It’s not unknown for some of our guests to ask me for advice on hunting rare book treasures while they’re staying in Kensington. That’s partly because Kensington is a well-known centre of antique book sales and partly due to the fact that apparently I look ‘bookish’ or so one of our guests informed me. (more…)
True, I know of no great works by Agatha Christie that are set in our hotel in Kensington but I have a confession to make – though not one related to crime!
I’ve always been an avid fan of the detective novel and few people would dispute that she is the pre-eminent figure in global detective fiction. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
I know I have said this time and again, but one of the things I like best about working at a hotel in Kensington – and living in the area as well – is just how much history and culture one can have access to in the area, if one knows where to look. The flagship of this are our astonishing free museums, of course, but there’s just so much more to be found on the streets of this borough that I make it a point to tell guests staying at my hotel in Kensington about some of the lesser known facts about the area. (more…)
As much as the media keeps saying that people do not like to read, I find the opposite to be true. Many of the guests that come into my hotel in Kensington ask me for new book recommendations, and one of the most popular corners of our establishment is the one where we keep the bookcase of paperbacks that guests can borrow or swap for one of their own books. (more…)