Hotel Indigo Kensington Hotel Review & Dining at Theo’s Simple Italian

Hotel Indigo Kensington Review 2017

Kensington is one of my favourite areas to visit in London due to its upmarket and historic architecture, the white washed buildings of Chelsea always appeal as they look ever so elegant.

Hotel Indigo Kensington is a boutique hotel set in a converted Victorian townhouse situated in Kensington & Chelsea just opposite the beautiful Barkston Gardens.

This was our second visit to the hotel, we previously visited in 2015 and it was great to see how the hotel has developed since, for example the opening of their new restaurant Theo’s Simple Italian.

We stayed in a beautiful suite which was so spacious and comfortable, there’s something particularly special about this room with its artistic notes. The hints of mixed blues and quirky decor gives the room a unique touch, especially a fan of the statement wall!

Uniqueness is always something incredibly appealing to me especially the statement decor. You could create your own custom made T-Shirt from Printsome inspired by the print design!

Our bathroom was truly gorgeous and especially loved the impressive walk in rain shower & shiny black surfaces along with blue LED lighting.

Some delicious homemade chocolates, a mini bottle of gin & a friendly welcome note were kindly placed in our room. It’s the little touches which really do go a long way when it comes to hospitality, thank you! The chocolates were delicious!

Dining at Theo’s Simple Italian

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Theo’s Simple Italian which is located inside Hotel Indigo, the restaurant is run by highly acclaimed chef Theo Randall who specialises in rustic Italian food. The restaurant has a rustic yet contemporary setting with its bistro styled interiors lit with pendant lighting, from the smell coming from the kitchens I knew the food was going to be an absolute delight.

For starters we enjoyed the Tonno Affumicato Insalata Mista – Thinly sliced smoked tuna, with capers, Seasonal mixed leaves, datterini olives, pomegranate, tomato & Amalfi Dressing along with the Spicy Meatballs with Burrata & bread.

For the main I opted for the Orata Acqua Pazza – Sea bream fish with datterini tomato, olives, capers, carrots, celery and parsley, cooked in a white wine sauce along with a side order of fresh spinach.

The flavours were phenomenal, fresh & flavoursome. You could simply taste the flavours of Italy in this dish!

Theo Randall is renowned for his fresh pasta dishes, so trying his homemade Duck Agnolotti was a must. The ravioli was filled with spinach, the sage butter sauce complimented the flavours of the dish beautifully. Rustic Italian cooking at its finest!

For dessert I opted for Theo’s delicious Chocolate cake with whipped cream, a wonderful way to end such a positive dining experience at Theo’s Simple Italian.

The simplicity of the dishes, moorish flavours & charming setting makes Theo’s Simple Italian a must visit when in Kensington. Delicious homemade Italian rustic cuisine, and an escape to Italy whilst in London!

Where to visit

The hotel is located in an ideal location to visit some of London’s hotspots, one of my favourites is The Royal Albert Hall to see The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play. A truly spectacular & historic place to visit & hearing wonderful music played by the talented RPO, such a wonderful way to spend an evening in London.

After soaking up the sounds of live music, head on over to Kensington Roof Gardens for a glass of champagne in the comfort of their private area & take a tour of the gardens, it’s beautiful.

Breakfast in our room

Breakfast at Hotel Indigo was a pleasure especially enjoyed in the comfort of our hotel suite, there’s nothing better than a home from home feel. Pancakes with maple syrup are always a favourite to enjoy whilst travelling. We especially enjoyed the healthy Cranberry, Granola and Greek Yogurt smoothie bowl.


Hotel Indigo Kensington is a gorgeous boutique hotel to stay in whilst staying in London due to its ideal location, quirky character and unique appeal. Theo’s Simple Italian is a must visit for a beautiful rustic Italian meal.

What do you think of the look of Hotel Indigo Kensington and Theo’s Simple Italian by looking at the photographs?

I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Thank you ever so much for reading!

Laura xo

  • Ah love that part of London. Thanks for sharing!

  • Venswifestyle

    Stunning place and food looks absolutely amazing!
    you made me hungry now! haha

    • Thanks Renia! Really ever so pleased you enjoyed the photographs 🙂

      Theo’s Simple Italian was a great place to dine and highly recommend it!

      Laura xo

  • I have seen this hotel popping a lot of good reviews online. The room looks elegant and pampering. I love the photos.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Hotel Indigo Kensington is a great place that’s for sure! Theo’s Simple Italian was the highlight for sure.
      Thanks so much, pleased you enjoyed the photographs!
      Laura xo

  • You always stay at the coolest hotels! This one has such funky decor and has some rally cool early 00s vibes to it! That ceiling shower is lush. The food looks fantastic too- especially that ravioli. Its lunch time here and your post has made me super hungry.

    Rachel xxx

    • Thanks so much Rachel! Hotel Indigo Kensington really is a funky place to stay, always enjoy staying in a place which is a little quirky and different.

      Theo’s Simple Italian was the highlight for us, it was so delicious! Wholesome and rustic Italian food, healthy too (aside from the pudding but, balance is everything right? 😉

      Glad you enjoyed the feature lovely!

      Laura xo

  • Hotel Indigo is one cute hotel. Lovely detailed review dear.

    Jessica |

  • I adore boutique hotels and this is a great one! Everything you ordered (food) looks amazing and The Royal Albert Hall – majestic! Thanks for the inspo dear xx

    • Boutique hotels are so cosy that’s for sure! The Royal Albert Hall is a magical place to visit, I love it there.

      You’re so welcome Naya!

      Glad you enjoyed.

      Laura xo

  • I love the turquoise decor in the room, it’s so unique. I’ve just shared a hotel post too, there is something about boutique hotels that really do give an individual stay.
    Thanks for sharing Laura,
    Jaz xoxo

    • The turquoise decor really is gorgeous isn’t it? I love the different shades of blue. I’ll have to check out your new post!

      You’re very welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed Jaz!

      Laura xo

  • This hotel looks so fun, I love their decor, and their food looks so good, too! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!




    • The hotel certainly is lots of fun, the decor is very quirky indeed. Theo’s Simple Italian is perfect, really enjoyed dining there!

      You’re very welcome and thank you for popping by! Having a great week thanks and I hope you are too.

      Lots of love,

      Laura xo

  • The hotel looks so cosy. Absolutely love their deco! 🙂


    • You’re right Regina, the hotel is a very quirky and unique place to stay. Glad you’e a fan of the decor too, loved the blue concept in the suite.

      Pleased you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo

  • What a great place! I love your red coat too. Gemma x

    • Thanks Gemma, Hotel Indigo Kensington is a unique hotel for sure. Theo’s Simple Italian is a great place for rustic Italian food.

      Aw thank you, I’m so pleased you like the red coat, red is one of my favourite colours to wear 🙂

      Laura xo

  • You surely know how to pick a nice place to relax and great restaurant to wine and dine. Great review, makes me want to go for a staycation now.

    • I’m really glad you enjoyed the feature Mercy! A great place to wine and dine that’s for sure, we really enjoyed Theo’s Simple Italian!

      Laura xo

  • ooo the food there looks soooo amazing!

  • What a cute place! The interior looks so dreamy and the food too. Hahah so hungry atm. Have a lovely week, Xx

    • Thanks ever so much I’m really glad you enjoyed the review! Theo’s Simple Italian was very impressive.

      Thanks so much!

      Have a wonderful week ahead too.

      Laura xo

  • This boutique hotel looks so fun! The quirky room is just too cute xx

  • Didn´t the blue light make you look ill when getting ready? I love blue LED Details, but that is something I always worry about.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • I actually got ready in the full length mirror in our room. The bathroom lighting thankfully was perfectly fine and didn’t shine blue directly on the face.

      You’re right though good lighting is always a must and something I also look for, it’s important for makeup 🙂

      Laura xo

  • Love the location and that shower! Wow so beautiful and don’t you just love staying in boutique hotels in the city =o)

  • Ah this is such a lovely post – all the photos are gorgeous and loving the quirky vibe too! Very nice and perfect for a weekend getaway if you fancy a break in the city! 🙂

    Layla xx

    • Thanks so much I’m really pleased to hear you enjoyed the post Layla! Hotel Indigo Kensington certainly is very quirky and unique. Glad that you enjoyed the review!

      Laura xo

  • As someone who stays in lots of London hotels I love reading these posts of yours! I have 3 stays coming up in London in the next 6 weeks so I need to add this to my list to check out x

    • Really glad that you enjoy the hotel reviews on SheHearts, I enjoy creating them all for you guys 🙂
      Do let me know if you check out Hotel Indigo, I do recommend Theo’s Simple Italian for sure if you’re just looking to dine.

      Laura xo

  • Oops I meant decor !
    🌸🌸 Elle

  • What a fabulous place to stay, so chic and lux. Love the rain shower and gorgeous fecor5. The food looks totally delicious!
    💮💮💮 Elle

    • Thanks Elle I’m really glad that you enjoyed! The rain shower was lovely and really glad that you liked the indigo hotel decor!

      Laura xo

  • I think I stopped and stare at the ravioli for at least a minute, I could almost taste it in my mouth! LOL!


    • The ravioli was incredible, so flavoursome that’s for sure. Theo Randall is known for his pasta dishes and I can see why, so tasty!

      Laura xo

  • The food looks amazing! And the hotel seems to be a cosy place; I could see myself stay there.


    • Thanks Anouk, Theo’s Simple Italian is a great place to visit if you’re a fan of Italian food, so rustic and flavoursome.

      Hotel Indigo is a unique hotel to stay in that’s for sure.

      Laura xo

  • This looks like a lovely stay from beginning to end! It must have been fun to see how the hotel has developed since your last visit there two years ago. The aqua touches in your hotel room are beautiful and YES to pancakes in maple syrup for breakfast. Yum! Glad you had such a fabulous stay Laura, hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • We had a lovely time at Hotel Indigo Kensington, it was great to re-visit it for sure and the highlight was the wonderful restaurant Theo’s Simple Italian, very tasty good indeed.

      The aqua blue notes in the room really were gorgeous, I do love a statement room that’s for sure and especially loved the feature wall.

      Oh yes, maple syrups for breakfast really are a great way to begin a day along with a pot of fresh coffee!

      Thanks lovely, having a relaxing one this weekend and hope you have a lovely one too!

      Laura xo

  • My husband and I love to go to hotels for little mini vacations. This one looks so cool, and the food looks so delicious!! Great pics!

    Krisztina |

    • It’s so nice to go on mini breaks to hotels with your husband, it’s so special and creates wonderful memories.

      The food was lovely at Theo’s Simple Italian, a great chef indeed.

      Laura xo

  • Very funky looking rooms and so colourful too! A great find!

  • Oh that shower looks awesome! That seems like such a lovely hotel, and what great room service with the delicious breakfast! I’m glad you had a good stay there 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • The rain water shower was lovely, very refreshing indeed. Certainly a unique hotel and it’s always so nice to enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your hotel room that’s for sure.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the feature!



  • Love the blue touch for the room ♥
    Also the Italian food look so delicious!
    Must be fun staying there x

    • The touch of blue is ever so pretty in the room you’re right 🙂 A very quirky hotel to visit whilst in Kensington.

      The food from Theo’s Simple Italian is incredibly impressive, fresh healthy and rustic.

      Glad you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo

  • What a lovely and cosy escape to Italy whilst being in London. I’ve not been here, but will definitely bookmark it. Thanks, as always for sharing your experience.

    • You’re so welcome, thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you enjoyed the feature and you’re right Theo’s Simple Italian was a great way to feel as though you’re in Italy whilst in London 🙂

      Laura xo

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    The chocolate cake looks good! Making me hungry!

    • The chocolate cake was delicious, always a fan of it and opt for it whenever I dine, I can’t help myself!

      Pleased you enjoyed the feature guys!

      Laura xo

  • How do you always get to stay at the most amazing places? Lol! Dying over that shower. This boutique hotel is lovely. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Katherine, the shower was rather dreamy! I’m so glad you like the look of Hotel Indigo!

      SheHearts covers Travel which is one of my favourite things to blog about as I absolutely LOVE to travel so much 🙂

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the review!

      Happy Friday to you!

      Laura xo