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.
Last updated on 12th October 2017
Hailed as one of the best rooftop bars in Kensington, the Roof Gardens is a wonderland of fun and foliage combined. From themed events and stunning cocktail bars, to unique spaces, DJ nights and more, it seems as though anything is possible at this unique West London bar.
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.
Debauchery in Kensington might be something you only hear about in novels – but that’s because you haven’t been to Balans Soho Society. Come here for hearty British dishes, strong cocktails and a cheeky atmosphere.
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.
L'Etranger Piano Lounge is a relaxed yet refined basement bar on London’s famous Gloucester Road. Tucked away beneath the award-winning L’etranger restaurant, it’s a stunning place for sharing platters, molecular cocktails, fine wines and champagnes. Join a fashionable Kensington clientele for an aperitif or a late night tipple in a decadent and lush setting.
Lush Kensington cocktails and oysters away as the infamous Wright Brothers present their very first independent bar. Decked out in slick interiors and sexy furniture, Mermaid Cocktail and Oyster Bar is a dashing plight for a high-end date night in London.
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.
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.
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.
Renowned for its exquisite array of Pan-Asian cuisine and cocktail mixology, Buddha Bar is one of Kensington's most sought after destinations for a night of elegant mystique and stunning eats. Tuck into artisan drinks and avant-garde interiors where a giant Buddha statue welcomes you in. DJs are known to bring the noise here late into the night as this place goes from luxuriant restaurant to party bar physique.
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.