My Kensington

Kensington is an amazing community to belong to. If you want to know some of my favourite highlights in the borough you should read on. From the arrival of Spring to the most welcoming pubs, I would like to share those little moments that make my work at a Kensington hotel a pleasure and a privilege.

Sep
17
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Summer Turns to Autumn in a Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Sep 2014, in My Kensington

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This work is a derivative of “Kensington Gardens” by Herry Lawford, used under CC BY 4.0. “Kensington Gardens” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel]

As you might imagine, I don’t get a lot of free time to stand and stare out of the windows of our Kensington hotel.

However, I have noticed the first subtle changes that suggest autumn is starting to appear on the horizon. (more…)

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Sep
03
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A Hotel in Kensington – Past and Present

Posted by Oliver, on 03 Sep 2014, in My Kensington

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Over its long history, our hotel in Kensington has seen many changes in the local area.

Now from my past observations, you’ll know that I love history and a sense of the past. However, I like to think that I’m not obsessed by it and perish the thought that I’ll ever become an old ‘fuddy-duddy’ who denigrates everything that’s taken place post-1950! (more…)

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Aug
20
Royal Albert Hall

The History of the Royal Albert Hall

Posted by Oliver, on 20 Aug 2014, in My Kensington
‘Royal Albert Hall, London’ © 2006 Zimit. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

‘Royal Albert Hall, London’ © 2006 Zimit. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

As most of you may know, old Oliver is part and parcel with the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Not only do I proudly man the desk for a Kensington hotel, I was also born and raised in this area and pride myself in knowing most of its hidden spots and out-of-the-way attractions. (more…)

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Jul
10
Detail of the Elfin Oak.

Travel from your Hotel in Kensington to a Magical Land…

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Jul 2014, in My Kensington
Detail of the Elfin Oak.

‘Elfin Oak, Kensington Gardens (c) 2010 Rev Stan. Used under a Creative Commons license. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

I am quite sure I have stated this before, but I enjoy reading. There is nothing quite like allowing yourself to be transported to new and exciting worlds, and books accomplish this in a way films do not manage in my opinion.

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Jun
11
Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour: A Royal Birthday Celebration

Posted by Oliver, on 11 Jun 2014, in My Kensington
Trooping the Colour

‘Trooping the Colour’ © 2007 Jon’s pics, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

On Saturday 14 June 2014, our beloved Queen’s birthday will once again be celebrated with the traditional Trooping the Colour. This yearly spectacle is such a magnificent manifestation of British culture that many guests of my hotel in Kensington are excitedly chatting about it already. Also, I happen to know that we have visitors coming in from all over the world who will visit Britain’s capital just to witness this event! (more…)

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Apr
07
A view of the Gardens and their flamingos

The Kensington Roof Gardens

Posted by Oliver, on 07 Apr 2014, in My Kensington

 

A view of the Gardens and their flamingos

‘IMG_3841’ (c) 2011 David Terrar. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

One of the most common questions guests who come through my hotel in Kensington ask me is “Oliver, do you know any good places to eat around here?” To which I obviously reply with “of course I do!” before pointing them to one of my favourite restaurants in the area. (more…)

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Mar
16
Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival is Buzzing

Posted by Oliver, on 16 Mar 2014, in My Kensington
‘DSCF0007’, © 2001 Matthew Black, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘DSCF0007’, © 2001 Matthew Black, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Once again one of my favourite events in Kensington is back with a splash. The Great British Beer Festival is the best place in all of the United Kingdom to experience a diverse selection of domestic and international beers, ciders, and perries. The guests of my Kensington hotel in London cannot stop raving about this upcoming event. This favourite of young adults, and even old geezers such as myself love to come to this relaxed atmosphere and sip with friends. I can already hear the cloud of voices and clinks of glasses. (more…)

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Jan
08
Museum of Brands

My Favourite Day Out in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 08 Jan 2014, in My Kensington
‘7UP’  , © 2008 Kevin Dooley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘7UP’ © 2008 Kevin Dooley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

As you might have discerned from my earlier blogs, I’m a big fan of nostalgia. While I love history, museums and reading biographical texts, I class nostalgia as a different animal entirely. Nostalgia is a feeling when you see a “wireless” radio, or a “My Goodness My Guinness” poster – when something isn’t just from the past, but of the past. Staying at one of our Kensington hotels? In London, you’re always within walking distance of true nostalgia. If you get misty eyed over trivial relics from our history, then like me, you’ll love visiting the Kensington Museum of Brands. (more…)

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Dec
15
Kensington Roof Garden Nights

My Top Night Out: The Kensington Roof Gardens

Posted by Oliver, on 15 Dec 2013, in My Kensington
‘Untitled, © 2010 squeezeomatic, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Untitled, © 2010 squeezeomatic, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

A lot of our customers at the Regency – particularly our younger guests – ask me the same question every time the weekend rolls around. Sure Kensington is teeming with culture and amazing restaurant spots, but where can you go to really let your hair down? (more…)

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