Today, many London hotels are owned by individuals or hotel groups from the other side of the world. For some this presents a unique opportunity to blend elements of these other cultures with the traditional British vibes that visitors expect to find in the capital’s hotels.
Such is the case for the Thai-owned Lancaster London, paying homage to its heritage this month by celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year.
Songkran, which also marks the end of the dry-season, is on 13th April this year. In Thailand it is traditionally marked with celebrations and festivities. Today that includes a virtually nationwide water fight that lasts for up to three days, featuring water pistols aplenty.
Guests at the Lancaster don’t need to worry about getting wet though, unless of course the odd traditional British April shower makes an appearance.
The hotel is offering a Nipa Thai Time package that includes a stay in a Superior Park View room with fantastic views out over Hyde Park, and a Thai dinner for two at the onsite Nipa Thai restaurant. Guests can also enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast that includes rice soup and Cakoi fried dough sticks.
According to the hotel restaurant’s website, meanwhile, staff will be dressed in traditional Thai clothes to mark the occasion, further accentuating its ethos and slogan – “Thailand – Next Door.”
Photo credits: Lancaster London.