Category Archives: London

Where to Find the Best Christmas Lunches in London this December

Christmas Lunches in LondonSo, you’re looking to make your London Christmas shopping trip feel truly special by tucking into some delicious turkey with all the trimmings. Perhaps you’re planning a celebration with friends and loved ones, or maybe you’re staying with us at our Earls Court hotel on Christmas Day itself, and are now searching for the perfect place to dine out.

Whatever the case may be, the Amsterdam Hotel have got you well covered. Below, we asked members of our team to give us their picks for the best Christmas lunches in London.

Get your paper hats and Christmas crackers at the ready, it’s time to dig in. Continue reading

What’s Happening in South West London this Christmas?

christmas in londonFrom captivating carol concerts to luxury shopping and festive family fun, South West London has something to offer everyone this Christmas.

Whether you’re staying with us to snap up a few last-minute gifts, take in a show at the nearby Royal Albert Hall, or simply to enjoy that traditional London Christmas experience, here’s your complete guide to seasonal events taking place this December, all within easy reach of the Amsterdam Hotel near Chelsea and Kensington.

Santas Grotto and Festive Fun at Duke Of York Square

Saturday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 4th

Those of you bringing the children along to stay with us this weekend should catch the tube from Earls Court Station over to Sloane Square. From there, head to The Duke of York Square for a family-friendly afternoon of festive fun and games. Continue reading

Five Top London Restaurants You Haven’t Yet Tried

222 Veggie VeganFrom high powered business lunches to indulgent evenings spent sampling the very best in international cuisine, staying at the Amsterdam Hotel means you never have far to go to find a top restaurant to suit any occasion or palate.

Regular guests at our South West London hotel may already be familiar with the mouthwatering delicacies served up by the likes of Masala and The Troubadour, not to mention the unique experience of dining at Evan and Peels Detective Agency. Though whilst each of these is no doubt in a league of their own, they’re only the top of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to London’s bountiful array of outstanding eateries.

Below, we’ve rounded up just five of the top London restaurants you haven’t yet tried, but absolutely should on your next visit to the Amsterdam Hotel.

222 Veggie Vegan

222 North End Rd, W14 9NU

Let’s start close to home, shall we? This delightful vegetarian eatery is only a few minutes walk from our hotel near the former Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Continue reading

Where to Watch the Best Fireworks Displays in London This November

Fireworks Displays in LondonRemember, remember, the fifth of November… Here at the Amsterdam Hotel in Kensington and Chelsea, we could hardly forget. After all, it’s one of our favourite nights of the year, a night when the sky comes alive in shower of colour, when crackling fires roar, bringing warmth to an otherwise chilly autumn night, and when we get to dig into a hearty feast of toffee apples, hot dogs, and other goodies.

Thinking of joining us this year? Here’s your guide on where to watch the best firework displays in London to guarantee a fifth of November you’ll never forget.

Coram’s Fields Fireworks Display

Friday, November 4th. Starts 3pm | Fireworks at 5.15pm

Less than thirty minutes across the capital from our hotel on Earls Court Road, Coram’s Fields in Central London get the Guy Fawkes festivities underway with a fun family day, complete with fairground rides, entertainment, and plenty of traditional bonfire night refreshments. Continue reading

Harry Potter Comes to South Kensington, Make it Magical Weekend with The Amsterdam Hotel, London

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneA brand new Harry Potter show is coming to London, and no, it isn’t The Cursed Child. Read on for all the details of the new concert set to play at the Royal Albert Hall, and how you can be among the few lucky fans to see it when you stay our hotel in Kensington.

For the past few months, London has been in the grip of Pottermania as the boy wizard’s first original adventure since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows starts a lengthy run in the West End. Based on a story from creator J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child sees Harry no longer a student at Hogwarts, but a full-grown adult with a family, responsibilities, and a job at the Ministry of Magic.

A Must for Harry Potter Fans

The two-part story is currently being performed at The Palace Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. Though that may only be a 20 minute tube journey away from our Kensington hotel, Harry Potter fans staying with us early next year will have something to look forward to that’s much closer. Continue reading

Experience the Joy of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with the Amsterdam Hotel

Hyde Park Winter WonderlandNow celebrating its tenth year, the Hyde Park Winter Festival returns this November, and here at the Amsterdam Hotel near Kensington, we’re offering special discounts on luxury accommodation close to the heart of the festivities.

For a limited time only, book your hotel suite for Hyde Park WInter Wonderland at least 28 days in advance, and save as much as 10% off the total cost of your stay.

Returning to Kensington’s Hyde Park on Friday, November 18th, this year’s Winter Wonderland runs right through til Monday, January 2nd, 2017. In between, the prestigious park -just over a mile from our Kensington hotel- will host a packed program of events, attractions, and fun-filled family activities. Continue reading

Five Spookiest Attractions in Kensington and Chelsea this Halloween

Eerie Evening Tour – Halloween SpecialThe scariest night of the year is almost upon us, and here at the Amsterdam Hotel near Kensington and Chelsea, we’ve already begun to don those Dracula outfits and break out some gruesome goodies ready for a bit of good old fashioned trick or treating.

Care to join us in the celebrations this year? Here’s our guide to the best Halloween-themed events and attractions taking place close to our hotel this October.

Eerie Evening Tour – Halloween Special

Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX (October 31st)

Where else would you start a list of Halloween events in Kensington and Chelsea than at Kensington Palace itself.

A late night tour that’s definitely not for the faint of heart, ghastly guides will take you on a terrifying tour around the state apartments Continue reading

Your Guide to London’s Scariest Ghost Stories

The Ghosts of the Old CityWith Halloween just around the corner, the team here at the Amsterdam Hotel have been spooking each other out by recalling some of London’s scariest ghost stories.

Never ones to keep all the fiendish fun of the season to ourselves, we shared a few of our favourite terrifying tales below, along with all the information you need to track down more London ghost stories for yourself.

Haunted Hampton

Did you know that many of London’s royal palaces are rumoured to have a number of ghouls and ghosts roaming their hallowed halls.

Roughly half an hour away from our Kensington hotel sits Hampton Court Palace, regarded as perhaps the most haunted of all royal residences. Continue reading

Keep Fit on Your London City Break with these Top Health and Fitness Centres in Kensington and Chelsea

Chelsea Health Club & SpaWhether you’re staying at the Hotel Amsterdam in Kensington and Chelsea as part of a London city break or an all-important business trip, there’s no need to abandon that fitness regime you’ve been so dedicated to back home.

Whatever the reason for your visit, you’ll find a number of five star gyms, fitness classes, and spas all easily accessible within just a few miles’ radius of our hotel.

Below, we provide our pick of the very best health and fitness centres in Kensington and Chelsea, so that you can keep up with your keep fit routine the next time you come to stay with us.

Chelsea Health Club & Spa

Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW16 1HS

Just over five minutes away from the Amsterdam Hotel near Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Health Club & Spa boasts a reputation as the best luxury gym Continue reading

Travelling to London for Notting Hill Carnival 2016? Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Make the Most of Britain’s Biggest Street Party

Notting Hill Carnival 2016This August, thousands of revellers from across London and throughout the UK will descend on London for the annual Notting Hill Carnival, the largest event of its type in Europe, and the second largest carnival in the entire world after Rio de Janeiro.

As we prepare to welcome guests to our hotel near Notting Hill for the two day festival, we’ve put together this comprehensive carnival guide, containing everything you could possibly need to know to really make the most of Britain’s biggest street party.

Notting Hill Carnival takes place on August bank holiday weekend

Though pre and post carnival parties take place across the weekend, the main festivities are held on the Sunday and Monday during the late August bank holiday weekend Continue reading