The quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone Hotel is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. Situated overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, each of the 57 bedrooms, suites and two-bedroom apartments are individually designed with fine fabrics, antique furnishings and rare artworks.
The Milestone Hotel is an intimate five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Kensington. Known for its superb welcome and attentive staff, this enchanting venue turns a great event into a magical one. Any event held within The Milestone Hotel event spaces, will be cherished for years to come.
This is a luxury, Grade II listed, boutique hotel with impeccable service that keeps guests returning time and time again. You know The Milestone is different from the moment you arrive. Your butler will take you on a tour of the facilities, show you around your room, hand you a complimentary glass of champagne and offer to unpack for you. This is British warmth, hospitality, and service at its most engaging. The facilities in this romantic 5-star hotel are exceptional too. You can dine in Cheneston's restaurant, unwind in the Stables bar, sip cocktails in the Conservatory, or take tea by the fire in the Lounge.
There's a heated resistance pool, a gym, a sauna, and a chauffeur-driven Bentley to whisk you around the city sights. Each of the deluxe guest rooms, luxurious suites, and long-stay apartments has been individually designed and decorated. The decor is rich and warm, each room is filled with character and many have magnificent views over Kensington Gardens. One of The Milestone Hotel event spaces, The Windsor Suite, is a wood panelled sanctuary perfect for private dining and wedding receptions, while the Map Room hosts a fine collection of antique and rare maps, ideal for more intimate gatherings or executive meetings.
The Milestone Hotel and Apartments takes its name from the old cast iron milestone, which stands in its original position within the hotel's boundary. The original dwelling on this site, Kensington House, built around 1689, was occupied by Foot Onslow, a Commissioner of Excise under William III. His son, Arthur Onslow (1691-1768) was a speaker of the House of Commons for thirty years and he sublet the property to George Davenport who boasted himself to be the grandson of William Shakespeare.
For a few years in the mid 18th century, it was occupied by Count Peter Grigorevich Chernyshev, the Russian Ambassador in London, whose daughter Natalia lived to the age of ninety-six and achieved immortality as the prototype for the Countess in Pushkin's Queen of Spades. The first house, no. 1 Kensington Court, was erected between 1883-1884 to designs by JJ Stevenson and constructed by Holland and Hannen.
It was later joined by no. 2 Kensington Court in 1925, also constructed to designs by TG Jackson. In August 1986, the Milestone was badly damaged in a fire. The resulting blaze took three hours to bring under control and the reason for the fire still remains a mystery.