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The Only London Hotel with a Thameside Pier Is... A Doubletree

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  Site Where: 265 Rotherhithe St, London, United Kingdom, SE16 5HW
July 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you find a room in London – the most expensive city in Europe – for around £150, you tend to run the risk of it coming with added extras like bedbugs or in-a-bad-way floral décor. Not so at the new Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside – the 11th Doubletree in London – which has just opened in the Docklands area (after an extensive renovation of what was the Hilton London Docklands Riverside).

Or, to be precise, south of Docklands, south of the river to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, and way out east compared to everywhere else. That’ll explain the affordable prices, but don’t write it off. Even if you’re not in town for meetings, Docklands is exceptionally well connected to the rest of the city. The downside is that it’s probably too expensive for a taxi so you’d have to rely on public transport, and although there are restaurants and bars, it’s creepily empty at night.

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The Lanesborough London Reopens Today

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
July 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (4)

The day is here: The Lanesborough London is open again. Nearly two years after we found out about its closure and renovation, the 93-room luxury pile on Hyde Park Corner is back. Back in April we showed you a first few renderings of the Alberto Pinto-designed interiors, and here we are now with some actual photography.

Above the bright yellow Deluxe Room we led with then as well – what do you think? Don’t let the traditional surroundings fool you; the in-room technology will be very much of the future. Today is soft opening, and reservations are live from mid-month, with a Deluxe Room still beginning from £575 (now $905) a night. A Buckingham Suite, the highest suite category before you get to the Lanesborough and Royal Suites, takes that right up to £3,395 ($5,345) a night.

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Reservations Kick Off from August 15 at The Laslett in Notting Hill

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  Site Where: 8 Pembridge Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W2 4DU
June 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re getting close to the midway point of 2015, and so far we only have one confirmed opening from our list of five London hotels to watch this year (that’s the M by Montcalm Shoreditch). Things are looking up this week though, starting with online reservations going live for stays from August 15 at The Laslett Notting Hill, the new townhouse hotel we told you about late last year.

We can see rates starting from £155 ($244) on a Sunday night for a Spare Room Double, which range from 193-203 sq ft. That’s a prepaid rate, which goes up to £255 ($400) on a Saturday night. Largest rooms are Master Bedroom Suites at 313-360 sq ft, which on a Saturday in August is £350 ($550) a night when prepaid. Spare Room Singles are the entry-level category but as the name implies, sleep only one.

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Great Britain Is Terribly Sorry About Its Heinous Hotel Prices

June 25, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Four Seasons London at Trinity Square, another obscenely expensive hotel heading to the UK

Are you planning a trip to the UK any time soon? Apologies in advance. We’re ever so sorry, but unfortunately a new study has shown that British hotels are substantially more expensive than European ones – in fact, you’ll end up spending £76 ($120) more on a night in the UK than on the continent.

There are several factors at play, here – the euro is getting weaker and the pound stronger, London is of course obscenely expensive, which pumps up the averages, and extras like food generally cost more in the UK.

According to the study by HRS (reported in City AM), business travellers spend an average of £65 per night in Europe on a room, or £129 including “breakfast and other services”.

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Hilton Heathrow Opens a Formula One-Inspired Racing Room

June 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been quite some time since we sleot in a race car bed, as socially it’s kind of frowned upon for an adult—and well, we don’t exactly fit in it anymore. Hilton has heard our dilemma, and they recently opened up the next best thing thanks to their F1 partnership with the folks over at McLaren-Honda.

At Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel within the airport’s Terminal 4 there’s now a great place to welcome race fans, and that’s especially the case with the racing series coming to the UK during the first weekend of July.

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Hoxton Hotels Starts a London Trilogy with Southwark Hotel

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  Site Where: Blackfriars Road, London, United Kingdom
June 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

In yet another sign that SE1 Waterloo/Southbank/Southwark has become "a postcode you pay for", as we’ve been told on more than one occasion (London, raise your hand with us if you feel like you missed that memo), Hoxton Hotels is expanding to a triple-threat in the city’s hotel market with the announcement that their third hotel, The Hoxton Southwark, is in the works.

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Which London Hotel Has Put Selfie Sticks In the Minibar?

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  Site Where: 22-28 Broadway, London, United Kingdom, SW1H 0BH
June 16, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (3)

Disneyland selfies

Just when you thought the cult of selfie sticks had reached critical mass… not only is a hotel advocating a selfie stick package, but it’s stocking the bloody minibars with the things.

The hotel in question is the Conrad London St James, a place that is no stranger to well thought out marketing strategies. But this time it’s gone too far, placing hotel-branded selfie sticks in the minibar for when the ego strikes. The retail price? £12. At least it’s cheaper than getting a therapist to diagnose a severe case of narcissism.

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Four Seasons London at Trinity Square Has Its Glass Core

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  Site Where: 10 Trinity Square, London, United Kingdom
June 15, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

When we took some photos of the former Port of London Authority last summer, the future Four Seasons London at Trinity Square was mostly covered in scaffolding, but even back then we commented on some of the beautiful architectural details of the 1920s Grade-II listed building.

Two cranes stood within its triangular core, damaged during WWII-bombings, but gone they are now, along with the scaffolding: you can clearly see the contemporary glass floors jut out just above the classic façade. That tells us things are progressing well towards a late 2016 opening of the third Four Seasons hotel in London – below a few more shots.

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Nobu and Gansevoort Dig Deep Before Going Up in Shoreditch

Where: Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
June 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we saw back in January that the dreary office block on the site of Nobu Shoreditch had been flattened, we said the plot looked ready for construction to start. Wrong.

Having just walked by, things are headed in the opposite direction, with a giant hole in the ground and the construction updates pinned to the plywood surrounding the site talking about the excavation of the new basement as well the installation of a crane on June 13 and site offices shortly after. If a first quarter 2016 opening is to be believed, the 156-room hotel needs to start rising quickly – we’d say it’s more likely end of the year if not 2017 before we’ll be sampling Nobu’s sushi here.

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citizenM Tower Hill London Is Moving Ahead, Holborn Not So Much

June 9, 2015 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not even a week after we said that citizenM needed to step it up in London to deliver its three additional hotels this year, did we find out that it would be at least 2016 for all of them. Six months on, we have some promising signs from Tower Hill, and none whatsoever over in Holborn.

Above a picture of citizenM Tower Hill, from the exact same spot we were at back in January and from which we saw the rendering well over a year ago. Covered up as it may be, things are clearly moving ahead for the 370-room group flagship – compare the below from early in the year, where all we had was the concrete lift shaft.

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Hula Hoop Your Way to Fitness at The Berkeley

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  Site Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7RL
June 2, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

If we’re talking hotel classes, May was all about mindfulness sessions. But mindfulness is already so over; June is for hula hooping. Specifically, hula hooping over the rooftops of London – or, more specifically, at The Berkeley.

The classes are being run in conjunction with HulaFit and promise to burn 600 calories in an hour-long session – all the better to reward yourself afterwards. And the reward comes swiftly – you’ll get access to the pool, and lunch beside it, as well as calorie-free views of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.

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Along with New Rooms, Roofnic This Summer at Marriott Park Lane

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  Site Where: 140 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1K 7AA
June 1, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

London doesn’t have as many hotel rooftops as, say, New York, but the Marriott Park Lane is adding one to the short list of options – if only for this summer. Called Roofnic (and inspired by the idea of picnicking on the roof), the rooftop has taken over a formerly disused space at the hotel on the corner of Park Lane and Oxford Street.

The 100-seat pop-up is the result of an internal competition among hotel employees on what to do with the space. It’s first-come, first-serve and will run every day 10am-10pm until September, when a winter alternative should arrive. Meanwhile, remember that GM getting hands-on with the hotel’s renovations? They’re being wrapped up this month – a few renderings below.

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