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    • London boutique hotels roundup – August 2014.

      London boutique hotels roundup – August 2014.

      September’s upon us, but there’s still time to enjoy what remains of the summer by booking a stay at one of London’s world-class boutique hotels. As for the hotels themselves, they continue to innovate their offerings to keep visitors intereste…
      - 3 days ago 29 Aug 14, 9:04am -
    • Dukes turn afternoon tea boozy with their new G & Tea.

      Dukes turn afternoon tea boozy with their new G & Tea.

      If you thought afternoon tea couldn’t get any more British, think again. Dukes St James London have doubled up on Britishness, by combining the traditional meal with another great British tradition – gin and tonic. Based around a new Beefeater g…
      - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 8:02am -
    • Cocktails in the peaceful sanctuary of One Aldwych.

      Cocktails in the peaceful sanctuary of One Aldwych.

      After a recent night at the theatre, a friend and I ducked into the lobby bar at One Aldwych. With its timeless modern design, it was a welcome refuge after fighting through the crowds around the Strand and we were able to take a seat right away, ev…
      - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 8:08am -
    • The changing hotel map of London: a history and a forecast.

      The changing hotel map of London: a history and a forecast.

      Once upon a time, if you wanted to stay in a decent hotel in London, you had one choice: the West End. Back in the early 1980s, there was practically nothing in the City (the Great Eastern was really showing its age, before being refurbished in 1996)…
      - 6 days ago 26 Aug 14, 9:04am -
    • Get your five a day the fun way at Sofitel St James.

      Get your five a day the fun way at Sofitel St James.

      - 7 days ago 25 Aug 14, 9:01am -
    • How to eat healthily in London hotels.

      How to eat healthily in London hotels.

      I love my job when I’m hotel reviewing – but I dread looking at the scales when I get back home! Eating healthily in hotels is difficult – the portions are often so large, sauces are full of dairy fat and it’s often surprisingly difficult to…
      - 10 days ago 22 Aug 14, 9:47am -
    • Are “minimum spend” rules unreasonable?

      Are “minimum spend” rules unreasonable?

      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 Welle…
      - 11 days ago 21 Aug 14, 10:47am -
    • The Beaumont opens booking for an October opening.

      The Beaumont opens booking for an October opening.

      This autumn is looking to be a busy time for new openings on London’s hotel scene. With The Mondrian taking bookings for their September 30th opening and the Hoxton Holborn readying themselves for a ‘late summer’ opening, The Beaumont is now ta…
      - 12 days ago 20 Aug 14, 10:16am -
    • Afternoon tea with an Italian flavour at the Baglioni Hotel London.

      Afternoon tea with an Italian flavour at the Baglioni Hotel London.

      The Italian-owned Baglioni Hotel London do everything with a Mediterranean touch, and their afternoon tea is no exception. I recently went to check out how the Italian backbone of the hotel influences their menu, and even took an Italian friend al…
      - 13 days ago 19 Aug 14, 11:26am -
    • Grosvenor House sale is imminent amidst controversy.

      Grosvenor House sale is imminent amidst controversy.

      According to a report by DNA India, an agreement has been made with a ‘foreign party’ to sell London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, along with the New York Plaza and the Dream Hotel in Manhattan. Jailed Sahara Group chairman Subrata Roy put the hotel…
      - 14 days ago 18 Aug 14, 9:09am -
    • International influences in London hotels.

      International influences in London hotels.

      Think London, and many think of bobbies on the beat, guardsmen in their bearskins and red tunics, red phone boxes (not as many as there used to be), red buses and black taxis. Very English. Add the curious ceremony of afternoon tea, the full English…
      - 17 days ago 15 Aug 14, 9:06am -
    • The Montcalm gets futuristic with Google Glass for its staff.

      The Montcalm gets futuristic with Google Glass for its staff.

      There’s been much talk about Google Glass recently, as the next level in personal technology. Marketed as a hands-free alternative to smart phones and tablets, Google Glass became available in the UK in June 2014. Although it’s still in prototype…
      - 18 days ago 14 Aug 14, 9:08am -
    • Free tickets to V&A exhibitions with Baglioni Hotel London.

      Free tickets to V&A exhibitions with Baglioni Hotel London.

      The beautiful Baglioni Hotel London is offering a brilliant deal for history, art and fashion lovers. When you book a stay at the hotel with the Victoria and Albert package, you receive complimentary tickets for an exhibition at the Victoria and Albe…
      - 19 days ago 13 Aug 14, 9:15am -
    • Another “budget chic” hotel brand comes to London.

      Another “budget chic” hotel brand comes to London.

      If there’s one sector of the hotel industry that’s experiencing a growth in London, it’s budget hotels that refuse to compromise on style and location. We’ve had citizenM, Qbic and Z Hotels in recent years, and now German-owned Motel One is c…
      - 20 days ago 12 Aug 14, 9:07am -
    • Suites and sweeping: a tale of two hotel industries.

      Suites and sweeping: a tale of two hotel industries.

      Recently we reported that London is currently the most expensive city in Europe to spend a night in a hotel. New research has revealed that the capital is the most expensive city in the entire world to stay in a hotel suite. According to a report by…
      - 21 days ago 11 Aug 14, 8:06am -
    • Will naming and shaming push hotels to update their slow WiFi?

      Will naming and shaming push hotels to update their slow WiFi?

      London hotels with slow WiFi might soon be forced to admit they have a problem, with the launch of a new website. Hotelwifitest.com lets guests test the speed of the internet connection during their stay at a hotel, then share the results online. So…
      - 24 days ago 8 Aug 14, 9:09am -

    London On The Inside

    • REVIEW: HAM YARD

      REVIEW: HAM YARD

      Ham Yard, the latest London edition to the Firmdale Hotel Group is well and truly open. Located in the heart of Soho the hotel is A LOT more than just a hotel. Oh yes, this hotel has rooms 91 rooms, a roof terrace, outdoor terrace on the ground floor…
      - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 5:19pm -
    • THE BEAUMONT IS TAKING BOOKINGS…

      THE BEAUMONT IS TAKING BOOKINGS…

      It feels like the Olympics all over again with all these hotel openings! First up Sea Containers announced it was opening late September and then The Hoxton, Hoborn started taking bookings for 1st October and now The Beaumont has opened it’s bookin…
      - 21 days ago 11 Aug 14, 4:19pm -
    • 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…
      - 49 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…
      - 53 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…
      - 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…
      - 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 -

    Red Carnation Hotels Blog

    • Wild Mushroom Foraging – Interview with John Wright of River Cottage
      Part of loving food is appreciating where it comes from, a trait that River Cottage star John Wright has fervently championed throughout his career as an expert forager and mycologist. This autumn, avid foodies can join John and the Summer Lodge Hote…
      - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 9:36am -
    • The History of Four-Poster Beds
      At the Milestone Hotel in South Kensington, luxury is the order of the day. Our sumptuous suites hearken back to classical English design (combined with modern amenities, naturally); each boasts its own historically minded decorating scheme. However,…
      - 11 days ago 21 Aug 14, 1:41pm -
    • A Guide to the Channel Islands Birds
      Known for its abundant natural wildlife, Guernsey is the perfect place to discover hidden reserves, puffin colonies and hundreds of different Channel Islands birds. Embrace your wild side and ignite a newfound interest in bird watching, or simply tak…
      - 18 days ago 14 Aug 14, 4:01pm -
    • Recipes From the Indian Food Festival
       The Indian Festival and its traditional tandoori oven have take residency at the Hotel d’Angleterre for part of August and the experience is guaranteed to be more delightful than ever!For those who haven’t been able to sample some of the Che…
      - 18 days ago 14 Aug 14, 1:05pm -
    • The Art of Sabrage
      Enjoying champagne isn’t just about the taste, the classic art of sabrage – slicing the top of a bottle of champs using a sword – celebrates a tradition that dates back to Napoleonic times. And now, you too can witness this lavish drinking expe…
      - 24 days ago 8 Aug 14, 12:18pm -
    • 5 Travel Skin Care Tips
      Globetrotters who are always on the move, dashing back and forth between continents, climates and time zones, need to take special care to look after their skin when travelling. We have asked Joanne de Wet, Spa Manager at The Spa at The Twelve Apostl…
      - 32 days ago 31 Jul 14, 9:07am -
    • Visiting CERN
      Geneva isn’t short of stunning attractions, from the 50 lush parks dotted all over town to the grandeur of Saint Peter’s Cathedral, and of course the enthralling lake. Holidaying at the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre provides the perfect place fo…
      - 32 days ago 31 Jul 14, 8:14am -
    • 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…
      - 34 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…
      - 42 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…
      - 45 days ago 18 Jul 14, 8:35am -

    Big Hospitality

    • Hilton opens 10th London DoubleTree
      Hilton has opened a DoubleTree hotel in London’s Islington – bringing the brand’s portfolio in the capital to ten.
      - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 2:50pm -
    • Government scheme fails to boost SME lending
      Business groups have called for government action after a new report showed lending to small and medium-sized firms (SME’s) such as restaurants, hotels and bars continued to fall in the second quarter of the year.
      - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 2:20pm -
    • North West hotels enjoy profitable July
      London hotel profits dropped for the third consecutive month in July while profitability in the provinces soared, according to the latest data from HotStats.
      - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:13am -
    • Don’t defer pension auto-enrolment, expert warns SMEs
      Hospitality SMEs have been told not to defer implementation of the pension changes coming into force next year, as the process can be unexpectedly lengthy.
      - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:06am -
    • Hospitality openings: August 2014
      Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes exotic burger joint BOBO Social, Marco Pierre White's new Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Glasgow, the largest CAU so far in Bristol and Flying Butlers' new serviced townhouses in Marble…
      - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 3:42pm -
    • 43% of guests admit to stealing from hotels
      Flight booking company Just The Flight has released results from a new survey on attitudes to stealing from hotels, which could help hoteliers understand why guests do it.
      - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 3:01pm -
    • Hotels in Sheffield are the UK’s cleanest
      Hotel booking portal hotel.info has released analysis to show which cities its users have rated as having the cleanest hotels, with Sheffield coming out on top, and Birmingham at the bottom of the pile. 
      - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 9:55am -
    • Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in
      It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our special feature on planning for Christmas with a loo…
      - 10 days ago 22 Aug 14, 2:15pm -
    • BHA partners with European tourism association
      The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has partnered with the European tourism association (ETOA) to promote the merits of UK tourism to international visitors.
      - 10 days ago 22 Aug 14, 1:39pm -
    • Albert Roux signs deal with luxury Scottish hotel
      French chef Albert Roux is to open another restaurant at a Scottish hotel in a deal with luxury Borders property the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.
      - 10 days ago 22 Aug 14, 1:13pm -
    • Hotel and leisure construction activity on the up
      As UK hotel transactions return to pre-crisis levels, the value of construction contracts for new properties has also started to show upward movement.
      - 10 days ago 22 Aug 14, 10:52am -
    • Amazing Venues to open No Man’s Fort as hotel
      Man-made island in the middle of the Solent, No Man’s Fort, is currently undergoing a complete renovation before opening as a space for overnight stays and events this November. 
      - 11 days ago 21 Aug 14, 3:32pm -
    • Occupancy and ADR rise in July
      UK hotels enjoyed high occupancy and average room rate in July, according to the latest figures released by accountancy firm BDO LLP.
      - 12 days ago 20 Aug 14, 3:43pm -
    • Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government
      The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.
      - 12 days ago 20 Aug 14, 2:42pm -
    • Tourism to enjoy £2.1bn boost over bank holiday
      Domestic tourism is set to soar over the August bank holiday, with a quarter of the British population considering an overnight trip during the long weekend, according to the latest data from VisitEngland.
      - 12 days ago 20 Aug 14, 12:58pm -
    • Wi-Fi accreditation scheme open to hospitality businesses
      Hotels, restaurants and cafes can now sign up to a government supported scheme that aims to recognise businesses that take responsibility for protecting children and young people using their public Wi-Fi.
      - 13 days ago 19 Aug 14, 2:55pm -
    • Think Apartments denies administration reports
      Serviced apartment provider Think has dismissed reports that the firm had been placed into administration.
      - 13 days ago 19 Aug 14, 11:41am -
    • Accor expands UK porfolio with five new hotels
      International hotel operator Accor has strengthened its UK portfolio with the signing of five new hotels in London and Edinburgh due to open by the end of 2015. 
      - 13 days ago 19 Aug 14, 11:31am -
    • Travelife aims for UK expansion
      Sustainability certification provider Travelife has revealed plans to increase its UK presence as part of a target to certify 3,000 hotels worldwide by 2017.
      - 14 days ago 18 Aug 14, 2:51pm -
    • Fewer burgers on menus as operators widen range of American-style foods
      Burger popularity has peaked in the UK, with branded operators serving increasingly innovative American and street food inspired dishes, according to the latest Menurama study from Horizons.
      - 14 days ago 18 Aug 14, 12:17pm -