The Kensington was renovated as part of The Doyle Collection’s plan to upgrade its portfolio of eight properties in the UK, Ireland and Washington, DC. This is the first of the company’s hotels to unveil a complete new look and style.
The renovation project was overseen by Bernie Gallagher and the The Doyle Collection's design team. The conversion of the three ground floor spaces of The Kensington was overseen by Alexander Waterworth Interiors.
The property located in South Kensington has four traditional white Victorian townhouses. Following the renovation, The Kensington’s 126 rooms and 14 suites now have new fabrics and custom furnishings to complement the hotel’s period architecture.
The Brompton Suite was designed by Emily Brady of Brady Williams Studios of London. Measuring 753 square feet, the suite has oak herringbone wood floor, 1960s table lamps, window dressings designed to allow maximum natural light to flood the suite and views over the rooftops of South Kensington. The Brompton Suite interconnects with The Knightsbridge Suite and a Luxury Studio Suite to create a two to three-bedroom space. This suite will compliment the new Knightsbridge Suite, which has three bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, two living rooms and a daybed.
Also completely redesigned was the hotel’s restaurant now called Town House, which now has interconnected drawing rooms on the ground floor. Town House now also has its own entrance on Manson Place and is made up of three adjoining rooms. The Library is lined with books and collectables, opening into The White Room, with its open fireplace and covered terrace and, in turn, connecting to The Study. These spaces can be used independently or opened up into one larger space.
Meanwhile, K Bar is the new bar.