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London | England

Milestone Hotel

Neighbour of the Palace

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Originally Built In

Historic Owners
Lucena, Redesdale, Vhernyshev, Freeman-Mitford
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Number of Rooms

Type of Architecture

London, England

Perfect for
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings, City Break

Property type


About Milestone Hotel

Milestone Hotel is a five-star, Grade-II listed Victorian building, located in Kensington, Central London. Located adjacent to the Royal Kensington Palace with exceptional views of Kensington Gardens, the iconic London hotel sits as an honoured neighbour of the Royal Palace.

Our history

Kensington House

As evidence of the rich royal history that preceded the hotels construction, the home originally built on the site was Kensington House, a historic 4-storey residence built between 1688 and 1692. The house was first occupied by Foot Onslow, a British Army officer and politician, and commissioner under king William III. His son, Arthur Onslow, served in the House of Commons for over 3 decades. During this time, he rented the property to George Davenport, who was a Royal Bodyguard officer and the man who famously claimed to be William Shakespeare’s grandson. The estate then came into the ownership of the godmother of Davenant’s son, Lady Susan Belasyse, Baroness Belasyse of Osgodby, who was having an affair with King James II. The property changed hands a number of times again between distinguished owners and society figures, including author and diplomat, John Freeman-Mitford, the 1st Baron Redesdale, who was the last residential owner of the house Before the property was transformed into a hotel during the 1920s.

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Our Rooms

Events & Activities


It is hard to imagine a more romantic setting in which to celebrate your most special day. Opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, home to Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge, The Milestone is steeped in romantic history, each room with its own story to tell.


Couples looking for a honeymoon amidst the hustle and bustle of a major city will find that London has its own special way of charming its visitors: fine dining options, world class museums, vibrant nightlife, and leafy parks will not leave you short of ways to create the dream new beginning.

Events & Meetings

Choosing The Milestone for a meeting or event means you can be assured of the latest in state-of-the-art audio/video technology as well as wireless broadband internet access throughout the hotel, keeping you seamlessly in touch with the office and the world whilst on the move. All this is discreetly provided within a setting reminiscent of a stately home, and accompanied by service which is second-to-none.

Facilities & More

The Milestone Hotel’s strong passion for fine wines and gourmet cuisine is the driving force behind everything served at the hotel. Experience fine dining in Cheneston’s Restaurant with its rich mahogany furniture; brunch or Afternoon Tea in the chic Conservatory; or signature cocktails in the unique split-level Stables Bar. Guests can experience a variety of remarkable experiences at the hotel, from behind-the-scenes tours of the Royal Albert Hall to private concerts by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. If you wish to slow down and unwind instead, the hotel spa offers a serene setting with soothing massages, rejuvenating facials and nurturing beauty treatments. There is also a fully-equipped gym onsite, and private yoga and pilates sessions can be arranged. For those who wish to stay for a little longer in London, the hotel is also home to six long-stay residences, which offer the facilities and services of a five-star hotel. Located opposite Kensington Palace, each residence has direct access through the hotel or may be accessed via your own private entrance. Enjoy 24-hour room service, twice-daily housekeeping service, full concierge service, complimentary use of Health Club, grocery shopping service, and use of the hotel’s chauffeur.


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Milestone Hotel
1 Kensington Court
London, W8 5DL
United Kingdom