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A delicious Sunday roast is a British tradition that millions of families enjoy every week. While a homemade meal is often best, getting someone else to cook it for you is a great choice too. Some of London’s hotels have fantastic restaurants that serve unbeatable Sunday roasts. If you want a relaxing Sunday where you […]


NOTE: this post contains a map, pricing info and menu links to some of London’t top afternoon teas, correct on the publication date When visiting London, there are two things that anyone who wants to experience the more refined side of the capital should seek out – a traditional afternoon tea and a West End […]


We’re in the middle of the festive season, and around the capital boutique hotels are pulling out all the stops to ensure that their guests’ Christmas’ and New Years are ones to remember.  While the last of the turkey, mulled wine and festive chocolates will soon be done with, there’s plenty to look forward to […]


With the summer drawing near, not to mention the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, these are exciting times for London boutique hotels and April certainly saw plenty of new developments. With less than ninety days to go until all eyes turn to London for the Olympics, some hotels are still frantically putting the […]


London boutique hotels round-up – Oct. 2011.

by Rajul on October 31, 2011

As the nights draw in and Christmas looms ever closer, right now is a great time to explore London whether for a spot of Christmas shopping in the newly lit-up shopping precincts, to check out the festive markets or simply to kick back and take it easy.  And if you want to stay somewhere with […]


Z Hotels are on their way…with FREE WiFi!

by Jules on October 5, 2011

It seems like somebody has answered our prayers – following years of campaigning for all hotels to have free WiFi, a new hotel group announces its arrival in the city not just with free WiFi but also designer rooms at attractive room rates apparently starting from just £75 a night. Z Hotels already have three hotels […]


With new luxury hotels popping up all over the city, the challenge for old and new hotels is not only to fill rooms but also to get the property noticed.  The Ritz,  Wellesley and Bulgari are three hotels getting themselves noticed and not in a good way.  These hotels have adopted a haughty air and believe […]


Hazlitt’s Soho concierge shares insider tips.

by Andrea on February 4, 2011

Soho is an area I don’t personally know that well. I used to buy old vinyl in Berwick Street and had a client in video post-production whose offices were in Dean Street – but it was never somewhere I hung around all that much. So I took advantage of my lovely stay at Hazlitt’s to […]


London hotel toiletries: what should you get?

by Andrea on November 24, 2010

I know I really should be judging hotels on other features.  Nonetheless, as soon as I get inside a hotel room, one of the first things I want to know is – what toiletries am I going to get? Getting the toiletries right can help a hotel establish its values and brand.  Sometimes you need […]


London hotels serving kippers at breakfast.

by Andrea on September 24, 2010

I get rather tired of the ‘full English breakfast’.  Apart from the fact that hash browns and baked beans are not really traditional, I also find that many hotels don’t serve the equally traditional kipper or bloater. There’s nothing like the gorgeous smokiness of a proper kipper to start the day properly.  But where can […]


When people think of Leicester Square they often think of crowds of tourists, overpriced and often poor-quality restaurants, noise, litter and cinemas promoting the latest silver screen blockbuster. We could easily have added it to our popular list of top London “Don’t Dos”! But on the other hand the area is next to colourful Chinatown […]


London’s top 4 “townhouse” hotels.

by Rajul on June 30, 2010

London is home to some of the world’s finest townhouse hotels – each one rich in individuality, history and style.  And so for a peaceful and luxuriously comfortable “home from home” in the midst of a vibrant city, the following welcoming hotels will offer you a truly unforgettable experience. We’ve identified four of our favourite […]


Most hotel websites will naturally do everything in their power to “sell” you the idea that your stay will be perfect. In London’s competitive market, many mid-range hotels even describe themselves as “luxury” to try to justify their high room rates. The flip side is that this can raise your expectations and leave you disappointed […]

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Happy 50th Carnaby Street!

by Rajul on March 3, 2010

2010 marks the 50th Anniversary of iconic Carnaby Street – epicentre of Britain’s swinging sixties and origin of such fashion icons as the miniskirt, floral shirts and hipster trousers. For half a century it has been a hub for music, youth culture and most famously, fashion – breeding generations of new designers, to sit alongside […]


We’ve commented on the rise of London’s “luxury budget” hotels, with the likes of the Hoxton Hotel and Base2stay Kensington leading the way. There are also the impressive London airport hotels created by YOTEL, adapted from the Japanese “capsule” idea, which show that “cheap” can also be fun, look good and provide free WiFi. In […]