The Royal Palace Hotel once stood at 6 Kensington High Street, at the corner with Palace Avenue. It was demolished in the 1960s. The Royal Garden Hotel now stands in its place. I’m not entirely sure the Royal Garden Hotel was an inspired addition to the High Street.
In 1960, the Royal Palace Hotel was demolished and a new hotel was built in its place designed by Richard Seifert, who was responsible for some of the nastier buildings in London in the 1960’s and 70’s, including Euston Station, Centrepoint at the top of Oxford Street, Kings Mall in Hammersmith, and Tower 42 in the City.
After five years of building works, the new hotel opened in 1965 as the Royal Garden Hotel. In 1966, it hosted the official reception celebrating England’s victory in the World Cup final. I find it very odd I have no memory at all of the hotel being built, even though we played in that part of the park at least once a week, using the path that is just visible in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo above.
My first memory of the hotel is The Monkees waving to thousands, and thousands, of teenage girls in the park from a seventh, or eighth, floor balcony.
The Royal Palace Hotel had a stunningly over-decorated Victorian style, as can be seen from the photos below.