I love the leafy open spaces of Kensington and fortunately our Kensington hotel is surrounded by them. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to believe when walking around that you are actually in the heart of London. (more…)
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…)
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…)