Visit London Blog » kensington Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:10:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video: The New Design Museum at the Commonwealth Institute Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:30:27 +0000

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In 2014, the Design Museum is moving from its current location in Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington.

Designs for the site have been produced by two of the world’s most innovative architectural practices: John Pawson has redesigned the interior of the Grade 2* listed building and OMA has planned the surrounding residential development.

We’ll miss having the Design Museum here on our doorstep at, but look forward to the many exciting developments that will come with the new, bigger space in West London.

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Chinese Cuisine at Min Jiang in Kensington Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:49:21 +0000

If you fancy some Chinese cuisine which is slightly more authentic than the questionable takeaway over the road then head to Min Jiang in Kensington High Street. 

Overlooking Kensington Gardens, on the tenth floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, this Chinese restaurant offers a menu of culinary delights with fabulous décor and service to match.

Walking into the restaurant, you’ll notice Chinese blue and white vases and eye-catching red walls lined with black and white photography. Panaramic windows show off the view over the gardens. 

We sampled a few of the starter dishes including dim sum, crispy fried squid and cold drunken chicken. The highlight was the deliciously different crispy duck skin in fine granulated sugar. 

For the main course, we couldn’t resist the chef’s special – wood-fired Beijing duck. This needs to be ordered in advance and the chef will even come over to your table to carve the duck in front of you.

This elegant restaurant comes highly recommended for Chinese cuisine at its very best. 

Min Jiang, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem at the Royal Albert Hall Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:13:23 +0000

I went to see Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem at the Royal Albert Hall this week and I was blown away by how good it was. Totem tells the story of the journey of the human species from amphibian to the aspiration to fly.

The set was amazing, along with the incredible acts and characters that filled the Royal Albert Hall with colour and left us in awe of what was taking place in front of us.

The first act, a parallel bars routine, was brilliant and breathtaking as four artists performed just inches away from each other.

More exciting acts followed, including five unicyclists juggling metal bowls at some height, the foot juggling Crystal Ladies and the “swimming” trapeze duo, who had a beautiful routine.

The highlights had to be the pair of roller skaters spinning and whirling at unbelievable speeds on top of a tiny drum-shaped platform, and the amazing Russian bars display with 10 artists leaping from one bar to another.

It’s a great show, and again the Royal Albert Hall does it complete justice.  A must-see!

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Park Terrace Restaurant Thu, 13 May 2010 17:00:42 +0000

Last night I visited the new Park Terrace restaurant in the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington. The revamped venue has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with views over Kensington Gardens, and the park theme continues in the food and drink menus.

We started off in the relaxed bar area, with two non-alcoholic cocktails: a Parkside Cooler (strawberry puree, peach juice, fresh mint, orange juice) and a Virgin Vanilla Mojito (apple juice, fresh mint, lime juice, vanilla sugar, lemonade).

Next, we moved into the fine dining restaurant to sample chef Steve Munkley’s food. The restaurant sources lots of ingredients from small, local suppliers – including meat from Essex, sea bass farmed in a disused quarry in Anglesey, British cheeses, and wild mushrooms from the New Forest.

I chose Ticklemore goats’ cheese with ratatouille for starters. It came wrapped in thin slices of green and yellow courgette, and was fresh and creamy. My guest opted for the Shetland organic salmon, which was also delicious.

There was only one vegetarian main course – ravioli of Ogleshield cheese with chanterelle mushrooms, pesto and black olives, which was tasty and not too heavy. My guest enjoyed the English chicken breast with herb gnocchi.

We both agreed that one of best things about the meal was the amazing carrots. Whatever main course you choose, make sure you order the carrots. We were literally fighting over the last one in the vegetable dish!

For pudding we shared a raspberry flapjack with pear sorbet and soured raspberries, which was light and fruity and beautifully presented.

Park Terrace is hidden away at the back of the Royal Garden Hotel, without its own entrance from the street. But it’s worth seeking out for the lovely fresh food and refined but friendly service.

Park Terrace, Royal Garden Hotel, 2 Kensington High Street, London, W8. Two courses £26.50, three courses £31.50

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Ice Cream and Nanotechnology at the RCA Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:58:39 +0000 The Cloud Project's ice cream van

There’s an attractive looking ice cream van parked outside the Royal College of Art (RCA) in Kensington Gore this week. But if you venture inside you won’t find the usual 99s and ice lollies.

Instead you’ll be greeted by RCA students Cat Kramer and Zoe Papadopoulou, dressed in retro ice cream seller’s outfits, who will introduce you to ice cream-scented clouds and smoke-filled ice cream cones.

It’s all part of The Cloud Project, which aims to increase public engagement with new technologies such as geoengineering and nanotechnology.

Cat says, “There’s a lot of emerging technologies that people don’t really know about. We want to bring this discussion to a wider audience.”

Cat goes on to talk about how diet food is made tastier, the pros and cons of genetically modified food, and the techniques scientists are using to try and control our climate.

Ice cream lovers won’t be disappointed. You’ll be able to get real ice cream, along with an explanation about the manufacturing process and the creation of nano (very small) ice cream crystals.

There’s a group of experts lined up to give talks at the ice cream van, including Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of Nanotechnology at the Industries Association (1 Jul, 1.30pm) and Dr Rachel Edward Stewart, molecular gastronomy expert (date to be confirmed).

The Cloud Project is part of Show RCA, the Royal College of Art’s annual graduate show, which runs until 5 July.

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