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    • Treat the kids to a London stay this half term.

      Treat the kids to a London stay this half term.

      The kids have been back at school for a couple of weeks now and it may be a strange mixture of a dream come true and a terrible nightmare. It’s great to have them out of your hair, but on the other hand there’s now all sorts of school-related thi…
      - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 9:08am -
    • Pop-up theatre to be launched at The May Fair.

      Pop-up theatre to be launched at The May Fair.

      Among the London hotels that like to maintain links to the cultural and artistic scene in London is The May Fair. This week they announced a partnership with the Almeida Theatre to create a pop-up theatre experience at the hotel. The theatre’s pop-…
      - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:08am -
    • Are London hotel cleaners getting a dirty deal?

      Are London hotel cleaners getting a dirty deal?

      When guests check into a hotel their most basic expectation is that their room will be clean. Unfortunately it appears that this is not always the case in London at the moment. According to a recent survey by hotel.info, London’s hotels are the sec…
      - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 3:51pm -
    • Hilton’s Conrad brand arrives in London.

      Hilton’s Conrad brand arrives in London.

      Conrad Hotels and Resorts have announced that they are coming to London with the opening of their hotel the Conrad London St James. The group’s first London hotel was formerly the InterContinental London Westminster and is located on Broadway betwe…
      - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 7:54am -
    • Artist Residence opens but no sign of Zetter’s Uncle Seymour.

      Artist Residence opens but no sign of Zetter’s Uncle Seymour.

      Tiny boutique hotel Artist Residence has now opened in Pimlico. The brand already has two other properties in Brighton and Penzance, but the new hotel is their first in London. The brand’s owners Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newey aren’t stran…
      - 6 days ago 16 Sep 14, 9:25am -
    • Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square set for hotel boom?

      Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square set for hotel boom?

      You can’t get much more central than Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.  With theatre, cinema events, the nightlife of Soho and the shopping opportunities of Covent Garden all on the doorstep, it’s a perfect place to stay during a trip to L…
      - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:44am -
    • Pods and capsules: the rise of London’s budget hotels.

      Pods and capsules: the rise of London’s budget hotels.

      Many of the capital’s new hotel openings recently (as well as upcoming openings) are budget hotels. Some, like Z Hotels and citizenM, already have properties in London, while others, such as German brand Motel One, are just breaking into the London…
      - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 9:07am -
    • Artist-in-residence schemes at London hotels.

      Artist-in-residence schemes at London hotels.

      London’s hotels are often keen to foster and support the arts in their many forms. Recently, Brown’s ran its very first art weekend and the Andaz Liverpool Street began its ‘Room with a View‘ project. The Savoy regularly holds literary lun…
      - 11 days ago 11 Sep 14, 9:08am -
    • Discover Mayfair’s hidden art with tours by Brown’s Hotel.

      Discover Mayfair’s hidden art with tours by Brown’s Hotel.

      After hosting their first London Art Weekend in the first week of July this year, Brown’s Hotel are continuing to support their neighbouring galleries with weekly art tours. Every Saturday participants can meet in The Library at the hotel, for a we…
      - 11 days ago 10 Sep 14, 1:20pm -
    • Hilton opens 10th London DoubleTree.

      Hilton opens 10th London DoubleTree.

      Hilton has opened their tenth London DoubleTree, thanks to a franchise agreement with Jurys Inn. The 229-bedroom hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment through a multi-million pound investment. An extension will also be added, which will open o…
      - 12 days ago 10 Sep 14, 9:08am -
    • Travelodge opens new London Walthamstow hotel.

      Travelodge opens new London Walthamstow hotel.

      In recent years, London’s budget hotel market has seen increased competition, with the entrance of new budget brands such as Tune and Citizen M onto the scene. This competition is set to increase further this autumn, when German budget chain Motel…
      - 13 days ago 9 Sep 14, 9:08am -
    • Ouch! London hotel prices rise but profits falter.

      Ouch! London hotel prices rise but profits falter.

      London hotels aren’t known as low-cost holiday destinations, and recent research suggests that a stay in the capital is becoming even more expensive. According to a survey by hotels.com, hotel prices in London rose by 9% over the first half of 2013…
      - 14 days ago 8 Sep 14, 9:09am -
    • The significant history in London’s hotels.

      The significant history in London’s hotels.

      “Mr. Woilde, we ’ave come for tew take yew Where felons and criminals dwell: We must ask yew tew leave with us quoietly For this is the Cadogan Hotel.” John Betjeman’s poem, of which the comedy policeman act forms the eighth stanza, imagines…
      - 17 days ago 5 Sep 14, 9:08am -
    • Dinner with 5-star simplicity at May Fair Kitchen.

      Dinner with 5-star simplicity at May Fair Kitchen.

      The restaurant at the 5-star May Fair, May Fair Kitchen, follows a philosophy of carefully-sourced food and simple recipes based on relationships with quality suppliers. They track their food from farm (or sea) to plate, down to the smallest details…
      - 18 days ago 4 Sep 14, 9:45am -
    • London hotels harness the power of scent.

      London hotels harness the power of scent.

      When you walk into a hotel, you immediately notice the design, the lighting, the music. You might notice the texture of the furnishings, or the gleam of a polished marble floor. You’ll notice the smiles of the staff at the door or on the front desk…
      - 19 days ago 3 Sep 14, 10:53am -
    • Shangri-La at The Shard opens one of the world’s highest swimming pools.

      Shangri-La at The Shard opens one of the world’s highest swimming pools.

      While the Shangri-La at The Shard has been open for a few months now, they’ve only just got around to opening their infinity pool. It’s a bit late for anyone who was hoping to spend their summer lounging by one of the highest swimming pools in th…
      - 20 days ago 2 Sep 14, 8:30am -

    London On The Inside

    • NEWS: SUNBORN LONDON YACHT HOTEL

      NEWS: SUNBORN LONDON YACHT HOTEL

      Fancy sleeping on a yacht in London? Well now you can. No really! The Sunborn London Yacht hotel opens its decks to the public on the 1st October 2014. The 4 star yacht hotel, is located in Royal Victoria Docks and we hear guests can expect “the …
      - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 9:03pm -
    • 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…
      - 25 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…
      - 41 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…
      - 69 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…
      - 74 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 -

    Caterer Hotel News

    Red Carnation Hotels Blog

    • Recipe: Boerewors is king on National Braai Day
      There’s nothing like the delicious smell of real home-made boerewors (sausage) sizzling on an open flame to remind us that we’re all South African. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat’s talented chef Floris Smith’s traditional boerewo…
      - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 10:18am -
    • How To Make The Ultimate Sloe Gin
      Come autumn, the blackthorn trees are teeming with berries, which could only mean one thing: it’s time to start making sloe gin. Similar in appearance to blueberries but larger in size, a fruitful bounty of sloe berries can be used to make a seriou…
      - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:39am -
    • Experience the Cape Winelands
      One of the highlights of any trip to Cape Town is a visit to the Cape Winelands. From the Constantia Valley region, which is only a stone’s throw from The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, to the secret delights of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Herma…
      - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:00am -
    • A Guide to Buying a Watch in Geneva
      There’s no doubt that when it comes to buying a luxury timepiece nothing quite beats the ‘Swiss Made’ label. A symbol of quality, craftsmanship and style, there’s no better place to splurge on a beautiful watch than in Geneva. Our lakeside Ho…
      - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 9:47am -
    • The Fascinating Castles of County Mayo
      If you can tear yourself away from the exquisite style and comfort of Ashford Castle during your stay, the local area offers an ideal opportunity to see the other monumental castles of County Mayo. Scratch the surface of County Mayo’s fascinating c…
      - 11 days ago 11 Sep 14, 10:24am -
    • Recipe: Scallops with polenta and vanilla infused apple puree
      Head Chef at The Duke of Richmond Hotel, shares the delicious recipe, a perfect dish for either a starter or a main course. The dish can be made using the roe as well as the scallop meat – it is really down to personal preference. Speak to your loc…
      - 12 days ago 9 Sep 14, 1:58pm -
    • The Inside Track on the British Museum Ming Exhibition
      Step back in time and experience China’s Golden Age at London’s British Museum this autumn. Conveniently located a short walk from the Montague on the Gardens Hotel, the museum’s new landmark BP exhibition, Ming: 50 years that changed China, w…
      - 20 days ago 2 Sep 14, 7:49am -
    • 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…
      - 25 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,…
      - 31 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…
      - 38 days ago 14 Aug 14, 4:01pm -

    Big Hospitality

    • Licensed trade warns against heavy handed measures to tackle binge drinking
      As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.
      - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:24pm -
    • Staycity to open in Covent Garden
      Serviced apartment operator Staycity has signed a deal to open the first of its new luxury aparthotels in London’s Covent Garden.
      - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 3:31pm -
    • Ruby World Cup 2015 hailed as big opportunity for hospitality
      VistEngland has described the Rugby World Cup 2015 as a 'tremendous opportunity' for tourism and hospitality, with hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in host cities set to benefit from a big increase in international spend.
      - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 2:19pm -
    • Dorset cliff-top hotel undergoes major revamp
      The Seaside Boarding House Restaurant & Bar in Burton Bradstock will open under new ownership in the coming months after undergoing a total renovation.
      - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 1:29pm -
    • Hospitality businesses urged to look forward after Scotland rejects independence
      With yesterday's referendum on Scottish independence returning a 'no' vote, industry leaders have urged hospitality businesses in the country to look forward and make the most of the promised devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.
      - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 11:42am -
    • Charles Scudamore on HCP and the UK hotel market
      Charles Scudamore is the principal and founder of Hetherley Capital Partners (HCP), a specialist hotel real estate investment and asset management firm, based in London. He talks BigHospitality about the current state of the UK hotel investment mar…
      - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 3:47pm -
    • Southampton City Council to implement late night levy
      Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.
      - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 3:38pm -
    • Four Seasons hotel to open in Ten Trinity Square
      Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans with investor and developer Reignwood Group to transform London’s grade II listed Ten Trinity Square building into a luxury hotel and residential development. 
      - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 12:27pm -
    • People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2014
      We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Giraffe and Marston’s, as well as venues including The Truscott Arms, Flemings Mayfair, Parlour and Belgraves hotel.
      - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 3:58pm -
    • Winners revealed: Women 1st Shine Awards 2014
      Merlin Entertainments, Sally’s Cottages and VisitBritain’s former chief executive Sandie Dawe MBE were among the winners at the Women 1st Shine Awards 2014, which recognise female talent in the hospitality, transport, travel and tourism sectors.
      - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 2:38pm -