If money were no object then I think The Milestone Hotel in Kensington, London would be my ideal second home. Considered to be the best hotel in London and overlooking Kensington Gardens, it is one of the areas I love in London because I spent a lot of time in when I was a student, strolling up and down Kensington High Street buying Doctor Martin’s in the market and mooching about in the park on a sunny day.
It’s such a sweet little hotel built in the 1850’s as two townhouses that were later merged. Such a wonderful feel about it with lots of period details and original architectural features. Very unique and cosy, with 62 rooms and it’s own teeny weeny pool, very well situated with a splendid attention to detail – their motto being “No request is too large, no detail too small”. I got to look around the hotel after a travel bloggers meet-up and the different rooms are sumptuous – ranging in style from safari to gold leaf. There are also apartments to rent with your family where you can even have your own front door and lots of space. Downstairs is a very small pool (with a wave machine for resistance), a sauna and a spa treatment room which I really want to try because apparently LOTS of famous people like Joan Collins and the Swedish Royal Family go and see Fiona Keane, so I’m definitely going to book in if she can make me look like Joan (in thirty years time obviously).
They welcome families and have some amazing facilities for children including the Prince and Princesses tea – a smaller version of the grown-up afternoon tea whereby they get their own cupcakes and sandwiches (£13.50 each). They also have cupcake decorating classes as well as lots of attention to detail in the rooms for the children. There are a number of interconnecting rooms for families but they certainly don’t come cheaply (£350-540 for one room we looked at).
I am dropping massive hints to my children to book afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. They do a Father’s day version as well which has pork pies, scotch eggs, whiskey tasters and all things manly, rather than the girly afternoon tea version for women.
Here is a selection of photos I took to whet your appetite:-