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Eating and drinking around High St Kensington

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The Kensington Conference and Events Centre will be offering light refreshments from its cafe-bar on the first floor throughout the two-day event, but you may prefer to dine out if you have more time. This list of restaurants and pubs (many of the latter also serve food) is by no means comprehensive, but is designed to give you an overview of some of the local eateries, all of which are no more than 15 minutes walk away from the Events Centre - just click on the restaurant/pub name for a location map and more information. If you have further suggestions please leave a comment! 


There are plentiful coffee shops near High Street Kensington Tube station for coffee and a sandwich, including Pret a Manger inside the station arcade and a Boots and Marks and Spencers if you need to grab a sandwich or a drink on your way to the exhibition hall. There's also a Tesco Metro a short walk left out of the tube station. There's also a Caffe Nero on Wright's Lane just behind the tube station, and Starbucks can be found further down Kensington High Street in either direction.


For those looking for just a quick bite to eat: 

Byron - 'gourmet' burger chain 

Med Kitchen - brasserie 

Patisserie Valerie - coffee and cakes  

Pizza Hut - pizza & pasta 

Wagamama - Japanese/Asian 

For a more leisurely lunch or dinner (check with restaurant for booking information):

The Abbingdon - Modern European and international  


Cafe Rouge - French bistro 

Maggie JonesEnglish  


Sticky Fingers - American 

Thai Terrace - authentic Thai  

The Terrace - modern British  

For pub lunches or post-AstroFest beers:

The Britannia   (Separate dining area)

The Builders Arms  (World cuisine, world beers and real ale)

Churchill Arms (Thai food, Fuller's pub)

The Devonshire Arms  (Food) **Suggested location of AstroFest tweetup Saturday from 6pm**

The Elephant and Castle (Real Ale)


Kensington Arms (Food and real ale)

Prince of Wales (Food available)

The Queens Arms (Food and real ales)

If you would like to make your own search for local restaurants, the full address of the AstroFest venue is: Kensington Conference and Events Centre, The Town Hall, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Exhibition opening times

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74875_129050137151571_129047433818508_183295_7815421_n.jpgThe doors to the AstroFest exhibition will open at 9am both days, and the exhibition space will remain open until 6pm, giving you plenty of time to peruse the stalls before and after the conference sessions!

AstroFest "Survivors" Tweetup

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Last year at AstroFest I was asked by many a Twitter user if there was going to be a "Tweet-up" (that's a meet-up of Twitter folk, for those of you not familiar with Twitter).... so this year I'm pleased to say YES! I'd like to suggest a "Survivors" Tweetup at the end of the two days of AstroFest, so on the Saturday evening whenever you have finished browsing the exhibition (which closes at 6pm) head over to The Devonshire Arms pub just a few minutes walk from the Kensington Town Hall and we'll have a nice astrochat over a drink or two :-) 

I look forward to meeting you there!
-Emily (@AstroEmz on Twitter)

Travel information

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AstroFest is held in the Kensington Conference and Events Centre in central London. The full address is Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX.

It is just a few minutes walk from High Street Kensington Underground station (District line only - circle line is closed on Saturdays) and on bus routes 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 52, 70, 328 and C1 (alight at Kensington High Street/Wrights Lane junction). We are also just a short walk from many other tube stations, including Notting Hill Gate (Central Line), Kensington, Olympia (District Line) and Gloucester Road (Piccadilly Line and District Lines).

There is also a public car park immediately below the Town Hall, but expect to pay London parking rates. To access the car park, enter Campden Hill Road from Kensington High Street, turn first right into Phillimore Walk then turn immediately left down the entrance ramp to the car park. Disabled parking is available on Level B3 by lift No. 5. There are other public car parks nearby at the Royal Garden Hotel and in Young Street. 
As of 2011 the Kensington Conference and Events Centre is no longer in the Congestion Charging zone.

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