Byron’s proper hamburgers return to High Street Kensington

Eagle-eyed (and hungry!) residents may have spotted the re-launch of Byron High Street Kensington last week, following a stylish new revamp of this, the first restaurant in the Byron chain which opened its doors way back in 2007.

Byron High Street Kensington

Re-opened on 1st September, the restaurant at 222 Kensington High Street takes its inspiration from its local surroundings and architecture – something of a Byron speciality as individuality is the key ingredient in all of their 52 locations. The Kensington branch now boasts a 1930s Deco-style exterior, with an interior that pays homage to European Modernism.

Come down to enjoy tasty burgers and cold craft beer whilst perched on the specially-selected vintage seating or one of the leather banquettes, surrounded by the work of illustrator Alec Doherty. His vibrant style will be familiar to Byron’s customers, given his previous work with the brand. In fact, it’s no surprise that Byron recently won a YCN (You Can Now) Illustration Award for its use of illustration – with work from including the work of Jean Jullien, Alec Doherty and others – across its branding.

Tom Byng, Byron’s founder, says:

“All our restaurants are dear to me, but our ‘Mothership’ at High Street Kensington is particularly close to my heart. When we started Byron, we wanted to make every restaurant unique, so we gave each one its own playing card. Fittingly, Kensington is the Queen of Hearts, and we’re reopening here just as we’ve completed our first Byron deck: 52 playing cards for 52 restaurants. We may have grown over the last few years but our vision has stayed the same – to serve consistently delicious proper hamburgers in beautiful, individual-designed restaurants. I couldn’t be more delighted to be celebrating where it all began in 2007.”

Byron High Street Kensington

To celebrate the re-launch, Byron High Street Kensington will be giving away free hamburgers between Monday 7th and Wednesday 16th September to Byron Club members who sign up and choose the HSK branch as their local Byron. Membership is free – to sign up, visit (Offer runs all day, Monday to Wednesdays only.)

For more on the re-launched Byron and all their other venues, please see, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram!

222 Kensington High Street
W8 7RG

Design Pop Up The Poundshop at The Science Museum

The weeklong Poundshop pop up will be held at The Science Museum from 24th June and will feature a number of unique and exciting products based around the theme of science. The pop up will showcase the best science inspired designs the UK has to offer, including items from a range of talented contemporary designers.

Products on offer will include paper Lego spaceships by Durrell Bishop; geometric platonic solid candles from Essence & Alchemy; ‘stitch-it-yourself’ dot-to-dot constellation tote bags by Lollipop Designs; and A2B wrapping paper by Lisa Jones.

The Science Poundshop
Designers shown: Top: Lisa Jones Studio – You + Me – card -£1; James White – wooden toy cars – £10; Dind Ding – A5 clipboard Platonic solids – £1; Hana+ Hasmita – Paper rolled pencils – £1 Bottom: Gogo Chop Shop – Space cats and Space dog pillows – £15; Lollipop Designs – Mini planner – £5; Electronic Sheep – Scarf – £20; espergaerde – Desk Island – £3 each

Aiming to spread design to a wider audience by making it more accessible in terms of price and engagement, the Poundshop is also a superb platform for young and emerging designers, offering a testing ground for those looking to experiment with new and interesting products. Founded in 2010 by George Wu and Sara Melin, in 2013 the Poundshop was named as one of Selfridges’ Bright Young Things and also as one of the top five creative entrepreneurs on the h. Club 100 list.

Previously held at Tokyo Loft, Selfridges and Somerset House, amongst other locations, this time round the Poundshop will be offering new price bands for the first time – from just £1 to £20.

The Science Museum is delighted to collaborate with The Poundshop and its opening coincides with the much anticipated Science Museum Lates, The Next Big Thing, which is being held in collaboration with the Royal Society.

Sam Pilkington, Product Development Manager of the Science Museum Group, says:

“We’re delighted to welcome The Poundshop to the Science Museum this June, many contemporary designers are referencing science and scientific processes in their work, this pop‐up shop will showcase the best science inspired design that UK has to offer, all at a great price.”

Entry is free.

The Poundshop at The Science Museum
10am – 6pm, 24th June – 1st July 2015
Opening night: 6.45pm – 10pm, 24th June 2015
Science Museum
Exhibition Road

OpenTable Gifts cards giveaway on Kensington High Street!

Restaurant booking website OpenTable – which features over 4,000 bookable restaurants – are launching a brand new gift card service, OpenTable Gifts…and they are giving away a number of cards to passers-by on Kensington High Street today, 5th December!

OpenTable Gifts is an instant gifting service that will suit everyone’s tastes, as you’re able to give the gift of a meal out. Gift givers can purchase a gift card with a set amount that can be spent at either a named restaurant, or at a restaurant of the gift receiver’s choice. OpenTable Gifts cards are accepted at top London restaurants such as SushiSamba, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Q Grill and Buddha Bar Restaurant. You can find out more information about the service and purchase a gift card at

If you’ve dined out in the last few years, I’m sure you’ve come across and used OpenTable’s excellent restaurant booking service – I know I certainly have! OpenTable currently seat more than 15 million diners per month via online bookings across approximately 32,000 restaurants; since launching in 1998, they’ve seated over 665 million diners around the world. They also power online reservations for nearly 600 establishments, including many of the Internet’s most popular and global brands.

OpenTable helps restaurant-goers see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, as well as easily book a reservation – and they help personalise the whole process, meaning it couldn’t be simpler for diners. Their easy-to-use mobile apps mean you can now even make reservations on the go!

More on OpenTable can be found on their website, and do also look them up on Facebook and Twitter.

Make sure you pop down to Kensington High Street today, Friday 5th December to look out for the OpenTable team – you could be in with a chance of receiving a free gift card!

(Which you could of course use at one of the area’s top local eateries!)

New gallery Apart opens on Kensington High Street

First opened by Adrian Palengat in a former antiques market on Portobello Road in 1999, erectile Apart has operated as a full time pop-up gallery since 2006. Now, for Autumn/Winter 2014, the gallery is occupying two floors of stunning gallery space on Kensington High Street.

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street
Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Apart is known for its early work with a significant number of established artists and for its playful, pop influenced eye. More recently, the gallery has become well known for its overseas show programme with exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States.

During the run of the exhibition in Kensington, work by the following artists will be shown:

  • Pakpoom Silaphan
  • Finn Stone
  • Miss Bugs
  • Russell Young
  • Andy Bridge
  • James Holdsworth
  • Sunil Pawar
  • Michael Viviani
  • Ryan Hadley
  • Sean Alexander

…and many more!

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Further details on Apart and its Autumn/Winter exhibition in Kensington can be found on its website or on the Facebook page

You can see a preview of the works being shown at Apart via the images in the post, but do otherwise pop down today to the gallery to view the exhibition for yourself.

176 Kensington High Street
W8 7RG

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Contemporary prints and editions fair MULTIPLIED returns to Christie’s South Kensington, 17th – 20th October

The fifth edition of the UK’s only art fair dedicated to contemporary prints and editions – MULTIPLIED – returns to Christie’s South Kensington next weekend (17th – 20th October).

Taking place during Frieze Week, forty of the world’s most esteemed galleries will be taking part in the Fair, which will feature prints, photography, digital art and artists books. Some of the top London galleries that will be present at MULTIPLIED include Marc Quinn, London Print Studio, BEARSPACE, Flowers Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery, whilst exciting new talent from leading graduate institutions such as the Slade School of Fine Art, the Royal College of Art and the University of the Arts London will also be showcased.

Works by established contemporary artists will be exhibited, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Daido Moriyama, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Jacky Tsai, Stained Glass Skull, 2013, 6 colour screenprint, edition of 60, 850 x 1100 mm. Courtesy of Eyestorm
Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Sir Peter Blake, USA Series – Pacific Park, 2014, edition of 100, 653 x 740 mm. Courtesy of CCA Galleries

The Fair’s events programme will see panel discussions and artist talks take place, with the line up for the latter including Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Sir Peter Blake (RA) in conversation with Alastair Sooke; Marcus Coates in conversation with Gavin Everall, Editor of Book Works; and Horst: A Photographer of Style by Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs, V&A.

Live printmaking sessions, in association with Rabley Contemporary and CFPR Editions, will also be held during MULTIPLIED. Traditional and 3D printing techniques will be demonstrated in front of a live audience.

Admission to talks and the printmaking sessions is free, although numbers are limited and booking is required – contact to reserve a space.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Tom Hammick, B. 1963 Getaway, 2014, reduction woodcut, edition of 20, 600 x 800 mm. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Murray Macaulay, Director of Multiplied, said:

“The contemporary prints and editions on show at Multiplied exemplify the vibrancy of art being created right now by emerging and established artists around the world. With exhibitors attending from throughout Europe and the Americas, a stimulating programme of artist talks, live printing events and new edition launches, Multiplied 2014 will provide a fresh perspective on this dynamic artistic field.”

Entry to the fair is free. Full details of the Fair and all of its accompanying events, including details of all participating galleries and exhibiting artists, can be found at

MULTIPLIED 2014 – Contemporary Editions Fair
17th – 20th October 2014
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road

Visit Kensington & Fulham Open Studios this weekend

For all keen art collectors – on this coming weekend (10th to 12th October) and the next (17th to 19th October), Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will give you the chance to visit and purchase art works in the very spaces where they were created.

Now in its second year, five-five participants will be taking part in the 2014 edition of Kensington & Fulham Open Studios, with thirty unique spaces available to visit – including local attics, living rooms, cafes, galleries, food stores and even a houseboat! Many art forms will also be covered over the two weekends, from jewellers to milliners, potters and sculptors to painters, photographers to print-makers all taking part. The event aims to encourage people to explore unknown streets and get to know their neighbours whilst also providing them the unique opportunity to purchase from local creators in a relaxed setting.

A taster of all the art that will be on show in the area starts today (7th October) until the 19th October at the Chelsea Gallery on King’s Road. Sponsored by Paragon Design Construction, the show lets visitors see a sample of works from all the open studio artists in one place.

Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Leigh Glover
Leigh Glover
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Isobel Hutchinson Cannon Street
Cannon Street – Isobel Hutchinson
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Camilla Shavig
Camilla Shavig

This year, Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will also include a number of exciting mini-events – including the Art for Youth fundraising exhibition at the Royal College of Art on 15th and 16th October; tours of the Royal Brompton Hospital art collection and pop-up studios at Kensington and Fulham Whole Foods stores.

Entry to all Kensington & Fulham Open Studios venues is free. Full information – including profiles of the artists taking part, maps and opening times – can be found at Do also look out for KFOS brochures at your local library or cultural centre.

Kensington & Chelsea Open Studios
10th – 12th October and 17th – 19th October 2014

Kensington Mums’ Social Events this August and September

If you’re a little down because summer’s almost over (and the weather seems to suggest that summer’s definitely over) then don’t fear – local parenting website Kensington Mums once again have a number of exciting events lined up to ease you into Autumn!

On Thursday 18th September, from 1pm to 3pm, Kensington Mums will be hosting a Beauty Masterclass at Whole Foods Kensington – join Whole Foods’ in-house healthy eating specialist Maura and learn how to make some amazing natural products…that you’ll also be able to take home! The products you’ll be taught how to make are an apple cider vinegar toner, a ‘Green Goddess’ face mask, and a coffee & coconut body scrub. The class costs £10 and little ones are welcome – learn how to make something new (and healthy!) as well as connecting with local, like-minded mums. Booking is essential, and can be done online – places are limited, so early booking is recommended! More details here.

Kensington Mums Fit Club

If you’re after something equal parts relaxing and social, there’s also the Kensington Mums and Bumps Coffee Morning taking place on Monday 22nd September from 10am to 12pm at the lovely Hotel Chocolat on Kensington High Street. For £5, you’ll receive a complimentary hot drink, be able to view a chocolate presentation by the resident chocolatier and also have an opportunity to try a small selection of chocolates. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a 10% discount on any purchases made at the cafe or shop. Tickets can be booked online – once again, book early to avoid disappointment! Children welcome; more details here.

And if you’re looking for something a little more energetic to get started with straight away, the Kensington Mums Fit Club is being held in Kensington Gardens every Saturday, 10.30am to 11.30am. This free club is hosted by actual Kensington mums Sabrina and Iram, and is open to all levels – and you can jog, run, bike or just walk during the session. More details here.

More on local mums, parents and kids’ news at the excellent Kensington Mums website:

The Holland Park Cows

This summer, Holland Park once again has some special guests! No, not any special residents at the youth hostel or anything to do with the open air opera…but some English Longhorn cows, located in one of the closed-off fields in Holland Park for a three week period of grazing.

I’m sure that many of Holland Park’s visitors – be they dog walkers, joggers, parents and kids, tourists and others – have delighted in viewing the cows in the meadows located (approximately) in the middle of the park. It’s surely an unusual sight for any London park, and just one of the things that makes this West London park so quirky and delightful – not to mention, a joy to visit.

The four Longhorn cows – 5-year-old Jelly and her calf, Neeko, and 3-year-old Lulu and her calf, Noodle (Noodle!! How cute!) – came to Holland Park on 14th July. They’ve been brought in to help re-establish some of the meadows into wildflower ones for the coming seasons. If you pay a visit to where the cows are, you’ll notice that the fields have a rather rough terrain with little greenery, taken over by brambles and nettles. The cows have been grazing and gobbling up all before them from said brambles and nettles, to thistles and grass; this should help ‘disturb’ the wild flowers and bulbs that lie there that should then flower better in future.

Here’s a few photos of the Holland Park cows from today (1st August), just before lunchtime. Well, by that I mean human lunchtime – the cows had clearly already had their fill, and were lazing around on the grass, presumably digesting. To me it looked like the two babies were lying side by side, with the two mother cows lying a little distance away.

Holland Park Cows
The adults take a rest
Holland Park Cows
Cow enclosure – calves in the centre of the picture
Holland Park Cows
I’d say that’s a well-grazed meadow!
Holland Park Cows
Mama cow

The cows are only there until Monday 4th August, so do pay a visit over the weekend if you want to see them ‘in action’ in Holland Park! You may well catch them up and about, grazing away merrily – they do often come close to the edge of their enclosure, so you can get a really good view of these beautiful creatures.

10th Parallax Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall, 26th & 27th July

The tenth edition of the Parallax Art Fair returns once again to Chelsea Town Hall this month, featuring almost 200 artists exhibiting their works in the disciplines of fine art, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, textiles and home accessories.

Parallax Art Fair - James Austen Murray, “Soup Lion”
James Austen Murray, “Soup Lion”
Parallax Art Fair - Stewart Brown, “Level Pears”
Stewart Brown, “Level Pears”

This time round, the Fair will be supporting CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics) who will be selling donated art and signed catalogues (Maggi Hambling and Edmund de Waal) to raise money for persecuted lecturers and professors in Iraq and Syria. Given the heightened violence in the region where Iraqi universities have actually been attacked, the Parallax organisers are keen to encourage buyers to support CARA in this endeavour; CARA will be showing in Gallery 2 of the fair.

Parallax Art Fair - Zarina Kendjaeva, "Hasht Doira"
Zarina Kendjaeva, “Hasht Doira”

Dr Barlow, one of the founders of Parallax, says:

“I’m excited running these things is tough in a culture still weighed down by the fundamentalist objectivism trotted out by the arts industry, but in our last fair one artist sold work for £7000 proving that an artists’ art fair can be a much better deal for exhibitors and buyers alike than the old-style dealer fairs and galleries.There are no stingy entrance fees, no hidden or extra commission fees on top of purchases, and no VAT for some exhibitors either. It’s a much better deal for buyers. I do understand though that some people still think that they need to be told what is “good”, but those days are over since Derrida /et al/ switched on the lights and we stopped asking for an expert opinion on all the modern blurriness. You are your own mind. You are your own critic of objects and makers; what you like about them, is what is right. And you can also support artists directly and save money in the process!”

The exhibition is free to the public. Find out more about Parallax at, or follow them on Twitter for all the latest news.

A catalogue of selected pieces from the 10th Parallax Art Fair can be viewed at

10th Parallax Art Fair
Private view – 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 25th July 2014 
11am – 5pm, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014
Chelsea Town Hall
King’s Road

Summer Street-food Festival in Kensington this June!

Many of you may well have noticed the exciting launch of City Pantry’s Summer Street-Food Festival outside of Tesco on Cromwell Road last week – and have already sampled some of the fantastic food on offer!

City Pantry Summer Street-Food Festival

Exciting news reaches us that due to its first week success, the festival will be open one additional day each week. Now taking place every Wednesday to Sunday until the end of June, there will be plenty of delectable street food, family fun plus a Brazilian flavour of things, in special tribute to the World Cup.

The pop-up festival brings together some of the best stalls on the London street-food scene, including The roast of SherwoodCrabbie ShackColonel TomsMei Mei’s street cartBurger PitRoasticiniFratelli FumatiLoaves n Leaves – that’s really something for everyone, whatever your particular tastes and foodie faves may be!

Also on site is a Brazilian caipirinha bar and to really get into the party spirit, there’s a special 2 for 1 cocktail offer every night between 6pm and 7pm! To redeem the offer, simply follow @CityPantry on Twitter & tweet “Can’t wait to get to @citypantry #westival for cocktails at 6”.

If you’d like to delve a little deeper into the know how of cocktails, there’s also a Friday evening cocktail masterclass taking place this week (Friday 20th June), taught by head bartender and mixologist Alex Harris. To book a ticket for this week’s event, see here.

The Festival will also be hosting a number of other exciting events each week – keep up-to-date with the latest news on City Panty’s website or find them on Twitter.

Why not pop down one lunchtime or evening this week for some festival fun?

City Pantry presents A Summer Street-Food Festival
from 12pm until late every Wednesday to Sunday, until 29th June 2014
Tesco Kensington Superstore
West Cromwell Road
W14 8PB