The blog for those who
love Kensington as much as we do

My name is Oliver and I love my job. What do I do? I am a concierge at the Regency Hotel in Kensington, the heart of London, where style and sophistication meet the stylish and sophisticated.

What else do I love? In a word, Kensington. It's my home from home, my stomping ground and where I will always choose to while away my free time.

Being a concierge in this Kensington hotel is about so much more than managing staff and handing out local tourist leaflets to bewildered guests. I like to dedicate myself to finding that special event or ticket for the right client. Whether you're interested in the Big Five of Kensington or the venues that are off the beaten path, I have the passion and the insider knowledge of this world to offer you the best.

If you're a visitor for the first time or a knowledgeable local, come and share with me the liveliness and elegance that is the Kensington and Chelsea area as I make recommendations tailored for real people, not for guide books. If you want an authentic experience with a personal touch then you should read on.

While Oliver is a fictional character, he embodies the heart and soul of The Regency Hotel that you'll find in all our concierges.
Feb
18
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Our Hotel in Kensington and the Battle of Blythe Road

Posted by Oliver, on 18 Feb 2015, in History

This work is a derivative of "Title of image" (URL to image shortened with Google URL shortener) by name of author (URL to author profile on flickr shortened with Google URL shortener), used under CC BY 4.0. "Title of image" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [The Client’s Name].

This work is a derivative of “Battle cry” by Kevin Dooley, used under CC BY 4.0. “Battle cry” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

Our hotel in Kensington is near to a ‘battle site’ that most people have never heard of.

It was called at the time “The Battle of Blythe Road” and it’s one of those amusingly quirky episodes for which Kensington and London are both well known. (more…)

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Feb
11
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Afternoon Tea Near Our Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 11 Feb 2015, in For Foodies

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This work is a derivative of “Afternoon tea chinese style” by name of Grey World, used under CC BY 4.0. “Afternoon tea chinese style” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

True, I shouldn’t even think about cakes given my regular battle against my expanding waistline! Even so, I just have to sing the praises of one of the many great traditional British cakes you can find locally near our Kensington hotel. (more…)

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Feb
04
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Discovering Tai Chi Near Our Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 04 Feb 2015, in My Kensington

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This work is a derivative of “World Tai Chi Day” by name of Brian Robinson, used under CC BY 4.0. “World Tai Chi Day” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

I am regularly asked by guests staying at our Kensington hotel to find one form or another of recreation locally.

I enjoy that part of my job immensely, though I must also admit it’s usually fairly easy to assist because Kensington is just so well-endowed with pastimes and facilities. It’s actually quite unusual for me to have to refer them to other parts of London to find what they’re looking for. (more…)

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Jan
26
This work is a derivative of "old books" (http://goo.gl/hsb87R) by Steve Santore (http://goo.gl/rljXaq), used under CC BY 4.0. "old books" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [Regency Hotel].

Our Hotel in Kensington and Old Kensington 1908

Posted by Oliver, on 26 Jan 2015, in Bookish Kensington

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This work is a derivative of “old books” by Steve Santore, used under CC BY 4.0. “old books” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

Many of my colleagues at our hotel in Kensington gently ‘pull my leg’ about being something of a technological dinosaur.

Now it’s true that I prefer to get out and about to see and experience the real as opposed to virtual world but a dinosaur I’m not – witness how I’m communicating with you here! (more…)

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Jan
17
This work is a derivative of "London, England" (http://goo.gl/Byz7sh) by Nigel's Europe & beyond (http://goo.gl/oxdJH3), used under CC BY 4.0. "London, England" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [Regency Hotel].

Visiting the Royal Mews From Our Hotel in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Jan 2015, in History

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This work is a derivative of “London, England” by Nigel’s Europe & beyond, used under CC BY 4.0. “London, England” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

I don’t like to be too parochial. So, I’ll admit (sometimes grudgingly) that other parts of London have their own attractions. One such that is well worth a visit from our hotel in Kensington is The Royal Mews. (more…)

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