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There can be no better time for a cocktail than the middle of summer. Although the weather hasn’t quite been holding up, we’ve had some lovely days and there’s still time to get outside for a cocktail in the sun. While there are plenty of cocktails you can enjoy all year, it’s much more fun […]

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Cycling as a hobby has experienced a boom in recent years, ever since the 2012 Olympics ignited a passion in it for so many. But if you’re brave enough to cycle in London, where are the best places for enthusiasts to stay? Whether you have your own bike with you or you want to hire […]

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As soon as the weather slips above freezing, TV, magazines and posters start asking if you’ve got your beach body ready. But even if you refuse to conform to their idea of a body for the beach, you can’t deny that summer is a great time for working out. The sun’s shining (sometimes), putting you […]

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Hotels everywhere have been striving to be more eco-friendly in recent years. They recognise the need to look after our planet and that their guests value it too. But many of their green choices are built into the hotel’s infrastructure. From energy-saving light bulbs to sustainable furniture, they’re all fantastic innovations. And some hotels are […]

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Top 5 London hotel breakfasts.

by Elizabeth Hands on May 6, 2015

The best thing about a hotel stay is the luxury of an indulgent breakfast. While breakfast during the working week may consist of a quick bowl of cereal or a piece of toast on the way out of the door, a hotel breakfast is a completely different affair. You get to enjoy cereal, yoghurt and […]

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London boutique hotels roundup – April 2015.

by Chris Glithero on April 30, 2015

With summer on its way and the busy London tourist season in the offing, London’s boutique hotels will soon have their hands full. Here’s a roundup of the latest news as we prepare for a splash of London sunshine… The Spanish booking website ByHours is now offering its services to hotel guests in the UK. […]

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Though it is no longer involved in the hotel giant it founded, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, US investment firm the Starwood Capital Group continues to be a significant presence in the hotel scene in London and the UK. Having purchased what would become the Ace Hotel Shoreditch in 2012, the group has watched its […]

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Top 5 boozy afternoon teas at London hotels.

by Laura on January 23, 2015

You don’t have to look far to find an afternoon tea in London accompanied by a glass of champagne or prosecco. It’s become quite the thing to make your sophisticated afternoon tea even more sophisticated with a glass of bubbly. But not everyone likes champagne, so where do you go if you still want a […]

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London boutique hotels roundup – December 2014.

by Chris Glithero on December 31, 2014

So Christmas is over for another year and a new year is just beginning. 2014 was an exciting year on London’s boutique hotel scene, and 2015 looks like it will be another cracker with new openings, events and offers to look forward to. As the capital’s hotel staff catch their breath and perhaps some hard-earned rest […]

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Art at the Ace Hotel gets psychedelic.

by Laura on December 29, 2014

January is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and expand your horizons. And if you’re feeling a little underexposed to the masses of culture that London has to offer, you could kick off a personal programme of enrichment with a visit to Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel on January 19th. The trendy luxury boutique will […]

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Top 3 London hotels for manis and pedis.

by Laura on December 3, 2014

Some people think that hotels are just for sleeping in, to provide you with somewhere to lay your head when you’re away from home. But an increasing number of hotels, especially newer ones, are rejecting that idea. They say that hotels should not only give you somewhere to sleep and something to eat, but they […]

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Where the capital’s hotels where once dominated by central and west London, the last few years have indicated a move east. This migration is demonstrated in the recent interest in Shoreditch, where seven new hotels are planned for the area in the next two years. According to Londonist.com, with the new hotels together with the […]

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Are hotels missing the bigger picture?

by Andrea on October 15, 2014

One of the things I learned working in finance was the art of making comparisons. Looking for the best investment? Anyone can calculate the numbers – the real art lies in working out exactly which companies to compare to each other. Depending on the comparisons, you get a different answer. Now, hotels think they’re being compared with other […]

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Once upon a time, if you wanted to stay in a decent hotel in London, you had one choice: the West End. Back in the early 1980s, there was practically nothing in the City (the Great Eastern was really showing its age, before being refurbished in 1996), nothing at all in the East End or […]

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How to eat healthily in London hotels.

by Andrea on August 22, 2014

I love my job when I’m hotel reviewing – but I dread looking at the scales when I get back home! Eating healthily in hotels is difficult – the portions are often so large, sauces are full of dairy fat and it’s often surprisingly difficult to get hold of simple things like fresh fruit and […]

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The juicing trend comes to London hotels.

by Laura on July 10, 2014

Juice is currently a big thing in the healthy-living world. Fruit juice, vegetable juice, just about any healthy food that can be juiced is being juiced. Many people swear by juicing, as it’s known, as not just a way to lose a few pounds or cut down on junk food but as a way of life. […]

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