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.
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Kensington Hotels and Sir Thomas Moore

Posted by Oliver, on 14 Jun 2015, in History

Many people who love English history are particularly attracted to the Tudor period and even more specifically, the reign of King Henry VIII.

World-famous for his six wives (contrary to some myth, two rather than all six of which were executed) he also instigated the great religious reformation that turned the England of the time into a Protestant rather than a Catholic country. (more…)

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Our Kensington Hotel and the East End Beigel

Posted by Oliver, on 07 Jun 2015, in For Foodies

I don’t like to be accused of being too parochial.

True, I love Kensington but I’m the first to admit that other parts of London have their attractions as well and one of those is that great culinary delicacy called the “Beigel”. No, that’s not a spelling mistake! In fact, you’ll also sometimes see the spelling “Biegel” used. (more…)