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Earls Court has had many famed residents in its time, celebrities as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock and Princess Diana have all owned properties there at one time or another, and it is still a very popular place to live due to the elegant Victorian town houses that line the streets and the pleasant garden squares. When visiting London, you may want to feel like a local and stay in an apartment in the area, to get a feel for London life. Presidential Kensington apartments offer a home away from home for visitors, located along a quiet street and within walking distance of many sights and attractions.
The complexes apartment units are modern and stylish, with Siberian Oak floors and very tasteful furnishings, which will make you feel as well heeled as the locals. Each apartment has a state of the art, complete kitchen unit; with American black walnut features and Nero African marble granite worktops. The kitchens also include handy extras, such as a dishwasher and a ceramic hob and oven. The lounge features an HD TruSurround XT Plasma TV, DVD player and free Wi-Fi connections, mixing traditional comfort and style with all the modern appliances today's traveller requires.
The best thing about staying in an apart-hotel is that you get the privacy and flexibility of a self-contained unit with the added bonus of dedicated staff on hand to cater to your needs. The Presidential Kensington offers guests a wide range of services, including the option of having pre-prepared food delivered, a cleaning and laundry service and a concierge service to help you make the most of your stay. The cleaning service is reportedly excellent and the maids will even wash your breakfast dishes.
It may be tempting to spend your stay luxuriating in your private apartment, however, here is plenty to see and do just a short walk away, so it is worth exploring. The Earls Court exhibition centre is just a few minutes walk away, where you can visit concerts, fairs and trade shows, such as The Ideal Home Show. Olympia Exhibition Centre is also easy to reach, just one tube stop away from Earls Court, where you can watch elaborate events such as Crufts Dog Show and The Royal Tournament. The apartments are ideal for anyone attending a show or exhibiting. Earls Court also has some hidden gems such as The Troubadour Cafe, which was once the site of Black Panther meetings and a favourite drinking haunt of actor Oliver Reed; and The Finborough Theatre, which shows work by new playwrights.
Just a 15-minute walk away, you will come across Knightsbridge and South Kensington, two of London's most picturesque and affluent areas. Hyde Park, London's largest Royal Park, was once the site of The Great Exhibition, which showcased the technological and cultural advances of the Victorian age, when the exhibition was dismantled after a very successful run, the artifacts were distributed into collections which now form the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, which are all located on or near Exhibition Road in unique and ornate buildings. The Royal Albert Hall, named for its patron, Prince Albert, is also in the area and offers fantastic classical and pop concerts under its austere domed roof.
Shopping in the area may be a stretch for some budgets as most of the shops sell designer labels and luxury wares, however there are some exquisite independent boutiques and Harrods Department Store is a London institution, comprising of a food hall, 32 restaurants, a pet store and opulent Egyptian escalators, its a must see experience. Kensington High Street has some high street brands, which will be kinder to your budget and here you will find the huge Whole Foods supermarket, where you can pick up some delectable goodies to cook in your kitchen. Kensington Palace is also nearby, where you can tour the former home of Princess Diana and enjoy an afternoon tea in the Orangery restaurant.
If Whole Foods is a little out of your budget, there is a Sainsbury’s and M&S Simply Food close to the apart-hotel, where you can pick up groceries, although if you do fancy eating out, some fantastic restaurants are located nearby, from chains such as Wagamamas and Pizza Express, to welcoming gastropubs such as The Harwood arms where you can mingle with the locals.
Transport links from the Presidential Kensington Hotel are good, with Earls Court tube station just a few minutes walk away, from which you can travel on the District and Piccadilly lines. The District line will take you to Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express train, or you can access Heathrow directly via the Piccadilly line. You also have a direct link to King's Cross St Pancras Station where the Eurostar terminus is located and Victoria Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train.
The Presidential Apartments have been highly praised by previous guests for their spaciousness, the quality of the facilities and service. Some guests have found the high-tech heating, lighting and air con units a bit of a hassle and the stated washer dryer is a combination machine, which doesn't really work well as a dryer, but these are just minor annoyances in an otherwise decent place to stay in a perfect location. For the best experience, be sure to get a room on one of the upper floors, as basement units can be dark and your only view will be a concrete wall.