The Kensington: A Musical Celebration

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Carole Hamilton samples a Proms-inspired evening at her new favourite London hotel, the super-chic Kensington 

The Kensington hotel, part of the Doyle Collection has it all; a great location, the fabulous K bar, amazing beds and a stylish restaurant serving some rather good food.

From now until the 9 September, this charming boutique hotel is celebrating the UK’s most iconic classical music festival at neighbouring Royal Albert Hall (of which the hotel is an official partner), with a host of musically inspired offerings.

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I loved the musically inspired floral installation by William Clarke that greets you at the door and raises a smile. Spanning the entire exterior, it’s an explosion of greenery, entwined with decorative musical notes, violins and even a piano covered in grass and flowers.

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Ask about one of the five specially created musically inspired cocktails. These include the likes of ‘Nicola Beneditti’:Dalmore, Ardmore, lemon juice, ginger and honey syrup and ‘Andre Previn’: 207 gin and Balzahar red. Visit on Friday or Saturday evening (between 6pm – 8pm) and you can enjoy musical duo, The City String Ensemble, who perform both classical and current favourites.

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The four-course ‘Proms’ menu, with wine pairings, has been designed exclusively by Executive chef Steve Gibbs in honour the event. The menu is packed with seasonal summer delights and includes: Heirloom tomato & elderflower consommé with Dorset crab parcels and a lemon salsa verde, Burratina di Puglia with watermelon, beetroot and jasmine honey, ‘Josper grilled poussin’ with purple sprouting broccoli, Jersey Royals, and salsa verde and finally a wickedly good fruits of the forest parfait with vanilla foam and lime sorbet.

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You can enjoy this menu at the hotel’s Town House restaurant or on the private, heated outdoor terrace that makes the most the late summer sunshine.

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Make it happen
The Proms menu is available until the 9 September, book online at or call 020 7589 6300.

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