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Spring has most definitely sprung, and it’s not long now until Easter. Even if you haven’t made plans to stay at a hotel that’s doing something special for Easter, there’s still time to arrange a seasonal afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is always better when the sweet treats are Easter themed. From simnel cake to chocolate […]


Top 3 London venues for mulled wine and cider.

by Laura on November 21, 2014

The nights are longer and the weather is colder and while we try to hold off on saying the dreaded “C word” for another few weeks we need a little something to keep us warm. It’s time to break out some of those lovely drinks you consume a lot more of in the winter: port, […]


Top London Concierge receives the ‘Golden Keys’.

by Chris Glithero on October 1, 2014

Concierges are often the unsung heroes of London’s busy luxury hotel sector, frequently arranging special activities for guests, procuring hard-to-get tickets or simply recommending the best restaurants. This month though, one of their number has been publicly recognised for his achievements. Theo Dubroy is the Head Concierge at The Arch London and has recently been […]


It may be hard to believe, but summer is now officially over. Say goodbye to hotel rooftop swimming pools, garden terraces and sporting event themed packages. Say hello to cosy boutique stays with roaring fires, autumn-inspired menus and the inevitable preparations for a certain December festive occasion that shall not be named. Here we take […]


The trend in hotel televisions.

by Andrea on May 21, 2014

Once upon a time, when your hotel critic was still writing with a crayon or a big red pencil, you used to be lucky to get a small television perched on top of the wardrobe. Alas, in some hotels you still are. But increasingly hotels are upping their game to offer much more. For instance, […]


Best London hotels for beer lovers.

by Andrea on November 8, 2013

Five star hotels always make a virtue of their wine lists. But while I’m very partial to dessert wines or an occasional glass of madeira, my preferred tipple is a pint of beer – and traditionally, hotels and restaurants have rather looked down on barley and hops.  That’s often meant a lacklustre selection of big-multinational […]

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Hotel bathrooms – the latest trends.

by Andrea on October 25, 2013

You might think that while curtains and bed linen really need replacing every so often, bathrooms are here to stay.  Not so in the world of the high class hotel; most refurbish their bathrooms every seven or eight years. There’s nothing as bad as a tired bathroom – and as in other walks of life, […]

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With a rich variety of festivals and events taking place in London this summer, and of course the birth of a royal baby, the capital has been abuzz with visitors making the most of the British summer.  Here we take a look back at the past month on the boutique hotel scene, and look ahead […]


The weather may not be quite ready for summer yet but London’s boutique hotel scene is certainly hotting up, with many hotels already preparing for the busy summer tourist season.   Here we take a look back at what’s been happening in May and look forward to what’s in store next month. The movers and shakers […]


Despite the continuing chill in the air, spring is definitely on its way to London and we can’t wait to see the daffodils put out their blooms.  It’s a time for new beginnings and this season will see refurbishments, special offers and brand new premises joining the boutique hotel scene. Set to open in May, […]


Christmas is almost upon us once again and there are few places more festive to spend a winter break than London.  Aside from the Christmas fairs at Hyde Park, South Bank and elsewhere, there are the extravagant Christmas lights and pantomimes to enjoy, with many of the capital’s top boutique hotels also arranging something extra […]


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 […]


Hotel lobbies – a waste of space?

by Andrea on July 24, 2012

Hotel lobbies seem to be on the way out – at least, the huge ones of the past (as exemplified by the Hilton Metropole London pictured above) seem to have shrunk.  Maybe no one finds them useful any more.  After all, what do you actually use the lobby for? There’s a business centre for connecting to the internet, […]


Guests just want to have fun!

by Andrea on July 18, 2012

Hotels are more than just a place to eat and sleep between other activities. Today’s guest wants to do a lot more – for instance, to swim or use the gym or perhaps to be entertained or even play games.   Guests want to have fun – and hotels are increasingly able to help them do […]

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Hotel minibar paradise – a wishlist.

by Andrea on April 13, 2012

The hotel minibar is possibly one of the most irksome things known to mankind.  Part of that is the pricing regime; no matter how exclusive the hotel, how beautifully furnished the room, how good the service, something in us says that £2 for a Mars Bar is just too much – we’re being had, someone […]


London boutique hotels round-up – Sept. 2011.

by Rajul on September 30, 2011

Boutique hotels offer a unique way to experience London and fortunately the UK’s capital has many top-notch ones to choose from, with new ones emerging all the time.  For the very latest on the city’s dynamic boutique hotel scene, read on for our September news round-up… According to a report published this month by hotel consultants […]