World famous for its art collections and museums, South Kensington is one of the more elegant corners of London. Packed with Victorian architectural gems, green space and shops to die for, we’ve put together the perfect way to spend a Saturday in South Ken.
Breakfast – Muriel’s Kitchen
1-3 Pelham Street, SW7 2ND
Begin this culture-filled day at a place that believes “kitchens are the heart of our homes”. Muriel’s is a local favourites; with a rustic vibe and a welcoming aroma, this is the healthy, if you want it, and naughty, if you need it, place to be. Whether avo on toast tickles your taste buds or grilled halloumi and roasted tomatoes is your thing, the entire menu is just as inviting as the decor.
9:30 – Museum
Choosing just one museum in particular is an impossible task so here are a few options depending on your interests. If walking with our ancestors, witnessing whales or meeting the world famous dinosaur is your ideal morning entertainment, the Natural History Museum is the obvious choice. If you’re looking for something a little more interactive, why not get your hands stuck in at the Science Museum. For those who prefer art and creativity, the Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the most treasured design museums the city has to offer.
Lunch – CERU
7-9 Bute St, Kensington, SW7 3EY
Sharing flavours of the Levant (i.e. the eastern Mediterranean coast), CERU is a charming spot to grab some lunch. Dips to start, lamb for the main and the ‘Flavours of Baklava’ cardamom ice cream with a nut brittle & burnt honey caramel to finish would be our dishes of choice. However, fish, poultry and veggie options are also available.
13:30 – Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Burn off lunch by strolling around Kensington Palace. There’s never been a better time than now to visit; The ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition is running here until the 26th April. Whether you’re hoping to join in the family trail or mooch around the gardens, there’s no better way to momentarily live like a royal than in the tranquility of Kensington Palace.
15:30 – Harrods
87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
Spend the rest of the afternoon at one of London’s most notorious and groundbreaking department stores. Keeping it’s elegance and tradition, Harrods is both a place of wonder and awe; from luxurious fashion designs to the celebrated toy kingdom, there’s nothing you can’t buy.
Early dinner – Wright Brothers
56 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, SW7 3DY
You’ve visited a royal residence, then been tempted to spend like one, now it’s time to whet your appetite once more. Wright Brothers is the seafood merchant of London. This is an oyster bar and seafood paradise, all in the comfort of an intimate setting. Wright Brothers describe the sea as “a world of diversity, colour, strangeness and beauty. Its flavours are what we celebrate” and their mastery is intended for “a seafood-loving community”. Prepare to be welcomed to the brotherhood.
19:30 – Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
A trip to South Kensington isn’t complete without visiting one of London’s most stunning odes to Victorian pomp, the Royal Albert Hall. From classical to rock to jazz, they have an endlessly changing diary of events.
22:30 – K bar
109-113 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5JA
Enter the dimly lit chic of K bar to muse of the K bar for a decadent cocktail or two. Tingling all your senses, there’s no better place to sip and reflect on the perfect Saturday you’ve just had.
BED – Pelham Court Apartments
It’s a relaxed ten minute stroll from the K bar to your home if you’re a resi residents living in the luxury of Pelham Court apartments – a light and airy Edwardian-style mansion block with all the modern cons whilst retaining the classical period features that give it such character. You can go straight to bed and dream of all the adventures you’ve had.