Archive for November, 2011

The lighting up of the Christmas Lights at the Milestone Hotel

Great excitement as children (very special ones, as they had all written for the magazine) held their breath, counted down from ten, and then watched Julian Fellowes press the ‘detonator’ to turn on the lights.

No this wasn’t Oxford Street, but closer to home at the wonderful Milestone Hotel where locals (rather specially chosen as writers or clients of the magazine or residents) mixed and mingled as Lord Fellowes and his wife arrived to set the ‘detonator’ for the Christmas lights.  Sadly for most who’d hoped for a chat with Fellowes this wasn’t to be which was a shame since Downton Abbey has clearly been the winner on TV for the past couple of years (OK Spooks comes a close second, so for recent weeks Sunday evening was a delicious in-house entertainment of drama – taking on the country and drama – of the country taking on class).

Back to the Milestone. This is clearly a hotel who know how to party – mulled wine, mince pies, attentive service, a glorious festively decked out hotel frontage, and of course the children. Well apart from The Kensington Hotel holding classes in teaching children how to sit at the table properly having their ‘afternoon tea’ hotels in Kensington are not particularly renowned for being child friendly. However, the Milestone is an exception and surpassed themselves; children were given chocolates and their own (rather lovely) Milestone Teddy Bear. They were allowed to run around (we had one very tiny one) and the others shook hands very seriously on being introduced, and bearing in mind these were all aspiring authors, were delighted to have their photograph taken with Lord Fellowes on the steps of the Hotel.

This is the first ‘Turning on the Christmas Lights’ at the Milestone and they hope to turn this into an annual event. In the absence of anything else official in its place, the Milestone can’t fail, and this is bound to turn into one of the most sought after invites in the calender year in Kensington (particularly for the children who have written for the magazine!)

Images and images copyright: by kind courtesy of The Milestone Hotel




Remembrance Sunday Kensington & Chelsea 13 November 2011

This year it was the turn of St Mary Abbots in Kensington to host the civic ceremony for Remembrance Day. Hundreds of residents turned up to support the families and friends of those taking part in the march from the Town Hall to St Mary Abbots’ memorial, ranging from older members to little tots – and even little tots dressed in red sweat shirts can march (occasionally turning into a run to keep up).

Officiated by Father Gillean, Father Gareth and Father Rob of SMA, the Mayor, Councillor Julie Mills was accompanied by all members of RBKC, Honorary Alderman Richard Walker-Arnott, The Rt. Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Rear Admiral R H Burn, The Rt. Hon the Baroness Hanham and Sir Michael Craig-Cooper. Children behaved beautifully and the Council must be given full credit – Kensington High St. and Kensington Church St were re-designed to give pedestrians right of way, traffic was stopped for the two minutes silence, and even better – car and bus engines were asked by the police to be turned off. This is how the two minute silence should be. With proper respect given.

The sun shone on a glorious Autumnal day; the Church was packed and the sermon given reminded the congregation (specifically designed for the younger audience) that there are three aspects to Remembrance, the past, the present and the future. It was certainly lovely to see so many children take part in this important day in the year.

Images: Copyright Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine