Sometimes, our guests ask me about antique Chelsea Porcelain. They assume that staying in Kensington means that they’ll be able to see where it was made and perhaps even find some in an antique dealer’s shop. (more…)
I was talking about an event in history the other day, the Peasant’s Revolt in 1381 to be precise, when I realised with a shock that my colleague’s eyes had rather glazed over. (more…)
Many people who love English history are particularly attracted to the Tudor period and even more specifically, the reign of King Henry VIII.
World-famous for his six wives (contrary to some myth, two rather than all six of which were executed) he also instigated the great religious reformation that turned the England of the time into a Protestant rather than a Catholic country. (more…)
It’s well known that I like telling my guests about aspects of local history that might be less well-known and not found in many guidebooks. (more…)
Our Hotel in Kensington is close to the birth and workplaces of many famous sons and daughters of Kensington but few inspire me as much as John Stuart Mill (1806-73). The son of a Scottish philosopher, he was born and lived right here in Kensington.
J.S. Mill was a philosopher but before you perhaps think this is going to be a ‘dusty treatise’ let me say why he is so important. (more…)