The Kensington Society

Welcome to the website of the Kensington Society.

Formed in 1953, the Kensington Society strives to ensure that our part of London retains its magnificent heritage of buildings, parks and gardens alongside the best of contemporary architecture and design.

With more than 700 members and around 40 affiliated societies, we are very active in planning issues and exert a real influence on planning decisions in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Events

We normally also have a programme of lectures, talks, walks and visits, covering a wide range of subjects. The events offer the chance to meet your Kensington neighbours. However, during the ongoing pandemic these activities have been forced to take a pause. Otherwise, all upcoming society events can be found here.

Annual report

Our annual report is produced in the spring and has both an update report on the activities of the society as well as interesting and topical articles relating to Kensington. The most recent annual report can be read here, and most annual reports since 1954 can be found in the society archive.

Newsletter

Our newsletter is produced in the autumn. The most recent newsletter can be read here, and all newsletters since 2006 can be found in the society archive.

Membership

The annual membership subscription is £15 and you can join here.

Text updated 07/02/2021

Update: Pavement licences extended to autumn 2022

In order to help kickstart pubs and restaurants when they, hopefully, will be allowed to serve customers outside from 12 April, the temporary pavement licence scheme, which enables many of them to erect temporary outdoor serving areas on the pavement, will be extended to the end of September 2022.

Campaign against 344-350 Old Brompton Road

Eight organisations, among them the Kensington Society, are campaigning against the proposed development of 344-350 Old Brompton Road, at the south end of the vast empty space left after the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, urging residents to oppose it before the deadline on 25 March.

Virtual event about electric cars was a great success

More than 40 members took part in a Kensington Society virtual event on 24 February, where councillors Johnny Thalassites and Cem Kemahli talked about the council’s efforts to help residents to switch over to electric cars.