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Petition to Stop the Busking Bans in Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are proposing to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order which means that buskers could be subjected to a fine of up to £1000.

Published: 17 May 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:29 PM
Instrument case on busy street.
Instrument case on busy street. Photograph: Shutterstock

Buskers have entertained the public on Portobello Road, in the South Kensington museum district and outside Harrods for many years, and these are considered iconic locations for street performers.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is concerned by the punitive measures that The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea want to introduce to curb this vital stream of revenue for musicians.

Busking can provide the first stepping stones into a long and varied musical career and has been the starting point for some of the UK’s biggest artists. It is a vital part of our country’s rich musical history and we urge the borough to actively engage in constructive dialogue to help resolve the issues.

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