Thanks to a generous donation by the Clore Duffield Foundation, Kensington Palace has a beautiful new learning centre in what was once an old apartment at the front of the Palace. With views of the gardens, looking out on to the famous Golden Gates and the statue of the King who built the Palace, William III, the Clore Learning Centre blends old with new in inspiring surroundings.
Mrs. Lyons' room, named after a 19th century resident, is a lovely, welcoming space and was created by joining three smaller rooms together (but keeping their original features intact wherever possible – look out for the two fireplaces side-by-side!). This is our largest room and will play host to all manner of activities from school and community sessions to art workshops, evening lectures and more.
Next door is Mrs. Greenfield's room, named after a 20th century housekeeper at the Palace, and you'll find it has a domestic feel – it's a place where smaller groups can have discussions, debates and relaxed sessions.
You'll also find our new lunch room Mr Hester's room, named after the Palace's 17th century rat-catcher Mr. Hester! Education or community groups can pre-book slots in the room to have their packed lunches.
The Clore Learning Centre has direct access to the new lift, plus other facilities including offices and a kitchen.
Find out more about the foundation at Clore Duffield Foundation