garden Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
2-24 Kensington High Street, W8
The Royal Garden's main attraction is the view it offers over Hyde Park, towering as it does over the well-kept royal gardens of Kensington Palace. As ... More
 
 
 
Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Scarsdale Place, W8
On a quiet residential corner just off High Street Kensington, this high rise hotel benefits from a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars outside its door. ... More
 
 
 

W8 Entertainment

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The Coronet
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, W8, London W11
Originally built in 1898 as a theatre, Notting Hill's Coronet is now the place to go for a good, old-fashioned cinema experience. The dcor harks back ... More
 
 
 
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Gate Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
11 Pembridge Road, W8, London W11
With an average audience capacity of 70, the Gate has been presenting first class fringe theatre for over 30 years and continues to do so, making ... More
 
 
 
The Threesixty Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Dial Walk, Kensington Gardens, W8, London W8
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W8 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near W8
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, W8, London W8
For a virtually untouched and immaculately preserved slice of Victorian living, visit this delightful building. One of the only genuine Victorian townhouses remaining and virtually unchanged ... More
 
 
 
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, W8, London W8
For a virtually untouched and immaculately preserved slice of Victorian living, visit Edward Linley Sambourne a delightful museum and one of the few genuine Victorian townhouses ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Palace State Apartments
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Kensington Gardens, W8, London W8
Originally a private country house, public visitors are now warmly welcomed into Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana between 1981 ... More
 
 
 

W8 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's W8
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MAC Cosmetics
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
28a Kensington Church Street, W8, London W8
Ultra-chic, ultra-hip cosmetics with colours to die for, all imported from Canada. A must-have for the cosmetics connoisseur. For a treat you can book a session ... More
 
 
 
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Hotel Chocolat
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
163 Kensington High Street, W8, London W8
The High Street Kensington branch of Hotel Chocolat has an in-store cafe where weary shoppers can re-charge their batteries with a mug of Liquid Chocolat - ... More
 
 
 
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Whole Foods Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
6397 Kensington High Street, W8, London W8
The Barkers Building on Kensington High Street used to house an entire department store so you can imagine how much fresh, good-for-you food you can fit ... More
 
 
 

W8 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near W8 London?
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Randa
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
23 Kensington Church Street, W8, London W8
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Patisserie Valerie
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
27 Kensington Church Street, W8, London W8
There are Valeries all over London these days and quite right too because they serve some of the best pastries in the capital alongside a tempting ... More
 
 
 
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Ffiona's Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
51 Kensington Church Street, W8, London W8
Voted "Top British traditional restaurant in London 2008" by Zagat, the appeal of this cosy local brasserie in Notting Hill is the feeling of familiarity you ... More
 
 
 

W8 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London W8.
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The Churchill Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
119 Kensington Church Street, W8, London W8
Now more England's national cuisine than sausages and mash, Thai food (the perfect accompaniment to a cooling pint of lager), saw its inauguration in the small, ... More
 
 
 
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The Abingdon
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8, London W8
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Devonshire Arms W8
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Marloes Road, W8, London W8
Always a popular hangout with the South Kensington locals, The Devonshire Arms had a fresh lick of paint in 2014 and emerged with its proper pub ... More
 
 
 

W8 Nightlife

W8 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, W8, London W8
If you ask your friends about this place, not many will know. It's not wildly off the beaten track either, situated directly opposite High Street Ken ... More
 
 
 
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Babylon at the Roof Gardens
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
99 Kensington High Street, W8, London W8
Richard Branson's rooftop restaurant-come-nightclub at Kensington Roof Gardens is a favourite with the glam girls of Kensington, who can be seen at all hours sipping cocktails ... More
 
 
 
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Notting Hill Arts Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
221 Notting Hill Gate, W8, London W11
Pricey but always fun, this subterranean dive in the heart of trendy West London enjoys a steady crowd and on big nights it gets absolutely packed ... More
 
 
 

W8 Leisure

W8 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Roof Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
99 Kensington High Street, W8, London W8
Although a restaurant, clubbing and event venue, the extraordinary Kensington Roof Gardens are still accessible to the general public during the day if there are no ... More
 
 
 
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London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, W8, London W8
An excellent members archery club that shoots in the grounds of Kensington Palace in summer and in Pimlico in winter. Archery is a totally satisfying sport, ... More
 
 
 
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Holland Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Ilchester Place, W8, London W8
Pretty, petit Holland Park is the ideal location for those wanting to escape the clamour of the city but who don't want to travel too far ... More
 
 
 

W8 Education

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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, W8, London W8
Evening and weekend classes in life drawing and painting, taught by tutors from the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Society of British Sculptors. ... More
 
 
 
Kensington and Chelsea Student Support Section
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8, London W8
Student support ... More
 
 
 
Heythrop College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Kensington Square, W8, London W8
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W8 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near W8.
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Kensington Conference and Events Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hornton Street, W8, London W8
Handily located just off High Street Kensington (between Holland Park and Kensington Gardens), the Kensington Conference and Events Centre can accommodate up to 1,470 people and ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Roof Gardens
London > Business > Venue Hire
99 Kensington High Street, W8, London W8
An oasis high in the sky above Kensington High Street, the Roof Gardens comprises one and a half acres of themed gardens. These gardens surround an ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Palace
London > Business > Venue Hire
Kensington Gardens, W8, London W8
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1040 people.... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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