Chelsea AutoLegends: Royal Hospital Road

A wonderful chance to see more than 600 of the finest and most celebrated classic, competition and supercars in Central London.  As a precursor to Glorious Goodwood and closer to home, this was fantastic.   An impressive line up of over 30 iconic Le Mans cars ranging from Bentleys of the 1920s, through the Ferraris and Porsches of the 1960s and 1970s right up to today’s state of the art diesel prototypes that currently rule the French classic.  Also on show were the Aston Martin One-77, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari 599 GTO, Pagani Zonda and the new McLaren MP4-12C.   Other highlights included special 50th birthday celebration displays of the E type Jaguars and Mini Coopers, plus the presence of two film legends: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Pink Panther car.   Added to this were a further 350 members who bought their own classic cars to Royal Hospital Road.  Despite the torrential rain, this was a wonderful day with many enthusiastic fathers sharing their passion with their wives and children.

Image copyright:  Lucy Elliott/The Kensington Magazine


Nibbling Fish in Kensington

Kensington is full of health and beauty places, but one has appeared which is totally different – so different its the only one of its type in the UK (although they are well known across the Far East, and originated in Turkey).

Aqua Sheko is a foot spa with a difference.  This is where nibbling fish provide you with a pedicure – by nibbling!   Undeniably it’s a weird feeling which can be described in various manners; mild electric shocks, pins and needles or just plain ticklish.  Sitting up high on a throne with your feet thrust in a fish tank, around 100 small black fish, will nibble away at the dead skin on the souls of your feet leaving them soft and healthy.

For the month of June this treatment is £35.00 for a 45 minute session which includes the washing of the feet (for the sake of the fish), 30 minutes of nibbling, finished with 15 minutes reflexology. The price will increase on July 1st to £45.00.  Aqua Sheko, 14 Holland Street, London W8  Telephone to book: 020 3489 8336

This is undeniably a novel way of having a pedicure!  


Elephants in Kensington

One morning this week in Kensington, residents awoke to find elephants had  invaded their streets.  Not African or Indian Elephants but fibreglass hand painted elephants by famous artists.  As part of the Elephant Parade London 2010 largest outdoor event on record, about 250 elephants graced the streets of London to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered Asian Elephant.  Charity Elephant Family www.elephantfamily.org will be selling these by auction in July.  They hope to raise £1M for elephant conservation.   You can’t miss these beautiful elephants and they certainly add interest to our monotone London streets.


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.

Springtime in Kensington April 13

Kensington in springtime looks positively glorious.

The white stuccato fronted houses, the cherry blossom out, tulips and daffodils brightening up parks, gardens, squares, roof gardens and window boxes.

After such a long winter I feel Kensingtonians are finally coming out of hibernation.