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.
Jan
12
Chelsea Old Church Library

No Stealing the Books!

Posted by Oliver, on 12 Jan 2014, in Bookish Kensington
‘Statue of Thomas More in front of Chelsea Old Church, Cheyne Walk, London’, © 2007 pablo.sanchez, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Statue of Thomas More in front of Chelsea Old Church, Cheyne Walk, London’, © 2007 pablo.sanchez, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

When I was in school, my mother used to joke about having to chain me to my books to get any school work done. Back then, I had no idea that some books have chains – literally! (more…)

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Jan
08
Museum of Brands

My Favourite Day Out in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 08 Jan 2014, in My Kensington
‘7UP’  , © 2008 Kevin Dooley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘7UP’ © 2008 Kevin Dooley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

As you might have discerned from my earlier blogs, I’m a big fan of nostalgia. While I love history, museums and reading biographical texts, I class nostalgia as a different animal entirely. Nostalgia is a feeling when you see a “wireless” radio, or a “My Goodness My Guinness” poster – when something isn’t just from the past, but of the past. Staying at one of our Kensington hotels? In London, you’re always within walking distance of true nostalgia. If you get misty eyed over trivial relics from our history, then like me, you’ll love visiting the Kensington Museum of Brands. (more…)

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Dec
25
Kensington Museum Attractions

Cultural Days Out in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 25 Dec 2013, in Culture Corner
Natural History Museum – London, © 2010 Cristiano Maia, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Natural History Museum – London, © 2010 Cristiano Maia, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Almost everyone who comes to visit Kensington knows about our amazing collection of museums. Whether it’s the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum or even the Science Museum of London, they’re all within spitting distance of one another: and more importantly, within walking distance of many hotels in Kensington, London. (more…)

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Dec
15
Kensington Roof Garden Nights

My Top Night Out: The Kensington Roof Gardens

Posted by Oliver, on 15 Dec 2013, in My Kensington
‘Untitled, © 2010 squeezeomatic, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Untitled, © 2010 squeezeomatic, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

A lot of our customers at the Regency – particularly our younger guests – ask me the same question every time the weekend rolls around. Sure Kensington is teeming with culture and amazing restaurant spots, but where can you go to really let your hair down? (more…)

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Dec
06
Famous Kensington Figures

Walking in the Footsteps of Kensington History

Posted by Oliver, on 06 Dec 2013, in History
‘Virginia Woolf’, © 2008 Diane10981, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Virginia Woolf’, © 2008 Diane10981, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

I’ve lived in Kensington my whole life, and I love being reminded of the amazing cultural figures who used to walk the same streets as I do. When I walk down Queen’s Gate every morning on the way to work, I think about all my heroes who spent their childhoods here. Some of them near Kensington hotels, in London! (more…)

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Dec
01
Pubs in Kensington

Quenching My Thirst: Pubs of Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 01 Dec 2013, in My Kensington
’Churchill Arms Kensington’, © 2008 Ewan-M, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

’Churchill Arms Kensington’, © 2008 Ewan-M, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Having lived in Kensington my whole life, I have been in and out of a lot of our local watering holes. While I’m partial to a sip of craft beer or a locally brewed ale, I must admit that a really great pub is down to atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for old-world character or new trends, you can find it all near your Kensington hotel – in London, the world’s friendliest city! (more…)

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Nov
26
Kensington’s Portobello Road Market

Kensington’s Portobello Road Market

Posted by Oliver, on 26 Nov 2013, in My Kensington
'Portobello Road Markets’, © 2007 London Attractions Guide, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Portobello Road Markets’, © 2007 London Attractions Guide, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Everyone who visits Kensington wants to hit up Portobello Road Market, but lots of people emerge empty handed. Sometimes it’s because just looking is enough, and sometimes it’s because they have trouble tracking down the best Portobello hidden treasures. Listen to my advice and you’ll be sure to emerge with something truly special: soon all the hotels in Kensington, London will be filled with these treasures! (more…)

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Nov
18
Kensington Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Kensington Breakfast and Brunch Spots

Posted by Oliver, on 18 Nov 2013, in For Foodies
'Brunch at Village East’, © 2012 Bex Walton, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Brunch at Village East’, © 2012 Bex Walton, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Kensington hotels in London tend to be filled with people that spend all day on their feet, whether they’re trawling Notting Hill for bargains for doing some window shopping on the high street. Like my mother always said, a good breakfast will set you up for the day – and our guests need the energy! That’s why I’ve picked my favourite breakfast and brunch spots from around Kensington to share with you: whether you’re looking for a full English, an American shortstack, or a light continental. (more…)

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Nov
13
Kensington Books

Kensington Rare Books at Harringtons

Posted by Oliver, on 13 Nov 2013, in Bookish Kensington
‘Old Books’, © 2010 Michael Graf, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Old Books’, © 2010 Michael Graf, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

There’s no shortage of rare items in Kensington. From the relics in the Victoria & Albert to the treasures at the Kensington Palace, every street has something pretty with an incomparable history. But what if you could buy a piece of that history? (more…)

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Nov
05
A World of its own Leighton House1

A World of Its Own: Leighton House

Posted by Oliver, on 05 Nov 2013, in Culture Corner
'Leighton House', © 2006 paranoidnotandroid, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Leighton House’, © 2006 paranoidnotandroid, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

As the concierge of one of the best Kensington hotels in London, I have to say that Leighton House is not one of the classic London museums, but is definitely one of the best. Leighton House was built by one of the most famous British artists of the Victorian time. Queen Victoria purchased one of his works, and he also was the President of the Royal Academy of Arts for a while. (more…)

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