For residents with parking permits, parking within Kensington & Chelsea is stress-free and easy, as those with permits may park anywhere within the Royal Borough. Visitors driving to the borough, however, may struggle to find parking and have limited options, as visitor passes are non-existent within the borough.
Parking in Kensington & Chelsea is strongly enforced Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturdays and restricted times will vary by zones within the borough. For example, in Earl’s Court, parking is enforced between the hours of 8.30am to 10pm, Monday to Friday and on Saturdays.
If you are a resident in Kensington & Chelsea, you are eligible to apply for a parking permit. This permit gives you access to park anywhere within the confines of the K&C borough. In order to obtain this permit, you will need to provide some documentation. This includes a valid driver’s license, documents to prove your address within K&C, as well as documents to prove that own and/or use a vehicle. For information on tariffs and in order to apply for a Residents Parking Permit, please visit the Royal Borough’s official website.
Let’s be honest – visitor parking within Kensington & Chelsea can be a bit of a nightmare unless you’re here on a Sunday where in most parts it’s free. There are no visitor permits in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Try to avoid it if you can by using public transport, which is widely available. There are a few parking options, although these can get a bit pricey and may not necessarily cover your entire stay. For all of your official visitor parking queries and for exact locations of pay & display bays, please visit the Royal Borough’s official website.
Pay & Display Parking
Should you decide to drive anyway despite our warnings, pay and display bays are available, but these spaces are limited. The tariffs vary from £4.40/per hour to £1.10/per hour depending on the zone you are in within the borough. The machines will only accept 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins with a maximum stay varying by area (usually just a few hours). These bays are controlled between the hours of 8.30am and 6:30pm Monday through Friday, as well on Saturdays from 8.30am to 1:30 or 6:30pm (depending on the area). You may park in these bays after 6:30pm (as long as there is no parking suspension) even if the rest of the area is still enforced. Please do still check the rules for the specific parking bay you are using!
Disabled Blue Badge Holders
For our Blue Badge holding visitors, K&C has 160 parking bays available. Much the same as the Pay & Display parking bays you are still expected to pay by the hour rate and stay within the maximum time allotment. Blue Badge holders, however, are granted an hour of lenience after their parking expires.
If you’re a visitor, planning on staying in Kensington & Chelsea for a longer time period, you may be interested in renting a space. Spaces are rented out by people with driveways, hotels with extra parking spaces and car parks in the area. These prices vary greatly but we find that they generally cost around £25 per day, depending on the area of the borough. Check out JustPark or Parkopedia.