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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