Home to one-fifth of London’s most visited tourist attractions, a stay at The Milestone Hotel & Residences is a stay in one of the most culturally rich areas of London. We are awash with museums and galleries that both kindle your curiosity and inspire your imagination, whilst our range of shops and luxury boutiques promise a fruitful day of retail therapy.
Our location next to the Royal Albert Hall and several other key attractions and entertainment venues ensures that you are in the perfect position to tick off the items on your London wish list. To help you plan your stay to make the most of this notable area, we have provided a handy guide to showcase the very best places to eat, things to do and see, and places to shop in Kensington.
With the array of museums and galleries on our doorstep, it is no surprise that Kensington has connections to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, poets, and artists. As you traverse the beautiful Kensington streets, keep your eyes peeled for the little blue plaques that identify the notable people that made this area their home. Here are our top picks of plaques to look out for.
T. S. Eliot (1888 – 1965) – Poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic, and editor. Elliot is most famous for his ground-breaking poem, 'The Waste Land'. T. S. Eliot's plaque can be found at 3 Kensington Court Gardens.
Dame Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) - English writer of detective fiction and pioneer of the Golden Age of crime writing. Christie is famous for her 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections, and her fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Dame Agatha Christie's plaque can be found at 58 Sheffield Terrace.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) – British statesman, soldier and writer, Churchill served as Prime Minister of the UK from 1940 to 1945 during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Sir Winston Churchill's plaque can be found at 28 Hyde Park Gate.
Sir John Everett Malais (1829 – 1896) – English painter, illustrator, and later President of the Royal Academy. Malais was also one of the founding members of the artist group, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Sir John Everett Malais' plaque can be found at 2 Palace Gate.
The Royal Albert Hall
A stay in Kensington would be amiss without a visit to the Royal Albert Hall and, as The Milestone is located just 600m from the Royal Albert Hall, it is the perfect base for attending one of their world-renowned events. If you are thinking of attending one of their concerts, our dedicated Concierge Team would be more than happy to assist you in booking tickets.Find out more
Montparnasse Café is a quaint and unique dining spot that offers a taste of France in the heart of London. Decedent pastries, ready to be enjoyed alongside coffee or tea, or a crowd-pleasing favourite like an indulgent croque-monsieur offer the perfect pick me up after a day exploring the myriad of shops and attractions across Kensington.
Run by brothers Emidio and Francesco, Locando Otteo came to fruition after the success of the original Ottoemezzo Café that opened in 1995. Nestled away in the heart of Kensington, this cosy Italian restaurant provides the perfect respite from London’s bustling streets. Alongside your favourite dishes, expect creative plates all set amidst a warming ambience.
High Street Kensington: Served by the Circle and District lines, this is the closest tube station to The Milestone Hotel & Residences.
Gloucester Road: Served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.
Notting Hill Gate: Served by the Circle, District and Central lines.
Perfectly located directly opposite Kensington Palace and Garden.Explore our location