In the morning before anyone is stirring inside Kensington Palace and prior to the opening of the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the general public, a private guide leads curious interlopers through the palace's rooms, and shares the more interesting tidbits of palace history and intrigue. To explore the regal dwelling before it opens to the public is to experience it like a member of the royal family, and guests of the Baglioni Hotel London receive exclusive access to this unique experience.
Enter the King's State Apartments at the foot of the King's Staircase. With each step up, the re-creation of George I's court by 18th-century painter, William Kent, on the surrounding walls becomes more and more impressive. That's the artist himself painted on the ceiling, wearing a brown turban and holding a painter's palette. The 17th-century Queen's State Apartments are not to be missed, nor is the Queen's Dining Room, the place where Mary II and William III dined together modestly on fish and beer, out of the public eye.
The hotel's Italian design influence is undeniable, but don't miss out on Baglioni Hotel London's quintessentially British experiences.
Baglioni's exclusive Kensington Palace tour is a glimpse into the historic past that comes full circle into the 20th century with a series of rotating exhibitions such as Diana: Her Fashion Story, which traces the evolution of the Princess's style before her untimely death in 1997.
After a day immersed in royal history, guests return to the Baglioni Hotel London for a sumptuous Champagne tea. Teatime here is a pleasant mix of the time-honored British tradition and authentic Italian flavors. Served in the Brunello Bar & Restaurant, a clink of glasses to the decidedly British experience is best with a glass of Italian prosecco. Then tuck into potato tarts with prosciutto and parmesan, foccacia with cheese and prosciutto, Sicilian cannolis and a decadent tiramasu. Lest we forget we’re in London, a selection of freshly baked scones, tarts, and piping hot English tea is served at your leisure.
To learn more about Baglioni Hotel London, or to inquire about the Kensington Palace tour, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.