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.
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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Jan
25
Peter Pan and Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan’s Story in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 25 Jan 2014, in Bookish Kensington
“Peter Pan Status Kensington Gardens” © 2009 Amandabhslater, Used Under A Creative Commons License

“Peter Pan Status Kensington Gardens” © 2009 Amandabhslater, Used Under A Creative Commons License

Thinking of staying with your kids at a Kensington hotel? In London, you can’t escape the amazing legacy of Peter Pan. (more…)

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Jan
20
Finch and Co Antiques

Antique Shopping in Kensington

Posted by Oliver, on 20 Jan 2014, in Culture Corner
‘Antique shop’ © 2008 Tamburix, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Antique shop’ © 2008 Tamburix, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Culture doesn’t necessarily mean touring museums and galleries. You can find it in the shops too and Kensington oozes with cultured shopping. (more…)

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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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