‘Meet your Neighbour’ Event at The Milestone Hotel

For some years now The Kensington Magazine and The Milestone Hotel have collaborated to hold a ‘Meet your Neighbour’ event where local residents have an opportunity to meet each other. It must be the only event where people can walk up to each other and ask ‘so where do you live’ and its not a chat up line! This event is extremely popular and shows no signs of abating. A wondeful opportunity and the only one of its kind in Kensington.


Images and copyright: Lucy Elliott The Kensington Magazine


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




Thackeray Street Family Street Party: Sunday 18 September 2011

Thackeray Street Party organised by the Kensington Court Residents Association is a wonderful example of local businesses and residents getting together to enjoy a marvellous Sunday afternoon family party.
Fantastic food from Otteomezzo, Montparnasse Cafe and a Sausage Sizzle sponsored by Gallery 19; The Builder’s Arms provided drinks; Lumina and Thackerays sponsored the music; The Milestone Hotel sponsored the children’s activities with General Manager Andrew Pike on hand judging the colouring competition; Kall Kwik provided the invitations and the KCRA committee with some local residents responsible for the organisation.
Many local businesses and retailers were very generous with raffle donations and proceeds raised will again go to the Knightsbridge Group of Riding for the Disabled. Although the rain poured exactly at 5.00 pm. (the start time), it gave way to a nice sunny evening, and the turnout was tremendous.  Congratulations to all involved for a most successful family street party.
Images: Copyright Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine

The Kensington Magazine & The Milestone Hotel “Meet Your Neighbour” Event April 15

This was our fourth “Meet your Neighbour” event held at the prestigious Milestone Hotel.  And what an evening it was!  About 50 people from all around Kensington enjoyed copious amounts of champagne and canapes, had a lovely time getting to know each other and many contacts were made.  Andrew Pike the General Manager said he was delighted to work in collaboration with the Magazine and as a result it had bought in local custom to the hotel.  As a testament to this, the Editor and her fiance will be holding their wedding reception there in December, and another local lady will be holding her 40th there in June.  Many other residents are now enjoying dinners and tea there…. a great hotel, not at all stuffy, truly professional, and they really know how to lay on a party.  Already we’ve had loads of emails and phone calls from residents saying how much they enjoyed the evening.