Timeless glamour in London’s leafy museum district
Situated in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, our hotel infuses your stay with not only luxury, but also the chance to experience some of the city’s finest and most famous attractions. Fascinating museums, gorgeous green spaces, exhilarating performance venues and the renowned district of Knightsbridge are all waiting for you to explore.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, located on Cromwell Road, started originally as a museum of manufactures in 1852 and, today, boasts more than 2.3 million objects in its permanent collection. The collection spans a vast scope of creativity, including architecture, photography, fashion, painting, theatre and performance, and addresses major movements in artistic and creative history, such as Modernism, Art Deco and the Renaissance. This is a cultural feast.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum, also located on Cromwell Road, makes for a captivating and informative day out. The museum is an opportunity to experience and appreciate the diversity of life on Earth, from dinosaurs and whales through to the British flora and fauna of the museum’s Wildlife Garden. Admission is free.
Royal Albert Hall
This stellar performance venue, which opened officially in 1871, is the setting for the BBC Proms series and is one of the main places to visit in London for live classical music. It’s not only about the classical music, though. The venue hosts all kinds of modern music events and has been the venue for book launches and big movie premieres.
Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
While in Kensington Gardens, which were once a part of Hyde Park, you can visit Kensington Palace, the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and parts of it are open to the public.
Hyde Park is both a green space and the venue for a range of events. You can go swimming in the Serpentine Lido there during the summer as well as see concerts in the park. Uniquely, the park also has a history as a venue for public protest. Visit Speaker’s Corner on Sunday mornings to see people airing their views on a range of topics publicly.
Sitting south of Hyde Park, Knightsbridge is one of the most famous shopping districts in the whole of London. Here you’ll find the prestigious department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols, where you can purchase some of the finer things in life. This district will likewise delight those with a refined palate, since several restaurants cater for the rich and famous.
Famous Landmarks & Attractions
If you manage to cover all this and are looking for further places to explore, you may wish to head out to Portobello Road, Notting Hill, and visit the market. This is especially good if you’re an enthusiast of vintage and you’ll find clothing that’s right up your street. Browse the antiques section of the Saturday street market and you’ll be actually in the UK’s biggest antiques market.
Discover more with our ‘Slice of the City’ guide to Kensington