What's on in April? Kensington Museum Guide
Although London is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, with its beautiful green spaces and winding streets, it's no surprise that the city is a brilliant spot to visit during the warmer months.
The world-class selection of museums in Kensington itself are just as fascinating when the weather turns colder, but when it's a little hotter, you can make the most of the fantastic outdoor spaces surrounding them.
The Design Museum
If you are talking about buildings that are striking to look at, you can't beat the Design Museum. Its new position on Kensington High Street means it's just a few steps from our hotel. The new location also means there is much more space for the Design Museum than at its previous spot in Shad Thames.
A leading institute in contemporary art, the museum is the perfect place to explore architecture, graphics and industrial design.
Its Collection exhibition is an important record of the designs that have shaped the modern world. From the development of mass production to the digital revolution, you'll find new meaning to objects you have been surrounded with all your life. The museum's standout opening exhibit 'Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World' displays 11 new installations by innovative designers and architects from around the world, while 'Imagine Moscow' looks at the impact of this fascinating Russian city and its history.
Natural History Museum
If you're talking about places that are just as spectacular from the outside as they are inside, you can't help but think of the Natural History Museum. With half-term and Easter just around the corner, there is plenty happening at this family-friendly hotspot.
As well as the array of normal permanent exhibitions, there are some exciting displays and talks that are exclusively happening over the next few weeks. From the start of April, the museum will be opening a tropical butterfly house, which is sure to be a favourite with the whole family. See hundreds of these beautiful insects in their own habitat, and learn about the many different types and species.
For children (or adults) that think science is boring, this museum is the perfect place to take them. With robots, spaceships and much much more, they will soon change their mind once they step inside. Throughout April there are some incredible exhibitions on display that encourage people of all ages to get involved and engage with them.
The Wonderlab: Statoil Gallery is a fantastic way to start your visit this Easter. Inviting you to become a scientist for the day, you can order live experiments, see lightning strike and unveil a canopy of stars. As well as explosive science demonstrations, this part of the museum allows you to see how science is happening all around us.
There are plenty of exhibitions aimed at younger children during the half-term holidays so the whole family can get involved. The Pattern Pod encourages those under the age of eight to use their hands and explore a sensory environment, while the Garden uses sound, blocks and water to help young children create an exciting interactive space.
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum is not only a beautiful building to look at, but it also has a number of things that make it great for a family day out. From the start of April, there will be a whole host of hands-on exhibitions throughout the museum. You'll be able to spot these engaging parts by looking out for a hand symbol. A parrot will also be beside 30 special family-friendly exhibits throughout the museum.
During April there are also daily trails that take families on a journey of observation games, drawings and images through the museum.
If you or your littles ones love the tales of Peter Rabbit, you should make sure to catch the special Beatrix Potter exhibition. The photography display marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the iconic children's author, and offers an interesting insight into the environment around her that inspired her beautiful stories.
diana's fashion at kensington palace
If you're a fan of fashion, recent history or the Royal family, then London is a spot like no other. Kensington Palace is currently hosting an exclusive exhibition about the fashion of Princess Diana.
The display will look at how the Princess of Wales' style evolved throughout her public life. From her first official appearances to the glamourous and stylish outfits she wore in later life, you'll be able to get a personal view on how Diana used fashion throughout her time as a Royal. This is a unique opportunity to get close to some of the most famous garments in the Royal family history, such as the gowns she wore to the White House, and should not be missed!
While you're here, you should take the time to explore the beautiful Kensington Gardens. Enjoy a gentle stroll around its stunning surroundings, including the iconic Serpentine Lake, and it's all completely free. Why not then join us at our hotel for a Royal Afternoon Tea?
gin cocktails served at bertie's bar
From its lofty position up high, Bertie's Bar, named after King Edward VII, who was commonly known as Bertie, the bar is the perfect place to finish off a day in London. This month, Vilmos and his team are proud to bring you a selection of cocktails with some of their favourite gins. If you're not a fan of gin, don't worry we have a champagne promotion on too.
Image Credit: The Design Museum