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The Bailey's Hotel, Kensington, London
The red brick façade of the Bailey's Hotel is a distinctive sight along Gloucester Road and has been since the 1870s, when it became the area's first purpose-built hotel. This attractive and easygoing hotel, which is owned by the Millennium Hotel and Resorts Group, cleverly blends its Victorian roots with a cool contemporary style, which really comes to the fore in the hotel's charming Bugis Street Brasserie, specialising in Asian cuisine. The other chief asset of Bailey's is its location, right by Gloucester Road Underground station - so giving great access to the capital - and close to some of London's best museums. It's particularly good for families too with various enticements aimed at children.
Enjoy the hotel's proximity to both art and green space; and as a quirky fact, the creator of Peter Pan, JM Barrie, lived a few doors away at No 133.
The bars and restaurants of Kensington are within easy walking distance, as are popular attractions including the Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall.
By car: the hotel is 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham, 4 hours from Manchester and 1 hour 10 mins from Oxford. Paid private parking is available on-site.
By train: Paddington station is a 15-minute taxi ride from the hotel with connections to various UK cities. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Ideal for business travellers and those just wanting to explore London for a holiday, or a weekend trip. We love the way the historical connections have been kept while offering a thoroughly modern feel.
Service & Facilities
The doorman with his distinctive red bowler hat adds a touch of class and fun to the hotel.
- Two restaurants
- Free Wi-Fi
The Signature Suite is wonderfully spacious and has a roll-top bath; the room is reached via its own staircase. We love the quietness of the rooms (particularly as the hotel is on such a busy road) and the Nespresso machines in the suites.
Classic Double, Luxury Family, Cosy Double, Deluxe Double, Luxury Double, Studio Suite, Signature Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with luxury toiletries, Hypnos comfort bed, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer
Food & Drink
The afternoon tea is a rare indulgence but it's worth it for the selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries. We also love the seafood ho-fun with noodles, prawns, squid and fish cakes, and the dim sum selection.
Bugis Street Brasserie: East Asian cuisine. Open daily 12-10pm. Mains from £16.
Bombay Brasserie: Indian fine dining. Open daily for dinner. Mains from £17.
Bailey's Bar: open daily 1-10pm.
Afternoon Tea: traditional service or Queen's Jubilee theme. Served daily 1-5pm. From £29.