Fun Christmas Markets near The Beaufort

Across London the countdown to Christmas has begun. With a chill in the air, nights drawing in, mince pies and decorations already in the shops, it’s not long before the shop windows are decorated and the Christmas lights are switched on. Traditional Christmas Markets return to the capital with food, drink and unique gifts on offer and The Beaufort is ideally located with many within an hour’s walk of the hotel. Continue reading “Fun Christmas Markets near The Beaufort” »

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

With spring upon us, one of the biggest dates for you diary has to be the prestigious gardening event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returning to The Royal Hospital Chelsea from 19th-23rd May 2015. Tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show must be booked in advance and with 157,000 people visiting each year they do sell out fast. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Best of all, The Beaufort is only a 20 minute walk or a short taxi ride away from The Royal Hospital so you can return to the hotel for your complimentary Cream Tea but hurry as we expect to be fully booked very soon. Continue reading “RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015” »

Your Ultimate Knightsbridge Calendar for 2015

Knightsbridge is so much more than just Harrods – although for many, that will be enough. Harrods is a department store so feels like numerous different shops under one roof with opportunities to dine on nearly every floor too.

But what else does the area have to offer? This month-by-month 2015 calendar will give you lots of ideas to help you plan your trip. Remember to bookmark it!

You’ll be sure of a warm welcome at The Beaufort in the heart of Knightsbridge.


Of course, the exclusive shops of Knightsbridge are definitely worth seeing during the January sales. Harrods and Harvey Nichols should be top of your list.

When you need a rest from retail therapy, try one of the pubs in the area with an open fire. The Duke of Wellington is an unpretentious boozer with great pub grub, and The Paxtons Head offers a warm welcome too.
Address: Duke of Wellington, 63 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia SW1W 8TR
Distance from The Beaufort: 20 minutes walk

Address: The Paxtons Head, 153 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PA
Distance from The Beaufort: 8 minutes walk

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

For the evenings, the Cirque du Soleil comes to the Royal Albert Hall each January, and Kensington Palace offers Eerie Evening Visits where you can hear tales of unexplained happenings at this royal residence.
Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Distance from The Beaufort: 16 minutes walk

Address: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Distance from The Beaufort: 28 minutes walk


While it is likely to still be chilly in London you can enjoy the early signs of the good weather to come at the annual Snowdrop Days at Chelsea Physic Garden. The Tangerine Dream Cafe also serves warming lunches and hot mulled wine.
Address: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS
Distance from The Beaufort: 27 minutes walk


Matlenitsa is a Russian Festival now celebrated in London too. There’s an event in Trafalgar Square on the last day but you would do well to dine at the Russian restaurant Mari Vanna where it feels like you have entered a fairy tale.
Address: Mari Vanna, 116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, London SW1X 7PJ
Distance from The Beaufort: 8 minutes walk

Book a romantic restaurant for Valentine’s Day such as the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Amaya. This is the India Bar & Grill created by the owners of the renowned Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy.
Address: Amaya, Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JT
Distance from The Beaufort: 12 minutes walk

Or enjoy Chinese New Year with a meal from The Good Earth which has had Chinese restaurants in London for over 30 years.
Address: The Good Earth, 233 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP
Distance from The Beaufort: 5 minutes walk


As Spring arrives this month the deck chairs become available in Hyde Park until October.
Distance from The Beaufort: 10 minutes walk


The Albert Memorial tours start again on the first Sunday of the month from March to December.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH
Distance from The Beaufort: 18 minutes walk

And National Trust properties reopen after their winter break. Thomas Carlyle’s House in Chelsea is open March to October.
Address: Carlyle’s House, 24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London SW3 5HL
Distance from The Beaufort: 27 minutes walk


Spring is most definitely here by now and this is a great month for getting outdoors. From April to October The Chelsea Physic Garden is open along with their cafe and shop too. (See also February for Snowdrop Days).
Address: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS
Distance from The Beaufort: 27 minutes walk

The Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum is open from April to October and is a wonderful hidden gem. You will sometimes see sheep grazing and can watch different wildlife around the pond.
Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Distance from The Beaufort: 12 minutes walk

Boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park is open from April to October. The Serpentine lake was created by a section of one of London’s lost rivers: The Westbourne. A dam was put across the river in 1730 to add this water feature to the royal park. The Westbourne used to run through Knightsbridge and may well be the reason for the name (a bridge over the river).
Address: The Boat House, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Distance from The Beaufort: 17 minutes walk


The annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one you have to plan ahead for as no tickets are available on the door but it’s always worth the effort.
Address: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR
Distance from The Beaufort: 23 minutes walk


Do stay longer in the area as the streets of Chelsea are transformed for Chelsea in Bloom, with many restaurants and bars offering floral-themed menus. The Saatchi Gallery is also worth seeing for its cutting edge contemporary art.
Address: Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
Distance from The Beaufort: 16 minutes walk


Hyde Park plays host to many large concerts including the annual British Summer Time Hyde Park shows which always have big name headliners.

For somewhere more secluded, at Rococo Chocolates there is a secret MaRococo garden – a Moorish courtyard oasis for enjoying the cafe’s indulgent hot chocolate. From the garden you can see into the chocolate kitchen which may tempt you to try a workshop at their Chocolate School. The garden often gets involved in the annual London Open Garden Squares Weekend this month where you can visit many other gardens too.
Address: Rococo Chocolates, 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU
Distance from The Beaufort: 13 minutes walk

Motcomb Street holds a Street Party late in the month to raise money for charity.

This month is also the Queen’s birthday parade, better known as Trooping the Colour. For an excellent view of the Household Cavalry riding from Knightsbridge Barracks to the event I’d recommend going up Wellington Arch and watching the horses go through the arch.
Address: Wellington Arch, Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7JZ
Distance from The Beaufort: 18 minutes walk


Another attraction at Hyde Park Corner is Apsley House, the home of the Duke of Wellington after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. Also known as Number One London, the interior of the house has changed little since the days of the Iron Duke.
Address: Apsley House, 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7NT
Distance from The Beaufort: 17 minutes walk


If the Wimbledon Championships has inspired you, why not try the Hyde Park Tennis Centre?
Address: Hyde Park Tennis Centre, South Carriage Drive, London W2 2UH
Distance from The Beaufort: 14 minutes walk

Tim Henman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Tim Henman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Nearby, from late June to October each year, the Serpentine Gallery has a temporary summer pavilion. The unpaid commission to design the pavilion goes each year to a major architect who hasn’t yet built in the UK and is regarded as one of the most highly sought-after small projects in world architecture.
Address: The Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Distance from The Beaufort: 19 minutes walk


This is a glorious month to be outdoors and Hyde Park is perfect for some people watching. Look out for the skateboarders and rollerbladers showing off their skills along South Carriage Drive, near The Albert Memorial, at the weekends.
Address: South Carriage Drive, London SW7 1QH
Distance from The Beaufort: 17 minutes walk

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

And when visiting The V&A do stop to rest in The John Madejski Garden where the central oval water adds a real sense of tranquility.
Address: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Distance from The Beaufort: 8 minutes walk


Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event, BBC Proms in the Park, returns to Hyde Park with a wide-ranging line-up of top acts.
Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Distance from The Beaufort: 12 minutes walk

The Chelsea Antiques Fair is on in March and September. Since the demise of the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, this is now the oldest fair in Britain and possibly the world.
Address: Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, London SW3 5EE
Distance to The Beaufort: 21 minutes walk

© Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Leighton House © Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Open House London means many buildings usually closed to the public open their doors for one weekend only each year. While you could explore buildings across the whole of London local recommendations include Cadogan Hall, Leighton House, Holy Trinity Church.
Address: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ
Distance from The Beaufort: 15 minutes walk

Address: Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ
Distance from The Beaufort: 41 minutes walk

Address: Holy Trinity Church, Brompton Road, London SW7 1JA
Distance from The Beaufort: 7 minutes walk

This could also be a good time to visit the National Geographic Store which has regular exhibitions, events and a good cafe too.
Address: National Geographical Store, 102A Brompton Road, London SW3 1JJ
Distance to The Beaufort: 4 minutes walk


The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum opens this month.
Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Distance from The Beaufort: 12 minutes walk

Before it gets too cold in London, this would be a great time to try horse riding in Hyde Park. The Hyde Park Stables are open all year round and offer lessons and riding opportunities for all levels.
Address: Hyde Park Stables, 63 Bathurst Mews, London W2 2SB
Distance from The Beaufort: 33 minutes walk

As the month ends with Halloween, why not visit Brompton Cemetery? It’s one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries and is one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’.
Address: Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London SW10 9UG
Distance from The Beaufort: 31 minutes walk


The month starts with the Harrods Christmas Parade and switching on the lights then you know the festive season is coming soon. It’s when Father Christmas arrives at the Harrods Grotto but do note booking opens in September and it’s likely to be sold out by now.
Address: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL
Distance to The Beaufort: 5 minutes walk


14 November is the Prince of Wales’s birthday so there is a royal gun salute in Hyde Park at midday. There is another on 10 June for the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday.

Kensington Dolls House Festival is in May and November and is the leading event for craftsmen and miniatures enthusiasts to get together and enjoy their obsession.
Address: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
Distance to The Beaufort: 33 minutes walk


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens in late November and has rides and Zippos Circus, as well as food and drink and a Christmas Market.
Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Distance from The Beaufort: 20 minutes

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

For a very picturesque setting, try the Natural History Museum Ice Rink in front of the ornate Victorian building. Look out for live music in the Cafe Bar too.
Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Distance from The Beaufort: 12 minutes walk

Note from the concierge: Thanks Laura for the above blog post. So there you have it: you’ll never get bored of Knightsbridge whenever you decide to visit! Use the above calendar to plan your visit and take advantage of the special Advance Purchase Rate at The Beaufort to give yourself even more spending money.

Laura Porter writes the London Travel site and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

Top 3 Farmers Markets in the Heart of London

The Beaufort Hotel sits in the heart of Chelsea and offers a chance for visitors to explore the city of London whilst experiencing the range of activities available in the area or further afield.

One such opportunity involves the local farmers’ markets, two in particular that are a relatively short walking distance from the hotel.

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