Category: United Kingdom

 £105,805.28 bar bill

£105,805.28 bar bill

Media reports claim that a businessman’s bar bill at a London West End club totalled no less than £105,805.28. The man and his circle of friends polished off some 80 bottles of Champagne, including a six-litre methuselah of Cristal worth £30,000 and a £9,600, three-litre jeroboam. The celebration took place at Crystal in Marylebone, a […]

Silverjet and the Rolling Stones

Silverjet and the Rolling Stones

‘Get Stoned in London’ is how Silverjet is rather cheesily billing this one. Our friends on the other side of the pond may be interested to learn about this promotion which includes a business class round trip, admission to a pre-show cocktail party and tickets to a Rolling Stones  gig at the The O2 Arena […]

Cookery classes in Britain

Cookery classes in Britain

In-the-know foodies are aware that Britain continues to define itself as a culinary destination. But many don’t know that it is also an excellent place to sharpen up your cooking skills in truly spectacular settings. At The Drawing Room in Wales, for instance, cooking students can stay in lovely surroundings and are just steps from […]

Anyone for London in August?

Anyone for London in August?

London is a popular destination all year round, but the capital really comes into its own in the summer months. With the weather improving, residents and tourists alike will gather for a picnic in the leafy parks or for an al fresco pint at one of the many riverside pubs. Just around the corner from […]

World Airline Awards 2007

World Airline Awards 2007

The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax and the results  are just out. Among the 2007 winners are: Singapore Airlines (Airline of the Year and Best Business Class Award) Qatar Airways (Best First Class, and Best Airline and Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East) Malaysia Airlines (World’s […]

The Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower – in time for 2012 Olympics

Jumeirah has been granted planning approval for a luxury tower hotel in London’s Southbank area. The Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower will  have 261 rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, a ballroom, meeting spaces  and a spa, health and leisure facility, and will open in 2011 – crucially in time for the London 2012 Olympics.

A glimmer of sunshine from Malmaison in an otherwise dreary summer

A glimmer of sunshine from Malmaison in an otherwise dreary summer

It hasn’t been much of a summer in the UK.   The wettest May since 1967… the dullest June in a decade… and already the wettest July on record.   And, in case that wasn’t enough, the outlook for August isn’t good.   To make us feel better, Malmaison are letting their guests stay from […]

Malmaison Reading - safe from the floods?

Malmaison Reading – safe from the floods?

Malmaison  - the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2006-7 –  is to add  yet another hotel to its growing brand.   The Malmaison Reading, once a Great Western Railway hotel,  includes a “seductive wine bar” serving “dangerously good cocktails”, a  brasserie and a café, and is due to open at the end of the […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei Darussalam Natural, season foods courtesy of Forman & Field Hip, cool, lifestyle hotels in the US: Hotel Indigo Fine Kyoto cuisine in London, from Umu

VisitBritain now has dedicated luxury section

VisitBritain now has dedicated luxury section

VisitBritain, formerly known as the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council before they merged, now has a dedicated  luxury section on its website.   Whilst it has some useful information within it, it is also sadly lacking in some areas.   For instance, click on ‘First Class Travel’ under ‘Luxury experiences’ and you […]

The Wonder Bar, London

The Wonder Bar, London

Selfridges London, the famous department store on Oxford Street, has opened The Wonder Bar — a two-story wine bar in which visitors can serve themselves any of more than 50 different wines of various vintages. Table service is also available, with a staff of waiters led by the store’s new sommelier. A glass of wine […]

Keith Floyd's Cookery Theatre Masterclass

Keith Floyd’s Cookery Theatre Masterclass

Calling all budding gastronauts! Help is at hand as the original celebrity chef Keith Floyd, announces his Autumn 2007 ‘Cookery Theatre’ masterclass series at Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District. These exclusive events combine a relaxing break with a culinary masterclass to exceed everyone’s expectations. Floyd is set to return to Linthwaite after his […]

Suite of the week: The Infinity Suite at The Langham, London

Suite of the week: The Infinity Suite at The Langham, London

Suite name: The Infinity Suite Hotel: The Langham, London, UK Size of accommodation:  326 sq  m Cost per night: £4,150 + VAT for 2 bedrooms / £3,500 + VAT for 1 bedroom What makes it special? Endless Elegance. Boundless Beauty. Take luxury to new levels. And beyond.                 […]

Hotel du Vin 'cigar shacks'

Hotel du Vin ‘cigar shacks’

Outdoor ‘cigar shacks’ designed by the Bothy Lodge Company – with underfloor heating, WiFi access and shelter from the elements – appear to be Hotel du Vin‘s answer to the new  England smoking ban which came into effect on 1st July 2007. Their hotels at Winchester, Tunbridge Wells, Cheltenham, Henley on Thames and Glasgow all […]

London is getting a new boutique hotel

London is getting a new boutique hotel

By Spring 2008, London will have  a new boutique hotel – The Paddington Park. The project from London Town Hotels will see a £4 million development in the heart of London, on the doorstep of Paddington station. The hotel with have 85 rooms with air conditioning,  large LCD flat screen TV, in room high speed […]

Surf's up with Malmaison

Surf’s up with Malmaison

To celebrate the launch of their new, fresh and shiny website, Malmaison are giving a special rate to all the ‘summer surfers’ out there. Room only rates start from £79, whilst dinner, bed and breakfast rates begin at £125. Malmaison have hotels in Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and, of course, […]

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