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Does London need hotel rooms by the hour?

by Laura on April 8, 2015

When someone mentions booking a hotel room by the hour, your immediate thought is probably something a bit seedier than checking in for a business meeting or a power nap. But Spanish website ByHours insists that there’s nothing dirty about paying for only the hours you spend in the hotel. This new booking service, which […]

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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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Excitement is building about the newest Bond movie – Spectre. Due for release in October 2015, details about the plot have already leaked out. And one thing is clear: yet again London will be one of the filming locations. So to follow in the footsteps of Bond, where in the capital should you go? Here’s our guide […]

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7 London hotels to learn a new skill for the New Year.

by Elizabeth Hands on January 6, 2015

If your New Year’s resolution is to broaden not just your horizons but your mind, a stay in one of London’s top hotels could be the perfect start to 2015. Several of them offer master classes which will teach you practical skills such as how to make the perfect cocktail or the best roast dinner. […]

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London’s top 10 hotel bars and why you should visit them.

by Chris Glithero on December 12, 2014

This post lists our favourite 10 London hotel bars (which our bloggers have personally visited) and provides contact information for each. London has a reputation for some of the world’s best hotels and also some of the best bars. So we’ve come up with our own list of top 10 London hotel bars which our bloggers […]

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London hotels harness the power of scent.

by Andrea on September 3, 2014

When you walk into a hotel, you immediately notice the design, the lighting, the music. You might notice the texture of the furnishings, or the gleam of a polished marble floor. You’ll notice the smiles of the staff at the door or on the front desk. But the one thing you probably won’t notice is […]

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If you thought afternoon tea couldn’t get any more British, think again. Dukes St James London have doubled up on Britishness, by combining the traditional meal with another great British tradition – gin and tonic. Based around a new Beefeater gin infused with black tea, their new ‘G & Tea’ menu takes the trend of tea-infused […]

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London hotels support cycling and running.

by Laura on April 3, 2014

Weaving in and out of London traffic on a bicycle might not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but the capital is becoming an increasingly cycle-friendly city. The now ubiquitous ‘Boris bikes’ have done a lot to increase the popularity of cycling in London. Then there’s the planned expansion of the protected cycle lanes […]

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London boutique hotels roundup – Jan. 2014.

by Rajul on January 30, 2014

Even in the depths of winter, there’s still plenty going on in London’s boutique hotel scene to warm the cockles of visitors and tickle their interest.  Read on for a roundup of all the big stories in January, and a look forward to February. The Milestone Hotel had reason to celebrate this month, when it […]

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As we edge into November and ever closer to Christmas the days are short and the mercury is dropping, but there’s still plenty going on to warm the cockles of London’s many visitors.  Here we take a look at back at what’s been going on in London’s boutique hotel scene in October, and glance forward […]

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With the turn of the Summer Solstice and the beginning of Wimbledon, the great British summer has officially started in earnest.  What have London’s top boutique hotels been up to and what have they got planned for the summer days ahead?  Read on to find out. Red Carnation Hotels have come up with their own […]

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With Valentine’s Day behind us and Easter just round the corner, London’s boutique hotels have been continuing to develop their offerings in a bid to pull in the guests over the coming months. In conjunction with Somerset House’s Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition the Baglioni London ran its own V for Valentino package.  The package was […]

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The last month has seen all London’s boutique hotels getting well and truly into the Christmas spirit and indulging in a spot of good-natured one-upmanship (especially when it comes to decorations!), much to guests’ delight.  Looking ahead to 2013 there’s yet more to look forward to, so join us in a look back at the […]

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The days are getting shorter, Christmas is getting closer and there’s a slight chill in the air; it’s around this time of year that London’s boutique hotels start pulling out all the stops to do something special for guests. One such hotel is the Montague on the Gardens in Bloomsbury, which held the launch party for […]

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With the Jubilee extended weekend imminent and the Olympics just around the corner, we look back at what’s been going on in the world of boutique hotels in May, and look forward to what’s coming up in June. Without question the biggest event taking place in May was London’s Boutique Hotel Summit 2012 at Altitude […]

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What women want from hotels.

by Andrea on March 1, 2012

Since my blog colleague Holly recently published a scathing and funny critique of the ‘women only’ service at Duke’s, I wanted to offer hoteliers some further thoughts on how they might cater to women’s needs from a professional working female perspective. Admittedly, business-oriented hotels have traditionally been very masculine places.  Even the decor often showed that such hotels were designed primarily for men – sporting prints and […]

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