Earls Court London – The Definite Local Area Guide

Earls Court Accommodation
A typical road with traditional townhouses in Earls Court, London.

Earls Court, London is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of the capital. It is located in the southwest part of zone 1 (central London), with convenient access to the city centre as well as West and Southwest London. The area itself offers a unique mix of traditional architecture, new developments, shopping opportunities with a wide variety of bars, cinemas, cultural centres as well as gyms and one of the largest Tescos in London. 

Located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Earls Court is the perfect fusion of quieter residential squares, leafy parks, with busy commercial streets, young professionals, international travellers, pop-up food joints as well as old-school pubs and fine dining. Living in SW5 means that everything you might need is close by. Earls Court’s charm lies in its original architecture and independent coffee shops. Finding a reasonably priced flat in Earls Court can be a challenge, but there are some fantastic accommodation providers such as Studios2Let.com, which will help you navigate around the letting market and find the perfect place to live.

 

Living in Earls Court

Historically, Earls Court was a very rural area covered in green fields and gardens. Nevertheless, over the years the area has changed tremendously and is now a bustling and varied neighbourhood in West London.  Over the years, many different writers, directors, creatives, artists and rock and roll musicians found their home in Earls Court. Just off Earls Court Road lies Logan Place, which is the street where Freddie Mercury‘s famous Garden Loge Mansion is located. Other famous residents include Kenny Everett, British comedian and DJ and Rudolf Nureyev, the famous Soviet ballet dancer and choreographer deemed one of the greatest of his generation. This is also the area where Diana Spencer was given her first flat for her 18th birthday before she became known as Princess Diana.

West London Parks
The nearby Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, are among the Royal Parks in West London.

These days, this unique history and diverse culture have created an epicentre of entertainment and fun with iconic cafes and music venues. The area’s rural history is reflected in leafy roads, and a myriad of parks nearby, such as Kensington Gardens, Holand Park and Garden Lodge. The area has a diverse food scene, with traditional British pubs and is an ideal spot for culture lovers.  There are a number of fantastic places to get a massage after a long day of work or study, such as the Sebai Leela Spa, which combines a unique approach to health and wellness.  One of the biggest attractions of Earls Court, however, is the variety of accommodation to suit everyone’s needs, and living in the area means that you are close to everything.

 

Transport in Earls Court

Earls Court Station
Earls Court Underground Station is actually partially above the ground. Photo: Herry Lawford, Flickr

One of the biggest advantages of living in Earls Court is that you can easily walk or cycle to many interesting places. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, as there are many cycling initiatives in London that enable you to pay as you cycle.

It’s also very easy to access different London airports from Earls Court. Heathrow Airport is the quickest to reach, as the Piccadilly Line will take you directly from Earls Court to the airport terminals in 39 minutes.

It takes just under an hour to get to Gatwick and all  you need to do is jump on the District Line to Victoria, and from there you can board a direct train to Gatwick Airport. From Victoria Station, you can also get a train to Stansted Airport.  If you are going out in London, Earls Court station is on the night tube network (Weekends only!), and there are great night bus connections too. 

There are two scenic bus routes, the no. 74, which will take you along Cromwell Road goes to Baker Street via Knightsbridge and the C1, which goes from Old Brompton Road to Victoria via Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.

 If you fancy getting away from the city, Earls Court is well connected. You can easily get the train to Windsor Castle, which is one of the oldest and largest castles in the UK. An interesting fact: the castle is still inhabited, and the Queen’s favourite weekend home. 

 

Culture Fix in Earls Court

Things to do in London
From theatres, cinemas to independent production houses, Earls Court has it all.

Earls Court is a place that will quench your cultural thirst and can accommodate different tastes. There are a variety of theatres based locally, from the Finborough Theatre, which puts on thought-provoking plays and musical theatre, to Barons Court Theatre, which is an intimate fringe theatre situated underneath the Curtains Up Pub. There is also the Chelsea Theatre, which presents new commissions, and produces material and works with the local community. Another theatre pub worth checking out is the Drayton Arms Theatre, which works with emerging production companies. 

 If theatre is not up your street, the area is also home to the Dana Library and Research Centre, which is part of the Science Museum, and contemporary science debate.

 Film lovers will also find something to their liking as there are two commercial cinemas easily accessible from Earls Court. For most up-to-date Hollywood releases head to Vue in Fulham Broadway and Cineworld in Kensington. West London is a real goldmine for cinephiles, and if you prefer more independent cinema the true gems of the area are The Gate Picture House, which is a Grade II listed building and cinema house dating back to 1861 in the centre of Notting Hill, or Electric Cinema, which is one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK. There is also the Curzon in Mayfair, which is two-screen arthouse cinema focused on independent and foreign films.  If international films are your cup of tea, it is also worth popping down to Cine Lumiere, which is a stunning Art deco cinema inside the French Institute screening mainly French films as well as timeless classics.

 

Food in Earls Court

Cafes in Earls Court
Earls Court is home to some unique coffee houses.

The area has an array of coffee shops, restaurants as well as bakeries and international cuisine. The area’s highlights include the Troubadour Coffee House. This is not just a coffee establishment with delicious lattes, but also London’s favourite poetry landmark. Troubadour provides poetry readings, classes and prizes, and is also a live music venue. The second favourite of the area is Maroush Bakehouse, which is also quite a big name on the London Lebanese dining scene. From mouth-watering hot mezzes, soups and salads to Shawarmas and Moussakas, there is something for everyone. This part of London is also fortunate enough to have Tendido Cero, which is one of the more hip restaurants with an open kitchen serving classic tapas from across Spain. Kappa is also worth a visit, as it’s a low-key Japanese joint serving sushi, sashimi as well as hot dishes with a Korean twist. Right next to Earls Court station you will find the Hummingbird Bakery, which is famous for its authentic American recipes, goodies and their unforgettable red velvet cakes.

 

Universities and Colleges Near Earls Court

Universities near Earls Court, West London
Imperial College London is a world-class university with a mission to benefit society through excellence.

 This part of London is home to some of the world’s best universities. From Imperial College, which continues to pioneer in engineering and scientific research, to The Royal College of Art, with postgraduate degrees in art and design to students from over 60 countries, to smaller and independent universities such as Heythrop College, which specialises in philosophy and theology. There is a number of American institutions, such as the Boston University, which offers a variety of programmes and courses, or The American International University London, which offers its students the chance to obtain not just a UK accredited degree but also a US degree.

 

Shopping Around Earls Court

Filled stunning gardens, shops cafes and exhibition centres, Earls Court offers the perfect balance between easy living and entertainment. Down the road is Kensington High Street, which is one of the most popular parts of London for shopping.  It offers a mix of really progressive zero-waste and environmentally-friendly joints, designer labels and high street shops such as M&S, H&M, Top Shop, Warehouse, Oasis, Monsoon and Uniqlo. The street is also a magnet for celebrities, it is quite normal to bump into the likes of Jemima Khan or Sienna Miller now again, or even other British and American starlets who come here to do their shopping. 

Museums and Parks Near Earls Court

Museums near Earls Court, London
The Natural History Museum exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.

If shopping is not your cup of tea, pop over to one of the local museums like the Science Museum, Natural History Museum or the V&A, which is the world’s largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design. You can also pop over to one of the numerous parks, such as Holland Park or Kyoto Garden, a traditional Japanese garden. For football inclined fans  Chelsea FC Museum is down the road. It is an iconic attraction and you can book onto a tour and visit various stands, the press room, home and away dressing rooms, the tunnel and dug-out areas, making it the perfect attraction for any sports fan.

 

Bars in Earls Court

Bars in Earls Court, London
Traditional British Pub serving a selection of draught beer and ale.

One of the best speakeasies in London is in Earls Court. Known as Evans the Peel, the bar advertises itself as a detective agency and a highly renowned mystery-solving duo, whereas in reality, it is a front for a unique basement bar with fantastic cocktails. If you do fancy going, you need to book in advance, or “make an appointment with one of the detectives” and get the right passcode. If you prefer a traditional British pub, some of the highlights include The Pembroke, which has a fantastic rooftop garden, or The Blackbird, which offers a range of mouthwatering homemade pies alongside craft beers and wines.  For a more exquisite atmosphere and live piano performances head to Piãno in Kensington. There is jazz on Sundays and it is normal practice for visitors to request songs from the musicians and singers. Another unique spot is the K Bar, which is a fancy cocktail bar inspired by the atmosphere of a gentlemen’s club. It is dimly lit, with deep oak and green and blue upholstery.  Make sure you also stop at London Cru, which is a unique urban winery. For an immersive Italian dining experience, Bunga Bunga is a must. There are two locations, one in Battersea and one in Covent Garden, both very easily reachable from Earls Court. The trip is worth making for the metre-long pizzas, late-night karaoke and live entertainment. 

 

Rent Prices in Earls Court

Living in proximity to all of this is reflected in the price bracket. An average rental price in Earls Court is £599 per week, but this varies depending on the kind of property you live in. Studio flat prices tend general cost between £275-£400 per week. The average price for a one-bedroom home is around £2,230 per month, a two-bedroom property will cost around £3,120, and some Three-bed-and-up homes vary between £4,420 to as much as £11,700.  Nevertheless, the area is still a more affordable alternative to nearby Kensington and Chelsea. Finding affordable accommodation in Earls Court can be overwhelming, and Studios2Let.com are a great source of information for those looking to rent a studio in Earls Court.

 

Earls Court is an exciting part of London, that offers a unique experience for those that live there. Over the years it has become a rental hotspot for buyers as well as renters. Whether you are a student looking for private accommodation or a young professional you will find something to suit your requirements. With an array of food outlets, original bars alongside classic museums, libraries and great transport links, living in Earls Court will enable you to experience London life at an affordable price.

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