When you’re planning a trip to London, there are a number of different resources you can use. They range from booking websites to tourist information offices, but one of the most useful you can explore is hotel blogs.
Quite a few hotels in London now have their own blog.
They can be excellent resources for planning your London trip well beyond simple info about the hotel. Good hotel blogs also help you pick up insider tips on the best places to go, things to do and food to eat. You’ll often get great savings via some blogs too, with special offers not available elsewhere.
We’ve collected a few of the latest posts from some of our favourite hotel blogs and some recommendations for good ones you might wish to follow.
Knightsbridge boutique The Beaufort uses their blog to discuss all the fun happenings both locally and further afield.
Their latest post on Knightsbridge Christmas markets offers a handy guide to getting Christmas gifts while enjoying yourself in central London. We love a good market to pick up some unique finds!
If you’re staying at The Beaufort, the Duke of York Square Victorian Carts and Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park are both within easy reach. The Beaufort’s blog is full of other handy tips, from where to take an autumn walk to their latest social media contests and special offers.
Some hotel blogs come from the group rather than individual hotels. This is useful to explore different hotels in the portfolio, and stuff to do nearby. Since Tune has 5 central London locations, the blog helps you choose where to stay.
The blog has posts about London and their other locations. A recent post by London expert Laura Porter explored family fun to be had in several areas, including the Museum of London near Tune Canary Wharf, the South Bank near Tune Westminster and Spitalfields City Farm close to Tune Liverpool Street.
The Tune Hotels blog also has great information about their other locations in the UK and worldwide. And since Tune is well-known for its friendly, value-for-money offering the blog focuses on things you can do for free or on a budget. A good example of a blog that knows its core audience.
Red Carnation Hotels
Red Carnation Hotels has a number of luxury boutique properties around the capital, as well as others in other parts of the world. Their blog covers their hotels from London to Geneva and South Africa.
There’s plenty to read about what to do in London, including one of their latest posts on the best restaurants for pre-theatre dining. Among their favourites are the bbar next to The Rubens at the Palace and Michelin-starred Arbutus.
You can also find out about the best wedding dress shops in London or check out their monthly list of what’s going on in the capital. Or explore further and find out what’s happening around their hotels in Cape Town or Guernsey.
The May Fair
5-star hotel The May Fair likes to use their blog to talk about all sorts of things, from art to food.
Read about the latest happenings at the hotel, like the afternoon tea menu created to celebrate being the official London Fashion Week hotel. They post about their latest deals and where to see the best films, ballets, and operas.
Italian Talks – Baglioni Hotels
Italian Talks is the most innovative hotel blog we know. As the Baglioni Hotels’ blog, it explores all things Italian: “Italian stories by true lovers of Italy”.
You can read about the must-see places in the Belpaese, from Venice to Milan, as well as a wealth of lesser-known destinations. Anyone who loves all things Italian won’t be able to resist learning about everything they can experience in Italy and how to indulge their passion further…la dolce vita!
By showcasing content both by native Italian writers and overseas-based Italy-obsessed bloggers and journalists, the site offers a mix of voices.
We know from our parent company Positive Partnerships that Italian Talks has experienced exponential growth in social media followers and traffic. Unusually, it was conceived from the start as a social platform for a community (in this case Italy lovers worldwide) rather than a typical inward-looking hotel blog. Italian Talks reflects the passion of its core audience in an authentic voice.
While not itself London focused, it’s also sure to encourage you to seek out a little slice of Italy at Baglioni Hotel London.
Radisson Blu Edwardian
The Radisson Blu Edwardian blog covers all the brand’s hotels, with some fantastic posts about their London properties.
They post about the special offers they have available and all the latest events going on at their hotels. Their latest blog post lets you know about the package they have at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt to celebrate the V&A’s exhibition on shoes. It comes with 10% off their best available rate, plus two tickets to ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ at the museum.
There are several other great hotel blogs that are worth following.
For the hipsters among you, there’s the Ace Hotel blog, which uses the Tumblr interface, naturally. The London Bridge Hotel likes to discuss art, history and culture on their blog, while The Montcalm Marble Arch likes to recommend galleries and festivals, and hand out money saving tips.
Hotel blogs are an excellent way of seeking out the best ways to experience London, as well as finding all the best savings before anyone else. Whether you find the blog or the hotel first, they’re extremely useful resources.
Photo credits: kaboompics, The Beaufort, Tune Hotels, Red Carnation Hotels, The May Fair, Italian Talks/Baglioni Hotels, Radisson Blu Edwardian.