After four years living in London I certainly miss the city, but I have to say I really do appreciate my time spent in London now more for it. I get to hang out in places I wouldn’t necessarily have visited while I lived there, and I really make the most of my limited time in the city. This weekend, we spent a day in Kensington, which isn’t somewhere I ventured often while we lived in London, but it’s somewhere I’ve grown quite fond of since. I wanted to share some of my favourite Kensington spots, a little guide on how to spend a day there. It’s a great location if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the city, central enough that you’re in the thick of it, and full of quirky foodie spots. There are plenty of fantastic hotels near Kensington too, making it the perfect base for a trip to the city.
Start your day with pancakes at Eggbreak.
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day and all, it seems important to go all out for the occasion! You’ll struggle to find a tastier breakfast in all of London, never mind just Kensington, and I’m always excited for an excuse to eat here. There are so many tasty things on the menu, but I’ve got a soft spot for the pancakes, served with fresh berries and a maple syrup based sauce. Yum.
30 Uxbridge St, Kensington, London W8 7TA.
Go door spotting.
Kensington is full of dreamy townhouses, pretty window boxes and pastel houses, walk off your breakfast by strolling around looking for cute doors. I love wandering around Kensington looking at pretty houses, and plotting which ones to buy when I win the lottery.
Get a juice fix.
I love a juice as an 11am pick me up, and if there’s a Joe and The Juice nearby, you can bet that’s where I’ll be. I love the Hangover Heaven, apple, mint and elderflower blitzed into a smooth juice, the perfect energy boost for before lunchtime, and healthy too!
42-44 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PE.
Get your dirty burger on at Patty and Bun.
There are SO many great burger joints in London, Con and I tried to create a ranking on the way back from London (Honest, Dirty Burger and MeatLiquor are all up there) but MAN is there something about Patty and Bun. Juicy burgers, toasted brioche buns, an array of amazing sauces. There’s no denying these are dirty burgers, but the ingredients taste so fresh and great, it doesn’t feel like a dirty meal. My go to order is the Smokey Robinson, crispy bacon, thick cheese and piles of caramelised onion, with a side of chicken salt fries (they come with a side of chicken mayo which tastes just like roast chicken crisps) and cheese balls with XXX Hot sauce! They do some great homemade sodas here too, the Passionfruit soda tastes like Solero ice cream, and the Pink Lemonade, which is my personal favourite.
14 Pembridge Rd, London W11 3HL.
Browse for books in Notting Hill.
Notting Hill is probably my favourite place to shop for books, it’s littered with incredible book shops, with cases crammed floor to ceiling with every kind of book imaginable. My favourite is the Notting Hill Book Exchange, a second hand store that reminds me of Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Every book in here is under £3, and prices start at 50p, I challenge you to leave here without a giant bag of books (and you’ll never spend more than a tenner!).
30-32 Pembridge Rd, London W11 3HN.
Stop for coffee at Farm Girl.
An Instagram cliche but for good reason, I can take or leave the food at Farm Girl, but the coffee is where it’s at. Chai lattes with french bulldog shaped cinnamon dusting, rose lattes sprinkled with petals, it’s all cute and adorable, but delicious too. Grab a seat in their courtyard under the heater, and snap away!
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB.
Pick up some healthy treats at Chegworth Farm Shop.
I discovered Chegworth at the Marylebone Farmers Market years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with their juices ever since. They have a little store in Kensington full of fresh fruit and veggies, cheeses, bread, and healthy cupboard staples. I like to pop in when we’re in the area and pick up some treats, their seasonal fruit selection is always sensationally tasty, and their bread is to die for.
221 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LX.
Eat your fill at Dishoom.
I couldn’t talk about Kensington without mentioning Dishoom, could I?! I honestly think Dishoom is my favourite restaurant in London, delicious authentic indian cuisine served up family style. My favourites are the Veggie Samosas, spiced with cinnamon, the Chicken Ruby, a warm rich curry, the Adwahi Lamb Biriyani, slow cooked in a sealed clay pot, and the Gunpowder Potatoes, grilled with fresh garlic. It’s my favourite spot, and I’m always looking for an excuse to visit.
4 Derry St, Kensington, London W8 5SE.
Okay, I’m hungry now!
What are your favourite spots in Kensington?
Hotels.com gave me some spending money for my day in Kensington but, as always, all views are my own.