Located within an impressive Victorian building, in a residential area, this stylish boutique hotel in Kensington comprises of elegant guest rooms furnished with essentials such as coffee and tea making facilities, cable television and mini-bar. Amenities at the hotel include underground parking, a breakfast room overlooking the lush gardens and safety deposit boxes in the 24 hour reception. This luxurious boutique is the perfect getaway destination, but should you need to work away during your visit, rest assured that there are onsite business facilities including conference rooms, an executive lounge and an internet lounge.
The Royal Albert Hall, opened in 1871, is a multi-functioning venue which hosts an array of exhibitions, performances and ceremonies throughout the year, but perhaps best known for playing host to the successful classical music festival, the summer Proms concert, every year. For those eager to discover more about this iconic building, tours are available of the Front of House, which includes the Queen’s private suites, the Royal Retiring Room, the Gallery and Auditorium. If you’re catching a show here, head to the Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar for pre drinks which opens 2 hours before each performance.
This deluxe hotel is within easy reach of both the Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres. These well known venues are host to various events and conferences annually. The Spirit of Christmas show has a wide variety of stalls selling stocking fillers and unusual gifts such as toffee vodka, rabbit tail scarves and homemade leather goods. The Olympia Horse Show is also another popular event, where you can watch dressage, show jumping and driving from top international competition. There’s also a large shopping hall to pick up the latest equestrian fashions. Other notable shows include, The Good Home Show, Hyper Japan and the National Wedding Show.
Kensington is a haven for foodies, with a great selection of restaurants and a fantastic food market every Saturday just off the the Kings Road. The market sells cupcakes so beautifully decorated you won’t want to eat them, freshly made Argentinian empanadas and homemade filled ravioli you can eat there or buy later to cook at home. For a romantic dinner, Scalini is an elegant Italian restaurant in South Kensington with regular returning customers. Enjoy succulent veal escalope, porcini and truffle ravioli and lobster linguine with good Old World wines and a relaxed ambiance. For drinks afterwards, head to Barts, a laid back bar and nightclub based on the American speakeasies.