From Heathrow to Kensington: Stay and Play
You’ve flown into Heathrow and are wanting to head to Kensington. First of all, I hope you had a good flight and weren’t too overawed by Heathrow – the airport can be pretty intense at times! Good choice on Kensington, by the way; it’s a great place to stay and there’s no shortage of things to do either. Hop into the taxi and I’ll tell you more as we travel.
What To Expect From Kensington & Chelsea
Kensington is to the west of central London and part of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The ‘Royal’ part gives you an idea as to what type of town Kensington is – and it is one of the most affluent places in the capital! People from all over London flock to Kensington for its attractions, shopping, restaurants, and hotels. Pretty much everything in the town is done with a bit of class.
Having worked here for some time, I always like to make sure my passengers make the most of their stay, so let’s take the cab to five must-visit places.
Places to Stay and Play in the Royal Borough:
The Kensington Hotel
If you’re staying in Kensington you’re going to want to do it in style, so let’s head to Queen’s Gate off Old Brompton Road and The Kensington Hotel. This hotel is 5-star four-storey townhouse that has just recently undergone a £20 million makeover to restore it to glorious 19th century elegance. As you can well imagine from a 5-star establishment in the heart of the town, the service here is second-to-none and you’ll be waited on hand and foot. With four-poster beds, standalone bathtubs, and stylish décor, I know you’ll enjoy your stay here.
Babylon at the Roof Gardens
There is certainly no lack of choice when it comes to great food in Kensington and many of the best restaurants in the Capital can be found within this small part of West London. Serving a modern British type of cuisine, Babylon at the Roof Gardens is set over two floors in exotic wildlife-themed gardens and offers stunning views of the London skyline, meaning you certainly will not be forgetting your trip. Natural furnishings offer a contemporary feel and the food is as good as the surroundings, with an innovative menu created using fresh, local ingredients. Babylon at the Roof Gardens is open afternoons and evenings and always has a vibrant atmosphere.
Kensington High Street
If you are looking to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, then I suggest we stop the cab at Kensington High Street. You’ll find all your big name stores here, as well as a range of trendy boutiques and independent stores. If you have a little reader in the family, then let me point you in the direction of the Children’s Book Centre, where you will find books for kids of all ages and reading abilities.
The Churchill Arms
You won’t have to walk (or taxi) far to find a trendy bar in Kensington, but let me take you to Kensington Church Street to sample the quintessential British boozer: The Churchill Arms. Once frequented by the great Sir Winston Churchill himself, this pub is furnished with comfy seating, wooden beams, log fires and it’s thought to be one of the first in England to offer Thai food on the menu. There is a good selection of traditional ale’s on offer and the pints of Guinness are the best around – just a shame I’m working!
Natural History Museum
Kensington is well known for its world-class museums and just picking one out for you to visit was always going to be a tough task; however, I’ve plumped for the Natural History Museum. From zoology to palaeontology, the range of exhibitions at the museum is truly spectacular and there are no fewer than 70 million items on show. Plus, when you’re done, you can simply walk the few yards to the Science Museum!
So, that brings an end to our taxi ride around Kensington. I hope you enjoy the sights and the sites! I’ll be back to take you to the airport when your stay is over, and may be you can teach me a thing or two!