4 star classic boutique hotel
225 High Street, London, West Kensington, W8 6SAShow on map
The Kensington area of London is one of the best places to stay if you are planning to visit this fascinating and vibrant city. Developed into a chic residential area in 1851 after the Great Exhibition, the... Read More »
Holland Walk, Holland Park, W8 7QUShow on map
Cash-strapped tourists might believe that the very monied Kensington district of London, home to royals and celebrities alike, where properties change hands for millions of pounds may be out of their budget,... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
Wrights Lane, London, Kensington, W8 5SPShow on map
LH COMMENT: The location of this hotel is just superb. Tucked away in a little corner of Kensington but with everything closeby on the doorstep. Close to High Street Kensington Tube. A great indoor pool,... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
Scarsdale Place, Kensington, Kensington, W8 5SRShow on map
LH COMMENT: One of the quietest streets in central London yet within a few minutes stroll to the shops, restaurants and pubs on High Street Kensington. It is maybe time to have a refurb but overall a... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
134 - 136 Lexham Gardens, Earls Court, W8 6JEShow on map
London Lodge Hotel, converted from two Victorian townhouses, dating back to 1880, offers guests elegant decor with plenty of character in a very convenient, peaceful location at the heart of West London's most... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
9 Kensington High Street, London, Kensington, W8 5NPShow on map
LH COMMENT: The Seraphine Kensington Gardens is in a brilliant location, one of the best in Central London. Close to the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace and many good quality... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, W8 4PTShow on map
"Luxury hotel with stylish suites overlooking West London’s Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens" Royal Garden Hotel in leafy Kensington is a superb value 5-star hotels offering great service. The luxury... Read More »
apartment - classic
Kensington Court, Kensington, W8 5DGShow on map
The Kensington district of London is an extremely affluent and picturesque part of the city, which London's elite calls home. Few people can afford the high rents on the elegant Victorian town houses here, but... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
202-220 Cromwell Road, London, Earls Court, SW5 0SWShow on map
Earls Court may be renowned for its budget accommodation, but it is true that this can vary somewhat in quality, ranging from gulag to sublime, so you may want to pay just a little bit more and avoid taking a... Read More »
245 Cromwell Road, Earls Court , Earls Court, SW5 0UAShow on map
Cromwell Road Apartments provide elegant, self-contained units along lively Cromwell Road in the Earls Court district of London. Choosing to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel gives you the added... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Linley Sambourne House Museum
The Kensington district of London is very affluent and the elegant town houses, which line the streets and squares typically, cost millions to buy. Unless you're as wealthy as the area's elite residents, you probably won't have a chance to explore these beautiful houses and marvel at their historic features, which is why the Linley Sambourne Museum at 18 Stafford Terrace is so fascinating.
Edward Linley Sambourne lived in the late Victorian era. Initially working as an engineer, he used to spend his day doodling cartoons, which eventually became his full-time career after a friend remarked how amusing they were. Soon after Sambourne began working for satirical magazine Punch (a Victorian version of ‘Private Eye’), lampooning the political figures of the day. Sambourne was highly respected as an illustrator and was even commissioned for to illustrate some of Charles Kingley's The Water Babies. After Sambourne's death in 1910, his successors - who include successful filmmaker the Earl of Snowdon and chairman of Christie's auction house, Viscount Linley - preserved his house with its many Victorian artifacts, furnishings and decor intact. Thankfully, these have survived until today and visitors can enjoy a charming and unique slice of London history.
The house is now run by the Victorian Preservation Society and highlights of the museum include an extensive collection of rare Chinese porcelain, English tin-glazed wares from the 17th and 18th century, and ornate glassware including Whitefriars lampshades. However, perhaps the biggest draw of the house is the opportunity to step back in time amongst the elaborate trappings of a typical Victorian home and experience a genteel world, which has been lost to gentrification and modernisation. The house is so authentic that it was even used as a location for the Merchant Ivory film, Room With a View.
To view the house you must book ahead for a guided tour, which costs a small entrance fee. The house is extremely well placed for transport within central London and further afield. High Street Kensington tube station is just a few minutes walk away. The station services the District and Circle lines, from which you have a direct link to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); and many other areas of central London.
If you wish to stay near the house in the lively and picturesque surrounds of Kensington high street, there are several reasonable accommodation options, all within five minutes walk of the train station. Lodge Hotel" href="london-lodge-hotel-99.html" target="_self">London Lodge Hotel has comfortable, traditional rooms and an extremely high standard of service to make you feel you have a home away from home. Hotel Oliver on Cromwell Road offers is a low-cost hotel with cosy rooms and a good range of amenities. The Rockwell Hotel offers calm contemporary style, with luxurious fabrics in muted colours. Or if you have a flexible budget and fancy living in the kind of Victorian opulence Linley Sambourne enjoyed, a room at the Milestone Hotel offers Conde Nast approved four-poster beds, opulent fabrics and high-quality service.