History

The area around Kensington and Chelsea is rich in history, and I can spend hours weaving the tales of the past that make this borough so colourful and alive. It’s great fun to entertain the guests at the hotel in Kensington with the unusual fact and historical nuggets that I’ve picked up over the years. Here I have collected some of the best to share with you.

Apr
23
View of Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace: A Hub of History In The Heart of London!

Posted by Oliver, on 23 Apr 2014, in History
View of Kensington Palace

‘Kensington Palace’ (c) 2014 longplay. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

One of the things myself and my colleagues working at other Kensington hotels share in common – and often talk about – is the need to constantly find new locations and activities to recommend to tourists visiting the area. If you are a Londoner, you will know what I am talking about – of course you are going to tell someone to visit the London Eye and Westminster Abbey, but what if they have already done that? Then what should you recommend for them to do? (more…)

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Dec
06
Famous Kensington Figures

Walking in the Footsteps of Kensington History

Posted by Oliver, on 06 Dec 2013, in History
‘Virginia Woolf’, © 2008 Diane10981, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Virginia Woolf’, © 2008 Diane10981, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

I’ve lived in Kensington my whole life, and I love being reminded of the amazing cultural figures who used to walk the same streets as I do. When I walk down Queen’s Gate every morning on the way to work, I think about all my heroes who spent their childhoods here. Some of them near Kensington hotels, in London! (more…)

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Oct
27
Princess Margaret1

The Glamour of Princess Margaret

Posted by Oliver, on 27 Oct 2013, in History
‘Papa Bird & Princess Margaret 2, © 2010 IPP ON UPP, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Papa Bird & Princess Margaret 2, © 2010 IPP ON UPP, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Hello again!

Today on of my guests at the Regency Hotel asked me about our Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, so I decided to give all of my online friends a little history about one of the most fashionable women in the history of the British monarchy who lived in Kensington Palace No. 1. (more…)

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Oct
22
Victoria Awakes

Victoria Awakes at Kensington Palace

Posted by Oliver, on 22 Oct 2013, in History
‘Kensington Palace, © 2012 David Stanley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Kensington Palace, © 2012 David Stanley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Sometimes it’s amazing to think how one morning can change the course of history. Kensington has had so many historic moments that it boggles the mind – so many influential people have stayed in the Regency – one of the more prominent Kensington hotels in London – that I wonder if I’ve witnessed one myself! In the case of the Kensington Palace, its walls have seen more of Great Britain’s history than most places in the world. (more…)

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Sep
05
Chelsea Pensioners are not History

Chelsea Pensioners Are Not History

Posted by Oliver, on 05 Sep 2013, in History
‘A group of Chelsea Pensioners are shown waiting for the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen and High Royal Highness The Princess Royal.’, © 2004 armedforcesdayuk, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘A group of Chelsea Pensioners are shown waiting for the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen and High Royal Highness The Princess Royal.’, © 2004 armedforcesdayuk, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

For as long as I can remember, the Chelsea Pensioners have been making a bright red impression on my life in Kensington. Whenever they leave their home at the Royal Hospital to parade around Chelsea, their scarlet robes and shining badges remind me of my country’s role in some of history’s most storied events. (more…)

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Aug
31
The Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition

Posted by Oliver, on 31 Aug 2013, in History
‘1851 Great Exhibition’, © 2006 Neil Cummings, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘1851 Great Exhibition’, © 2006 Neil Cummings, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

When guests stay at one of the classic Kensington hotels in London, they are there for the extensive history and culture that Kensington is known for. One of the best parts of Kensington history, so I think, is the legacy of The Great Exhibition of 1851. The second half of the nineteenth century was a golden age for innovation and modern inventions. Under the rule of the great Queen Victoria, England made leaps and bounds to become the impressive empire it was. She was quite the woman was she not? Reminds me a bit of my own mum, always had something up her sleeve! (more…)

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Jul
30
Kensington Workhouse

Kensington’s Old Workhouse is Bounding with History

Posted by Oliver, on 30 Jul 2013, in History
‘Old Kensington WorkHouse', © 2008 Lezan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Old Kensington WorkHouse’, © 2008 Lezan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

One of the best parts of Kensington is its classic architecture. I am always awestruck by the beauty and detail of these old buildings that surround Kensington Hotels in London. A personal favourite of mine, the Kensington Workhouse also known as St. Mary Abbots Hospital, could house over 400 local workers. Workhouses were such an important part of the community because they supported poor people who couldn’t afford a place themselves, and sometimes even inmates. (more…)

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