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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has arrived, and there can be no better way to celebrate than with a flowery afternoon tea. Whether you’re visiting the show or not, get in on the horticultural action with one of these delicious menus at some of London’s top hotels… The Royal Horseguards The Royal Horseguards’ Floral Afternoon […]

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Top 4 London hotels for food in bed!

by Laura on January 9, 2015

When you’re away, your hotel room serves as your base as you explore the city, or perhaps attend work commitments. But sometimes your room is so comfortable that it’s much more appealing to stay in than to go out. Some people insist that you should leave your room to eat, but why bother when you […]

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With Christmas fast approaching, I just can’t stop thinking about food. Turkey, roast potatoes, ham, stuffing, carrots, chocolate cake, gingerbread…I can’t wait to spend several days doing nothing but eat. It doesn’t help that there are so many cookery programmes on TV and many of them featuring Michelin-starred restaurants in 5-star hotels. Although there are […]

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Keeping up with Kimye: 7 of their favourite London haunts.

by Elizabeth Hands on December 11, 2014

Kim Kardashian has never been short of publicity. And those pictures showing her balancing a Champagne glass on her ample derriere for Paper magazine’s front cover secured her more column inches than ever before. So, it’s no surprise that the Kardashian clan’s every move is followed. Soon, it would appear, the paparazzi trailing her will […]

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Today’s hotel customer is an ever more demanding and tech-savvy creature. Not only are hotels expected to be beautiful, efficient and friendly but they’re also now expected to offer consumers the same wealth of choice they get at home, in a bespoke way and as fast as possible please! In fact, as hotels cater for […]

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Top 5 “behind the scenes” experiences at London hotels.

by Elizabeth Hands on October 16, 2014

There’s a reason Downton Abbey is watched by millions. There’s something fascinating about getting a glimpse of what goes on downstairs. It’s where all the action happens. So it’s little wonder some of the capital’s top hotels have decided to let us in on some of the secrets of what goes on behind the scenes: […]

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The London hotels STILL charging for WiFi.

by Laura on September 26, 2014

As many new London hotels open with complimentary WiFi in place from the start, it’s hard to believe that others both new and old are trailing behind. Many are not just single hotels, but entire groups, including Marriott Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt and InterContinental. While some groups offer free WiFi in lobbies and public spaces, charges remain in guest […]

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The significant history in London’s hotels.

by Andrea on September 5, 2014

“Mr. Woilde, we ’ave come for tew take yew Where felons and criminals dwell: We must ask yew tew leave with us quoietly For this is the Cadogan Hotel.” John Betjeman’s poem, of which the comedy policeman act forms the eighth stanza, imagines Oscar Wilde awaiting his arrest for gross indecency in 1895. That’s one […]

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Are “minimum spend” rules unreasonable?

by Laura on August 21, 2014

The controversy of minimum spends in London hotel bars and dining establishments doesn’t seem to be ending. It all began when a businessman reported having to spend £75 on three bottles of water, due to a £25 per person minimum spend at The Wellesley. The hotel implements the rule on their cigar terrace after 4pm. […]

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A lovely warming cup of tea is heaven on a cold winter’s day – but that doesn’t mean it’s only a winter drink. Afternoon tea is perfect on a hot day too; when it’s too warm to eat a whole meal you can nibble on some sandwiches and cakes instead. Scientists even think that a hot […]

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Top London hotels for vegetarian dining.

by Laura on April 24, 2014

Today we’ve invited The Veggie Traveller (bio below) to write this blog post for us about the best London hotel restaurants for vegetarians. Vegetarians are spoilt for choice in London, and it’s not only the many standalone restaurants across the capital giving us non-meat eaters something to celebrate. A large number of the capital’s hotels […]

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Best London hotels for music lovers.

by Laura on March 28, 2014

If you’re a fan of musicals, there’s no shortage of conveniently located hotels and musical packages on offer in London. But what if you prefer your music less of a production, with fewer theatrics and less narrative? Where should you go in London for some jazz or piano music while you eat dinner or sip […]

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Hotel trends – the wired generation.

by Andrea on December 13, 2013

Meeting rooms, the front desk, the uniformed bellhop… are these all going the way of the dodo? Certainly some hotel consultants think so.  I know I got mixed feedback when I suggested a while ago that hotel rooms no longer need a desk, but consultants HVS London now share my view.  According to them, hotels […]

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Larger luxury hotels have an impressive choice of dining options, often offering several different cuisines as well as varied ambience in each restaurant.  For instance, the Rafayel offers Indian as well as western style cooking, while the Andaz Liverpool Street has the Miyako Japanese restaurant as well as a brasserie, pub, and seafood restaurant, while […]

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There’s just something gloriously decadent about cocktails – whether you’re sipping a Cosmopolitan with your friends, enjoying a mimosa before dinner or a Mojito with your other half.  So it’s no wonder that last week saw the whole week dedicated to the art of making and drinking the perfect cocktail with many London hotels joining […]

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Top 5 London hotels for families.

by Saloni on September 6, 2013

Luxurious hotels and children don’t always go hand in hand.  But some of London’s top hotels are only too happy to welcome your little ones, with extra family-friendly touches to make your stay special for everyone. Here’s our pick of the best 5 London hotels if you’re travelling with children: A new bedtime friend at […]

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