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.

Feb
04
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Discovering Tai Chi Near Our Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 04 Feb 2015, in My Kensington

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This work is a derivative of “World Tai Chi Day” by name of Brian Robinson, used under CC BY 4.0. “World Tai Chi Day” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

I am regularly asked by guests staying at our Kensington hotel to find one form or another of recreation locally.

I enjoy that part of my job immensely, though I must also admit it’s usually fairly easy to assist because Kensington is just so well-endowed with pastimes and facilities. It’s actually quite unusual for me to have to refer them to other parts of London to find what they’re looking for. (more…)

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Jan
09
This work is a derivative of "London, Fat Tire Bike Tours" (http://goo.gl/ccVrFB) by Jaanus Silla (http://goo.gl/2N4ayG), used under CC BY 4.0. "London, Fat Tire Bike Tours" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [Regency Hotel].

Getting Fit At Our Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 09 Jan 2015, in My Kensington

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This work is a derivative of “London, Fat Tire Bike Tours” by Jaanus Silla, used under CC BY 4.0. “London, Fat Tire Bike Tours” is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by [Regency Hotel].

I hate the mirrors at our Kensington Hotel.

Well, more accurately, I hate them in January and February because they draw to my attention all too revealingly just what the Christmas and New Year festivities have done to my waistline! (more…)

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Dec
09
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Getting to the Museums from our Kensington Hotel

Posted by Oliver, on 09 Dec 2014, in My Kensington

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I love sharing odd facts with visitors to our Kensington Hotel.

I’m probably stating the obvious when I point out that we’re very conveniently located for access to the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in South Kensington. (more…)

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Nov
17
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A Miniature of our Hotel in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 17 Nov 2014, in My Kensington
Regency Hotel Miniature

Regency Hotel Miniature

I’m always keen to speak at length about the visual and cultural attractions of my local area but there’s one right here in our very own hotel in Kensington that I just must mention.

It’s an absolutely breath-taking scale model of our own Terrace. It sits on permanent display in our hotel and fascinates guests.

I was speaking recently to the model’s designer and builder, Mr. Hoosain Ebrahim, who is a personal friend of the hotel’s owner Mr. Harish Patel. (more…)

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Nov
11
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Our Kensington Hotel and Ancient Byways

Posted by Oliver, on 11 Nov 2014, in My Kensington
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I’ve spoken before about how I love going on strolls from our Kensington Hotel.

I’m also very much an ‘off the beaten track’ man. Yes, I love Kensington’s main streets, squares and parks but what I find really fascinating are those tiny courtyards and small backstreets that, sadly, most tourists simply never get to see. (more…)

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Sep
17
This work is a derivative of "Kensington Gardens" (http://goo.gl/eB3fep) by Herry Lawford (http://goo.gl/5zSeUN), used under CC BY 4.0. "Kensington Gardens" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [Regency Hotel]

Summer Turns to Autumn in a Kensington Hotel

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

This work is a derivative of "Kensington Gardens" (http://goo.gl/eB3fep) by Herry Lawford (http://goo.gl/5zSeUN), used under CC BY 4.0. "Kensington Gardens" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) by [Regency Hotel]

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
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‘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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