Kensington Church Street

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Kensington Church Street
Kensington Church Street Londres 2019.jpg
Kensington Church Street, 2019. Looking south towards St Mary Abbots church
Kensington Church Street is located in City of Westminster
Kensington Church Street
Location within Central London
Former name(s) Church Lane, Silver Street
Location Kensington, London
Postal code W8
Nearest Tube station London Underground Notting Hill Gate
Coordinates 51°30′21.03″N 0°11′39.53″W / 51.5058417°N 0.1943139°W / 51.5058417; -0.1943139Coordinates: 51°30′21.03″N 0°11′39.53″W / 51.5058417°N 0.1943139°W / 51.5058417; -0.1943139
North end Notting Hill Gate
South end Kensington High Street
Known for Shopping, fine art and antique sellers.

Kensington Church Street is a shopping street in Kensington, London, England, designated the A4204, and traditionally known for its art and antiques shops.

Buildings at the southern end date back to the early 1700s.[1] It is named after Kensington's original church of St Mary Abbots. The south part was formerly called Church Lane, and the north part, Silver Street. Until 1864 there was a toll gate at Campden Street.[2]

The street runs north to south from Notting Hill Gate to Kensington High Street. There are several Grade II listed Georgian and Victorian buildings.[3]

Time Out calls it "eccentrically posh".[4]


On the night of the 29th August 1975, Joseph O'Connell and Eddie Butler, members of the IRA's Balcombe Street Gang placed a bomb in the doorway of a shoe shop. The bomb later exploded, killing Roger Goad, an explosives officer with the Metropolitan Police who was attempting to defuse it.[5][6]

Notable residents[edit]

The composer Muzio Clementi lived at Number 128 from 1820 to 1823, and is commemorated with a blue plaque.[7][8][9]

In fiction[edit]

The street is mentioned several times in The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton.


  1. ^ "The village centres around St Mary Abbots church and Notting Hill Gate | British History Online". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ Weinreb, Ben, and Hibbert, Christopher (1992). The London Encyclopaedia (reprint ed.). Macmillan. p. 435.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The London Magazine". The London Magazine. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. ^ Out, Time (15 April 2016). "12 reasons to go to Kensington Church Street, W8". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  5. ^ Moysey, Steve (2013). The Road to Balcombe Street : the IRA Reign of Terror in London. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-317-85607-8. OCLC 869091705.
  6. ^ "CAPTAIN ROGER GOAD GC BEM". Palace Barracks memorial garden. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Clementi House :: Historic Houses Association". 10 December 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Muzio Clementi". 17 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Kensington Church Street at Wikimedia Commons