Kensington West Jan 2013 News Letter

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Welcome to Kensington West

Kensington West is located in Kensington London a short walk from Kensington High Street, where you will find the most exclusive bars and restaurants to meet every need. If that is not enough Kensington High Street is known as "shopping heaven". Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace (where Princess Diana resided) are all within easy reach.  We are walking distance from both Olympia (approximately 4-5 minutes) and Earls Court (approximately 15 minutes) exhibition centres. The famous Queen's Tennis Club is within easy reach. For those of you who want a shopping spree, Westfield's shopping center opened in October 2009 which boasts 265 shops is only about a 15 minute walk away. For more information click on Westfield London Shopping Center. 

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Kensington West Jan 2013 News Letter

  1. 1. Welcome to Kensington WestKensington West is located in Kensington London a short walk from Kensington High Street, where youwill find the most exclusive bars and restaurants to meet every need. If that is not enough KensingtonHigh Street is known as "shopping heaven". Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace (wherePrincess Diana resided) are all within easy reach. We are walking distance from both Olympia (approximately 4-5 minutes) and Earls Court(approximately 15 minutes) exhibition centres. The famous Queens Tennis Club is within easy reach. Forthose of you who want a shopping spree, Westfields shopping centre opened in October 2009 whichboasts 265 shops is only about a 15 minute walk away. For more information click on Westfield LondonShopping Centre. 
  2. 2. If you are looking for budget London hotels in the Kensington area, Kensington West could be exactly what you are looking for.  24 Hour Reception 24 hour air conditioned reception  En-Suite Bathroom/Shower Room  Central Heating Lift to all floors  Colour Television Premier Breakfast Pack  Desk & Lamp Free Wi-Fi throughout Kensington West - each  Elevator to all floors guest will receive a unique username and  Free WI-FI - Each guest will receive a unique password for secure reliable Wi-fi usage username and password for secure reliable Wi-fi usage Complementary Taylor of London toiletries  Hairdryer Complementary  Safe at Reception (Subject to availability)  Complimentary Taylor of London Shampoo and - Safes Hand Wash - Ice  Smoke Detectors - Hot beverages  Complimentary Hot Beverages at Reception  24 Hour Concierge Service  Wake Up Service
  3. 3. Kensington West Exterior and InteriorBy choosing to stay with us here atKensington West you will be based inthe heart of Kensington, close to allthe top attractions London has tooffer. Because we are a budgetLondon hotel, the price to stay withus is affordable which means you willhave plenty of money left to spend atyour leisure. All of our rooms offer acomfortable and pleasurable stayand our staff will help you withanything else you may need duringyour stay.
  4. 4. We will Endeavour our promise to make your stay COMFORTABLE, FRIENDLY AND PLEASURABLE and provide the service that is expected by our guests. You just have to ask the staff of Kensington West if you have any further requirements that we may be able to help you with.KENSINGTON WEST HOTEL. 25 MATHESON ROAD, KENSINGTON, LONDON W14 8SN WEB: HTTP://WWW.KENSINGTONWEST.ORG
  5. 5. 1. Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013This tiny, free exhibition in an NPG nook doesnt bother with the question of whetherthe world needs to see more pictures of Norma Jeane Mortenson, or indeed, any ofthe same ones over again. But you might as well ask why we look at any photos, orhire good-looking actors to star in films, or concern ourselves with beauty at all. Hyde Park goes all Christmassy with the sparkly additions of rides and attractions including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses - ChristmasWe love her, perhaps, because of her combination of innocence and knowingness. Circus and Cirque Berserk - from the family-friendly Zippos Circus. WinterThe smile is Judy Garland, the eyes Ava Gardner: shes permanently, sweetly Wonderlands ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds theunsatisfying, the visual equivalent of the sirens song and possibly just as dangerous. Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. While most activities are ticketed, its worth noting that entry to the site, includingJan Until Sun Mar 24 2013  Santa Land and the Christmas Market is free and an after-dark stroll is surprisingly atmospheric.National Portrait Gallery, St MartinsPlace, London, WC2H 0HE  Until Sun Jan 6 2013 Hyde Park, London, W2 4RU Art: Art museums & institutions Around Town: Ice skating
  6. 6. January in London 2013Rain RoomContemporary art group Random International creates a digitalinstallation that gives visitors the chance to experience how it might feel tocontrol the rain. In Rain Room, the sound of water and moisture in the airgives the impression of being in the centre of an unpredictable downpour,without getting wet.Until Sun Mar 3rd 2013 Barbican Centre,Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS Around Town: Exhibitions
  7. 7. January in London 2013Skate at Somerset House Tower of London Ice Rink 2012Once again, the grand eighteenth-century courtyard at Somerset House Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink (aka Ice at theprovides this 900-metre-square ice rink with one of the most impressive Tower) offers a grand historical setting for seasonal skating sessions, alongskating backdrops in town. New this year is The Christmas Arcade, a pop- with views of Londons ancient fortress. Ice guides are available forup luxury shopping mall situated along the West Wing, with winter supervised group skating (£32 per session). As with fellow Historic Royalaccessories, jewellery, choices, gifts and decorations for sale. Palace Hampton Court, sessions last an hour and wheelchairs are welcome on the ice except during the last session of the day. OnlineUntil Sun Jan 6th 2013  Somerset House, The booking is advisedStrand, London, WC2R 1LA  Until Sun Jan 6th 2013 Tower of London,Around Town: Ice skating Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB  Around Town: Ice skating
  8. 8. January in London 2013Walking with DinosaursLive arena show based on the BBC series returns, featuring 20 life-size,mechanical dinosaurs roaring their way around a stage beset by earthquakes,volcanic explosions and falling comets. Age 3+. The show transfers to WembleyArena on May 1, 2013. Until Sun Jan 6th 2013  Gallery@oxo,Until Sun Jan 6th 2013  The O2,Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Around Town: Performance
  9. 9. January in London 2013Christmas in Trafalgar Square 2013 Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2013The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been a seasonal symbol in Londonsince 1947. It takes pride of place in the square until January, when it is takendown for recycling. The tree is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, usingvertical strings of energy-efficient bulbs, which are being switched on at a Oxford Streets twinkly illuminations for 2012 are, intriguingly, sponsored byceremony on December 6 (the ceremony usually features dignitaries from Oslo that famously divisive yeasty spread, Marmite. At the switch-on ceremony onand Westminster). The tree is a gift from the Norwegians to the British and November 5, Robbie Williams flicked the switch, supported by Leona Lewistheres a remarkable story behind this traditional present-giving. and four-piece boy band Lawson.Until Sun Jan 6th 2013 Trafalgar Square, Until Sun Jan 6th 2013 Oxford St,London, WC2N 5DN  London, W1A 1EXAround Town: Festivals Around Town: Festivals
  10. 10. January in London 2013Chris Bracey: Circus of Soho Covent Garden Christmas If Marmite Christmas lights and the buzz of Oxford Street leave you cold, this alternative Christmas destination could be just the thing. Centred around the piazza but also taking in some of the streets radiating from it, Covent Garden Christmas offers a wide range of festive treats, all of them beginning on November 7 when theFrom the man who has already given us such delights as Stella McCartneys window lights were switched on to the accompaniment of the Gay Mens Choir (who will alsodisplays and the neon for Gotham City for Tim Burtons Batman comes a new sing every Saturday from Nov 24 until Christmas). A range of other activities includesexhibition of old and new work, including pieces refashioned from salvaged iconic the opening of a Lego advent calendar window every day, The lights remain onsigns, spent window displays and discarded neon. display until the first week of January.Until Tue Jan 15th 2013 47 Beak St, London, Until Sun Jan 6th 2013 W1F 9SE Covent Garden Market, Covent GardenAround Town: Exhibitions Piazza, WC2E 8AA Around Town: Festivals
  11. 11. January in London 2013 GiftedGingerline HQFrom the pioneers of underground immersive dining comes the ultimate night out for EastLondons food adventurers: Gingerline HQ. Part hideout, part parallel reality, Gingerline HQ is aclandestine and chameleon dining adventure held in a secret location along the East London Line(or ginger line, as they call it). The destination and concept is as mysterious as the menu. Visitorsto their past adventures have been thrust into Siberian circuses, dived into submarine mess hallsand descended into underground tunnels for Victorian banquets. To take part, hover near anystation on the East London Line (London Over ground stations between Highbury and Islington Contemporary Applied Artss selling Christmas exhibition offers a great chance for someand Crystal Palace) at 6pm on the evening of your booking; youll receive a text message telling unusual present browsing, particularly so this year. All CAA members were invited to takeyou where to go. Once there, youll be dined and delighted with a welcome cocktail, five courses part in this collaborative event based on the them of gifting, and those who chose to haveof delicious seasonal cuisine and a piece of take-home menu art. After being treated to a night of produced up to five limited edition pieces priced at £50, £100 and £200. Its a broad rangefine food and unexpected pleasures, all diners will be sworn to keep the secrets of the Gingerline of work that encompasses jewellery, ceramics and accessories to textiles, glassware andsafe. Over-18s only. sculpture, so youre almost sure to find something perfect for someone on your Christmas list.Until Sat Mar 2, 2013  Until Sat Jan 12th 2013 A Secret location on the East London Line, Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy St,London, xx999xx  London, W1T 1DDAround Town: Festivals Around Town: Fairs & sales
  12. 12. January in London 2013The Original London Sightseeing Tour Voyage Voyage is an art installation by Aether & Hemera (aka architect ClaudioHop-on, hop-off, open-top bus tour covering most of tourist London on three Benghi and lighting artist Gloria Ronchi) consisting of a flotilla of 300 paperdifferent routes, with commentary in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, boats sailing along Canary Wharfs Middle Dock. Every night at dusk theRussian and Japanese. The ticket price includes a river cruise and three walking installation will be lit up in colours and patterns that can be changed bytours. passers-by using their mobile phones.Original London Sightseeing Tour, 17-19 Until Fri Feb 15th 2013  Canary Wharf,Cockspur St, London, SW1Y 5BL Isle Of Dogs, London, E14 4HJAround Town : Places of Interest: Tours Around Town: Exhibitions
  13. 13. January in London 2013The Double R Club Harry Potter London Tour with Muggle ToursAn evening of mystery and nightmares playedout to an otherworldly rock n roll soundscape,influenced by the world of maverick filmdirector David Lynch, say the firebrands behindDouble R. With sinister cabaret, surreal comedy,bizarre live music and smouldering atmospherefrom live acts.Thu Jan 17th 2013   A walking tour for Harry Potter fans, exploring film locations and inspirations for theBethnal Green Working Mens Club, 42- books, with props and trivia. Ten per cent of donations go to charity. Group sizes are kept small so booking is essential. And you need a travel card as a short tube is46 Pollard Row, involved.London, E2 6NB Until Tue Apr 30th 2013Alternative Nightlife: Alternative nights Around Town: Walksout
  14. 14. January in London 2013London Duck Tours Tiger TracksLondon Duck Tours (previously Frog Tours) start in a conventional fashion from the Awareness and fund-raising initiative Save Wild Tigers presents thisrear of County Hall, crossing the river via Westminster Bridge to travel round participation event, at which youre invited to learn more about tigers andParliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Buckingham Palace and their plight in the wild. Exact details are under wraps, though motivationalWestminster Abbey. Then they cross Vauxhall Bridge and take a slipway down the tiger-themed activities are set to transform the stations gothic arches,side of the MI6 Building - into the Thames. The final half hour of the 80-minute tour platforms and monumental train shed.is a boat trip along the river to the London Eye and back. The tour buses are fouradapted DUKWs developed by General Motors during WWII. The D-Day Duck Tourfeatures character tour guides revealing important WWII sites, in authentic vehicles Jan 1-20th 2013 built for D-Day. St Pancras International Station, PancrasLondon Duck Tours, 55 York Rd, Rd,London, SE1 7NJ  London, NW1 2QPAround Town: Places of Interest: Tours Around Town: Festivals
  15. 15. January in London 2013Ghost Bus Tours Mind the Gap ToursRoll up for a tour on a Route master painted black and redecorated in a gothic Mind the Gap Tours runs guided tours using vintage-style bikes to Windsor andvein, to hear half-factual, half-fictional tales about the sinister side of London, Hampton Court. Theres an emphasis on the road less travelled, with small groupsdelivered by an on-board troupe of actors, stand-up comics and cabaret performers. travelling at a leisurely pace to discover the quirky and hidden parts of London onBooking is recommended and the tour is suitable for all ages but not recommended traffic-free routes. Tours include Hampton Court by Bike, a day trip which includesfor under-fives. transport from central London, bike hire, an audio guide and entrance to Hampton Court Palace ( www.hamptoncourtbybike.com daily; £69). Booking is essentialGhost Bus Tours, Designated bus stop onNorthumberland Ave, WC2N 5BY Mind the Gap ToursAround Town: Places of Interest: Tours Around Town: Places of Interest: Tours
  16. 16. January in London 2013Everything Was Moving: Photography British Museumfrom the 60s and 70sThe Barbicans stunning, global array of photography from the 1960s Officially the countrys most popular tourist attraction, the British Museum opened toand 70s claims that Everything Was Moving. But, as most of these the public in 1759 in Montagu House, which then occupied this site. The currentartists were static observers with still cameras, was that really the case. building is a neoclassical marvel built in 1847 by Robert Smirke, one of the pioneers of the Greek Revival style. The most high profile addition since then was Lord FostersAs a title, it sounds vague, but also disturbing: after all, if everything was moving, popular if rather murky glass-roofed Great Court, open since 2000 and now claimedwhich way was a poor photographer to look? There is no simple answer to that, and to be the largest covered public square in Europe. This £100m landmark surroundsthe Barbican doesnt try for one. Its exhibition of 1960s and 1970s photography is as the domed Reading Room (used by the British Library until its move to Kings Cross),inclusive as that famous hippy gathering of tribes in 1967, the Human Be-in, where Marx, Lenin, Dickens, Darwin, Hardy and Yeats once worked.embracing as it does 12 photographers hailing from Japan, Russia, China, India,Mexico, South Africa, Germany and Mali, as well as America. Star exhibits include ancient Egyptian artefacts - the Rosetta Stone on the ground floor (with a barely noticed, perfect replica in the Kings Library), mummies upstairs - and Greek antiquities, including the marble friezes from the Parthenon known as theUntil Sun Jan 13th 2013 Barbican Centre, Elgin Marbles. The Celts gallery upstairs has Lindow Man, killed in 300 BC and so wellSilk St, London, EC2Y 8DS preserved in peat you can see his beard, while the Wellcome Gallery of Ethnography holds an Easter Island statue and regalia from Captain Cooks travels.Art: Art museums & institutions Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
  17. 17. January in London 2013 Natural History MuseumBoth a research institution and a fabulous museum, the NHM opened in Alfred Waterhouses purpose-built, Romanesque palazzo on the Cromwell Road in 1881. Nowjoined by the splendid Darwin Centre extension, the original building still looks quite magnificent. The pale blue and terracotta façade just about prepares you for thenatural wonders within.Taking up the full length of the vast entrance hall is the cast of a Diplodocus skeleton. A left turn leads into the west wing or Blue Zone, where long queues form to seeanimatronic dinosaurs - the endlessly popular T Rex is back after hip surgery in 2010. A display on biology features an illuminated, man-sized model of a foetus in thewomb along with graphic diagrams of how it might have got there.Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD SOURCE: TIMEOUT.COM

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