The Kensington Hotel London

The Kensington Hotel London

*****

Situated in beautiful townhouse, just off London’s Old Brompton Road, The Kensington Hotel London is a relaxing spot in which to escape the bustle of SW7’s museum land. Style is taken incredibly seriously here, and everything from its handpicked furniture to the light installations that dominate its communal areas ticks the right fashion-magazine boxes. And it’s incredibly spacious – even the smallest rooms feel positively suite-like.

Highlights:

  • Superb location: Kensington’s attractions within a 10-minute walk

  • Space – even the smallest rooms are pretty big

  • Huge floor-to-ceiling windows in all rooms guarantee plenty of natural light

Smith extra

20 per cent off in the Aubrey restaurant, and 20 per cent off in-room treatments from Viva Therapies

In the know

Also need to know:

The huge brass doors in the Aubrey Bar have been taken from Dublin’s General Post Office, scene of the infamous 1916 Easter Rising. Keep an eye out for bullet holes.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Reviewed by Howard Bernstein

City hotel bars can be full of lonely, wandering travellers – but they’re also ripe with possibility. Think Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation. Mrs Smith and I are relaxing in the Kensington Hotel’s amber-hued lounge, eyeballing a chandelier like a belly dancer’s belt, when I have my own Bill Murray moment. Instead of spying Scarlett Johansson lingering longingly, proffering peanuts and parties, I notice Erin O’Connor: she’s sitting right behind my beloved.

If I squeeze my left eye shut a little, and squint, I can transpose my lady’s head onto Erin’s limbs. Al

Accommodation details

Address:

109-113 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5LR, United Kingdom
London
United Kingdom

Location:

2.3 mi / 3.7 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

The Aubrey Restaurant is where chef Russell Ford serves up wonderful English cuisine – peppered sirloin steak, roasted lemon-and-thyme chicken, and rhubarb and apple crumble – to a food-savvy crowd. Diners sit on green leather chairs at round wooden tables, and are free to move from the dining room into the bar whenever they feel. The atmosphere is casual.

Top table:

Try to secure one of the long, leather banquettes for genuine comfort eating.

Last orders:

The Aubrey Restaurant stops taking orders at 10pm; the Aubrey Bar carries on serving till midnight.

Room service:

Sandwiches, burgers, salads and other light dishes – and, of course, drinks – are available 24 hours a day.

Hotel bar:

With its wood-panelled walls, six gorgeous glass teardrop chandeliers and enormous brass doors, the Aubrey Bar has a wonderful step-back-in-time feel. Sink back into one of the comfy dark-purple couches and send waiters scurrying to and from the mosaic-covered, semi-circular bar to bring you selections from the extensive cocktail menu. We recommend the Queen’s Gate Garden.

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