Kensington Central Library  

 
 
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12 Philimore Walk, Kensington, London W8 7RX
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon, Tue & Thu 9.30am-8pm, Wed, Fri & Sat 9.30am-5pm
 

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Library full of books for lending and reference, CDs and DVDs, computers and community events. There's an adults reading group on the third Monday of the month, career and CV advice (45 minutes slots per person which must be booked in advance) and IT help sessions. Regular children's activities include storytime, baby rhyme time on Wednesday mornings and Chatterbooks on the third Saturday of the month as well as an arts and crafts session in the afternoons.

 

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Notting Hill Gate Tube Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
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Hornton Street Car Park
 
1 minutes walk
 
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4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Holiday Inn London - Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £72  40% off
Wrights Lane, W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Royal Garden Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £125  42% off
2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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The Milestone Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £300  26% off
1 Kensington Court, W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
'Luxury' best sums up these rooms and apartments overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens in one of London's most coveted positions. Apartments come with fireplaces, en-suite marble ... More
 
 
 
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St Bride Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 4 miles from Kensington Central Library
This specialist library off Fleet Street houses 50,000 books and 3,500 periodicals, catalogues and directories on printing. From techniques to type faces, graphic design to typography, ... More
 
 
 
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Pancras Square Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
5 Pancras Square, Bloomsbury, London N1C | 4 miles from Kensington Central Library
In July 2014 St Pancras Library closed in its former location, Argyle Street, and relocated to shiny new premises at 5 Pancras Square, a new-build 14-storey ... More
 
 
 
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The Women's Library
London > Useful Numbers > Libraries
25 Old Castle Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5.3 miles from Kensington Central Library
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Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 28th March to 12th August 2018
Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Taking the global financial crash of 2008 as its starting point and looking at the unsettled decade since, Hope to Nope explores the different ways political ...More
 
 
 
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Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier
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Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
A major new exhibition at the Design Museum, Azzedine AlaĆÆa: The Couturier explores the career and creative process of the famed couturier and shoe designer. Before ...More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 7th November 2018 to 7th March 2019
Kensington Central Library, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
The Design Museum concludes 2018 with an exhibition about the idea of Home. A place where people engage with design in the most important aspects of ...More
 
 
 
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The Coronet
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
103 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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 at the Coronet
London > Entertainment > Theatres
103 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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 | 11 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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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Kensington Town Hall
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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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Hotel Chocolat
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
163 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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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Non-Stop Party Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
214 Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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MAC Cosmetics
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
28a Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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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Yashin
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
1a Argyll Road, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
14 Kensington Arcade, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Pavilion
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
96 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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The London School of Painting and Drawing
London > Education > Evening Classes
23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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
 
 
 
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Dana Centre
London > Education > Evening Classes
165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 14 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
155 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 | 22 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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London Archers
London > Leisure > Activities
Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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, Holland Park, London W8 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, Bayswater, London W2 | 13 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical and historical terms one huge, merging expanse. Almost every kind of outdoor pursuit takes ... More
 
 
 
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The Abingdon
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Devonshire Arms W8
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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The Scarsdale
London > Nightlife > Pubs
23A Edwards Square, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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Piano
London > Nightlife > Bars
106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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 | 5 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Opposite Kensington Palace, an area not known for its nightlife, Hyde Kensington cocktail bar has a drinks list by world ... More
 
 
 
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Notting Hill Arts Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
221 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 | 10 minutes from Kensington Central Library
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
 
 
 
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Kensington Conference and Events Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from Kensington Central Library
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 Kensington Central Library
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 | 7 minutes from Kensington Central Library
Conference facilities can accomodate for up to 1040 people.... More
 
 
 
 

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Festival of Science: Space
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Exhibitions | Until 28th June 2018 

Royal Albert Hall 14 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

Build your own rocket, see Chris Hadfield and Robin Ince's science show and hear Star Trek 'in concert' at the ...More

 
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives
Exhibitions | Until 28th February 2019 

Science Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

We don't mean to scare you but superbugs kill close to 700,000 people a year globally. In free exhibition Superbugs: ...More

 
Sensational Butterflies
Sensational Butterflies
Kids Events | Until 16th September 2018 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

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

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
Exhibitions | Until 9th September 2018 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently ...More

 
The Art Of British Natural History
Exhibitions | Until 1st July 2018 

Natural History Museum 16 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

More than 200 original illustrations celebrating the nature on our shores. Items from the museum's collection will explore the many ...More

Faces of Sculpture
Faces of Sculpture
Exhibitions | Until 14th July 2018 

Royal Society of Sculptors 18 minutes walk from Kensington Central Library

Dame Elisabeth Frink, Sir Anthony Caro, Sir Antony Gormley and almost every leading British sculptor features in this free exhibition ...More

 

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