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The Kensington, Kensington & Chelsea, London
You will find style at every turn at The Kensington, which with its white stucco facade sits proudly on Queen's Gate. Comprising four 19th-century townhouses, and part of the highly regarded Doyle Collection, the hotel manages to be both chic, creative and comfortable as it blends Victorian grandeur with a subtle modernity. With its convenient location, elegant, statement public rooms, such as the lovely Drawing Room and the White Room, inviting bedrooms - some have roll-top baths - and the excellent, three-room Townhouse Restaurant, offering a British-based menu, The Kensington ticks numerous boxes for a stay in one of London most desirable areas. And the delicious afternoon tea is well worth making time for.
Take a stroll down Queen's Gate to the lovely green expanse of Kensington Gardens.
By car: From Birmingham, the drive is 127 miles (2 hours). From Oxford, the drive is 54 miles (1 hour and 10 minutes). From Winchester, the drive is 67 miles (1 hour and 20 minutes).
By train: From Birmingham, the train takes just over 2 hours and the trains come into various London stations. From Winchester, trains take about an hour and a half and arrive into Waterloo.
Style & Character
Perfect for anyone with a sense of style and fondness for things done just right; its location makes it very popular. There's a sense of panache in the hugely stylish Drawing Room and White Room with their pastel colours, artwork and fireplaces.
Service & Facilities
We jumped at the chance to hire one of the retro Pashley bikes (you can also order a picnic, if you wish).
- Fitness centre
- Public parking
- Free WiFi
If you have money to burn, the vast Kensington Suite is very luxurious with a large mirror doubling up as a TV screen. Although quite petite, the Cosy Rooms are great for single travellers, or for a night's stay.
Cosy, Classic Queen/ King/Twin, Deluxe Queen/ King, Family Room, Suite, Studio Suite, Luxury Suite, Brompton Suite, Knightbridge Suite, Kensington Suite
Facilities include: en-suite bathrooms fitted with Italian marble, duck down duvets, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi.
Food & Drink
Visit the Juicery at breakfast for a smoothie or protein shot, and sample imaginative cocktails in the K Bar. We loved the delicious breakfasts and the chicken breast with pumpkin pistou cooked on the Josper grill.
Town House: The restuaurant is open from 6.30 for breakfast in the week. Mains range from £16 to £28.
The K Bar: Influenced by private members clubs, The K Bar is the hotel's informal offering which serves up bar bites and cocktails. Food prices range from £7 - £9.50.