Top 5 hidden gems in London


Top 5 hidden gems in London

Top 5 hidden gems in London


When you think of London, iconic places like the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and The Shard instantly spring to mind. But have you ever ventured off the beaten track and discovered some of the capital’s best-hidden gems? In this blog, our budget Kensington hotel has compiled our favourite hidden gems to make sure you get the most out of your trip to the British Capital.

Little Venice

As the name suggests, Little Venice is London’s answer to Italy. Packed with a number of harbourside cafes and restaurants, this is the perfect place to head on a sunny day. From here you can walk to nearby Camden and Regent’s Park. When you’re all worn out our affordable Kensington hotel is waiting for you to relax and unwind in. 

Little Venice London

Pie and Mash

No trip to London would be complete without a traditional British meal, and what could be better than pie and mash with a twist?!  This dish comes complete with the famous green liquor (parsley sauce) and many people even have it with a side of jellied eels! There are a ton of pie and mash shops in London and Cockney’s Pie and Mash is the nearest to our Earls court hotel.

Pie and Mash London

Dennis Severs House

Put all your senses to the ultimate test when you visit Dennis Severs’ House – just a short tube ride from our hotel in Kensington! The house is designed to make you feel as though you’ve just stepped back in time, into a house where a family has just upped and left. There’s half-eaten meals, as well as beds that look like they’ve been slept in! You’ll take part in a tour that will use all of your senses as it’s not what you see that makes sense...but what you’ve just missed!

Dennis Severs' House

(Photo Credit: Dennis Severs' House, Facebook)

Head for Ice Cream

When it comes to ice cream we think Chin Chin labs do the best in London, and lucky for you, they have an ice cream parlour in Soho, not far from our Earls Court hotel. Made with liquid nitrogen, this ice cream is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Their staple flavours include coffee and olive oil, Tonka bean and burnt butter caramel, but be sure to check out their website for their weekly specials. Choose from a range of toppings on your ice cream from bee pollen honeycomb to marshmallow fluff.

Chin Chin Labs 2020

(Photo Credit: Chin Chin Labs, Facebook)

Venture outside of Central London

Lastly, why not visit some of London’s surrounding neighbourhoods? From Richmond and Greenwich to Hampstead and Kensington, there are loads to explore away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are loads to do in Greenwich, it has a lot of museums and buildings and is regularly used as a filming location for TV shows and films!

Greenwich London

City Continental Kensington London is an affordable central London hotel ideally located near to London’s top attractions. To book contact or 020 7373 6514.

Book direct for the best rates in central London!


Book direct for the best rates in central London!

By cutting out the comparison sites and booking direct, you know you're getting the best deal on your next London stay.

The ideal base for any savvy travellers!


The ideal base for any savvy travellers!

We're in a prime spot to discover the 'unexplored' places of London as well as all the major tourist attractions. Our team are always on hand to help you discover the sights of London.


  • City Continental Kensington London, 11-13 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9TT
  • Phone: +44 (0) 20 7373 6514
  • FAX: + 44 (0) 20 7370 3639
  • Email:
City Continental Kensington Reviews



This hotel is very central and very close to Earl's court tube station. Staff are very friendly and ready to help. The continental breakfast is very good as there are a number of items visitors can choose.



This hotel was a gem. Stayed three nights and it is two minutes walk to Earls Court Underground with plenty of restaurants nearby. The street is quiet and very close to the bustle of Earl's Court with peaceful nights sleep overlooking the road. Breakfast was delightful with cereal, fruit, yogurts, toast and croissants. This is also served in a spacious dining area. The room was clean and of reasonable size, well serviced daily and has very helpful and pleasant staff. Book this early as it is booked up quick. Great spot, will stay here again.



I didn't know what to expect with this hotel, I usually stick strictly to the big chain hotels when staying in London, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is very well located for Earl's Court tube station and a selection of shops and bars on the high street. I was in a single room and it was compact but beautifully clean and well equipped. The bathroom looked to be almost brand new, not sure if this was the case or if the cleaners are just excellent! Breakfast is served in the basement which is common in London hotels, it's Continental only but there was a good selection and a self service coffee machine, as I was travelling on business and needed to be up and out it was perfect for me. The staff I encountered were all very friendly and helpful too. I'll definitely be returning.



We were able to change room and stay (4 nights) which was way better than in some much more expensive London 4 star hotels. The hotel was clean, everything worked, fast WiFi and shower powerful. Breakfast even better than what one could expect for such a budget price (including organic fruit yoghurt). Unbeatable location just around the corner from Earl's Court tube station. Fast access to all interesting parts of London. Enough restaurants, pubs and M&S Simply Food and Pret a Manger a few steps away. Highly recommendable hotel!



My room was clean and tidy with a huge bed (very comfy). The staff were lovely even with my unavoidable late arrival, all very friendly and helpful, even helping to take my bags to my room. The service was impeccable. Will definitely be staying there again.



Hotel is in a quiet area, conveniently located close to Earls Court Station. Room was big and spacious. Breakfast was good. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Plenty of Pubs, Restaurants & Supermarkets close by.



We booked this hotel as part of a package via a rail break. I had read the reviews previously and felt comfortable with our choice, thinking, it's only a base to stay while seeing the big city. This hotel was fabulous. Everything about it is very good. The staff on reception could not have been kinder, particular Alfonso who went the extra mile to be so helpful. His career in hospitality, in any hotel is heading for the top in this difficult profession. Even the cleaners and breakfast staff could not do enough to make our stay more comfortable and should be praised for their hard work. The breakfast was refreshingly continental, plenty of it and held at a comfortable unhurried pace. The rooms were spotless and well serviced and we were warm and not bothered by any noise. If we chose to stay in this area again, we would gladly stay at the Continental. Thank you all of you, you are a brilliant team.


Yorkshire Dales

Excellent location, 3 mins walk from Earl's Court tube station. I stayed in a twin room which was spacious clean and very quiet. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast was plentiful. All in all for what was classed as a budget hotel I would highly recommend this hotel. I would not hesitate to re-visit.



Hotel with good value for money and prime location. Rooms (and bathroom) quite spacious, clean and well maintained. Good breakfast offer (Jogurt, cereals, fresh fruit) and friendly staff. Perfect for a city trip with family or friends.



Stayed here after spending a long day at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. Very smooth check in, lovely clean quite room that looked like it had just been decorated . Near to Earl's Court Station making travelling around London the next day very easy. Would defiantly recommend and look forward to returning soon.

Close Reviews