Kensington - When The Swinging Sixties Moved West

Lennon's secret lover, the magic of Hendrix and the Biba story

Kensington today is best known as London's smartest and most sophisticated shopping area. But back in the day it was very much part of the swinging sixties and this walk, transports you back to those magical years when the world flocked to the clubs and boutiques of the area and the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea really lived up to its name.

Your guide Barrie has many personal memories and stories to tell you about those years as well as the interesting history that is all around you as you walk.

For example :

The first time The Jimi Hendrix Experience ever played on stage together was in Kensington.....but where?

The most famous boutique the world has ever known, began and ended its short life in Kensington.....but where?

John Lennon had a secret crush on a famous local resident and he visited her in Kensington.........but where?

All of this and much, much more.

Our walk which lasts around two hours costs £10, payable on the day, will be illustrated by historical photographs and music of the time. It starts outside the Albert Hall (door 7) and ends near High Street Kensington tube station; the full details will be sent to you a few days before the day of the walk.

Go to the Contact Us page to find out more.

Private groups and dates can be arranged; rates on request.