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Bars in Kensington
Kensington is one of London's most sought after areas and their bars are all part of the appeal. Whether you want a fun night painting the high street red, or relaxed cool drinks in one of their many swanky establishments, these West London hang-outs have something for you. Nights out here always carry a certain wow-factor and the bars live up to these high expectations. Have a read of our recommended bars to get the low-down on where is hot in Kensington.
Sitting cosily just off of Kensington high street, Aubaine is an intimate French venue designed for all your dinner party needs. Combining Parisian charm with classic interiors and a menu packed with fine, delectable French dishes, Aubaine is the perfect spot for brunch through to dinner.
Set in a gorgeous old dining room, Scoff & Banter is a quintessential British restaurant that serves up hearty plates of comfort food alongside great wines and cocktails.
A subterranean den of chic Asian furnishings, lounge beds and leather booths; Blagclub is one of West London's best kept secrets. Designed with intimate partying in mind, the venue's guest-list-only policy adds to the exclusive and sophisticated vibes. The music policy centres on party and club classics and guests can hire out the venue exclusively for private parties.
This fantastic Kensington cocktail bar serves up the creme de la creme of food and drinks and is popular for its acclaimed DJs. This fun time party venue is famous for its 'eclipse' watermelon martini, and is a must. This is a great place to go if you're looking for a good party, as this late night venue is open until 3 am at the weekend. For a fun filled stylish night out in the Kensington area, this one if for you. Book now and enjoy!
Yes it's part of a chain, but the eclectic furniture, quirky decor and exceptional cocktail range make The Jam Tree Fulham an excellent King's Road bar to hang out in for drinks or food in Kensington. And who isn't a fan of international-inspired food? As long as it comes with alcohol of course.
Bursting with quirky works of art, shiny coats of armour and serving an intriguing list of signature cocktails, Hyde is arguably the quirkiest spot in Kensington. With drinks serve in globes and plenty of dry ice knocking about, a night at this West London bar is something you'll be thinking about for a while.
As a result of its success the Eclipse brand grew in 2002 with an additional Cocktail Bar & Club on Old Brompton Road, South Kensington cementing itself on the London scene in the Kensington area, and thank goodness - this is a fantastic club! A line up of famous DJs is always guaranteed at the weekend, so you can party the night away.
Sitting pretty above Chelsea's Goat Dine, the Chelsea Prayer Room is a stunning and sophisticated choice for drinks in Kensington. Not only secretive and speakeasy-themed, Chelsea Prayer Room promises a roster of unique regular entertainment and stunning cocktails.
An Austrain-themed apres ski bar and nightspot, Bodo's Schloss is a stone's throw from Kensington Palace and attracts the young, rich and beautiful crowd that inhabit the area. With Kaiser Rolls and Austrian beer available as well as other quirky touches, including a host of blonde lederhosen wearing waitresses and a DJ deck set up in an old ski lift - Bodo's has the cool edge to drive Kensington wild.