The 5-Star Kensington Hotel, ideally located at the corner of Queen’s Gate and the Old Brompton Road, has an imposing white façade typical of this elegant 19th Century neighbourhood. Home to Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and The Royal Albert Hall, the area is also a much sought after residential neighbourhood. Top stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols in nearby Knightsbridge vie with the intimate boutiques, chic restaurants and design stores in the ever fashionable Chelsea, while the open green spaces of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are but a short stroll away. The ground floor of the hotel is a series of interconnecting Drawing Rooms, with welcoming open fires, large bay windows, and many original features such as the handsome stone staircase. The rooms are individually decorated in an elegant country house style, using sumptuous fabrics, deep upholstery and an eclectic mix of contemporary art and furnishings. The atmosphere is relaxed throughout, with the engaging and innovative service creating the ambiance of a smart private members club.
As in any Grand House, guestrooms at The Kensington vary in shape and in size – from the cozy to the opulently spacious. All are individually designed, with Italian marble bathrooms and a luxurious selection of furnishings and fabrics. Rooms enjoy a variety of views, through French doors onto leafy Queen’s gate, over the neighbouring rooftops or onto the quiet internal courtyards.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Room size: 20 sqm (average)
- Free Wi-Fi Internet Access
- Marble Bathroom with Heated Floor
- Nespresso Coffee Machine
- 40″ Flat-Screen TV & iHome Docking Station
- Aromatherapy Associates Bathroom Amenities
- Duck Down Duvet
- 100% Cotton, 210 Thread Count Bed Linen
The Kensington Hotel Restaurant:
Smart, leather chairs, polished wooden floors and chrome chandeliers give the Restaurant a clubby feel, but the food’s the star here. Delicious, modern European dishes created by Head Chef using the freshest seasonal produce, make every meal at the restaurant an absolute pleasure.
The Cocktail Bar:
The adjoining Cocktail Bar, with its slate floors, distressed mirrors, timber-clad walls and blue glass ceiling, is the domain of award-winning mixologist, Alessandro Pizzoli. From the time-honored classics to something a little more experimental, Pizzoli’s artistry is a delight to behold. And his Cocktail Master Classes are a big draw for business and leisure travellers alike.
Afternoon Tea at The Kensington Hotel:
Afternoon Tea at The Kensington Hotel is legendary, and makes this leafy corner of SW7 a destination in its own right. With a fragrant array of teas, the menu is a delight, featuring delicious sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and ‘sweet things’, a list of utterly gorgeous confections from chocolate mousse to millefeuille, bakewell tarts to panna cotta. Those wishing for a little extra sparkle can order a glass of Moet & Chandon to accompany their Afternoon Tea, which is served in absolute comfort by open fires in the ground floor drawing rooms.
On The Map: London is located in the southwest of England. The city’s fantastic transport system, including the Tube (subway), red buses and black taxis, insure you can get around the city quickly and easily.
London is the capital of England, and globally-renowned as one of the world’s great cities. London is very diverse – more than 230 languages are spoken, and you’ll encounter a great variety of cultures and communities throughout the city. London’s history is measured in thousands, not hundreds of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and The Royal Botanic Gardens. Beyond these, there is an unending list of interesting attractions and places to explore. You can visit the Queen’s official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government. Many of the most famous attractions are free to visit, like the Tate Modern Art Gallery, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museums. Famous City Landmarks abound, such as Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus. London is often cited as Europe’s best shopping destination. Oxford Street is the central shopping hub, but quirky markets all over the city, such as in Camden Town are well worth a visit. The River Thames runs through the heart of London, and a river cruise is a great, alternate way to see the city.