Category Archives: London

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

Five Things You Never Knew About Kensington Palace

Kensington PalaceFor guests at the Amsterdam Hotel in Kensington and Chelsea, staying with us means having a wealth of world famous attractions and iconic landmarks right on their doorstep.

Yet if there’s one venue we’re asked about more than any other, it’s Kensington Palace; the 300+  year-old royal residence which stands less than two miles away from our Earls Court Road hotel.

Over the years, we’ve answered so many questions about the historic venue that we’ve come to regard ourselves as something close to experts on the palace. Looking to share our knowledge and help you impress your friends and family Continue reading

Chelsea F.C’s Five Biggest Home Games of the 2016 – 2017 Premier League Season

chelsea fc scheduleWe’re literally days away from the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season, and here at the Amsterdam Hotel in Kensington and Chelsea, we’re looking forward to seeing our hometown heroes taking on the best in the country at nearby Stamford Bridge.

After a disappointing 2015 – 2016 campaign which saw Chelsea barely break into the top ten, the club will be looking for a return to form with new manager Antonio Conte at the helm. Not that it’s going to be easy. This year, the side face some serious competition from both major players and Premier League newcomers alike.

Below, our resident football experts run down five of Chelsea F.C’s five biggest home games of the upcoming season, helping you to ensure that you never miss a moment of the action Continue reading

Booking Now: Hotel Accommodation for Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Notting Hill Carnival 2016The world famous Notting Hill Carnival is back this summer, and here at the Amsterdam Hotel, demand is already high for hotel accommodation close to the heart of the action throughout the hottest event of the summer.

Renowned as ‘Britain’s Biggest Street Party,’ Notting Hill carnival is a South West London tradition dating back all the way to the 1960s, and sees the streets awash with colour, music, and dancing in a vibrant celebration of all things Caribbean.

A Packed-Out Party

Each year, over one million people descend on Notting Hill from all over the country, revelling in the unique festival atmosphere created by countless of live bands Continue reading

Top Places to Shop in Kensington and Chelsea During the 2016 Summer Sales

2016 Summer SalesFor some, the start of summer means long days on the beach, fun-filled family adventures, and relaxing picnics in the park. Yet for many guests at our hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the warm weather and bright blue skies only mean one thing; the start of the summer sales.

Whether you’re planning the ultimate luxury London shopping trip during the sales, or simply hoping to bag a bargain when you come to stay at the Amsterdam Hotel this summer, here’s our guide to the top places to shop in Kensington and Chelsea throughout the sale season Continue reading