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London Hotel News

  • newGrosvenor House Hotel bidding war intensifies
    The ownership of the Grosvenor House Hotel is in the balance, as Indian billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla has recently put in a bid for the property. Other bidders are understood to include the Sultan of Brunei and an investment group linked to the Qatari…
    - 14 mins ago 31 Jul 14, 7:37am -
  • London hotel news roundup 28/07/14
    Here’s your weekly dose of London hotel news: Indian billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla has joined the ongoing bidding war for ownership of London’s Grosvenor House hotel – Economic Times glh. has launched ‘every hotels’ as a limited service four…
    - 3 days ago 28 Jul 14, 7:14am -
  • Reservations open at Mondrian London
    One of the most anticipated new hotels in South Bank, the Mondrian London, has begun taking reservations. The hotel at Sea Containers is due to open on September 30th, with a total of 359 rooms. When it opens it will become the first Mondrian Hotel o…
    - 7 days ago 24 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • London hotel news roundup 21/07/14
    Here’s your weekly dose of the latest London hotel news: The Library, an exclusive new literary-themed hotel and members club, has opened on St Martin’s Lane  - Independent London has come fourth in rankings of ‘gross operating profit per avai…
    - 10 days ago 21 Jul 14, 7:25am -
  • Cadogan Hotel to be renovated and rebranded
    The Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea is to be operated by Belmond, after the group which was formerly known as Orient Express signed a management contract recently with Cadogan Estates. The hotel will be closed for renovations worth £28million, between the…
    - 14 days ago 17 Jul 14, 7:57am -
  • London hotel news roundup 14/07/14
    Here’s the latest London hotel news: London is tipped to become the most popular global city destination in 2014, ahead of Bangkok and Paris – Telegraph Four people have been arrested after a second moped raid on the Dorchester Hotel – Independ…
    - 17 days ago 14 Jul 14, 7:54am -
  • Hilton London Bankside hotel reaches the sky
    A ‘topping out’ ceremony has recently been held on the roof of the Hilton London Bankside Hotel, to celebrate the new hotel reaching its full height. Work will continue on the interiors for another year, with the 292-room  hotel expected to open…
    - 21 days ago 10 Jul 14, 7:49am -
  • London hotel news roundup 07/07/14
    Here’s your weekly roundup of London hotel news: The ‘topping out’ ceremony at Hilton London Bankside has finally taken place, four years after construction began – London SE1 The Landmark London Hotel has been put up for sale for £200m –…
    - 24 days ago 7 Jul 14, 7:45am -
  • Predict the World Cup’s big winners for free stay at Tune’s London hotels
    In a bid to sooth the pains of England fans still sore from a disappointing World cup campaign, Tune Hotels are offering the chance to win a free two-night stay in one one of their London hotels.To be in with a chance of winning you simply need to gu…
    - 28 days ago 3 Jul 14, 7:33am -
  • London hotel news roundup 28/06/14
    Here’s the latest London  hotel news: According to HVS, London is set to become one of the world’s leading hotel markets – Big Hospitality The St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel has played host to a ‘Global Day of Discovery’, featuring a…
    - 31 days ago 30 Jun 14, 7:28am -

London Hotels Insight

  • newA new luxury hotel by the river?

    A new luxury hotel by the river?

    There can be few London sights as iconic as the river which flows through it, so Thames-side hotels are exceedingly popular and correspondingly expensive. In the not too distant future, it seems those guests willing to shell out for the privilege wil…
    - 23 hours ago 30 Jul 14, 9:04am -
  • Top 5 hotels for the newly-reopened Imperial War Museum.

    Top 5 hotels for the newly-reopened Imperial War Museum.

    It wasn’t included on Visit London’s Top 10 London Attractions list, but the Imperial War Museum is a great place to visit in the city. After closing in January for renovations, the museum reopened on 19th July 2014 and will be hosting several e…
    - 2 days ago 29 Jul 14, 8:07am -
  • Diving into Japanese culture at Hyper Japan 2014.

    Diving into Japanese culture at Hyper Japan 2014.

    We’ve once again been to check out Hyper Japan, the London exhibition celebrating all things Japanese. The event is now in its sixth year and London Hotels Insight has gone along to several of them. Having had so much fun in previous years, we just…
    - 3 days ago 28 Jul 14, 10:06am -
  • A pet away from home: resident cats and dogs in London hotels.

    A pet away from home: resident cats and dogs in London hotels.

    This year saw the opening of a ‘cat café’ in London. The concept comes from Japan and, rather than being a café where your kitty can get a latte and a salmon sandwich, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium allows guests to come along and enjoy the compan…
    - 6 days ago 25 Jul 14, 9:06am -
  • Launch of ‘every hotels’ aims to fill a gap in the 4-star market.

    Launch of ‘every hotels’ aims to fill a gap in the 4-star market.

    What does the average hotel guest look for in a hotel? Meeting space, a gym, bars and restaurants, or simply somewhere to sleep? Hotel group glh think they know the answer and that there’s a gap in the market in the 4-star hotel sector. After obser…
    - 7 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:36am -
  • K West opens the world’s first e-cigar lounge.

    K West opens the world’s first e-cigar lounge.

    K West Hotel & Spa are attempting to bring back the sophisticated act of cigar smoking in hotels by subverting the public smoking ban. Rather than open a cigar terrace like the one at The Montague on the Gardens or another outside space they’ve ta…
    - 8 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:04am -
  • The Hoxton Holborn takes bookings for ‘late summer’ opening.

    The Hoxton Holborn takes bookings for ‘late summer’ opening.

    Trendy Hoxton Hotels is getting ready to open a second London location in Holborn, set to open in a few months. Although the group refers to the opening happening ‘later this summer’, bookings start from October, which is perhaps pushing the defi…
    - 9 days ago 22 Jul 14, 9:32am -
  • Library offers exclusive rooms to literary aficionados.

    Library offers exclusive rooms to literary aficionados.

    London is full of grandiose hotels – hotels of huge proportions, with hundreds of rooms and suites. But then there are the quieter lights of the capital, the exclusive destinations with just a few rooms but a high level of service and a unique conc…
    - 10 days ago 21 Jul 14, 9:51am -
  • Top 10 London hotels for London’s Top 10 attractions.

    Top 10 London hotels for London’s Top 10 attractions.

    Visit London has just revealed which of the capital’s attractions are the most popular, with everything from the historic to the artistic, the scientific to the scenic appearing on the list. But where are the best places to stay to see London’s m…
    - 13 days ago 18 Jul 14, 9:04am -
  • The rise of the prefab hotel in London.

    The rise of the prefab hotel in London.

    In the last few years the trend for prefabricated hotels – which are built offsite in modular parts and then stacked together – has been growing. The practice tends to be cheaper, quicker and more environmentally friendly than building onsite, an…
    - 14 days ago 17 Jul 14, 8:59am -
  • Bookings being taken for ’20s cruiseship inspired Mondrian London.

    Bookings being taken for ’20s cruiseship inspired Mondrian London.

    Morgans Hotel Group, owners of St Martins Lane and The Sanderson, have set an opening date of September 30th for their new venture, the Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Although the opening is more than two months away, bookings are already open. F…
    - 15 days ago 16 Jul 14, 8:58am -
  • Starwood plans two-in-one development for 2017.

    Starwood plans two-in-one development for 2017.

    Things will be getting nice and cosy for the Starwood family of hotels, as they plan to open properties from two different brands in the same development. Both an Element hotel and an Aloft will be opening in the Tobacco Docks area of Wapping, in adj…
    - 16 days ago 15 Jul 14, 9:07am -
  • Could London be the most visited city in 2014?

    Could London be the most visited city in 2014?

    There is little doubt that London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Multitudes of luxury hotels, historic sights, family attractions and a thriving cultural scene have seen the capital go from strength to strength over th…
    - 17 days ago 14 Jul 14, 8:15am -
  • Top 3 London hotels for fun on the terrace.

    Top 3 London hotels for fun on the terrace.

    The summer months are all about outside spaces – places to sit, eat, drink and even swim. We’ve taken a look at rooftop swimming pools and sheltered courtyards in London hotels, and now it’s time to put terraces in the spotlight. From suave and…
    - 20 days ago 11 Jul 14, 8:59am -
  • The juicing trend comes to London hotels.

    The juicing trend comes to London hotels.

    Juice is currently a big thing in the healthy-living world. Fruit juice, vegetable juice, just about any healthy food that can be juiced is being juiced. Many people swear by juicing, as it’s known, as not just a way to lose a few pounds or cut do…
    - 21 days ago 10 Jul 14, 9:02am -
  • Fourth Z Hotel brings style-on-a-budget to Shoreditch.

    Fourth Z Hotel brings style-on-a-budget to Shoreditch.

    After opening their third hotel in Piccadilly last month, Z Hotels is preparing to launch a fourth property in Shoreditch in 2015. Their other two London hotels, in Soho and Victoria, have proved to be popular and the group hasn’t hesitated in con…
    - 22 days ago 9 Jul 14, 8:59am -

London On The Inside

  • MONDRIAN LONDON OPENS SEPTEMBER

    MONDRIAN LONDON OPENS SEPTEMBER

    It’s finally happening! The Mondrian London at Sea Containers has confirmed it will open it’s doors this September on the South Bank. The first ever Mondrian branded boutique hotel outside the United States, the hotel will house 359 rooms and su…
    - 17 days ago 14 Jul 14, 7:12pm -
  • HOX-IN-A-BOX POP UP HOTEL

    HOX-IN-A-BOX POP UP HOTEL

    Ever wondered what goes on, on the streets of Shoreditch after dark? Well now you can find out by spending the night in a shipping container located on the streets….well BoxPark but you get the gist right? The Hoxton, Shoreditch are opening a pop-u…
    - 21 days ago 10 Jul 14, 9:43am -
  • REVIEW: THE PILOT

    REVIEW: THE PILOT

    Contrary to popular belief, Greenwich is actually in London – it’s just a bit tricky to get in and out of, particularly when the last tube has gone and the last boat has sailed. With that in mind, a boutique hotel such as The Pilot – located a…
    - 72 days ago 20 May 14, 12:06pm -
  • BLOC GATWICK IS OPEN…

    BLOC GATWICK IS OPEN…

    There’s nothing worst than having a 6am flight, having to wake up before the crack of dawn and having to grab a cab half asleep frantically checking for tickets and passports – or worst still public transport. Which is why we’re big fans of BLO…
    - 85 days ago 7 May 14, 12:53pm -
  • HOLIDAY INN LONDON HEATHROW REVEALS NEW ROOMS

    HOLIDAY INN LONDON HEATHROW REVEALS NEW ROOMS

    There’s nothing worse than a flight just after the crack of dawn is there? Making that journey to the airport, half asleep, worrying what you didn’t bring in your haze or if the traffic will be a nightmare. Well if you are flying from Heathrow we…
    - 16 Apr 14, 2:33pm -
  • £1 ROOMS AT QBIC

    £1 ROOMS AT QBIC

    Qbic Hotel London City opened last year and kicked things off with a £1 room sale. Well now they have announced they will be giving away £1 rooms every month with up to five rooms available every day. What’s more the quid goes to charity. To be…
    - 13 Apr 14, 8:09pm -
  • OPENING NEWS: HAM YARD HOTEL

    OPENING NEWS: HAM YARD HOTEL

    We’re getting pretty excited for the new Firmdale Hotel’s property, Ham Yard Hotel which opens on 1st June 2014. And not least because it has a bowling alley inside. Located in a huge site in the heart Soho, we hear the hotel will have a village…
    - 4 Apr 14, 2:33pm -
  • REVIEW: BROOK GREEN HOTEL

    REVIEW: BROOK GREEN HOTEL

    They say a change is as good as a holiday, we say so is a stay at the Brook Green! After one night at the Hammersmith hotel, we felt like we’d had a mini vacation minus the ‘are we there yet?’ Located on Shepherds Bush Rd, just a couple of minu…
    - 26 Mar 14, 3:47pm -
  • REVIEW: HOTEL XENIA

    REVIEW: HOTEL XENIA

    Hotel Xenia opened its doors back in May 2013, located way out west on the Cromwell Road. From the outside, the boutique hotel, looks that little bit more swish than the other hotels which line the road and it’s just a 10 minute walk to South Ken,…
    - 23 Mar 14, 8:48pm -
  • REVIEW: ACE HOTEL LONDON SHOREDITCH

    REVIEW: ACE HOTEL LONDON SHOREDITCH

    Ace hotel London Shoreditch, the first Ace hotel to land in Europe, opened it’s doors late last year. Located on Shoreditch High Street in what was the pretty grim Crowne Plaza building, Ace have managed to turn the site into a rather cool hangout…
    - 1 Mar 14, 9:08pm -

Red Carnation Hotels Blog

  • The Wild Atlantic Way
    Covering over 1500 miles and seven counties, the Wild Atlantic Way is a dramatic and sublime example of Ireland’s natural beauty, and a huge part of west Ireland’s allure. Our luxurious five star Ashford Castle Hotel is located in the heart of Ma…
    - 2 days ago 29 Jul 14, 11:45am -
  • Shop like the Queen: The London Royal Warrant List
    Only the very best of British appear on the prestigious Royal Warrant list, which represents top individuals and companies who have supplied the Royal households with goods or services for at least five years. Established in 1840, Royal Warrants demo…
    - 10 days ago 21 Jul 14, 9:51am -
  • Rooibos Milk Tart Recipe
    Executive Chef at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Floris Smith adds a twist to the South African dessert with this traditional rooibos milk tart recipe (melktert).Ingredients – Pastry:500g cake flour7.5ml cream of tartare…
    - 13 days ago 18 Jul 14, 8:35am -
  • Best Beaches in Guernsey
    Picturesque views from Guernsey's pretty coastline © Visit GuernseyVisiting the Duke of Richmond or The Old Government House Hotel puts you within easy reach of the best beaches in Guernsey and the beautiful natural landscape of the island. There a…
    - 20 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:27am -
  • KwaZulu-Natal Food Heroes Dinner
     Sourcing fresh produce locally, in an ethical way for use in the kitchens, is first prize for the chefs at The Oyster Box. The closer to home the food is produced, the fresher it is, the less packaging is involved, the more sustainable it is for t…
    - 20 days ago 11 Jul 14, 8:35am -
  • The Best British Restaurants in London
    With traditional specialities such as black pudding and liver and tripe on the menu, it’s no surprise that British cuisine has struggled to shake off a less than favourable reputation. In recent years, however, the food scene in Britain has experie…
    - 27 days ago 4 Jul 14, 10:12am -
  • A taste of Geneva – six irresistible restaurant recommendations
    Geneva is blessed with a wealth of wonderful restaurants – but the choice is so extensive that visitors can find it overwhelming. Six members of the Hotel d’Angleterre team share their own favourites with you to whet your appetite.Le Flacon in C…
    - 31 days ago 30 Jun 14, 8:46am -
  • Five Beautiful Walks in Dorset
    Whether you’re relaxing in the 16th century Acorn Inn or enjoying a sense of nostalgia at the Summer Lodge, you’ll relish the old world charm and tranquillity of Dorset, and the friendly village atmosphere that follows you wherever you go. But it…
    - 35 days ago 26 Jun 14, 12:53pm -
  • The Best Restaurants in Umhlanga
    Umhlanga is blessed with a selection of outstanding restaurants, offering fine food and great ambience. In addition, because of Durban’s year round fabulous weather, diners are able to enjoy sitting outside, whilst enjoying their meal and in many c…
    - 37 days ago 24 Jun 14, 3:36pm -
  • Life as a Female Guide at Bushmans Kloof
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a woman working in conservation and eco-tourism in a wilderness reserve? As Field Guide at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat since 2011, 24-year old Simone Wood-Callander is well equipp…
    - 38 days ago 23 Jun 14, 4:24pm -

Big Hospitality

  • newRegistration is live for the Independent Hotel Show 2014
    This year’s show will be running at London Olympia’s West Hall from 21 to 22 October, a key event for independent hoteliers and professionals involved with the industry. 
    - 16 hours ago 30 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • newSector’s GDP contribution drops due to lack of funding
    The hospitality sector’s contribution to Britain’s GDP dropped 0.2 per cent (£1.5bn) between 2007 and 2013, partly due to the lack of bank funding for SMEs, according to a report by Boost Capital.
    - 18 hours ago 30 Jul 14, 2:09pm -
  • newHospitality openings: July 2014
    Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes Dev Biswal's new Ambrette in Canterbury, Wahaca's latest fast-casual concept DF/Mexico, Virgilio Martinez's second Peruvian venue Lima Floral, Hawksmoor's fifth site in Knightsbridg…
    - 21 hours ago 30 Jul 14, 10:55am -
  • Gallery: Belsfield Hotel re-launches with Laura Ashley interiors
    Laura Ashley has partnered with the Belsfield Hotel in the Lake District, seeing it undergo a complete refurbishment and a rebrand as Laura Ashley Hotel, the Belsfield. 
    - 2 days ago 29 Jul 14, 3:43pm -
  • Half of travellers want more information on hotels’ green practices
    Almost half (44 per cent) of European travellers feel that hotels don’t currently provide enough information on their environmental practices, a TripAdvisor survey has found.
    - 2 days ago 29 Jul 14, 8:36am -
  • The Zetter Group to share profits with staff
    The Zetter Group has announced a profit sharing scheme for staff – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK hospitality sector.
    - 3 days ago 28 Jul 14, 1:47pm -
  • Booking hotels online: Premier Inn voted easiest site to use
    Results have been released from a survey commissioned by Postcode Anywhere which ranks Premier Inn as having the easiest website to use, and lists the frustrations customers have when trying to book hotels online. 
    - 3 days ago 28 Jul 14, 1:02pm -
  • Allergens: Half of venues still unaware of law
    Almost half (44 per cent) of foodservice operators are still unaware of the allergen laws due to be implemented this coming December, according to research by Unilever Food Solutions.
    - 6 days ago 25 Jul 14, 11:18am -
  • IHG’s Westminster hotel to be rebranded Hilton Conrad
    The Intercontinental London Westminster hotel will become part of the Conrad brand in September, after owner Supreme Hotels signed a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide.
    - 6 days ago 25 Jul 14, 10:03am -
  • Ian Daniels on City Marque and the evolution of serviced apartments
    Founded in 2009, City Marque now runs nearly 200 serviced apartments across the capital. The company started outsourcing some of its front office operations in the Philippines three year ago and now has 60 per cent of its 80-strong staff based in Man…
    - 7 days ago 24 Jul 14, 1:21pm -