The blog for those who
love Kensington as much as we do

My name is Oliver and I love my job. What do I do? I am a concierge at the Regency Hotel in Kensington, the heart of London, where style and sophistication meet the stylish and sophisticated.

What else do I love? In a word, Kensington. It's my home from home, my stomping ground and where I will always choose to while away my free time.

Being a concierge in this Kensington hotel is about so much more than managing staff and handing out local tourist leaflets to bewildered guests. I like to dedicate myself to finding that special event or ticket for the right client. Whether you're interested in the Big Five of Kensington or the venues that are off the beaten path, I have the passion and the insider knowledge of this world to offer you the best.

If you're a visitor for the first time or a knowledgeable local, come and share with me the liveliness and elegance that is the Kensington and Chelsea area as I make recommendations tailored for real people, not for guide books. If you want an authentic experience with a personal touch then you should read on.

While Oliver is a fictional character, he embodies the heart and soul of The Regency Hotel that you'll find in all our concierges.

Staying in Kensington and Rare Book Hunting

Posted by Oliver, on 20 Aug 2015, in Bookish Kensington

Books by Brad Hammonds is licensed under CC 2.0

It’s not unknown for some of our guests to ask me for advice on hunting rare book treasures while they’re staying in Kensington. That’s partly because Kensington is a well-known centre of antique book sales and partly due to the fact that apparently I look ‘bookish’ or so one of our guests informed me. (more…)

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Kensington Hotels and The British Museum’s Libraries

Posted by Oliver, on 20 Jul 2015, in Bookish Kensington

A number of visitors to Kensington hotels are interested in books or academic research. That’s fine because not only do we have some marvellous antique bookshops nearby, we are also a short distance from one of the largest libraries in the world – that of the British Museum. (more…)