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Kensington House Hotel is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy the best of royal London and with rates starting at just £99 per room at Kensington House Hotel* everyone will be happy. This great value package includes; overnight accommodation, continental buffet breakfast and a bottle of house wine.

Here is our top royal pick:

Diana Memorial

This unique memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 6th July 2004. The design aims to reflect Diana’s life, water flows from the highest point in two directions as it cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom. The Memorial also symbolises Diana’s quality and openness, with three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain.

Photo: ©Phil Russell, The Royal Parks

Kensington Palace 

Originally built for William III and Mary II at the end of the 17th century, Kensington Palace has been a museum, a barracks and a private residence. It is perhaps best known today as the London home of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There are a great many rooms to see – the Queen’s and The Kings Apartment’s as well as the room where Queen Victoria was born. Temporary exhibitions are a constant draw and at present, it’s all about Diana and her fashion story. The accompanying Palace gardens really enhance the setting of the Palace as well as being a lovely spot to sit and take in the magnificent planting.

The Palace is open 10am until 6pm daily and tickets cost £17.10 if booked online. It is free for Historic Royal Palaces members.

Photo: ©Sue Lowry

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall opened on 29th March 1871 with the largest iron roof structure and the largest pipe organ in the world at the time.  The design took inspiration from Henry Cole’s love of the amphitheatres of southern France – namely Nimes and Arles – and the interior does seem to have a similar horse-shoe shape, similar to Rome’s Colisseum.  Upon opening, a huge – seemingly unsurmountable – problem soon revealed itself – the acoustics were awful with a resounding echo which lead some wags to say that you pay for one concert and get a second free with the echo!  It was only in 1969, that the problem was finally resolved with dampening discs.

More recently, between 1996 and 2004 in fact, further work took place – this time largely behind the scenes or rather below them – the largest refurbishment since the Hall opened to allow greater access and better services.  Today, over a million people a year watch sports, theatre, opera and rock concerts at this Grade I listed venue with over 350 performances per annum.

For a list of performances visit www.royalalberthall.com or why not take the tour of the Hall for £13 per adult – group size limited to 20 pax – for around an hour and enjoy 10% discount at both the shop and the rather tasty cafe next to it.

Photo: ©Sue Lowry

Victoria & Albert Museum 

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

This summers’ block buster is Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, this exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition. Tickets cost £12 with members going free.

Open daily 10am to 5.45pm and admission free to the general collections, with  the larger temporary exhibitions being ticketed.

Photo: ©Victoria and Albert Museum

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the working headquarters of the Monarchy, where The Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth. The Royal Day Out ticket include admission to all three venues around Buckingham Palace: The Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the State Rooms. It is the perfect purchase for visitors looking to make the most of their visit to the Palace.

In 2017 all visits to the State Rooms also includes the special exhibition Royal Gifts which tells the story of The Queen’s reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years, representing a spectacular display of craftsmanship from across the globe.

Royal Day Out tickets cost £39.50 for an adult ticket and  the Palace is open daily 9:30am to 7:30pm.

Photo: ©Sue Lowry

* Your package includes: overnight accommodation; continental buffet breakfast; complimentary bottle of house wine on arrival

Conditions: minimum 2 night stay; must be booked at least 7 days in advance; rates Include VAT; Offer available until 10th July; available Monday to Friday; package is payable at booking stage and is non refundable; no cancellations or modifications permitted for this package.

See website for more information.

Notes to Editors: Kensington House Hotel, a contemporary town house of just 41 rooms, situated on Prince of Wales Terrace within an historic 19th century façade, has taken its place amongst the Kensington set and London’s cognoscenti.   Stylish, intimate and friendly, this cool and understated property, which lies just off High Street Kensington, is an oasis of calm amidst the buzz of central London with overnight rates starting at £120 inclusive of VAT and breakfast.
For more information visit www.kenhouse.com