Culture Corner

No one will ever get bored in Kensington! There is so much going on: from concerts to exhibitions to lectures and theatre. After a day at the Kensington hotel I will often treat myself to an evening event – and it’s all just around the corner. Take a look at some of the best the borough has to offer.

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
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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May
13
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Golborne Road: a Market Lover’s Dream!

Posted by Oliver, on 13 May 2014, in Culture Corner
Golborne Road

Golborne Road. ‘View Of Golborne Road (London W10, United Kingdom), Looking Northwest Towards Trellick Tower’ © 2006 Ben Braithwaite, used under a Creative Commons license.(creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Markets! Who doesn’t love them? In turn quirky, quaint and full of personality, a good old-fashioned market is one of the many pleasures of any European capital. And, with London being perhaps the definitive European capital, of course it boasts its own, world-renowned examples of them! (more…)

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Apr
28
St Mary Abbots Church

St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington’s Most Beautiful House of Prayer!

Posted by Oliver, on 28 Apr 2014, in Culture Corner
St Mary Abbots Church

‘St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington’ (c) 2009 Christopher Bulle. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

One of the perks of working in one of the most popular Kensington hotels – and one I have mentioned in the past – is getting to interact with people of all different nationalities and cultures. However, this privilege also comes with a caveat: one must be very, very careful not to unknowingly cause offence to any of the guests! Evidently, one of the easiest ways to do so is to presume about someone’s religion, and as such, I try to keep churches and religious buildings off of my recommendations when drawing up a list of things to do for people staying at my hotel. (more…)

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Mar
10
David Bowie Exhibit

A Touch of Nostalgia with a Whole Lot of Glam

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Mar 2014, in Culture Corner
‘Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life’, © 2012 Brandon Carson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life’, © 2012 Brandon Carson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

I don’t often admit it, but I am a sucker for the 70’s and 80’s. Not the parachute pants and wild colours, but the production of the whole era. David Bowie, London native and international entertainment icon, was at the forefront of this movement. This summer, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibit that celebrates Bowie in all his glory. This is an event is worth seeing, and is just minutes away from any Kensington hotel London offers. (more…)

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Mar
01
A Refreshing Night at the Royal Court1

A Refreshing Night at the Royal Court

Posted by Oliver, on 01 Mar 2014, in Culture Corner
A Refreshing Night at the Royal Court2

‘the royal court theatre’, © 2013 Dasha Stokoz, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Hello again my friends!

I just don’t know how I have not written about The Royal Court Theatre before this, but let me tell you, this innovative theatre company is definitely a highlight of the Kensington and Chelsea Bourough. The Royal Court is a national company that features up and coming playwrights and actors. This scary task of finding and showing new talent is executed marvellously, and the theatre has an impeccable reputation for being one of the most important theatres in Europe. One of the best parts of being a concierge in one of the Kensington hotels in London is that my guests and I are minutes away from some of the best unknown talent in the world! (more…)

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Feb
18
Holland Park Opera

The Opera Dazzles like Never Before

Posted by Oliver, on 18 Feb 2014, in Culture Corner
'Holland Park', © 2007 Oliver Bruchez, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Holland Park’, © 2007 Oliver Bruchez, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

For guests staying in Kensington hotels in London seeking the famous culture that the city is known for, the annual Holland Park Opera is a highlight of the summer holiday for many locals and visitors. I am continuously impressed by the cultural plains of Kensington and the array of local events that draw people from all over the city, and the world. (more…)

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Feb
10
Ignite at Cafe Consort

Immerse Yourself in Lunchtime Music at Ignite

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Feb 2014, in Culture Corner
“Royal Albert Hall, London” © 2009 Amandabslater Used Under A Wikimedia Commons License

“Royal Albert Hall, London” © 2009 Amandabslater Used Under A Wikimedia Commons License

When I recommend the Royal Albert Hall to our customers, they always have the same reaction. Even though they are staying at the best Kensington hotel in London, they believe that an event – any event – at the Albert is a special occasion. Over the years, the Royal Albert Hall has developed a reputation of being largely attended by the opera-glass carrying fox-fur wearing older class of Britain, but in 2013, nothing could be further from the truth. (more…)

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