mardi, 26, janvier 2016

Written by
Georgia Alford

Reasons to Visit Kensington in 2016

There are so many reasons to visit London. Being one of Europe’s most diverse and exciting cities, you’re never short of activities, sights and attractions. From carnivals to flower shows and even a Royal milestone, we take a look at what’s on in Kensington in 2016.

What: Christie's
When: Various dates

Since 1766, Christie's Auction House has been a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and exceptional expertise. From fine art to photography, jewelry and wine, Christie's is a popular showcase for the unique and beautiful. Auctions and exhibitions change regularly throughout the months but a popular regular event includes ‘Christie’s Lates’ where you can enjoy an evening of art, music and cocktails with specialist discussions and live screenings. Click here for more information on events and auctions at Christie's.

Christie's Auction Hous


What: The Queens 90th Birthday
When: 21st April 2016

In 1901, Kensington was granted the status of a Royal Borough, in memory of Queen Victoria who was born at Kensington Palace. Last year, The Queen became the longest-serving UK monarch with an outstanding reign of 64 years. This year, Her Majesty will be celebrating her 90th birthday with a series of dedicated events across London. These include the Annual Trooping the Colour Parade on the 11th June, which has taken place in London since 1820. Exhibition Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, will also mark the celebration and will be displayed exclusively at Buckingham Palace from 21st April 2016.


© 2015 Michael Garnett. All Rights Reserved.

What: Wildlife Photographer of The Year at The Natural History Museum
When: Until 10th April 2016

This year, the Wildlife Photography of the Year competition encouraged photographers to think differently about the way they tell stories and to use new innovative technologies. The result of this produced some of the most compelling images of the natural world which are available for public viewing up until 10th April 2016. For more information on the exhibition, follow the link here.

Image from the Wildlife Photographer Exhibition of The Year at The Natural History Museum


What: Swan Lake at The Royal Albert Hall
When: 1st June – 12th June 2016

The English National Ballet will perform in Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake. This magical production has captivated audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1887. The Royal Albert Hall is transformed into a magical lake for this unrivalled and compelling dance spectacular that tells the tale of Odette, a beautiful princess who is turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer. Shows run from Wednesday 1st June through to Sunday 12th June 2016. Click here for more details.

Swan Lake at The Royal Albert Hall

© 2006  Chi-Chuan Chen. All Rights Reserved.

What: The Chelsea Flower Show
When: 24th – 28th May 2016

For 5 days in May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be transformed into the world’s greatest flower show. 2016 highlights will include photographic and floral tributes to celebrate HM The Queens 90th birthday, an acoustic garden inspired by world-leading percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. Horticultural inspirations will be taken from destinations around the world including Jordan, Japan, Cambodia and Chile. For more information on The Chelsea Flower Show click here

The Chelsea Flower Show

© 2012 Alex Hazelwood. All Rights Reserved.

What: Exhibitions at The V&A Museum
When: Various Dates 

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design, showcasing some of the most unrivalled historic and contemporary art. One of the most exciting exhibitions of the year is Botticelli Reimagined; an innovative showcase that explores the artistic legacy of Sandro Botticelli and runs from 5th March to 3rd July 2016.

Doyle guests can also take advantage of The Kensington’s Slice of the City: Bejeweled Treasures package, which includes one night’s accommodation, a la carte breakfast, two tickets to The V&A Bejeweled Treasures exhibition, two ‘A Taste of India’ cocktails and an exhibition book.

The V&A in London


Are you planning to visit Kensington in 2016? We would love to hear what you have planned during your stay. Tweet us at @DoyleCollection and @HotelKensington