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The Kensington, London

The Kensington

London, The UK

Situated in the sophisticated South Kensington area in a signature Victorian townhouse, this hotel exudes elegance and style. It effortlessly combines period features of marble fireplaces, grand chandeliers, parquet flooring and large bay windows with contemporary decor. The 150 rooms are each unique in size and layout and the internal style changes between the different room types.

Lunches and afternoon tea can be enjoyed in one of the large, light and airy drawing rooms that have open fires for the cooler winter months. The Town House restaurant has a retro style and a menu that focuses on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, or for a completely different atmosphere try a signature cocktail in the wood-paneled K Bar.


With a great location and characterful charm, this is one of our first choices for a stay in London.

OUR RATING: First Class

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Rooms are all unique in size and layout and each category has its own style of decor. Superior rooms are quite compact but still offer a full range of facilities, however the larger size of the deluxe rooms mean an extra bed can be incorporated if necessary.

There are also a number of spacious suites, which are individual in style with sumptuous decor. Luxurious touches include four-poster beds and antique-style furniture as well as additional facilities including a separate bath and shower. All rooms have wide screen TVs, iPod docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines.


The hotel has an excellent position with many of the city’s main museums, including the Natural History Museum and V&A just a five-minute walk away. The green expanse of Hyde Park and boutique shopping options of Kensington High Street and Knightsbridge are all close by and within an easy walk or a short taxi ride of the hotel.

Food and drink

The Town House restaurant comprises three interconnecting rooms and has a stylish, retro decor with splashes of green and yellow. It is open to guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a menu with a focus on seasonal English cuisine. The K Bar has a more historic atmosphere with wood paneling, a coffered ceiling and rich velvet seating.


Tepee beds can be set up in deluxe rooms for children. Inside the tepee is a single inflatable mattress and bedding, indoor camping lamp and a hotel teddy bear. The evening turn down service includes milk and cookies for campers.

Tour ideas in London

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