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See Sensational Butterflies before it's too late.

See Sensational Butterflies before it's too late.

It is fair to say that most children absolutely love to see animals up close. It can be hard to catch a glimpse of colourful butterflies in the open air, which is why the Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies exhibition is so exciting - it gives children and adults alike the chance to have memorable encounters with these beautiful creatures.
 
But it is a chance that you don't have for long, as the exhibition will close on September 14th. So, if you and your little ones want to marvel at the amazing species on display, as well as learn more about them, now is the time to snap up tickets. 
 
You will find the exhibition on the museum's East Lawn. From 10am to 5.50pm daily, more than 50 butterfly and moth species can be spotted in the tropical butterfly house here. Take a stroll and see them fluttering through the foliage - and you never know, one might land on you! 
 
Equally exciting is the fact that you and the children can take a peek at the hatchery to see brand new moths and butterflies emerging from their pupae - a truly magical sight.
 
The Natural History Museum is famous for making its exhibitions really come alive for children, so it probably won't surprise you to hear that there are a number of additional activities and attractions to keep them entertained. These include everything from interactive displays to collecting stamps on the fun butterfly trail.
 
And of course, you can expect the trip to be educational as well - your little ones will find out all about eggs and chrysalises, how caterpillars become beautiful butterflies, how wings work and much more.
 
The Natural History Museum is just a ten-minute journey from the Royal Garden Hotel - simply board the number 70 bus from the stop directly outside the hotel, or take the short walk to High Street Kensington Tube station and ride the Circle Line to South Kensington, where the museum is located.

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Top family-friendly museums in Kensington

Top family-friendly museums in Kensington

For families, one of the most fantastic things about Kensington is its wealth of wonderful museums. Predominantly located in South Kensington, these institutions are famous not only for being incredibly high quality, informative and interesting, but also extremely family-friendly. In fact, the majority of the exhibits will typically be designed with children in mind!
 
So, it is only natural that you would want to take your family to at least one of these during your stay here at the Royal Garden Hotel. To help you decide where to go, we have put together a brief guide to the very best local museums, as well as how to get to each.
 
The Natural History Museum
Time to reach: Roughly ten minutes.
How to get there: Take the number 70 bus from the stop directly outside the Royal Garden Hotel, or walk down the road to High Street Kensington tube station and take the Circle Line to South Kensington.
 
Few museums have the power to the enthrall children to the extent of the marvellous Natural History Museum. Housed in a spectacular historic building, this attraction is free to enter and offers a mix of colourful permanent and temporary displays.
 
These exhibitions are divided into four zones. In the Blue Zone you and the kids can discover all things animal, with this part of the museum housing its famous Dinosaurs exhibition. Fossils, ecology, insects and birds are covered in the Green Zone, while in the Red Zone you can find out all about the Earth itself. In the Orange Zone is the wonderful Darwin Centre, where you can see real scientists at work, and the lovely Wildlife Garden.
 
Plus, the Natural History Museum often has fantastic temporary exhibitions on too (though you will typically need to pay for these) - recent ones include a fabulous display on mammoths and a look at the human history of Britain.
 
Whatever exhibitions you decide to see, it is well worth getting involved with some of the family activities. For instance, under-7s will be given complimentary Explorer Backpacks filled with fun themed trails and other entertainment to help them make the most of their visit, while there are plenty of hands-on activities for children of all ages, including Investigate (a science lab for kids) and the Animal Vision shows, which give youngsters the chance to hold live animals, such as chameleons.
 
The Science Museum
Time to reach: Roughly ten minutes.
How to get there: Follow the instructions above for reaching the Natural History Museum.
 
Located just a few steps from the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum is guaranteed to enthrall adults and children of all ages. Interactive exhibits, an IMAX cinema, colourful displays and even flight simulators combine to make your visit here an unforgettable and action-packed family day out. 
 
Covering everything from different kinds of energy to the wonders and mystery of space, this establishment takes kids and adults alike on a real journey of discovery. Perhaps the very best thing about this museum is just how interactive it is - its hands-on galleries include The Garden, Pattern Pod, Energy and the ever-popular Launchpad. What's more, as well as allowing children to really engage with the displays and see science in action themselves, there will usually be an Explainer around to help make sure they really understand the science behind their activities.
 
For an extra dose of fun, take your children to the Fly Zone, where they can have a go on all kinds of fun flight simulators. Kids are bound to love these immersive experiences and want to go on them again and again!
 
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Time to reach: Roughly ten minutes.
How to get there: Follow the instructions above for reaching the Natural History Museum.
 
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of those deceptive attractions that, at first glance, seems more of a destination for adults. But, while it is true that this wonderful museum of art, textiles and design has much to offer grown-ups, it does an excellent job of catering for younger audiences too - especially at weekends, when it always hosts fun free events just for families.
 
Anytime you visit, though, you will find there is plenty to keep your children entertained. The hands-on exhibits, which are dotted throughout the V&A's galleries, are a perfect example of this. Tapestry weaving and building your own Crystal Palace are just a few of the fantastic hands-on possibilities.
 
In terms of events, there are a number of brilliant options, such as Back-Packs and Trails, which will lead you and the children through the V&A's wonderful galleries with stories, games and much more.
 
The Kensington Palace State Apartments
Time to reach: Less than five minutes.
How to get there: Turn left as you leave the hotel and enter Kensington Gardens directly on your left.
 
Here at the Royal Garden Hotel, we're lucky to be just a few minutes' journey from a number of fantastic museums. But, we're luckier still to be right next door to Kensington Palace, which is a great place to visit with the children, giving them a real taste of the royal lifestyle.
 
First of all, you'll find it within the grounds of Kensington Gardens, which are less than a minute's walk from the hotel. This glorious park is the perfect spot for lunch, or simply to let the kids burn off some energy, before or after a trip to the Kensington State Apartments, which are located within the palace.
 
Both the King's and Queen's State Apartments are open to the public, and are home to grand staircases (the King's being the grandest of all), bedrooms, dining rooms and drawing rooms, as well as much more. To bring the State Apartments to life for your little ones, pick up a family trail when you arrive.

Photo courtesy of Friedrich Fröbel: Wikimedia

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Have a mammoth adventure at the Natural History Museum

Have a mammoth adventure at the Natural History Museum

Animal adventures are by no means in short supply in London, which is home to the SEA LIFE Aquarium, London Zoo and lots more attractions. If you're staying with us at Royal Garden Hotel this summer, though, you'll find quite an unusual animal-based attraction to be discovered just a short tube ride or walk away in the form of Mammoths: Ice Age Giants.
 
On display at the wonderful Natural History Museum in South Kensington, this temporary exhibition runs until September 7th, which means you have just enough time to squeeze in a visit before the end of the school summer holidays. 
 
So, what can you expect from the exhibition? While the museum has kept details quite brief so as to avoid spoiling the surprise, we can tell you that it will give you and the children the chance to get to know these ancient giants, which were some of the largest mammals to have ever lived on Earth. A mixture of models, fossils and skeletons will help bring this exciting species to life - expect your children to be spellbound by the incredible displays. 
 
Perhaps most excitingly, you can actually see the most complete woolly mammoth ever found on display here. On loan from the Shemanovsky Museum - Exhibition Complex in Russia, Lyuba is an infant mammoth that has survived the years since the Ice Age largely intact.
 
Of course, after the exhibition the children are likely to have mammoth fever, and you'll find lots of great mammoth-themed treats - including adorable stuffed toys - available to buy in the museum's gift shops.
 
While the Natural History Museum is free to enter, Mammoths: Ice Age Giants requires a small fee - tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children and concessions, while you can purchase a family ticket for two adults and three children for £28. That said, if you are a member of the museum, you will be welcome to peruse this unique and exciting exhibition free of charge. 
 
You can reach the museum easily from the Royal Garden Hotel; simply hop on the Circle Line at High Street Kensington and ride it to South Kensington to arrive in mere minutes. Alternatively, jump on the number 70 bus directly outside the hotel to take you straight to the museum.

Photo courtesy of Flying Puffin: Wikimedia
 

Treat your family at Kids Week

Treat your family at Kids Week

Situated just a stone's throw from Kensington, the glittering West End is an ever-popular attraction for families. And as the school summer holidays arrive, it is rolling out the red carpet for younger audience members with Kids Week - a chance for children to see spectacular West End shows free of charge, provided they are accompanied by a full-paying adult.
 
While its name might suggest otherwise, Kids Week actually spans the entire month of August, which gives you plenty of opportunities to take the children to a performance they'll never forget. Part of the beauty of this theatrical festival, which has been running for almost two decades, is that it does an excellent job of catering for all ages.
 
For example, among the productions taking part this year are The Elephantom and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which are suitable for kids as young as three. If your children are a little older, however, you can take them to more grown-up performances, such as Billy Elliot or Les Misérables. And of course, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to see some world-class theatre as well!
 
What's more, the chance to see amazing performances isn't all that Kids Week has to offer younger visitors. Indeed, you'll also be able to enrol them in fun drama workshops that'll boost their confidence and offer them the experience of standing in the spotlights of West End stages for themselves, as well as tours of prestigious venues such as Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre.
 
The Royal Garden Hotel is perfectly placed for the West End, accessible by both tube and bus in only 15 and 25 minutes respectively. Simply take the Circle Line from High Street Kensington to Victoria, and then change on to the Victoria Line to Oxford Circus to complete your journey or hop on the number 9 bus directly outside the hotel and head to Trafalgar Square.

Photo courtesy of Crnjanski: Wikimedia

Family fun at RideLondon Freecycle

Family fun at RideLondon Freecycle

It's that time of year again - London's streets will shortly bid a temporary goodbye to motor traffic and bestow free reign upon cyclists of all ages for RideLondon Freecycle.
 
On Saturday August 9th, the Prudential RideLondon Freecycle, to use its full name, provides an absolutely fantastic day out for families - and, taking place just once a year, it is a rare treat indeed. The event will see some ten miles of central London's roads become traffic-free - except for the swathes of cyclists who will take advantage of this amazing opportunity to explore London's unique attractions from a different perspective.
 
Indeed, the route actually takes in a number of the capital's most famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. What's more, it's simply great fun to discover the city with your family in this way, safe in the knowledge that your children will be able to pedal away happily without any road traffic in sight.
 
In recent years, Freecycle has become a much-anticipated fixture on the capital's annual events calendar, and this year it has announced a number of fantastic additions that make it even more exciting to attend than ever. For instance, you and the kids will be able to go on a two-wheeled adventure along the Explore Routes, which have been added to the route in the City of London to help you uncover a few of the capital's secrets.
 
As if that wasn't exciting enough, there will also be an array of fun-filled Festival Zones, which will have a host of entertainment, including music and all kinds of wild and wacky two-wheeled contraptions, such as stilt bicycles and Penny Farthings. And don't worry, in each zone you will find a parking area where you can lock up your bikes securely and enjoy the festivities.
 
It is also worth bearing in mind that you don't need to bring along your own cycles if doing so would be inconvenient. Instead, you can hire a bike once you arrive in London - though it might be worth doing so in advance to ensure you avoid disappointment. Freecycle is a very popular event, after all!
 

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Distinctive View July - September

Distinctive View July - September

View our interactive version of Distinctive View – Our in house newsletter, which covers all the latest news and events. Discover more about our new Bar Menu at Min Jiang, our Sunday Lunch at Park Terrace or find some top tips for visiting London this summer. We are also running a Competition, called #distinctivekensington, in which we are asking you to show us what made your visit distinctive at the Royal Garden Hotel by sending in a photo, for your chance to win a fabulous prize. For all this and more simply click the link below.

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Distinctive Competition

Distinctive Competition

From July until the end of September we are celebrating what makes the Royal Garden Hotel distinctive.
 
We will be celebrating our distinctive staff, sharing some of our favourite cocktail & food recipes along with our top things to do in Kensington. We also want you to share photos of what makes the Royal Garden Hotel distinctive to you.
 
To enter, simply send us a photo of what made your stay at the Royal Garden Hotel distinctive.Was it a member of our staff, a meal in Min Jiang, something you saw in Kensington? 
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #DISTINCTIVEKENSINGTON when you upload your picture.
 
We will pick the top 5 entries each month and post them on Facebook for a 24 hour vote.
 
As a thank you for taking part, each month we will give away a night in one of our popular Garden Rooms, with full English breakfast and a bottle of Champagne. 
 
Click below for details on how to enter. 

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New Fitness Centre

New Fitness Centre

We are very excited to announce that specialist health club operator Anytime Fitness have taken over operation of the health club.

With thousands of clubs around the world and many years experience, we are delighted they have chosen the Royal Garden Hotel for their next venture. 

They will be carrying out a full refurbishment programme from 16 June, resulting in a new state of the art gymnasium and fully refurbished treatment centre, opening in September 2014. Unfortunately, during this time the Health Club will be closed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the new Anytime Fitness health club. 

For more information please email healthclub@royalgardenhotel.co.uk

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Welcome to our new GM!

Welcome to our new GM!

Many congratulations to Jonathan Lowrey on his appointment as General Manager, following Mr Bamford's departure. We all wish him a very long and happy career as General Manager at the Royal Garden Hotel.

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Tracy Crawley won gold with this fabulous Cake

Tracy Crawley won gold with this fabulous Cake

Well done to Tracy Crawley, one of our Pastry Chefs, who won gold and best in class with this beautiful Peter Rabbit creation at Hotelympia’s Salon Culinaire – Europe’s largest industry exhibition. Every single detail of the cake is just amazing, a very well deserved winner we think! Also, congratulations to Ben Turner who won silver and best in class in the junior tea pastries category. You can experience both Tracy and Ben’s cooking in the Park Terrace Afternoon Tea menu. 

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We have a Roof Garden!

We have a Roof Garden!

Our Chefs have planted an herb garden consisting of Bay, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Tarragon and Dill on the hotel flat roofs. Our junior chefs will be attending to them every day, so the hotel can use home grown herbs in our cooking, serving you even fresher ingredients.

Our egg hunt has finished!

Our egg hunt has finished!

Thank you to all those that took part and congratulations if you found all five eggs!

We will be announcing the winners on 24 April, so check back to see who won. 

Details of the prizes are below. 

Easter egg Hunt

Easter egg Hunt

On the 16 April the Royal Garden Hotel are hiding 5 distinctive Easter Eggs across the website.
 
After successfully completing the Easter egg hunt by finding all five eggs, all participants will be entered into a draw to win one of 3 three fabulous prizes:
  • A weekend night stay for 2 in a Garden Room
  • Dinner for 2 at the Park Terrace Restaurant
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2 at the Park Terrace Restaurant
How do I enter?
In order to enter the draw you must find and click on all 5 eggs. Once you have found all five eggs you will be directed to an entry form.
 
How do I know I have found all the eggs?
There are only 5 eggs. When you have clicked on an egg it will change to a grey colour. Once you have clicked on all five eggs you will be directed automatically to the entry form.
 
What information do you need?
We only need your contact information. Without it we will not be able to enter you into the draw. 
 
How do you decide the winner?
We will be drawing a name at random from all those that entered the competition by filling in the competition form. We will not accept entries in any other way.
 
When will you announce the winners?
We will announce the names of the winners via email and our social media channels after we have contacted them individually on the 24th April.
 
How long do I have to redeem the prize?
The overnight stay is availble for 12 months and the dining experiences are available 6 months to give you plenty of time to redeem them.

Distinctive View April - June

Distinctive View April - June

View our interactive version of Distinctive View - the Royal Garden Hotel in house newsletter, which covers all the latest news and events from the Royal Garden Hotel.

Dicover more about our family friendly promise, the recent re-opening of our brand new main kitchen or our distinctive new app which allows our guests to enjoy free magazines or newsletter when connecting to our network. We've got a fantastic new London package 'Romeo & Juliet' theatre break available the 13, 14, 20 or 21 June. Read on for more information and to find some top tips for visiting London this spring / summer.

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Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Derek's Deane's celebrated production - drenched in passion and tragedy and with Prokofiev's evocative and powerful score at its heart - has been universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike and now you can enjoy it as part of an exclusive Royal Garden Hotel package.

'Romeo & Juliet' package, priced from £360 based on two people sharing, includes two tickets to the show and is available on 13, 14, 20 or 21 June at 19:30. The price includes a full English breakfast and VAT. 

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DISTINCTIVE MAGAZINES

DISTINCTIVE MAGAZINES

The five star Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington, London, will today be a part of publishing history. A partnership with digital publishing experts Exact Editions, and bespoke distributor Gold Key Media, means that the hotel will see a number of high profile titles, such as Esquire, The Spectator and Time Out, being freely digitally available to non subscribers, based on user location, for the first time.

Guests using the Royal Garden Hotel wireless network will be able to freely download the Gold Key Media app, which will enable them complete free access to a range of high profile titles. This service remains free within the Hotel Wireless Network, but will stop once the user disconnects from the hotel’s network.

Instruction details are contained within all 394 bedrooms with the hotel striving to increase the service amenities whilst helping to reduce our paper wastage from unused magazines.

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Distinctive View Jan - March

Distinctive View Jan - March

View our interactive version of Distinctive View – the Royal Garden’s in house newsletter, which covers all the latest news and events from London’s Royal Garden Hotel. Discover more about our Kitchen Renovation (page 1), our fantastic 'La Bohème Theatre break' package (page 2) and our original "Tea-Tails" menu at Min Jiang Bar (page 3). Stay up to date with our in house newsletter. For all this and to find some top tips for visiting London this winter/spring, click the link below.

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Top 5 events to keep you entertained over the Chinese New Year in London

Top 5 events to keep you entertained over the Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year is the pinnacle celebration across Asia bringing in the New Year on 31 January, according to the Chinese calendar. In London we don’t do things by halves and our Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest outside of Asia. Every year hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy’ (or Happy New Year).
 
Here are our Top 5 events to keep you entertained over the Chinese New Year.

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Festive Afternoon Tea

Festive Afternoon Tea

Join us throughout the month of December for a delightful and Christmas inspired afternoon tea. The Festive Afternoon Tea includes a selection of cakes and pastries including Chestnut Cheesecake, Chocolate truffle Chocolate pudding, Yule log and of course our specially prepared Mince Pies.

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Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation

The Royal Garden Hotel is pleased to announce that we will be undergoing a full kitchen renovation from 1 January until mid March 2014. This £1.5m refurbishment will see the entire main kitchen equipped with state-of-the-art, eco-friendly appliances to not only improve efficiency but be kind to the environment.
 
Unavoidably, these exciting plans will impact on our food and beverage offering, but the hotel has made every provision to ensure our guests continue to receive quality food offerings at the same high standards of service. We look forward to completing the renovation so we can offer an even better dining experience to all our guests and visitors.

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Distinctive View Oct - Dec

Distinctive View Oct - Dec

The autumn/winter version of DISTINCTIVE VIEW is now out, click through the below link to view an interactive digital magazine. 
 
Celebrate the festive season in style with the Royal Garden Hotel. Find out what’s happening at the Park Terrace Restaurant and Min Jiang during the Christmas period. Learn about our ‘Boss Behind the Bar’ a Christmas party idea with a difference. We’ve also got the usual features such as ‘Hidden London Uncovered’ and ‘Capital Suggestions’ by Head Concierge Robert Shorter. Is your child a budding artists? Then find out how they could win you and your family a weekend stay for four, with our latest competition; ‘Kids Making Their Mark’. 
 

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Kids Making Their Mark - New Competition

Kids Making Their Mark - New Competition

We are pleased to announce the launch of our ‘Kids Making Their Mark’ competition. We are inviting children 11 years and younger to design a name and image to create a logo representing the hotel’s family friendly offerings.
 
The winning design will be used across all hotel marketing to identify family and child friendly services and will also win a weekend stay with their family. 
 
The competition is now open and closes at midnight on 30 November 2013.

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Distinctive View Jul-Sep

Distinctive View Jul-Sep

The summer edition of Distinctive View is now live. Click through our interactive in room newsletter for all the latest news and offers from around the Royal Garden Hotel. 
 
Find out how Park Terrace is giving traditional afternoon tea an Oriental twist, on page 1. Planning a conference or event? – check out the latest tailor made event offers on page 3. In celebrating the arrival of the royal baby, take a tour of the future monarch’s residence with our Kensington Palace Tea package. Find out why General Manager Graham Bamford was rubbing shoulders with Prince Charles in our ‘Royal Recognition’ article. For all this and more simply click the link below. 

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Stay 3 or 4 Nights and Save 33%

Stay 3 or 4 Nights and Save 33%

One of our best promotions is back for a limited period only. Whatever your reason for travelling to London this summer, stay for 3 or 4 nights at the Royal Garden Hotel and get one day for free. Our Stay 3 Nights Pay for 2 promotion is available for any stays between 10 July to 10 August. 

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The Top 5 Anzac Day Events in London

The Top 5 Anzac Day Events in London

A national day of remembrance for the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), Anzac Day is traditionally celebrated on 25 April every year.

In recent years, the day has been broadened to commemorate all who have died in military service, and with a huge Australian and New Zealand community in the London, we’ve picked out our top five Anzac Day 2013 events for London.
 
Read our latest ‘Top 5’ blog which is a specially written blog suggested by a member of staff. This month’s suggestion comes from our resident concierge Kiwi. Should you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to speak to our Concierge team.

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Distinctive View Digital Edition

Distinctive View Digital Edition

The spring/summer digital edition of Distinctive View is now live. Click on the below link to find out the latest news and special offers from the Royal Garden Hotel – the leading 5 star hotel in Kensington. Explore London with ‘Capital Suggestions’ – Head Concierge Robert Shorter’s top tips for enjoying London this spring. Find out about some delectable offers at Min Jiang and find out more about our upcoming British Food Festival.

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British Producers Food Festival

British Producers Food Festival

Monday 22 April to Saturday 27 April

In celebration of St George's Day this April, Park Terrace has invited some of the Royal Garden Hotel's best British suppliers to showcase their produce and allow them to inform our guests about the fabulous ingredients they produce.
 
Each evening commences with a masterclass presented by one of our selected suppliers, illustrating the path of their produce from source to dinner table. The presentation is followed by a lavish six-course dinner featuring ingredients from each supplier, specially designed by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkley, with accompanying wines and beers to complement the dishes.
 
Masterclasses start at 6.30pm, Monday to Friday. TICKETS ARE £59 PER PERSON including a 6 course gastronomic dinner and masterclass with Executive Head Chef Steve Munkley.

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Health Club Easter Opening Hours

Health Club Easter Opening Hours

Please note that the Health Club will have reduced opening hours for Easter:

Good Friday                 29th March        9.00am-4.30pm
Saturday                      30th March        9.00am-6.00pm
Easter Sunday             31st March        9.00am-4.30pm 
Easter Monday             1st April            9.00am-4.30pm
 
All Classes on Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday will be cancelled. Have a fantastic Easter!

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Egg-Cellent Easter Offers

Egg-Cellent Easter Offers

This Easter the Royal Garden Hotel will be holding its very own Family Treasure Hunt to help make your visit to the capital a memorable one. This fantastic three-night family package includes accommodation in an Executive Room with free Wi-Fi, a specially created Wildgoose Treasure Hunt, lunch or dinner in the award-winning Park Terrace Restaurant and full English breakfasts everyday, all in one of London’s leading 5-star hotels.

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New exciting Golf Break Package

New exciting Golf Break Package

Try something different on your next golf break and combine a luxury stay at the Royal Garden Hotel with all the fun of the golf course – right in the heart of the capital! Make it an unforgettable hotel stay in Kensington, London. The Stay & Play with Urban Golf package offers guests a one-night stay in a modern King, Twin or Executive room, as well as a two-hour simulator hire at Urban Golf for up to four people. Not only this, but guests will also be treated to a complimentary drink at Urban Golf.

Urban Golf is the latest craze sweeping London, with the hotel located just 5 minutes walk from Urban Golf Kensington. Play many of the world's finest courses from the comfort of an elegant clubhouse, complete with state of the art simulators, putting greens and of course a bar. 

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Distinctive View - Jan - Mar 2013

Distinctive View - Jan - Mar 2013

View our interactive version of Distinctive View – the Royal Garden’s in house newsletter, which covers all the latest news and events from London’s Royal Garden Hotel. Experience the delight of a quintessentially British Sunday lunch in the Park Terrace Restaurant, or why not unwind with our new Beer & Bites offering in Park Terrace Bar. We’ve got two fantastic new London packages; ‘Carmen Theatre Break’ and the ‘Stay & Play with Urban Golf’ package both of which are available from today. Read on for more information, and to find some top tips for visiting London this winter/spring. 

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Interactive London Christmas Map

Interactive London Christmas Map

View our interactive map, which shows what’s going on in London this Christmas season nearby the Royal Garden. Plan your stay at the our 5 star hotel in Kensington, whether it be heading over to the Natural History Museum for their world famous ice skating rink, or enjoying the festive fun and fare at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. 

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UNWIND WITH A BEER AND BITE AT THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL

UNWIND WITH A BEER AND BITE AT THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL

The 5-star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington has launched a special beer snacks menu at its Park Terrace Bar, designed as the perfect light bite for lunch or end of day tonic.

‘Beer and Bites’ features a range of locally produced beer and ales from London brewer The Meantime Company, accompanied by freshly created snacks including, ‘Beef Carpaccio and Spenwood Cheese Salad’; ‘Crispy Devonshire Squid with a garlic and saffron dip’ and ‘Spicy Fricandels with a Tomato, Onion Relish’ to name a few.

The Beer and Bite pairings start from £9.50 and are available in the Park Terrace Bar daily from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

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RECORD REVENUE ANNOUNCED FOR THE ROYAL GARDEN

RECORD REVENUE ANNOUNCED FOR THE ROYAL GARDEN

Kensington hotel announces highest figures for conference and events since 2007

The independent 5-star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington has announced record revenue for its conferences and events sector hitting just under £4 million, the highest figure reported by the hotel in five years.

The encouraging results have come following the completion of a £45 million refurbishment at the hotel, which saw the creation of ‘The Palace Suites’, an all-encompassing, flexible space designed for hosting exclusive conferences and events of varying sizes. 

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The View, Oct - Dec 2012 Newsletter

The View, Oct - Dec 2012 Newsletter

Our quarterly newsletter as ever is jam packed with the latest news and events from Kensington’s leading five star hotel. Make the festive period truly magical this year with exquisite dining, an elegant setting and a lively atmosphere at the Royal Garden Hotel. Looking for a unique Christmas party idea? Take a look at our Boss behind the Bar promotion. We have two new Christmas promotions; Carols By Candlelight and Christmas with Aled Jones. To keep up to date with all the latest news from the Royal Garden, subscribe to our mailing list.

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Cocktails & Mocktails

Cocktails & Mocktails

Wednesday 5 December, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Join Park Terrace Bar for Cocktails & Mocktails this festive season. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and cold canapés on arrival before taking part in a cocktail demonstration with the bars expert team. Get the chance to show off your skills by making your own cocktail and try a shot of each creation to find out which one you like the best. 

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Introducing the Moutai Monster Halloween Cocktail!!

Introducing the Moutai Monster Halloween Cocktail!!

Introducing the Moutai Monster Halloween Cocktail!!

Head to Min Jiang Chinese Restaurant and try the frighteningly delicious Moutai Monster Halloween cocktail. Just in case you want to try these yourselves, we’ve broken down the Recipe and Method as well as a quick guide to Moutai.
The Moutai Monster Halloween cocktail will be available for the 31st October and will cost £25 per person.
 
To make a booking, please email info@minjiang.co.uk.

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Boss Behind the Bar

Boss Behind the Bar

Enjoy a Christmas party with a difference with our new ‘Boss Behind the Bar’ festive package in Park Terrace Restaurant. Following a brief cocktail lesson, sit back and relax as the Boss steps up to the bar to do all the hard work and serve a selection of refreshing cocktails. Then be seated to enjoy a festive 3 course menu and celebrate into the night.

15 November until 23 December, 7.00pm to 12.00am

  • £75.00 per person including 2 welcome cocktails, a 3 course menu with house wine, mineral water, coffee and petit fours
  • Choice of 4 cocktails which will initially be prepared by our bartender
  • 10% service charge to be added to bill
  • Capacity: 12 to 25 people
  • Party hats, crackers and novelties for all

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT OUR FOOD & BEVERAGE TEAM ON 020 7361 1999 OR CHRISTMAS@ROYALGARDENHOTEL.CO.UK

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Chocolate Extravaganza

Chocolate Extravaganza

Thursday 4 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Join us to celebrate the start of Chocolate Week (8-14 October) with our seriously tempting Chocolate Extravaganza at Park Terrace restaurant.  
 
Start with a cocktail on arrival before sampling an array of luxury chocolates, including Belgium, Valrhona and Cacao Barry, in the Private Dining Room of Park Terrace. End the evening with a chocolate inspired Dessert Menu in the surroundings of Park Terrace restaurant overlooking Kensington Gardens. 

The View Summer 2012

The View Summer 2012

This summer’s version of The View has had a make over! Experience the magic of Narnia – take advantage of the fantastic packages on offer at the Royal Garden Hotel marking The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe production in Kensington Gardens. As ever, Head Concierge Robert Shorter picks out some must-see events coming to London this summer.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version; please email newsletter@royalagrdenhotel.co.uk to share your feedback. 

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Be Part of the BBC Proms this summer

Be Part of the BBC Proms this summer

The BBC Proms is undisputedly the world’s greatest classical music festival and the fact that it is still going strong in its 118th year pays testament to this. Presenting the widest range of music at the highest possible standard is the overarching aim of THE PROMS, and it continues to deliver year on year.

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Chef selected to compete in Euroskills 2012

Chef selected to compete in Euroskills 2012

Andre Rhone, 1st Commis Chef at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington has been selected as a finalist to represent the UK in the 2012 Euroskills contest from 4-6 October at the famous racetrack of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The contest is organised by WorldSkills International, a membership organisation formed to help improve standards in vocational education globally. 

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April - June 2012 Newsletter

April - June 2012 Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the latest news and offers with the spring edition of ‘The View’. This summer sees The lion The Witch and The Wardrobe come to Kensington Gardens. To celebrate being an official partner the Park Terrace has created a variety of themed menus for all the family to enjoy. Find out more about our cover story ‘Narnia comes to Kensington Gardens’ by clicking here. ‘The View’ also celebrates the recent success of ten of the hotel’s chefs – all of which have recently been recognized at Hotelympia Salon Culinaire. Other articles include details of our Palace Suites – exclusive conference & event space and benefits to booking direct

 
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Chefs' Fly the Flag at Hotelympia

Chefs' Fly the Flag at Hotelympia

Congratulations to many of the hotel’s Chefs’ who returned from this years Salon at Hotelympia with an outstanding 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, 3 Bronze and 2 Certificates of merit. Here is a full list of winners;

Novelty Cake
Tracy Crawley - GOLD
 
Churchill Pasta Dish
Martin Rigby - GOLD
 
Master Chefs of GB
Daniel Capp - GOLD
 
Sustainable Fish Dish
Chris Munroe - SILVER
 
Steelite International 
Rohan Kashid - SILVER
 
Terinex Master Chefs Grand Prix Team Event
Jean Paul Guillaumier, Daniel Capp & Emily Webb - BRONZE
 
Gram Masterclass
James Newton - BRONZE
 
Alaska Seafood Challenge   
Conor Stein - BRONZE
 
Gourmet Classic
Phil Steggall - CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
 
Tea Pastries
Jenny Copp - CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
 
We will be revealing some of the Chefs’ recipes in the forthcoming weeks. To ensure you are kept up to date with all things Royal Garden, please subscribe to our mailing list.  

January - March 2012 Newsletter

January - March 2012 Newsletter

In the latest edition of ‘The View’ we propose even more reasons to book direct, all the latest offers from the Soma Centre Spa and Head Concierge Robert Shorter’s ‘Capital Suggestions’ including his Hidden London story. In addition we also praise Andre Rohne for winning Young Apprentice Chef of the Year. You can enjoy Andre’s cooking on our Sunday lunch service which will now be carved at your table.

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