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…)
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…)