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Did You Know? The Park Lane Hotel London


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Hotel mogul and future London Mayor Bracewell Smith started building the The Park Lane Hotel London from 1924 to 1927. World War I halted construction, and the hotel was an unfinished steel frame until 1940. During the 13-year delay in building, the hotel was nicknamed "the birdcage."

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Suite Dreams at Grosvenor House


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Grosvenor House London
Set just back from Park Lane and overlooking the sweeping gardens of Royal Hyde Park, Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel is a living reminder of an age of elegance and a name synonymous with luxury and London’s rich history; a destination that is "Quintessentially British."

Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor has the latest news on their royal nursery:

Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, and bespoke nursery designers Dragons of Walton Street, have announced an exclusive partnership which will see a luxury Premium Park View suite transformed into a British nursery, said to have been designed and tailored with a royal baby in mind. Dragons of Walton Street has a historic association with the Royal family, with Princes William and Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie all growing up in a Dragons’ nursery. 

More on the Grosvenor House's royal nursery...

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Did You Know? The Rookery Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Each of the 33 rooms at The Rookery Hotel are named after an inhabitant who lived there when the first census of the area was taken in 1832. Guests can stay in rooms named after Apothecary Dr Theophilus Garencieres, architect William Pettit Griffith, or prostitute Sally Salisbury.

The Rookery Hotel

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Did You Know? Cafe Royal Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Cafe Royal Hotel has a pugilistic history. Some of the early rules of boxing were first written down in the building,
and from 1951 the Café Royal became the home of the National Sporting Club, which held black-tie dinners there
before bouts.

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Grosvenor House London Gets a Christie's Sneak Peek


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Guests at Grosvenor House London are in for a special treat. Legendary auction house Christie's and the luxury hotel have allied to provide guests with a special exhibition. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor reports:

From Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6, guests at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, and members of the public can attend a special preview of The Collection of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, one of the world’s preeminent books collections, before it goes to auction this fall. The preview will be open daily from 10am – 5pm.

 

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Luxury Hotel History: The Savoy London


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Savoy London



The Savoy London
was originally built in 1889 by Richard D’Oyly Carte on land adjacent to his Savoy Theatre. The hotel was built to accommodate the many tourists who came to London to see the Savoy Operas by Gilbert & Sullivan.  In 2007 the legendary hotel closed for the first time in order to undertake a 3-year, £220 million restoration project.

 

 

 

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Delectable Dining: The Westbury London


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Alyn Williams at The Westbury London is a Michelin Star fine dining restaurant. Modern European cooking with meticulous but friendly service. The main dining room seats up to 45 guests. For private dining, the Aspen Room is available for up to 16 guests. There's also the unique Wine Salon, where up to eight guests can dine, whilst surrounded by some of the world’s finest wines.

 

 

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Sneak Peek: Rosewood London


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Opening in October 2013, Rosewood London will embrace guests within one of London’s most historic locales, where the City meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn. The early 20th-century Edwardian, Grade II-listed building will offer a true sense of the destination, combining English heritage with contemporary sophistication.

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Fancy a Fizzy Lifting Cake? Chesterfield Mayfair Plans Willy Wonka Tea Party


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

Willy Wonka Tea

 

What kid (or adult) hasn't seen Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and dreamed of visiting Willy Wonka's workplace? Well, you may not be able to go to the factory, but if you find yourself in London, you can head over The Chesterfield Mayfair for their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea. The The new stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be opening at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June, and starting May 13, and the luxury hotel is celebrating with Oompa Loompa Cupcakes, A Golden Egg, Blueberry Macaroons, and Fizzy lifting Cake.

 

Other treats served at Charlie at The Chesterfield include a choice 18 loose teas, fruit scones served with clotted cream and jam, chocolate chip scones, and savory finger sandwiches.  Tea is concluded (naturally) with a golden ticket that offers guests a chance to win a selection of fantastical treats at the hotel, with every ticket guaranteed a prize.  Prizes range from champagne to a free weekend stay in a Junior Suite. The chocolate afternoon tea at the Chesterfield runs until September, at a price of £32.50 per person plus service charge.

 

The only drawback to this afternoon tea is that it's not served by Oompa Loompas.

 

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St. Ermin's Hotel London Joins the Autograph Collection


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

St Ermin's Hotel The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James’s Park, this distinctive  deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. The Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of upscale, independent hotels, recently announced that St. Ermin’s Hotel will be the third Autograph Collection hotel in the United Kingdom. Earlier this month, Autograph Collection announced its entree into the U.K. with the inauguration of Threadneedles in the heart of London’s financial district and The Glasshouse in central Edinburgh, Scotland. The 331-room iconic St. Ermin’s Hotel will expand the collection of independent lifestyle hotels to include more than 40 exceptional travel experiences in the United States, Europe, Caribbean, and South America. 

According to Autograph Collection, they are looking for an evolving group of passionately independent hotels that fall under distinct categories of travel experience including Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Historic Exploration, or Sporting Adventure. Each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer guests a range of unique and unexpected experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure.

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