In the Drawing Room customised furniture by Alexander Waterworth Interiors and mid-century vintage pieces from the hotel’s collection lend a cosy effect

A 1930s French light fixture, with a spectacular Mercury glass centrepiece, highlights the stairway

Knightsbridge Suite was designed by Denis Looby of Sheehan+Barry Architects, articulated with side tables and desk from Tallidart, Paris and lamps from Porta Romano

A decadent seating area in the same room, enhanced with tailor-made furniture

The lounge area of the room with a leather sofa from Swiss brand De Sede Ledermöbel Schweiz and desk from Tallidart, Paris
Photographs courtesy The Kensington, London

The planter from UK Company Bronzino sits on Town House restaurant’s entrance on Manson Place

Experience a home away from home in this beautiful London hotel

by Nupur Ashok Sarvaiya May 19, 2017
Set in the heart of one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods, The Kensington occupies a prime location on the corner of two iconic thoroughfares: Queen’s Gate and Old Brompton Road. Following an extensive 12 month renovation, the majestic establishment reopened appearing more like a beautiful private residence than a traditional hotel.

The property’s grand stucco facade is characteristic of its affluent 19th century district, also home to leafy squares, museums and parks of the royal borough. Thanks to the open fireplaces in the hotel’s reception areas, entering the hideaway is akin to walking through the doors of a lovingly refurbished English mansion.

The conversion of the three ground floor spaces of the establishment was overseen by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, an East London based design collective, while the reshaping of the rooms was done by The Doyle Collection creative team led by Chairman Bernie Gallagher along with Dublin based Denis Looby of Sheehan & Barry Architects. Individually realised with sumptuous fabrics and a mix of contemporary art and sleek furniture are the 126 rooms and 14 suites, which complement the building’s Victorian architecture.

The completely reimagined spaces include the restaurant now called Town House with three separate but interconnected spaces for afternoon tea or relaxed meetings along with K Bar, making the opulent stay the closest you can get to living like a monarch.


The planter from UK Company Bronzino sits on Town House restaurant’s entrance on Manson Place