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.

Jun
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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…)

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Feb
18
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Our Hotel in Kensington and the Battle of Blythe Road

Posted by Oliver, on 18 Feb 2015, in History

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This work is a derivative of “Battle cry” by Kevin Dooley, used under CC BY 4.0. “Battle cry” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

Our hotel in Kensington is near to a ‘battle site’ that most people have never heard of.

It was called at the time “The Battle of Blythe Road” and it’s one of those amusingly quirky episodes for which Kensington and London are both well known. (more…)

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Jan
17
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Visiting the Royal Mews From Our Hotel in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Jan 2015, in History

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I don’t like to be too parochial. So, I’ll admit (sometimes grudgingly) that other parts of London have their own attractions. One such that is well worth a visit from our hotel in Kensington is The Royal Mews. (more…)

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Dec
17
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Our Hotel in Kensington and John Stuart Mill

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Dec 2014, in History
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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…)

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Nov
25
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Our Hotel in Kensington and Queen Victoria

Posted by Oliver, on 25 Nov 2014, in History

No, as far as I know, Queen Victoria never stayed in the building that became our hotel in Kensington.

Yet what I do know is that she was born very close to us in Kensington Palace on 24th May 1819. So, she was a ‘local girl’!

What made her so famous? (more…)

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Oct
30
This work is a derivative of "London - Cabinet War Rooms - 1 (Postcard)" (http://goo.gl/vuQzmk) by Roger Wollstadt (http://goo.gl/TWXlcp), used under CC BY 4.0. "London - Cabinet War Rooms - 1 (Postcard)" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [Regency Hotel].

Our Hotel in Kensington and World War II

Posted by Oliver, on 30 Oct 2014, in History

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As we remember the 100th anniversary of the First World War, I suppose it’s inevitable that some guests at our hotel in Kensington become interested in my home borough’s experiences during the bombing of the Second World War.

In fact, one sweet little child-guest asked me not too long ago if I could remember the war. I must admit, I looked at my face very closely in the mirror shortly afterwards! (more…)

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