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.
Aug
29
Kensington High Street

Where to Eat When Attending the Proms

Posted by Oliver, on 29 Aug 2014, in For Foodies
‘Kensington High Street’ © 2007 Olivier Bruchez. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

‘Kensington High Street’ © 2007 Olivier Bruchez. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

The question of where to eat seems to be one of the most frequent to pop up among guests staying at the Kensington hotel where I work. There are other recurring enquiries, of course, but it seems as though everybody wants to know about good places to eat. (more…)

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Aug
20
Royal Albert Hall

The History of the Royal Albert Hall

Posted by Oliver, on 20 Aug 2014, in My Kensington
‘Royal Albert Hall, London’ © 2006 Zimit. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

‘Royal Albert Hall, London’ © 2006 Zimit. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

As most of you may know, old Oliver is part and parcel with the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Not only do I proudly man the desk for a Kensington hotel, I was also born and raised in this area and pride myself in knowing most of its hidden spots and out-of-the-way attractions. (more…)

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Aug
14
Earth, Wind and Fire

The Prom Act Which Will Make Me Leave my Hotel in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 14 Aug 2014, in Culture Corner
‘Earth, Wind and Fire Live’ © 2009 Craig O’Neal. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

‘Earth, Wind and Fire Live’ © 2009 Craig O’Neal. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Whenever the prom season rolls around, I always become excited. Not only because business in my hotel in Kensington begins to boom, but also because there is always at least one performance in every BBC Proms card that I am excited about seeing. This year is no different – except they outdid themselves. (more…)

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Jul
25
Blue plaque for poet Ezra Pound

Take The ‘Blue Plaque Tour’ from your Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 25 Jul 2014, in Bookish Kensington
Blue plaque for poet Ezra Pound

‘Kensington: 10 Kensington Church Walk’ (c) 2009 David Nicholls. Used under a Creative Commons license. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

A short while ago, I wrote a post about famous authors who had lived, died, been influenced by or left their influence upon the area of Kensington where I live and work. As I recall from that post, I introduced some of the most famous literary names associated with this area and made brief mention of where each of them lived. (more…)

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Jul
18
French Cuisine

France and Britain Dine Together Close to Your Hotel in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 18 Jul 2014, in For Foodies
French Cuisine

‘JOH_8791’ (c) 2011 star5112. Used under a Creative Commons license. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

I know I say this quite often, but one of the best things about working in a hotel in Kensington is the variety of different lunch options I have each day. Never has the phrase ‘something for everyone’ been better encapsulated than in my borough’s choice of eateries. Whether you fancy a burger, fish and chips, a nice sit-down meal, world cuisine or simply a quick bite from a major-chain franchise, you will find it all in Kensington! (more…)

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Jul
10
Detail of the Elfin Oak.

Travel from your Hotel in Kensington to a Magical Land…

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Jul 2014, in My Kensington
Detail of the Elfin Oak.

‘Elfin Oak, Kensington Gardens (c) 2010 Rev Stan. Used under a Creative Commons license. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

I am quite sure I have stated this before, but I enjoy reading. There is nothing quite like allowing yourself to be transported to new and exciting worlds, and books accomplish this in a way films do not manage in my opinion.

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Jul
04
‘Royal Albert Hall’

Prom Season Starts at My Hotel in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 04 Jul 2014, in Culture Corner
‘Royal Albert Hall’

‘Royal Albert Hall’ © 2006 Jason Cartwright. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Before I get started with today’s post, I feel obliged to apologise in advance. If, by any chance, I happen to ‘disappear’ from the web in the upcoming weeks, that will be simply due to the fact that my hotel in Kensington will have become fully booked. I expect it. We all expect it. Because, as you know, this is the season of the proms and we are a short stroll from the Royal Albert Hall. (more…)

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Jun
30
The Leighton House Museum at dusk.

The Victorian Era Lives Near Your Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 30 Jun 2014, in Culture Corner
The Leighton House Museum at dusk.

‘Leighton House’ (c) 2006 paranoidnotandroid. Used under a Creative Commons license. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

One of the things I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned is that I am a bit of a history buff. I just love reading about ancient times, peoples, civilisations and customs…brilliant stuff! My colleagues will tell you about the numerous times I’ve spent a less busy afternoon behind the desk at my Kensington hotel browsing or reading about some historical era or event. (more…)

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Jun
17
A typical charity shop shelf.

Where To Get A Book When Staying At A Hotel In Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Jun 2014, in Bookish Kensington
A typical charity shop shelf.

‘Book Collection’ (c) 2006 Ian Wilson. Used under a Creative Commons license. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Guests lodged at the hotel in Kensington I work in often have a very pertinent question for me: where should one go to find a good book in our fair Borough? These visitors have usually exhausted their reading options on the plane or train when travelling here, and are now in need of ‘brain food’ for their stay in London; being a reader and frequent traveller myself, I can understand their plight. Fortunately, there are more than a few locations across Kensington where one may find a good book. (more…)

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