What a great address, in an attractive and central part of London that has never before been noted for its hotels – not spot-hitting ones like this one, anyway. The Doyles are Irish hoteliers, headed by three sisters who also own The Marylebone and The Bloomsbury in London, and The Westbury in Ireland. One sister, chairman Bernie Gallagher, oversaw the interior design here to make it feel more like a beautiful private residence than a traditional hotel. It is comfortable, sophisticated, but never try-hard, and the public drawing rooms are stylish yet undemanding. Eat and drink wherever you like, including in the homely Town House restaurant or the K Bar, for its signature cocktails and bar bites. There are 150 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, two sumptuous signature suites and, if you want to explore, Pashley bikes on which to pedal around the capital, with baskets for a picnic – another great touch.
Doubles from £235
+44 (0)20 7589 6300; doylecollection.com
Kensington Palace and Gardens – The Kensington Gardens are well renowned for their classic beauty and you can observe their transformation through every season. This intimate space set in the heart of London is a tranquil oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant Town House, with a menu created to match all tastes where the emphasis is on fresh produce focusing on the seasons, balanced with its hand-picked wine list.
A cocktail at the glamorous hotel bar demonstrating how food and drink match so well. The K Bar is inspired by the sophisticated atmosphere of a gentlemen’s club.
CLAIM TO FAME
The Kensington is partnered with the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A as part of its ‘Slice of the City’, which means guests can get exclusive access and VIP tickets.
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