Rates Are Rosey at The Lanesborough For the Chelsea Flower Show
It's nearly time for the oh-so-English Chelsea Flower Show, "the ultimate event in the gardening calendar" as it so thrillingly self-defines. Lordy. How can we wait until May 19th, when it starts? And how will we survive when, four days later, it's all over?
Luckily, a couple of hotels in London are determined to assuage our pain and make the whole shebang a little more interesting. For the duration of the show (May 19-23), The Lanesborough is offering a "floral breakfast" complete with edible flowers, and "floral techniques" on offer throughout the premises (don't they usually have flowers and stuff anyway?). More excitingly, they're offering a special rate of £255 per night (minimum stay two nights, Friday to Sunday only, breakfast and VAT not included). At first we thought that was expensive. Then we looked up prices. That weekend, rooms start at £475. We soon shut up.
Meanwhile, just up Park Lane, Grosvenor House is offering two nights in a deluxe room, with breakfast, two tickets to the Flower Show and a rose-themed afternoon tea for two (to celebrate its 80th birthday, the hotel has created a rose which will be unveiled at the show). Rooms start from £605, including VAT, for the two nights. But seeing as you can get a room for £209 per night, that doesn't look like such a good deal to us. We'd go with the Lanesborough (if we weren’t skint and posing ourselves a totally academic question).