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…)
Many chefs will tell you that significant numbers of people are looking for wholesome but actually very undemanding cuisine after the rich excesses of Christmas and New Year.
True, I know of no great works by Agatha Christie that are set in our hotel in Kensington but I have a confession to make – though not one related to crime!
I’ve always been an avid fan of the detective novel and few people would dispute that she is the pre-eminent figure in global detective fiction. (more…)
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…)
As I’ve said before, I am a great lover of British cuisine.
Now it’s perfectly true that great chunks of our indigenous culinary traditions were driven to the brink of extinction by the insane 1960s-1980s headlong rush towards so-called ‘modern convenience foods’. Fortunately, a few enlightened people recognised the damage this was causing and over more recent times there has been a huge upsurge in the re-discovery of our native ingredients and dining traditions. (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…)
I have admitted once or twice to guests at our Kensington Hotel, albeit slightly sheepishly, that for some years I just didn’t “get” organic and biological food.
I was a lot younger when the first notes of concern were raised about certain agricultural practices and I suppose at the time, with the disdain of youth, I assumed it was largely hype and fashion. When I think of how I used to eat in those now long-gone days, I’m pleasantly surprised that I survived! (more…)