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.

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A Historic Christmas in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 26 Nov 2015, in History

My guests, colleagues and friends all know that I am something of a fanatic for history. So that’s why a forthcoming exhibition relating to a historic Christmas in Kensington has really caught my attention.

This is being held at the world-famous Kensington Palace over December and into early January. It will be a very accurate re-creation of a Victorian Christmas of the sort that would have been the norm around Queen Victoria’s heyday. (more…)

Albert Bridge

Chelsea Attractions and Odd History

Posted by Oliver, on 05 Nov 2015, in History

Yet again, a colleague has accused me of being slightly obsessed with Kensington.  I don’t really deny that, but I’ve decided to speak on behalf of the Chelsea attractions just to show I’m not totally biased!

It’ll also give me a chance to share some of the area’s ‘odd histories’ – yes, another obsession of mine. (more…)

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Why did Sloane Square Give Rise to ‘Sloanies”?

Posted by Oliver, on 15 Oct 2015, in History

Sloane Square is a charming location not far from our hotel.

One of our guests asked me recently just what a “Sloanie” was and whether it was related to the location. She said she’d heard the expression on an old TV re-run.

Although I’m not an expert on very recent social history, I’ll do my best to explain here! (more…)

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Kensington Hotels and Sir Thomas Moore

Posted by Oliver, on 14 Jun 2015, in History

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…)