The Kensington Hotel

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

109-113 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5LR, United Kingdom

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Rated 10% higher but also costs 49% more than other 4.5 star hotels

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    Great location


    A swish location with in the district of Kensington. Both central London and Heathrow are easily accessible from South Kensington tube station.
    The classic rooms are a little small and have a lack of a view, however in saying that you don’t spend that much time in your room.
    I arrived into London Heathrow on a Friday at seven in the evening and took the 45 -50 minute tube rides to South Kensington station. After a short 3 minute walk in the rain I was welcomed by the Concierge and guided to the check in desk... it took just two short minutes to complete formalities and was unpacking in just five minutes. I decided not to hit central London that evening and enjoy a drink the hotels own Irish bar " Kavanagh’s",this turned out to be one of Kensington's liveliest establishments and I didn’t get to bed much before one in the morning.
    I had pre-booked breakfast and the morning after the night before was the perfect way to start the day and set me up for the long day of sight seeing ahead.

    Unique Quality: Excellant Location in the leafy suberb on Kensington the building is ornate and is full of character. The hotel boasts, 133 classic and 37 executive rooms, Restaurant, two bars and 24 hour room service.

    Directions: Close to earls Court and Olympia.

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Spring 2003


28 March: (bus) National Express 412, departs Cheltenham at 1430

28-30 March: Jurys Kensington Hotel, Queensgate, South Kensington,
phone: 011 44 2075 896300

30 March: National Express 412, departs Victoria Coach Station at 1200.

We have tickets for 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' for Friday evening. I'm not
sure what we are doing Sat. maybe the Cabinet War Rooms, maybe the Natural
History Museum. Depends on the weather (which has be fabulous for two solid

riday, 28 March: The day started with me being quite chuffed that we had
chosen the bus over the train for transport that day. There was a bit of a
train strike on and most of the trains from Cheltenham weren't running.
Dave picked up Matthew from school at 1330 (just after lunch) and we took a
taxi to the bus station at 1400. There were two coaches for the 1430 run to
London. Unfortunately the non-standard National Express coach took all the
people for Victoria Coach station. The bus driver decided to take the A40
to the M40 (vs. A419 to M4) and on one of the Oxford roundabouts a truck hit
him and took out one of his mirrors. Not to be outdone, the bus driver took
out after the truck and made him pull over (several miles into Oxford) to
get his name and phone number. The truck driver had the nerve to say that
the bus hit him. Tough to do, since the bus was standing still, IMHO. So,
we were on our way again, in stand still Friday afternoon traffic.
Somewhere along the line the bus driver opted for the M4 since the M40 was
not moving and we were nearly back on schedule for a 1730 arrival.
Unfortunately, the bus driver could not find Victoria Coach station (sound
familiar, Jim?). He drove around it three times, insisting on turning right
everywhere he could (not many places will allow right turns in London) to do
this. So, we arrived at the coach station a mere hour late at 1830 (the
show started at 1930). We took a taxi to our hotel, checked in, changed,
and took a taxi to the show with time to spare (but not enough time to eat
dinner). The show was great, we had great seats, and I'm still humming the
songs. After we ate dinner at Mc D's, took the tube back to the hotel, and

Saturday, 29 March: We walked to the Natural History Museum and saw the
mammal exhibit and a couple of the Earth exhibits. Dave was interested in
the volcano exhibit because they featured the Philippine volcano eruption in
1991 (while he was in Okinawa). They had a simulated earthquake (Toyko
1995) which Matthew thought was good. Then we went to Harrods for lunch.
We made the mistake of going up to see the toys. We didn't leave empty
handed. Dropped our stuff off at the hotel and went down to see the Cabinet
War Rooms. That was really interesting (tho' we've both been working in
WWII era buildings for the last three years, so some of it looked terribly
familiar). Did you know that Winston Churchill didn't like staples? He
insisted on the use of Treasury tags (I'll bring a couple home so you can
see them - metal bits with a short length of yarn that fits through a hole
in bunch of papers to hold them together). They still have those nasty
things, IMHO. Then we went to church at Westminster cathedral. Ate dinner
at the Hard Rock Cafe (yeah, I know, don't say it).

Sunday, 30 March: Our clocks went forward an hour. We ate breakfast and
took the tube to Victoria Coach station. Had a cup of coffee while waiting
for our coach. Had an uneventful ride back to Cheltenham. Probably should
have scheduled a later coach home, oh well.

Forum Posts

Gatwick to Earls Court

by UneBanane

I'm heading down to London at the end of August. Just wanna know how long and/or difficult of a trip its going to be from Gatwick to Earls Court. Also, what's the area like around Earls it posh or is it like a cracktown?

Re: Gatwick to Earls Court

by Roadquill

We stated at an apartment around the corner from the Earls Court tube station, but that was about six years ago. We had no problems whatsovever. But there was definitely an "element" that was different a than few stations towards city center. I would not call it posh, but very comfortable. We also have stayed by the theatre district. You get way more for your money near Earl's Court.

Re: Gatwick to Earls Court

by handfordr

There are direct trains from Gatwick to West Brompton which is at the southern end of Earls Court.
Earls Court is the budget end of Kensington, most hotels are towards the bottom end of the spectrum. Its quite a pleasant place to stay, the streets are clean abd there are no safety problems. If you're on a budget this is one of the best districts to stay in. Plemty of economic pubs, fast food and supermrkets as well as things like launderettes, left luggage and stuff like that.

There is a scale hotel map at the url below with most of the main hotels in the area marked. You will see also the position of West Brompton where the Gatwick trains stop.

Re: Gatwick to Earls Court

by TheLongTone

The direct train to West Brompton may well be infrequent. Train from Gatwick to victoria & District line underground to Earls Court I'd say.

Re: Gatwick to Earls Court

by leics

A cracktown?? Don't think we actually have those in the UK. A few areas which are best avoided, some even during the daytime, yes. Some difficult estates outsde the main part of cities/towns, yes. Some areas which have a deal of evident poverty (be it poverty of possessions, poverty of aspirations or poverty of morals, all or any combination), yes. But most definitely not Earl's Court! You'll be fine.

Re: Gatwick to Earls Court

by film

Earls Court is somewhere in the middle. It is busy with plenty of nice bars and restaurants, quite varied. Some of the bars are a bit snotty when they try to attract the 'hooray henry' and 'sloane ranger' clientele. People have and spend money around there. It used to be know as popular haunt of Australians, but these days it is the world and his brother. Check out this bar for a good night out:

Re: Gatwick to Earls Court

by deptlads

Direct train runs every hour, and if you´ve got lots of luggage will be much easier than taking the Gatwick Express.

Also cheaper, (official transport site) reckons £9 rather than £13.40.



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