Unmissable Summer Events in Kensington

If you’re looking for fun things to do this summer, why not head to the Borough of Chelsea and Kensington? This exciting part of London is packed with festivals, attractions and unmissable activities. So here are some of Kensington’s most eagerly anticipated events.

1. The Great Exhibition Road Festival

As a celebration of science and the arts, The Great Exhibition Road Festival will take place this summer from 15-16 June. Led by Imperial College London, you can enjoy a weekend of free events for all ages including hands-on workshops, fascinating talks, performances and installations from world famous museums and research organisations including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V&A – and many more.

There will also be food from all over the world as well as performances from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall. London’s best curry house – Little India – is just a stone’s throw away too, so you certainly won’t go hungry.

2. Kensington Dollshouse Festival

Established in 1985, the Kensington Dollshouse Festival is an international event that gathers top doll house builders, miniature artisans and DIY suppliers under one roof. Scheduled for 17-18 May at Kensington Town Hall, this festival welcomes over 170 carefully selected craftsmen selling everything from beautiful dollshouses to tiny clothes pegs, wallpaper, furniture, lighting, small print fabrics, dolls and doll accessories. You’ll find everything you need for your house or model in 1:12, 1:24, 1:48 and even 1:144 scales. The event is just a two-minute walk from High Street Kensington Underground station.

3. London Royal Parks Challenge 

Calling all fitness fanatics! The London Royal Parks Challenge is a great adventure for anyone looking to test their personal limits while raising some money for charity. This 45km trek takes you through the 10 London Royal Parks, guiding you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of London’s finest architecture, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster.

By the end of the challenge, you would have visited each of the 10 Royal Parks including Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Greenwich Park. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 17 August.

4. Royal Albert Hall Summer Schedule 

If you’re a fan of soul singer Joss Stone, don’t miss her concert at The Royal Albert Hall in Kensington on 8 July 2024. In fact, this iconic venue has a fantastic summer line-up of music events, films in concert, comedy evenings and special guests including the English National Ballet. You’ll also find pop stars and classical coffee mornings on the bill. Check the schedule and be sure to book the tickets that take your fancy. 

When you’re in Kensington this summer, be sure to enjoy an authentic taste of the Indian subcontinent at Little India. As one of the best Indian curry restaurants in London, we serve a wide range of traditional and modern dishes. Search for ‘Indian curry near me’ in Kensington and book a table or order a takeaway.