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A Night At The Kensington Hotel

A Night At The Kensington Hotel

On Saturday I was invited to spend the night at the Kensington Hotel… a luxury townhouse hotel located in the South Kensington area of London. How could I possibly refuse such an offer!

The hotel which has recently reopened after a £20 million refurbishment programme is located on Queens Gate, a pretty tree lined street which is only a short walk from either Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube stations. Even my African Princess who seems to be in tears whenever she has to walk any great distance never complained about the walk from the station to the hotel – miracles really do happen!

From the outside the Kensington Hotel looks like an impressive looking building and this very much continues inside. The lobby area is bright and stylish, and as we waked past the Morning Room to head to the lift… the first words that came out of my mouth where wow. The Morning Room looks like a fantastic place to enjoy afternoon tea or perhaps a relaxing glass of champagne.

The studio suite that we were given was quite simply stunning. A huge four poster bed, full French windows and the free standing bath were the highlights – in fact I have stayed in hotel rooms that were almost the size of the bathroom we had! And it is good to see that they provide free Wi-Fi access.

The hotel is located close to Knightsbridge where you will of course find Harrods and Harvey Nichols. For those who want to escape from shopping… there are a whole host of fantastic museums nearby including the Natural History Museum and the V&A. And when you are tired of the museums the wonderful Kensington Gardens is only a 15 minute stroll away. We were tempted to stay at the hotel for afternoon tea, but the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the air was warm, which would have been a shame to miss out on… so we wandered up to Kensington Gardens…

After a long soak in the heavenly bath… we headed to the Aubrey Bar and Restaurant. The bar is a very cool and stylish place to spend an evening. They have an extensive list of champagnes and cocktails, along with the usual array of beverages that you would expect… and it was good to see London Pride on the menu – I couldn’t resist a glass of fine champagne followed by a bottle of ale!

The bar area was perfect for unwinding before we headed through to the Aubrey Restaurant. I must say the staff in both the bar and restaurant provided first class service – helpful, polite, friendly and knowledgeable.

The restaurant has a very classy and very British look and feel about it, as well as being relaxed.

For a starter I had the Seared scallops with pea puree, pea shoots, broad bean and tomato broth. And… they were as delicious as they look in the picture. I had almost eaten them all before I remembered that I better take a picture!

For a  main course I went with the Kensington Mixed Grill – sirloin steak, lamb chop, calves liver, Cumberland sausage, bacon, fried egg with hand cut fat chips, herb roasted Portobello mushroom, grilled vine tomato, basil Hollandaise Barnsley lamb chop 8oz 18.00. For a ravenous meat eater such as myself the mixed grill was irresistible and I’m glad to say that it was exceptionally good.

To round things off… for desert I went for the selection of 3 homemade ice creams and sorbets, which was good – apart from the lime ice cream which was a wee bit too overpowering!

For the three courses the bill would have come to £43.50, which is good value for money considering the quality of the food, service and location. During our visit there were quite a few couples in the restaurant and I would definitely recommend taking a lover, friend or in fact anyone you like to the Aubrey Restaurant for a meal… they will be impressed.

After the delicious meal I was ready to enjoy the comforts of the four poster bed… and before I knew it room service was knocking on our room door with another delicious feast of breakfast delights, which included yoghurt, porridge, toast, boiled eggs, bacon and sausages, washed down with fresh orange juice. At 9am on a Sunday morning I’m not at my sharpest and as a result I forgot to take a picture – breakfast at £25 is a wee bit on the pricey side.

The hotel also has a gym which I never had the energy to use… and the hotels drawing room is a delightfully classy period room that is a wonderful place to unwind in.

The Kensington Hotel is a truly special hotel.  A quality hotel in a great location. I was impressed, very impressed with what I saw and experienced during my stay in South Kensington.

The Kensington Hotel, 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5LR, Tel: 0207 5896300, Website

The Kensington Hotel is part of the Doyle Collection of 11 individual and unqiue  hotels in 6 cities spread across the UK, Ireland and the USA.

3 Comments

  1. It sounds lovely and that food looks divine! There is nothing better than staying in a really good hotel.

  2. Wow, it’s impressive looking indeed. That food looks fantastic too. What fun things you two do.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  3. Emm, it is a fanastic hotel and I was pleased to see that they had top quality restaurant as well…

    Comedy Plus, it sure was…