Trendy and vibrant, Earls Court is home to one of the best music venues in the country and has a whole host of fun, interesting and unique places to experience, making it the ideal central London base for any trip.
Set in the fashionable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Earls Court is a buzzing destination with lots to do and see.
It’s perhaps best known for being home to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, a huge national arena and concert venue, set in an impressive Art Deco building. But there are lots of other reasons to visit. This lively place is a melting pot of cultures and supports a thriving Australasian ex-pat community, and there are so many different places to experience.
With all this in mind, it’s surprising to note that originally Earls Court was very much a rural area, serving as a market garden for central London. It was only during the rapid industrialisation and the railways in the 19th century that Earls Court changed into the busy area we see today.
There are so many curious little places to visit in the area, so it’s worth doing your homework before you go.
Finborough Theatre is a great and unusual venue showing new and rare plays, set in an atmospheric 19th-century building. The Troubadour is a very trendy coffee house and compact music venue that’s hosted performances from artists like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan in the past. And for the ultimate photo opportunity, you can pop across to the Doctor Who Police Box just outside Earls Court tube station.
For something a little different, head down to Zest Gallery to check out the contemporary glass art collection, sample some wine at London Cru, a little London based winery, or take a stroll through the very moody and atmospheric Brompton Cemetery.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional pub, a cosy café or to dip into another culture, there are so many eateries to discover in Earls Court, you’ll enjoy every minute.
To give you just a bit of inspiration, the George & Dragon Ibis Earls Court is a typical and homely old pub, Taiwan Village is great for a whole fusion of Asian dishes, and you can grab a lazy breakfast in The Coffee Shop.
There are many hotels near Earls Court and when it comes to booking one of them, try The Nadler Kensington, or the Hotel Indigo London Kensington – Earl's Court if you’re after somewhere a little fancier. Or for budget options, look at places like the Best Western Burns Hotel or the City Continental London Kensington.