Category Archives: London

What’s on in Kensington and Chelsea this August?

Children’s Summer FeteSummer is in full flow, the sun shines, the bird sings, and August arrives, Kensington and Chelsea blossom into a veritable hot bed of things to do, places to go and attractions to see.

For guests staying at the Amsterdam Hotel in Earl’s Court, there’s no end of possibilities to keep you entertained when you stay with us this summer. As a hotel near the Olympia less than a mile away, there’s an abundance of shows and events to enjoy, tourist hotspots to explore and much more besides.

If you’re looking for a way to spend your down time the next time you visit our Earls Court Bed and Breakfast, here’s your guide to what’s on in Kensington and Chelsea this August Continue reading

The Premier League Starts Soon – Where Will You Stay When Your Team Plays Chelsea?

The Premier LeagueAt the start of May, the mighty Chelsea added a fourth Premier League title to their resume, bringing the trophy back to Stamford Bridge after an impressive 2014-2015 campaign.

In just a few short weeks, the whole thing kicks off again, with your favourite team heading to Chelsea in an attempt to wrest that title away from the reining champions.

The 2015-2016 Premier League launches on August 8th, and if you’re one of those loyal followers who travel the length and breadth of the country to support your favourite team, you’ll need somewhere to stay when your squad take on the champions.

At Earls Court’s Hotel Amsterdam, we’re currently taking bookings for all Chelsea fixtures throughout 2015-2016, starting with their first game against Swansea City on the first day Continue reading

Top Tips for a London Break on a Budget

LondonThink of London, and chances are your first thoughts are of the regality and riches of the Royal Family, glitz and glamour of the West End, or perhaps the style, sophistication and expensive shops of Kensington and Chelsea.

For some, such images could well be enough to put you off thinking of paying a visit to England’s capital city. After all, won’t it be a costly endeavour to visit London even for a short break?

Not necessarily.

At the Amsterdam Hotel, London’s visitors can still experience a once-in-a-lifetime visit without paying over the odds, especially if you take on board the following top tips for a London break Continue reading

Four Things to Consider When Choosing a London Hotel for your Wedding Night Accommodation

Wedding Night AccommodationFew moments in life are as special as your wedding day. It’s a chance to really go all out and spoil yourselves as you and the person you love declare your devotion to one another and set off to live happily ever after.

Yet as you’ll likely already know if you’re in full wedding-planning fever, getting everything just right isn’t always easy, especially when you’re choosing wedding accommodation for your first night as a married couple.

At the Amsterdam Hotel near Kensington and Chelsea, we’ve spent years welcoming newly weds to their first night together. In that time, we’ve learned a few things about what makes a wedding night hotel truly something special.

If you’re currently on the look out for a room for the big day, here’s our advice on Continue reading

What to Expect on Your Very First Visit to London

Visiting LondonThat first trip to London is often an exciting experience for most people, but unless you’ve got a good idea of what to expect, it can also be a little daunting.

At the Amsterdam Hotel near Kensington and Chelsea, we welcome lots of first-timers whose notions of what to expect from London are often based only what they’ve seen on television; scenes of upper class gentry, bustling crowds and jellied eels galore.

Wherever you’re travelling from, if you’re making your first trip to England’s capital this summer, we thought it might be a good idea to paint a more realistic idea of what’s in store when you arrive Continue reading

Famous names who lived in Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and ChelseaIf there’s one common theme among the questions we get from guests at The Hotel Amsterdam, it’s about all those blue plaques scattered around Kensington and Chelsea, each one marking the home of some notable figure from British history.

From renowned thespian Sir George Alexander who lived in nearby Pont Street whilst performing in the first run of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated play The Importance of Being Earnest, to Queen Elizabeth’s physician Margery Grace Blackie, who spent more than sixty years living around the corner from our Earls Court hotel, you can’t move around this area without spotting some notable landmark or other.

Yet these aren’t the only famous names who have made Kensington and Chelsea their home over the years. For a little bit of history-based sightseeing on your next stay at the Hotel Amsterdam Continue reading

Your guide to taking a royal sightseeing visit to London

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth DianaThe Hotel Amsterdam in Earls Court has always proved popular for tourists looking to take in the sights associated with the British Royal Family whilst avoiding the excess cost of expensive London accommodation.

Though since May 2nd, with the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton and now fourth-in-line to the throne, it’s fair to say that our booking line has been jam-packed with would-be royal sightseers.

Always happy to help our guests make the most of their stay with us, we thought it would be helpful to put together our own guide to seeing the royal sights in London, starting from our Earls Court hotel and taking all the castles, monuments and more en route to Buckingham Continue reading

The Hotel Amsterdam – A Hotel Fit for a Princess

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth DianaIt was one of the biggest news stories of the year so far, and a cause for celebration not only here at the Hotel Amsterdam, but right across London, the UK, and even the furthest flung corners of the globe.

No, we’re not talking about the return of The X-Factor, or even our local football club Chelsea bringing the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge. We are of course, talking about the Royal Baby.

At 8.34am on May 2nd, 2015, Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl who we now know to be called Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

As fourth in line to the throne (one behind her big brother, Prince George), Princess Charlotte is hardly going to want for anything in life, though if she ever found herself looking for a place to stay Continue reading

Top Tourist Attractions a Train Ride Away from West London

StonehengeAs one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it should come as no surprise to learn that London has everything you could ever need for the perfect city break.

You could spend an entire week or more exploring all the galleries, museums, landmarks and local haunts of West London and still only see a fraction of what the area really has to offer. Though if this is your second visit, you may have already checked off most of those must-see tourist attractions. This time around then, you’re looking for something a little different.

In that case, why not step out of the Hotel Amsterdam, make your way to Earls Court Tube Station, and set off to explore these top tourist attractions that are all just a train ride Continue reading

Earls Court entertainment – Places to Catch Music, Movies and More in West London

The Crescent Champagne BarBeing so close to renowned tourist attractions like Kensington Palace, Hotel Amsterdam guests are never short on things to do when they come to stay. Yet after a long day seeing the sights or splashing the cash at nearby Harrods, sometimes the only thing they really want to do of an evening is relax, unwind and enjoy some entertainment.

They’re well served there, too. From events at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre to leading Chelsea nightclubs, West London offers a feast of music, movies and live entertainment almost every night of the week.

Here’s our pick of the best of the bunch.

The Crescent Champagne Bar

Bringing the style and sophistication of the West End to the Kensington area, The Crescent Champagne Bar is a upscale drinking and dancing Continue reading