Waterstone's - Kensington  

 
 
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Waterstone's, one of the largest high street booksellers in the UK, is a relative newcomer on the block. It first opened in Old Brompton Road, London, in 1982 and now its flagship store resides at what used to be Simpsons of Piccadilly - the iconic menswear department store. Its winning formula is the 3 for 2 offers, endless supply of current pulpfiction and the sheer mass of books on the miles of shelves. It's a formula that has the purists - and plenty of authors - shaking their heads and, in extreme cases, inciting boycotts. With more than 300 stores on our high streets it is difficult to avoid this giant. However when you want to pop in for a beach read, to stock up on your university reading list or the latest biography it couldn't be more comfortable or convenient.

 

Waterstone's - Kensington events

 
Meet Melanie Murphy on her book tour - Talk, Q&A and book signingMeet Melanie Murphy on her book tour - Talk, Q&A and book signingCome and meet YouTuber Melanie Murphy!2017-08-29T18:30:00+01002017-08-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Waterstone's - Kensington, 193  High Street Kensington      W8 6SH
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Meet Melanie Murphy on her book tour - Talk, Q&A and book signing
Northern Lights Reading GroupNorthern Lights Reading GroupTo celebrate 'La Belle Sauvage' we re-reading 'His Dark Materials'! Come along and have a great discussion with fellow Pullman fans!2017-08-31T17:30:00+01002017-08-31T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Waterstone's - Kensington, 193  High Street Kensington      W8 6SH
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Northern Lights Reading Group
An Evening with Ken FollettAn Evening with Ken FollettWaterstones Kensington are delighted to be joined by international best-selling author Ken Follett as he discusses the eagerly awaited third novel in the Kingsbridge series, A Column of Fire. 1989 saw the release of Pillars of the Earth, a book that has sold 26 million copies in thirty languages and launched a genre defining epic series. The sequel2017-09-20T19:00:00+01002017-09-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Waterstone's - Kensington, 193  High Street Kensington      W8 6SH
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An Evening with Ken Follett
An Evening with Jimmy WebbAn Evening with Jimmy WebbJimmy Webb will be in conversation discussing his memoir, life and career at Waterstones Kensington followed by a signing of The Cake and The Rain.2017-09-28T19:00:00+01002017-09-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Waterstone's - Kensington, 193  High Street Kensington      W8 6SH
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An Evening with Jimmy Webb
 

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Holiday Inn London - Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £67  35% off
Wrights Lane, W8 | 2 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
One of the biggest Holiday Inn hotels in Europe, the Holiday Inn London - Kensington was rebranded at the end of 2016 introducing a new open ... More
 
 
 
Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £97  40% off
Scarsdale Place, W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
NH Kensington Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £82  26% off
202-220 Cromwell Road, SW5 | 7 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Books nearest Waterstone's - Kensington

Nearest to Waterstone's - Kensington
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Children's Book Centre
London > Shopping > Books
237 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
This is a bookshop and a whole lot more, with everything on offer from padded books for tots, through wonderful picture books and on to first ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Daunt Books Holland Park
London > Shopping > Books
112-114 Holland Park Avenue, Holland Park, London W11 | 14 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
This is a sister shop to the delightful Daunt Books situated in Marylebone High Street, London, an original Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries and wonderful ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
European Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
123 Gloucester Road, Soho, London SW7 | 15 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
Well stocked bookshop selling books for European languages and literature, serving Londoners since 1964. Useful for all learners and readers of all ages, and includes ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Waterstone's - Kensington

The best shops and markets near Waterstone's - Kensington
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Hotel Chocolat
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
163 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Non-Stop Party Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
214 Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 2 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
This is a one-stop non-stop shop for all your party needs. From decorations - streamers, banners, pinata and confetti - to luminous novelties and dressing-up ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
MAC Cosmetics
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
28a Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 5 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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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Near Waterstone's - Kensington
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Proms On The Roof
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Wednesday 30th August 2017 - 6pm-10pm
Waterstone's - Kensington, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
...More
 
 
 
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Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 28th June to 24th September 2017
Waterstone's - Kensington, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 4 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
Designer Hella Jongerius draws on years of research to present Breathing Colour at the Design Museum. The installation-based exhibition explores how colour behaves and looks into ...More
 
 
 
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Ongoing
California
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 24th May to 15th October 2017
Waterstone's - Kensington, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 4 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
A landmark exhibition, California at the Design Museum is the first to examine a state's current global reach. From LSD to iPhones, the ambitious project presents ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Waterstone's - Kensington

Near Waterstone's - Kensington
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The Coronet
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 | 12 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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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The Print Room
London > Entertainment > Theatres
The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 | 12 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
A non-for-profit venue with a performance space especially popular for experimental dance, theatre and music, The Print Room was established by Anda Winters and Lucy Bailey ... More
 
 
 
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Gate Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London W11 | 13 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Waterstone's - Kensington

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Waterstone's - Kensington
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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 ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Town Hall
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
Soon after the amalgamation of Kensington with Chelsea in the seventies the two old town halls were replaced with a joint civic centre, the current Kensington ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Waterstone's - Kensington

What are the best dining options near Waterstone's - Kensington London?
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Balans - Kensington
London > Restaurants > Brasseries
187 Kensington High Street, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | Same location as Waterstone's - Kensington
From a plate of pasta to rib eye steak, you can get food all day long at Balans brasserie. One of five London Balans branches, this ... More
 
 
 
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Britannia
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
1 Allen Street, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Waterstone's - Kensington
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Yashin
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
1a Argyll Road, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Waterstone's - Kensington
The London sushi scene got a whole lot better with the opening of High Street Kensington's upmarket Yashin in autumn 2010. Brought to you by two ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Waterstone's - Kensington

Near Waterstone's - Kensington
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 14 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
155 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 | 20 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
LAMDA is among the most famous and prestigious acting schools in the world. It is very hard to be selected for a course here, but almost ... More
 
 
 
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Waterstone's - Kensington gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Roof Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Holland Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Ilchester Place, Holland Park, London W8 | 6 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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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Pubs near Waterstone's - Kensington

The best pubs near London Waterstone's - Kensington.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Abingdon
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
... More
 
 
 
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Devonshire Arms W8
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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
 
 
 
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The Scarsdale
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23A Edwards Square, Kensington, London W8 | 5 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
If pubs were judged by their location and setting, The Scardale Tavern in Kensington would top many lists for this really is quaint London at its ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Waterstone's - Kensington

Waterstone's - Kensington clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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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Hyde Kensington
London > Nightlife > Bars
1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 6 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
Opposite Kensington Palace, an area not known for its nightlife, Hyde Kensington cocktail bar has a drinks list by world ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Ping
London > Nightlife > Bars
180-184 Earl's Court Road, Earls Court, London SW5 | 9 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
We can't help but feel that Boris Johnson would approve of Ping, a cavernous venue which serves cocktails, pizzas and ping pong (or whiff whaff if ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Waterstone's - Kensington

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Waterstone's - Kensington.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Kensington Conference and Events Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
Kensington Conference and Events Centre, Just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington Underground Station, Kensington Chelsea and Events Centre is a highly adaptable, purpose-designed ... More
 
 
 
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Kensington Roof Gardens
London > Business > Venue Hire
99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
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, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from Waterstone's - Kensington
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1040 people.... More
 
 
 
 

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Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour
Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour
Exhibitions | Until 24th September 2017 

Design Museum 4 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

Designer Hella Jongerius draws on years of research to present Breathing Colour at the Design Museum. The installation-based exhibition explores ...More

 
California
California
Exhibitions | Until 15th October 2017 

Design Museum 4 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

A landmark exhibition, California at the Design Museum is the first to examine a state's current global reach. From LSD ...More

 
Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity
Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity
Exhibitions | Until 29th October 2017 

Leighton House Museum 7 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

The largest exhibition ever staged at Leighton House Museum, Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity is devoted to one of the ...More

 
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2017 

Kensington Palace State Apartments 9 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

Twenty years on from her death, Kensington Palace traces the evolution of Princess Diana's style in Diana: Her Fashion Story. ...More

 
Prom 52: Beyond the Score: Dvorak's New World Symphony
Concerts | On 23rd August 2017 

Royal Albert Hall 15 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Halle Orchestra, with actor Henry Goodman and bass-baritone Rodney Earl Clarke, to perform Dvorak's Symphony ...More

The BBC Proms 2017
The BBC Proms 2017
Concerts | Until 9th September 2017 

Royal Albert Hall 15 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world ...More

 
Eclectica Fusion
Concerts | On 23rd August 2017 

The Troubadour 15 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

Various acoustic acts perform tonight will feature Karin Fransson, Mark Villarosa, Thomas And Devaki and Georgia Grace....More

Whales: Beneath the surface
Whales: Beneath the surface
Exhibitions | Until 28th February 2018 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

With a gigantic blue whale skeleton replacing Dippy the Dinosaur in the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall, the museum is ...More

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
Exhibitions | Until 10th September 2017 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

Swarming mayflies, ethereal killer whales and curious foxes are among the creatures captured on camera at this year's Wildlife Photographer ...More

 
Sensational Butterflies
Sensational Butterflies
Kids Events | Until 17th September 2017 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Waterstone's - Kensington

From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive at summer with the arrival of the tropical ...More

 

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