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Raising the temperature in the Amber Suite
What to do when you’re a five star hotel in an egregiously expensive city which is one of the centers of the banking world which caused the global financial crisis, and your prices are such that only rich people and celebrities (because celebrities are all over your hotel) can afford to stay there?
You put on a play about wealth and complacency and capitalism and guilt… in one of your top suites.
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Leicester Square, a central but not particularly charming London square of mostly unglamorous cheap restaurants and perpetual tourist throngs, has been the subject of a makeover the last few years. The W hotel landed at its northwest corner in 2011, and the public park was redeveloped in an effort to match the brief moments of glamour during red carpet premieres at one of its cinemas.
While it probably hasn’t quite achieved that goal yet, there is more development work in the pipeline: the local council (government) has approved a plan to redevelop the Odeon West End Cinema, at the southern end of the square, into a mixed-use complex with hotel, two-screen cinema, spa, restaurants, bars, and banqueting space. But not everyone is happy with that idea.
Fans of David Bowie, mark your calendars: London’s Victoria & Albert museum will be hosting the “David Bowie Is” exhibit from March 28 to July 28 this year. Based on unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate “the first international retrospective” of the star’s career, it features over 300 objects, from Ziggy Stardust bodysuits and album artwork to personal sketches and handwritten lyrics.
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We often complained that hotels have been acting a lot like airlines with their ridiculous fees but this time, we're actually approving of a hotel taking a page from the airline's playbook.
That's because the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel in London has unveiled some "First Class" lodgings on their seventh floor. Think of these upper echelon rooms as sort of a mix between first class seating and airport lounge access, but you know, in a hotel kind of way.
Only those who hold a Seventh Floor key card can access the floor's 11 rooms--five studio suites and six king deluxe rooms. These rooms are tricked out with better amenities than the rest of the hotel rooms, like espresso machines, clothes steamers, boutique bathroom gift set, complimentary movies and music, free WiFi and even drinks from the minibar.
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We’d got so intense on all the latest London hotel openings that we’d forgotten about a re-opening: the Mercer Street Hotel, which officially reopens in Covent Garden tomorrow.
The property – just off the lovely Seven Dials – used to be called the Mountbatten, but £15m and a New York-y name change later, it’s the Mercer Street, a Radisson Edwardian property with 137 new bedrooms, free WiFi and Apple TVs in each room.
There are also eight suites, which come with views over Seven Dials (good), walk-in showers (better) and fridges painted with the Union Jack in the dressing room (amaze). Pics on the website of the hotel rooms are limited, but we have these pictures of the suites (if not the Union Jack fridges) and we're pretty happy with them.
We’ve been mercifully free of girly shopping packages since the excrescence on our screens that was SATC2 last year… but here’s one that’s actually not bad, not least because it sounds like something that the hotel isn’t laying on itself, but using itself as a conduit for a service.
Stay at the Radisson Edwardian Berkshire – which, contrary to how it sounds, is actually on Oxford Street, behind Thornton’s chocolate and the O2 shop – and you’ll be able to employ the services of stylist-personal shopper Gabrielle Teare for 25 percent off.
We hadn’t heard of Gabrielle before, but apparently she was style consultant for Confessions of a Shopaholic, so if you like either looks like this or Isla Fisher in general, you’ll want to give her a go.
According to the blurb:
Taking you to all the fashion haunts, hot spots and hidden gems in the fashion capital, Gabrielle will offer her expertise and insider knowledge, ensuring you’ll come away loving the ‘new you’. Based on your shape, colouring and style preference, Gabrielle will search the stores beforehand so you can hits the shops straight away!
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London Fashion Week is not only here, we're halfway through, and to celebrate, we popped over to the May Fair Hotel today to check on its fashiony windows which promised to show "vibrant, stylish scenes from the catwalk" by Spiros Halaris.
And wow. They're so much nicer than we imagined! And so much more discreet and tasteful! Like lifesize black and white sketches, with the odd hint of color.
Ahhh...the elusive late check-out. Everyone wants it, hardly anyone can get it. (Unless you're willing to pay $50 or half a day's rate.) But for at least the next month, the late check-out can be yours at Radisson Edwardian Hotels in the UK simply by checking into the hotel via Foursquare or on Facebook.
As part of the hotel brand's Social Media Day celebrations, they are offering guests this super sweet perk until July 31st. The late check-out time is two hours past standard check-out so 1pm.
Here's how you can get it:
When you arrive at a Radisson Edwardian hotel, check in via Facebook or Foursquare. Once you’re at the check in desk, show our staff that you’ve checked in on your smartphone. Enjoy your later check out time!
We all know how difficult it is to find free WiFi in London so when a hotel does it right, we must tell you where it is. And in this episode of the never-ending story to document hotels with free Wifi, we present the Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square, a Radisson Edwardian Hotel.
Yes, the hotel is close to all the action that Leicester Square is known for, making it a great place for when there's a big movie premiere happening at the Odeon theatre next door as rooms directly overlook the red carpet frenzy. And with free WiFi for guests, this means you can update your Facebook status update as the cast of oh, say, "Harry Potter" is standing beneath you.
You can even access the free WiFi from the lobby bar/restaurant downstairs, making it a doable work meetings spot. (The basic fare can be pricey so you may just want to stick with tea.) And of course, you can access it from your rooms, even on your iPhone and iPad. The connection is strong and fast although every so often it cuts out, forcing you to reconnect. Still, it's painless and did we mention, free?
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Last week, we moaned about the 10 Annoying Design Flaws that we hate encountering in our hotel stays, one of which was Complicated Light Switches. Well, thankfully, we found an anti-dote to that at the Hampshire Hotel in London's Leicester Square.
This is the light switch panel found next to the bed (actually on both sides of the bed) inside a deluxe king room. See how easy they make it for us? If hotels are going to get all fancy schmancy with their lighting, then subtle directions for us would be nice--even if we did feel a bit like a grandma who needs labels on all her light switches.
But when we were passing out because of jetlag, this made it easy for us to just click and go...to bed.
What do you think? Are these directions helpful or do they make the room look too much like a senior citizen's joint? Let us know in comments below!
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Much like kiddie bloggers, pop-up stores are all the rage in the fashion world. So we're not that surprised that the pop-up concept has shifted to hotels.
The latest pop-up hotel is billed as the "world's smallest pop-up hotel" from VisitLondon.com and Radisson Edwardian Hotels. But this isn't a cardboard box or anything--it's actually an airstream trailer that's staffed with a concierge, a check-in desk, room service, a flat-screen TV, a sound system, fridge and dining room area plus a double bed with "luxury bedding" and most importantly, en-suite facilities.
Passport Magazine reports that the mobile hotel will make its way around the popular tourist attractions in London from March 15-19 but the only way to win a night's stay here is by entering online. The competition closes on March 7 so hop to it! In the meantime, watch the video tour here.