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Remember when we learned about Andaz Liverpool Street's plans to launch a World Food Marathon menu next month to coincide with the Olympics? Well, it turns out The Goring (aka Kate Middleton's hotel of choice) is preparing a 'global menu' of its own—except you'll find this menu in the bathroom, not the dining room.
The NY Daily News reports that a bath menu wil be available this summer, in order to let guests take "a trip around the world" through different bathroom scents.
But wait, it gets better. The toiletry company that The Goring has tapped for the bath menu program is none other than Molton Brown, one of our personal favorites. We'll take two of everything, please!
While we've been busy tracking the new hotels opening in London for the Olympics, we've completely forgot about what the existing hotels will be doing when the Games are in town. However, The Berkeley has commandeered our attention with their latest Olympic-inspired offerings--synchronized swimming lessons.
The hotel has partnered up with Aquabatix, an award-winning synchronized swimming team who will host a weekly master class during July and August in the hotel's open-air pool. The lessons will be available both to hotel guests and the general public.
Learning key movements of the sport, such as the “egg beater kick” and “sculling,” those enjoying the fun and athletic class will be able to perform a complete routine following the 90-minute lesson. The session is completed with a choreographed routine set to accompanying music and attendees are special given Berkeley swimming caps to take home.
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They sure do things different in England. As the country's capital preps for the 2012 Olympics this summer, Andaz Liverpool Street has come up with a cool way to celebrate all—or, at least, some—of the nations that will be calling on the city over the coming months.
Their idea? A World Food Marathon, in which each of Andaz's restaurants will concoct a different "international" dish every day from July 2 to July 27, leading up to the Olympics Opening Ceremony. That's 26 distinct dishes, each inspired by a different staff member's native country.
Interestingly, the total number of nationalities represented by the hotel's staff actually numbered 40, but they had to narrow it down to 26 to represent the number of miles in a marathon. For the dishes that made the final cut, each staff member worked together with the chef to make sure the recipe was accurately recreated.
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Well, how about that. Construction hasn't even finished on London's 95-story iceberg-inspired tower, The Shard, which will house the Shangri-La Hotel—and already we've gotten a sneak peek at the building's killer views from a daredevil who climbed a ladder to the top.
Urban explorer Bradley Garrett, who literally has a PhD in 'breaking into places,' was out on one of his nocturnal raid missions and decided to share some photos he took from the 76th (and currently highest) floor of the tower. He even got to touch the red light at the top of the crane—an accomplishment he calls "incredibly exhilarating."
As far as we're concerned, he's overshot things a bit, as the hotel itself is only set to occupy floors 34 to 52. But if this is what it's like just twenty stories above, then we remain confident that views from the actual rooms will be pretty frickin' awesome. No word yet on hotel rates, but they're likely to cost significantly more than what Dr. Garrett paid.
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For several months now we've heard that hotel rooms for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were sold-out or going for ridiculously expensive rates. But according to the BBC, there may be room in town after all.
It turns out that about 8,000 hotel rooms, ranging from budget options to five-star, are no longer needed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and have been put back on the market for the rest of the general public. Whee!
We hit up the Visit London site to look for hotel rooms during the first week of the games (July 27-August 3) and we found quite a few options available, although at predictably high prices. Two-star and three-star hotels were averaging about £260 a night while we found four-star hotels like the Hotel Indigo Paddington for £578 a night and the newly relaunched St. Ermin's Hotel for £467 a night. That's close to a $1,000 a night or about $7G if you plan on staying the whole week.
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The Olympics site in Stratford, London
Remember when we told you about the ongoing crackdown on scalpers hawking non-legit Olympics tickets? Well, the local po-po (or, would that be bo-bo, since we're talking U.K. bobbies?) are going after delinquents selling fake hotel rooms, too.
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Paris may have lost the 2005 Olympics bid to London, but the City of Light and Louis Vuitton is hoping to hand their 'cross-the-Chunnel metropolitan peers their comeuppance by stealing away tourists come summertime. According to a recently published report by express.co.uk, Pair-ee is being touted the " 'cheaper, safer and more attractive" alternative city from which to watch the 2012 Games.
We've brought you news about the forthcoming opening of The Belgraves, capsule accommodations inside the Trocadero, and other newbies on the London hotel map, and today go-to publication The Guardian brings our attention to two more soon-to-be players on the scene.
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Cue "God Save the Queen": The Daily Mail lists their top picks among London's hotel crop
Though there's no Olympics event that doles out medals for superior concierge service or Free WiFi, every Londoner's favorite guilty pleasure read, The Daily Mail, recently took the opportunity to anoint a handful of local hotels "gold medal" winners in the local accommodations scene.
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A look inside A Room for London's nautical interior
Now that London's hotel of-the-moment, the single-suite Room for London, has opened its nautically-themed doors, we're on a mad hunt for reviews. Creative or kitchy? Comfy or cramped? Opinions will filter through in drips and drabs, as ARFL's limited coterie of guests experience and check out of the Southbank-perched lodgings.
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Despite just having opened a new branch on Liverpool Street last week, Tune Hotels is now aiming for yet another two new hotels in London between now and the start of the Olympics. And don't think they'll be taking a break after that, either. Oh no. CEO Mark Lankester told The Star that though the Olympics is good for business, "we are in [it] for the long term."
What this means is rapid expansion throughout the rest of the UK. And now we've gotten a few more details on the upcoming hotels, the first of which Lankester confirmed would pop up in Edinburgh and Liverpool (the city, not the London street) by 2013. And just to throw in a little extra excitement, he added: "With a name like Tune Hotels, we have to have one in the birthplace of the Beatles."
According to Elle UK 2011 was "The Year of the New London Hotel." Seeing property after property from our sprawling Master List of London Hotel Openings welcome new guests over the course of the year, we must agree. 2011 saw a bounty of new faces on the London hotel scene, a boom which comes as no surprise: we're less than eight months away from the 2012 Olympics, and the city is prepping to field a mass of tourists come summertime.