Our Local Partners
Royal Albert Hall
Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria, the magnificent Royal Albert Hall is a world-renowned music and performance venue. Notable figures to have attended the hall include Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Muhammad Ali and JK Rowling. Located amongst the museums and galleries of South Kensington and across the road from Hyde Park, it’s no wonder the Royal Albert Hall is on the ‘must-see’ list for visitors to London.
2018 welcomes a host of outstanding once-in-a-lifetime events and performances including the BBC Proms, Films in Concert series and The Olivier Awards.
The Kensington is proud to be affiliated with the Royal Albert Hall, offering our hotel guests tickets and special packages to attend various performances throughout the year.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Quite simply the world’s leading museum of art and design. The Victoria and Albert Museum is renowned for its collection of objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity and for its diverse range of exhibitions, attracting visitors from around the globe. The Kensington is proud to be a long standing hotel partner of the V&A.
Just a short stroll from the hotel, this year’s exhibitions at the V&A include Fashioned From Nature, The Future Starts Here, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up & Video Games.
Kensington Palace, set in magnificent Kensington Gardens has been residence to the British Royal Family since its occupation by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1689. A short walk from The Kensington, the Palace is currently the royal residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle.
2018 is set to be an important year for the Palace, with the Victoria Revealed and Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibitions as well as the most eagerly anticipated royal marriage in recent years.
The Design Museum
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design, its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. Since 1989 the museum has staged over 100 exhibitions and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers and architects including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray and Dieter Rams.
On 24 November 2016, The Design Museum relocated to Kensington. Leading architectural designer John Pawson has converted the interior of a 1960s modernist building to create a new home for the Design Museum giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions and significantly extend its learning programme.
2018 sees an impressive roster of exhibitions at the Design Museum including Ferrari: Under the Skin, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 and Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier.
Photo credit © Garreth Gardner