The Kensington relaunches after 12-month transformation


Luxury London boutique townhouse, The Kensington, has now relaunched after an extensive 12-month renovation.

The hotel in South Kensington, which comprises four Victorian townhouses, now has a completely new look, with its restaurant, drawing rooms, bar, 136 rooms and 14 suites having all undergone a makeover.

The Kensington has also welcomed new general manager, Simon Maguire, formerly of Firmdale Hotels and The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey, to take the helm.

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After 12 months, the redesigned spaces now include the hotel’s restaurant called Town House, fresh interconnecting drawing rooms, the new bar named K bar and two new-look suites The Knightsbridge and The Brompton.

The renovation is part of a multi-million pound investment programme across The Doyle Collection’s portfolio of eight properties in the UK, Ireland and Washington DC. The Kensington is the first in the group to unveil the completed new look and style.

The redesign was overseen by chairman Bernie Gallagher and the group’s design team, plus a selection of designers, including Alexander Waterworth Interiors.

The kitchen at The Kensington is supervised by executive chef Steve Gibbs, who trained under Jason Atherton and Mark Hix, while the new K Bar is headed up by bartender Ben Manchester, a finalist in the Bar Manager of the Year category at the Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards 2014.