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The Lord Kensington Hotel, London sits in the leafy suburb of Earls Court, at the heart of one of West London's more vibrant communities. Excellently provided for with shops, restaurants and bars, the hotel also offers easy access into the rest of the city.
Earls Court is much like the slightly scruffy, bohemian cousin in the family of areas within Kensington and Chelsea. It has been home to successive waves of immigration (including Polish, Australian, and Filipino), and each has left the area a little more diverse and colourful than some of the adjoining areas like Knightsbridge or South Kensington. Earls Court was also one of the early areas to become a centre for gay nightlife, although Soho superseded it many years ago. The area has the feel of some of the more exciting parts of East London, but with the genteel surroudings and Neo-Georgian architecture of West London. Not only is the area home to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, but it also houses more unique gems like the Finborough Theatre, which specialises in new work, or The Troubadour, a coffee house and music venue where the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Costello have played. Earls Court is also the home of the the UK's only remaining police box, the blue telephone boxes that were made famous as the TARDIS of the Doctor in Doctor Who. The nearest tube station is Earls Court which is literally just around the corner from the hotel.
The hotel itself is a family-run business set in one of the Victorian townhouses that make up so much of Earls Court. It has 23 rooms, each of which features a private bathroom, central heating that the guests can control, the facilities for making hot drinks, a hairdryer, an iron and a satellite colour television. For guests from abroad plug adaptors can be provided if requested. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, and has a multi-lingual staff, so no matter what your travel arrangements, they should be able to accommodate you. There is a safe deposit box, a lift to carry luggage between floors, and a luggage store in case you want to travel into town before moving on after you have checked out.
Being on the same block as Earls Court station makes it very easy for a guest at the hotel to travel around London. The Piccadilly Line links you with both the centre of town, where it will drop you at Leicester Square, and with Heathrow Airport, so flying in or out is just a matter of a tube ride. The neighbouring districts of Kensington and Knightsbridge also offer great shopping and some of Londons best museums, and are well worth checking out if you have the time.
The rooms are small, but well kept, and offer a comfortable, if not luxurious, stay in a bustling and easy-to-get-to part of the city. If you are looking for a reasonable hotel at a reasonable price, conveniently located in Earls Court, the Lord Kensington Hotel may be right for you.