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.
Oct
30
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Our Hotel in Kensington and World War II

Posted by Oliver, on 30 Oct 2014, in History

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As we remember the 100th anniversary of the First World War, I suppose it’s inevitable that some guests at our hotel in Kensington become interested in my home borough’s experiences during the bombing of the Second World War.

In fact, one sweet little child-guest asked me not too long ago if I could remember the war. I must admit, I looked at my face very closely in the mirror shortly afterwards! (more…)

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Oct
24
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Our Hotel in Kensington and Antique Book Shopping

Posted by Oliver, on 24 Oct 2014, in Bookish Kensington

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Guests at our hotel in Kensington regularly ask me for advice about antiques and particularly antique book shopping.

That’s not too surprising because this borough has a very long history of association with literature and what would once have been called “Men of Words”, though today the preferred term presumably de-emphasises the gender! (more…)

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Oct
15
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Feel Guilty Nearby our Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 15 Oct 2014, in For Foodies

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This work is a derivative of “MasterChef Live Kensington Olympia 2009” by Andrew Green, used under CC BY 4.0. “MasterChef Live Kensington Olympia 2009″ is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

Regular guests at our Kensington Hotel may well have noticed, even if they’re perhaps too polite to point it out, the fact that like many men of a certain age I seem to have to work harder to keep my weight under control. (more…)

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Sep
24
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A Kensington Hotel – What’s in a Name?

Posted by Oliver, on 24 Sep 2014, in History

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I’m fascinated by local place names – even that of our Kensington hotel.

So are many of our guests and I can recommend many local historical tours that can take you back millennia to Roman, Anglo-Saxon or Mediaeval London.

Take our local borough for example – ‘Kensington’. (more…)

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Sep
17
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Summer Turns to Autumn in a Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Sep 2014, in My Kensington

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As you might imagine, I don’t get a lot of free time to stand and stare out of the windows of our Kensington hotel.

However, I have noticed the first subtle changes that suggest autumn is starting to appear on the horizon. (more…)

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Sep
03
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A Hotel in Kensington – Past and Present

Posted by Oliver, on 03 Sep 2014, in My Kensington

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Over its long history, our hotel in Kensington has seen many changes in the local area.

Now from my past observations, you’ll know that I love history and a sense of the past. However, I like to think that I’m not obsessed by it and perish the thought that I’ll ever become an old ‘fuddy-duddy’ who denigrates everything that’s taken place post-1950! (more…)

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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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