if you come to London, nothing can be more quintessentially English than an overnight in Kensington. As one of London’s most desirable locations, the streets of Kensington are paved with gold in real estate terms with multimillion pound residences the length of breath of the area. For shoppers High Street Kensington is heaven and has every brand imaginable and Knightsbridge is a 20 minute walk away. Hyde Park is on your doorstep and the Royals are not too far away at Kensington Palace. TLE love this area of London and we have pulled out our favourite hotels in the area that are a must when you stay in the capital.
The Kensington is located in a beautiful original Victorian townhouse on the edge of Old Brompton Road you are moments way from the Natural History Museum and the V&A making it ideal for a cultural visit to the city. 126 guest-rooms and 24 suits all individually decorated with rich fabrics and deep upholstered and dotted with contemporary art and sleek furnishings that match the buildings classical architecture.
Perfectly located for the museums and moments away from South Kensington Underground Station, the Ampersand oozes cosmopolitan luxury. Step into the pillared foyer, lit with a cascading chandelier. The hotel includes a tea salon and basement restaurant serving incredible cocktails. Halls are themed with botanical sketches and bird motifs and the 111 rooms and suites take influence from five concepts: botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy.
The Gore is as quintessentially British as they come. Opulent, filled with antiques and has been around since 1892. The Royal Albert Hall is its neighbour and the hotel has been winning the hearts and minds of guests with personal attention to detail and luxury finishes from a bygone era of high society for many years.
Created by acclaimed interior designer Anouska Hempel, this boutique luxury property occupies a row of black painted Victorian townhouses on a quiet street in South Kensington. Each room is opulently decorated with fabrics, furniture and items from around the world and colour schemes that are dramatic and vibrant and show Anouska’s passion for travel.
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The Pelham Hotel
Country house intimacy meets London townhouse living at The Pelham. A complete home from home experience, with a big nod to the service of the past, decoration is thoroughly modern. Bright sunny interiors blend with old Indian fabrics, signature artwork and furniture.