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Your Kensington & Chelsea Area Guide

Kensignton & Chelsea

As London’s smallest borough, Kensington and Chelsea may not be the most obvious location for office space. But there are good reasons it’s home to 18,000 businesses and more than 120,000 jobs, as well as 159,000 residents – the area is rich in culture, has plenty to offer out-of-hours and is well connected to both the city and suburbs.

With buildings varying from the huge traditional Georgian terraces of High Street Kensington to the cutting-edge office blocks in Ladbroke Grove, there’s space – and kinds of communities – to suit all types of business needs, big or small.

What’s more, the area also enjoys close proximity to other key areas of the capital via the Circle and District lines, while Heathrow Airport is within a 30-minute drive down the M4 – handy for those often jetting off on business


Highlights and hidden gems

Who’s there?

Hedge fund managers Marshall Wace moved their head offices from Charing Cross to a 43,000 square foot premises on Sloane Square in 2016, while Warner Music UK renovated their ‘HQ Music House’ in 2015, turning the six properties they had on Wright’s Lane into three massive spaces.

2.9 m

Kensington and Chelsea has just 2.9 million square foot of office stock, making it the smallest West End submarket

In the area…

Learn something new at the adult-only Science Museum Lates on the last Wednesday of every month. With themes exploring everything from climate change to big data and moon landings, attendees can enjoy regular highlights including live music, a silent disco and even cocktails and hot dogs in addition to their newly acquired knowledge.

On the sunnier days, have lunch al fresco in Holland Park. Dotted with various statues, wildlife and gardens (we recommend a stroll through the Japanese garden), the park offers a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life. You may even spot a peacock strolling around.

To unwind after work, look no further than the historic live music venue Troubador. In addition to nightly music and events, the venue offers a slice of history, having been established in 1954 as part of the second great London coffee revolution. And with performers taking to the same stage as the likes of Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Ed Sheeran, you may spot the next big name in music, first.

Take a stroll along King’s Road during your lunch break to discover why Chelsea has long been considered the epicentre of British social culture. Stretching from Sloane Square to World’s End, the road’s delights are both obvious and secretive. Wander behind the Peter Jones store on Sloane Square to see a world of local produce unravel before you, before heading to Old Church Street to dine at the Insta-friendly Bluebird Restaurant.


Kensington & Chelsea area prices

From

£575

Private office

£450

Fixed desks

£350

Hot desks

Guide prices are per desk per month. Correct as of March 2019.
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Did you know?
  • The borough’s excellent connectivity makes it a prime location for businesses. An impressive six London Underground stations and two train stations – High Street Kensington, South Kensington, Gloucester Road, Earl’s Court, Holland Park and Notting Hill, and Kensington Olympia and West Brompton - sit within the area.
  • If history is your thing, try counting the number of blue plaques within the Borough (there’s 177!). The area has long been the home to many of Britain’s most influential people. Stroll down Kensington High Street to walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock and Oscar Wilde, among other historical greats.
  • Kensington officially became a Royal Borough in 1901, after the death of Queen Victoria who was born (and, surprisingly, christened ‘Alexandrina’) at Kensington Palace. The area was amalgamated into the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 1965.

Nearby areas

Want to see what the wider neighborhood has to offer? Why not read our guides for the nearby areas.

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