At once charmingly classic and endlessly interesting, The Kensington welcomes London guests and locals alike for iconic afternoon teas and peaceful stays.
The entrance into The Kensington is a grand stucco facade characteristic of South Kensington, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town. Inside is no less appealing. A charming Victorian aesthetic dictates the theme throughout. The Kensington resides within seven townhomes from the 19th century. In bygone days the aristocracy resided on the bottom floors, which is where you will find the taller ceilings. As you ascend to higher floors (where the household workers once lived) the ceilings are lower, but no less attractive. The rooms today have been lovingly restored and enhanced for modern travelers. Rooms and suites spread out over five floors, each different in size, shape, and fittings. In one you will find a four poster bed; in another, a brass clawfoot tub. Open fires gently crackle in most of the ground floor rooms.
Adding a happy touch of color throughout the hotel is the quirky mix of art and artifacts collected by the owner during her travels. Wallpaper, patterned drapery, loads of crown molding, and velvet-tufted seating add another visual layer at The Kensington. Freshen up with aromatherapy bath amenities. Afterward, your toes touch down on heated marble bathroom floors.
Children are welcome at The Kensington. Guest rooms are tended by an ambassador with the task of leaving teddy bears and books for the youngest guests. At night, tuck your little ones in bed after they have enjoyed some cookies and milk.
A wholesome buffet breakfast is taken in the lounge downstairs—a delicate robin’s-egg blue space with oodles of natural light and glistening crystal chandeliers. The Kensington’s menu is based around locally sourced goodies, and wellness is top of mind at the Juicery, serving fresh smoothies made to order.
What’s a trip to London without enjoying a warm cup at afternoon tea? Tea at The Kensington delights guests with sweets carved out in the shapes of Big Ben, the Shard, and the city’s iconic telephone boxes.
The Kensington’s location makes it ideal for guests wanting to experience London’s museums and theatre. Before you head out to the Royal Albert Hall, have the bartender pour you a glass at the K Bar, which feels like a private member’s club. A signature cocktail is named after Christian Dior, and the designer’s collection is displayed in the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum. The famous Harrods department store is also just a short walk away. If there’s a little drizzle outside, grab a complimentary umbrella as you dash out of The Kensington.Request Information