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Welcome to KCTS ® Kensington & Chelsea Tourism Sites.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is home to some of the most interesting and enjoyable attractions in London. From the ever-hip King's Road in Chelsea to the recently-popularised Notting Hill, the shopping heaven that is Kensington High Street, the fantastic scenery of Kensington Gardens or some of London's top museums that are in South Kensington. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is rich in history and architectural interest - yet fashionably modern.

The area has always been closely associated with the British Monarchy : The Albert Hall and the recently restored Albert Memorial dedicated to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria are located in Kensington - an area that is also associated with the late Princess Diana who lived at Kensington Palace.

Whether you are a Londoner or a first time visitor to the Capital, Soundmap takes listeners on an wonderful audio journey down the King's Road that was the epicentre of Swinging London. A dizzying world of music, theatre, art and fashion . You simply download the walk, transfer it to your iPod / MP3 player, then go to the Royal Court Cafe and press play.
Renowned writer and author of "King's Road - the rise and fall of the hippest street in the world", Max Decharne provides a walk around the area closest to his heart. visit for more information".

The KCTS ® website is dedicated to providing visitors to this area with a wealth of information on hotels, restaurants, pubs & bars, and the many tourist attractions. Click on the menu above or on the left to find out more. Any hotel, restaurant, pub or attraction wanting to be listed please click here.

Albert Bridge viewed from Cheyne Walk, Chelsea Kensington Palace Natural History Museum, South Kensington

Over the coming months, we will be further enhancing the KCTS ® website, which is intended to be a major source of information regarding hotels, restaurants, pubs and attractions in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a key area of Central London.

The area of Kensington is generally considered to be the current London postal districts London W8, London W10, London W11, London W14 and London SW7.

The area of Chelsea is generally considered to be the current London postal districts of London SW3, London SW5 and London SW10.

Anglo Saxon in origin, the "Kensington" name appears in the Doomsday Book survey of 1086 as Chenesit, one interpretation being Cynesigne's Farm.

The origin of the "Chelsea" name is disputed. Spellings such as Chelcheya and Chelchythe are amongst many which appear on old documents. However, it is likely that it means "Chalk Wharf" as traces of chalk can now be seen at low tide in the River Thames.

KCTS ® welcomes any input from residents, businesses and visitors to Kensington & Chelsea. We will be pleased to consider any requests to include new entries for suitable attractions, hotels, restaurants and pubs.

As an ongoing new feature, KCTS ® will be featuring a hotel, restaurant and a pub in the area every month or so. These are all establishments, which have been visited by the editors and are recommended. This does not reflect in any way on the many other hundreds of outstanding hotels, restaurants and pubs in Kensington & Chelsea, listed in this guide. We intend to rotate these featured establishments regularly

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KCTS ® Featured Hotel of the Month
Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington

Royal Garden HotelThe Royal Garden is the only 5 Star hotel in the Kensington area. Located on Hyde Park and adjacent to Kensington Palace and Gardens - a perfect place to stay in London. The Hotel has 2 restaurants and 3 bars. With a combination of delicious cuisine and friendly service in stunning surroundings, you can be assured of a perfect occasion.
Take a stroll from the hotel and explore the fashion houses, antique shops and emporiums of Kensington High Street.

The Royal Garden Hotel
2-24 Kensington High Street
W8 4PT
Phone (+44) 020 7937 8000
Fax (+44) 020 7361 1991

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KCTS ® Featured Restaurant of the Month
Blue Lagoon Thai Restaurant, Kensington

Blue Lagoon Thai RestaurantBlue Lagoon is the latest Thai restaurant in London specialising in Royal Thai cuisine with fresh ingredients flown daily from Thailand. Their executive Thai chef has worked with the Thai Royal Family for four years. They hope he will entice you with the most exciting dishes and the best oriental flavours from our grand selection of seafood, meat or vegetarian dishes. The restaurant is situated in the most prominent position on High Street Kensington. It is tastefully decorated to enhance the tropical effect and the romantic atmosphere. There is a hundred seat capacity, non-smoking area and an exclusive area for private parties.

Blue Lagoon
284-286 Kensington High Street
W14 8NZ
Phone (+44) 020 7603 1231
Fax none

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KCTS ® Featured Pub of the Month
The Coopers Pub, Chelsea

The Coopers pubTrendy Victorian street-corner local in the street where Margaret Thatcher lived before she became Prime Minister in 1979. With The Coopers being so close to the famous Chelsea Registry Office this Flood Street watering hole is no stranger to celebration and celebrity. Traditional British and European food. Menu changes daily. Owned by Young's, local brewers.
"We have here a thoroughly well-bred pub, good-mannered, good-natured staff and customers in complete accord," says The Evening Standard and we would have no trouble in agreeing with that.

The Coopers Pub
87 Flood Street
Phone (+44) 020 7376 3120
Fax (+44) 020 7352 9187

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