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5 Nov 2018

Local guide: an afternoon in Kensington


Kensington as we know it: endless streets lined with white stucco houses, top notch museums, pricey restaurants and posh bars. Whilst some of my favourite eateries there are on the steeper side (Yashin comes to mind), there are many hidden gems worth heading over for, from old-fashioned tucked away boutiques to light and bright Middle Eastern joints to a popular Japanese haunt that serves one of the best matcha soft serves in town.

Last week, I was challenged to head over to Kensington and spend an afternoon exploring with the aim of sharing some less obvious places worth visiting. Whilst the museums are of course well worth your time and Kensington Gardens are indeed beautiful, my goal today is to hopefully introduce one or two places you may not have heard of. So whether you're a Londoner or visiting from out of town and looking to stay in the area, I hope I'm able to share with you a place or two that'll make you want to head West.

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Mere metres away from the hustle and bustle of Kensington High Street lies an alley you could easily miss - Kensington Church Walk. Lined with a few tightly squeezed vintage shops, walking down it feels like escaping modern day madness and stepping into a bygone era. This little byway is conveniently situated right next to some lovely little parks where you can enjoy a moment's respite (and, if you're as lucky as I was on this sunny afternoon, numerous friendly local cats will happily run over to you for a quick scratch on the head).

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London
Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

I took advantage of the sunny weather and strolled over to South Kensington, where I met up with a friend for lunch. We were lucky enough to grab a table at the lively Ceru restaurant, serving Levantine cuisine via tapas style sharing plates. Favourites include the apple, mint & pomegranate salad, zucchini & feta fritters and spice battered squid with harissa yoghurt.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

Too stuffed to even consider looking at the dessert menu, we meandered a few steps down the road to Muriel's Kitchen, a popular brunch spot where I've had many a PR breakfast meeting, to grab some proper coffees.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

A short time later and my 'dessert stomach' has reared its head (if you know, you know). I already know exactly what I have to have. The minute I think of South Ken, I think of Tombo. Having visited Japan a handful of times, matcha soft serve is one of my favourite sweet treats and Tombo does one of the best ones I've tried in London. It's a cafe that serves sushi and Bento boxes, but you can also order the matcha ice cream to take away (in a cone or cup). 

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

Euriental | luxury travel & style | an afternoon in Kensington, London

To me, this is the ideal way to spend an afternoon in Kensington. End the excursion with a visit to any one of the nearby museums (the Natural History Museum is a personal favourite and also has the loveliest ice rink set up outside it during winter months) and you've got a wonderful day out, whether alone or with friends/family. 

Thank you to Hotels.com for this collaboration. The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all opinions and words are my own.

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