Category Archives: London

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

What’s on in Kensington and Chelsea this spring?

Burlesque Cabaret ShowAs a top hotel near Kensington and Chelsea, we’re often the first place London visitors stop to find out what’s going on in the area.

With spring in full bloom, the sunshine, and even more tourists flocking to West London in their droves, both have their fair share of springtime events going on.

Along with all the usual attractions near to the hotel, Harrods, the Earls Court Exhibition Centre and much more, here’s just a few of the events taking place in Kensington and Chelsea this spring.

Burlesque Cabaret Show

Wam Bam Club, Friday April 3rd

Bringing the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas live to West London Continue reading

Five things you didn’t know about West London

London WestOn the surface, West London is hardly known for its subtlety. With the style and glamour of Chelsea, the fashionable Kensington and even the enormous Earls Court Exhibition Centre near to the Hotel Amsterdam, we’re practically surrounded by the big, the bold, and yes, the beautiful.

Yet that’s not to say the area doesn’t hold a few secrets close to its heart, and there’s a few things the locals -for good reason- like to keep to themselves.

Over the years that we’ve been running our hotel, Chelsea, Earls Court and West London as a whole have gradually begun to reveal those secrets to us. In turn, let us reveal them to you with five things you Continue reading

Shopping in West London: The top stores you must pay a visit to

Shopping in West LondonWhether they’re here for business or pleasure, if there’s one place most guests insist on visiting when they stay at the Amsterdam Hotel, nearby Kensington -with its high profile department stores and luxury boutiques- is it.

Not that we’re surprised. Whilst the area boasts such renowned facilities and attractions as the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington Palace and even a Harry Potter themed tour, it’s the hotel’s close proximity to Harrods and other big name brands that often holds the biggest appeal.

Whether shopping is the whole purpose of your visit, or whether you’re simply looking to pick up a few goodies before you leave, here’s our guide to the top stores Continue reading

Best places to go for a night out in Earls’ Court

TroubadourAs a hotel close to Kensington, Chelsea and other leading London locations, The Amsterdam is well placed for those guests looking to sample the very best of West London nightlife.

Not that you have to go too far beyond the front door to enjoy a great night out.

From the bars surrounding the Earls Court Exhibition Centre that serve as the ideal venue for a post-event wind-down after that big concert or conference, to the handful of premier nightspots all lining the route to The Amsterdam, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to having a tipple or two at the end of the day.

Still, we’re not the kind of folks happy to just send you out for an evening and leave Continue reading