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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
“If music be the food of love, play on”
(William Shakespeare – Twelfth Night – c1601-02)
This is, of course, one of Shakespeare’s best-known quotations. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)