For a truly quintessential British Christmas, Kensington seems to tick all the boxes.
Not only does it have all the chic boutiques to buy all your Christmas presents from on Kensington High Street, but being the museum district it is filled with some of London’s most exciting and free museums which appeal to all ages.
The Science Museum is a hands on museum which never fails to excite, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the worlds largest museum of decorative arts and design and the Natural History Museum is the home of the dinosaurs (amongst other specimens).
With all of these British institutions on Kensington’s doorstep, I can’t think of a more appropriate place to enjoy a real British Christmas experience.
And the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt is right there in the middle of all the action providing a place to rest your head and weary legs after enjoying everything Kensington has on offer.
In fact a mere 5 minute stroll will take you to the huge ornate carved doors of the Natural History Museum which also sees the grounds turned into a winter wonderland as Christmas encroaches.
Being a highly desirable place to ice skate; especially at the weekends and once the school holidays start, guests of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt have an advantage over other tourists. With the ice rink opening at 9am on some days you can literally wake up, enjoy a spectacular breakfast in bed and head straight out onto the ice before the crowds descend.
Little London finally found his ice skating feet this year and took to the ice on single blades while propping himself up on his penguin skating aid.
While there are double blade ice skates for children, which helps to give them more stability, the staff encouraged us to try him out on the single blades because he’d be able to learn the proper technique. As we neared the end of our time on the ice he was wanting to ice skate without his penguin. His confidence on the ice surprised me considering he’s 3 years old!
With a full day exploring all the sights we could manage with our children, we made our way to the warmth of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt to check in.
The staff were friendly and very welcoming of our children. A little Radisson Blu teddy was left in our room for the children to play with and take home. The teddy now named ‘Dooby Dooby Doo’ found its way into Little London’s pull out sofa bed at night-time, where he slept soundly until the morning. The teddy has graced his bed at home every night since.
Deciding against wandering around Kensington with the children in the evening to find a restaurant, we decided to enjoy Scoff and Banter, the hotel’s on site restaurant.
They provide hearty typical British cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and serve it in an exciting manner.
In fact I wrote a review on Scoff and Banter previously, so for a more in-depth look at the restaurant read all about it here.
The restaurant was as good as I remembered, including the delicious cocktails.
After a coffee to finish off our meal, we ascended to our room for the night and chilled with the children while watching tv.
Our experience actually couldn’t have been more family friendly from start to finish. The location was superb, and we were well looked after by the entire team at the Vanderbilt- something this particular hotel are renowned for; their impeccable attention towards their guests. The concierge helped us with all our questions and built up a lovely little bond with our son.
I’ll look forward to staying at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt again.
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