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.
Apr
15
‘Bacalhau Á Brás’, a Portuguese specialty

A Taste of Portugal In Kensington & Chelsea!

Posted by Oliver, on 15 Apr 2014, in For Foodies

 

‘Bacalhau Á Brás’, a Portuguese specialty

‘Bacalhau A Braz O Bacalhau Dourado’ (c) 2008 Javier Lastras. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

As most of you will undoubtedly know, one of the main advantages of working at a hotel in Kensington is the diversity of nationalities and cultures you come into contact with. No other city quite rivals London for being a tourist destination – at least in my opinion – and working at the very heart of it (and in a hotel, no less!) gives me the opportunity to get to know guests from all over the world. It’s absolutely wonderful! (more…)

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Apr
07
A view of the Gardens and their flamingos

The Kensington Roof Gardens

Posted by Oliver, on 07 Apr 2014, in My Kensington

 

A view of the Gardens and their flamingos

‘IMG_3841’ (c) 2011 David Terrar. Used under a Creative Commons license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode).

One of the most common questions guests who come through my hotel in Kensington ask me is “Oliver, do you know any good places to eat around here?” To which I obviously reply with “of course I do!” before pointing them to one of my favourite restaurants in the area. (more…)

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Mar
16
Great British Beer Festival

The Great British Beer Festival is Buzzing

Posted by Oliver, on 16 Mar 2014, in My Kensington
‘DSCF0007’, © 2001 Matthew Black, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘DSCF0007’, © 2001 Matthew Black, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Once again one of my favourite events in Kensington is back with a splash. The Great British Beer Festival is the best place in all of the United Kingdom to experience a diverse selection of domestic and international beers, ciders, and perries. The guests of my Kensington hotel in London cannot stop raving about this upcoming event. This favourite of young adults, and even old geezers such as myself love to come to this relaxed atmosphere and sip with friends. I can already hear the cloud of voices and clinks of glasses. (more…)

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Mar
10
David Bowie Exhibit

A Touch of Nostalgia with a Whole Lot of Glam

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Mar 2014, in Culture Corner
‘Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life’, © 2012 Brandon Carson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life’, © 2012 Brandon Carson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

I don’t often admit it, but I am a sucker for the 70’s and 80’s. Not the parachute pants and wild colours, but the production of the whole era. David Bowie, London native and international entertainment icon, was at the forefront of this movement. This summer, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibit that celebrates Bowie in all his glory. This is an event is worth seeing, and is just minutes away from any Kensington hotel London offers. (more…)

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Mar
05
Artisan du Chocolate1

A Chocolate Heaven

Posted by Oliver, on 05 Mar 2014, in For Foodies
Artisan du Chocolate2

‘Artisan du Chocolat Sea Salted Caramels with Lemongrass – The Box’ , © 2011 Lee McCoy, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Hello again my friends,

Today I come to you with one of the most delicious suggestions yet. As a concierge of one of the beautiful Kensington hotels, London never fails to provide me with unbelievable options for my guests. Artisan du Chocolat is a London gourmet chocolate shop that will bring you to your knees with the delicious flavours of the truffles and bars. This is chocolate taken seriously. (more…)

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Mar
01
A Refreshing Night at the Royal Court1

A Refreshing Night at the Royal Court

Posted by Oliver, on 01 Mar 2014, in Culture Corner
A Refreshing Night at the Royal Court2

‘the royal court theatre’, © 2013 Dasha Stokoz, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Hello again my friends!

I just don’t know how I have not written about The Royal Court Theatre before this, but let me tell you, this innovative theatre company is definitely a highlight of the Kensington and Chelsea Bourough. The Royal Court is a national company that features up and coming playwrights and actors. This scary task of finding and showing new talent is executed marvellously, and the theatre has an impeccable reputation for being one of the most important theatres in Europe. One of the best parts of being a concierge in one of the Kensington hotels in London is that my guests and I are minutes away from some of the best unknown talent in the world! (more…)

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Feb
26
Chelsea Antique Bookfair

A Bookfair for Every Degree of Book Lover

Posted by Oliver, on 26 Feb 2014, in Bookish Kensington
‘Antique book’, © 2007 Juan Antonio Flores Segal, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Antique book’, © 2007 Juan Antonio Flores Segal, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Kensington is a book lover’s paradise. With modern and antique book shops lining the streets of this London borough, I am confident there is not a title that cannot be found. For any guest of a Kensington hotel, London provides a great selection that can be tailored to every taste. (more…)

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Feb
18
Holland Park Opera

The Opera Dazzles like Never Before

Posted by Oliver, on 18 Feb 2014, in Culture Corner
'Holland Park', © 2007 Oliver Bruchez, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Holland Park’, © 2007 Oliver Bruchez, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

For guests staying in Kensington hotels in London seeking the famous culture that the city is known for, the annual Holland Park Opera is a highlight of the summer holiday for many locals and visitors. I am continuously impressed by the cultural plains of Kensington and the array of local events that draw people from all over the city, and the world. (more…)

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Feb
10
Ignite at Cafe Consort

Immerse Yourself in Lunchtime Music at Ignite

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Feb 2014, in Culture Corner
“Royal Albert Hall, London” © 2009 Amandabslater Used Under A Wikimedia Commons License

“Royal Albert Hall, London” © 2009 Amandabslater Used Under A Wikimedia Commons License

When I recommend the Royal Albert Hall to our customers, they always have the same reaction. Even though they are staying at the best Kensington hotel in London, they believe that an event – any event – at the Albert is a special occasion. Over the years, the Royal Albert Hall has developed a reputation of being largely attended by the opera-glass carrying fox-fur wearing older class of Britain, but in 2013, nothing could be further from the truth. (more…)

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