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With so many new London hotels set to open for the Olympics, the old ones need to make sure they can compete. The Savoy went all out with a 100 million pound renovation and now other hotels are following in its footsteps. Although maybe not on the same scale - £100 million is a lot of money.
The latest hotel to announce its refurbishment is The Stafford by Kempinski. The hotel only joined the Kempinski brand back in February. But it seems the group thought it could do with a make over, a six million pound make over. The work is being completed by RPW Design who also helped redesign the Waldorf Hilton and the infinity suite at The Langham.
Like a pub talk, but posh
It’s the end! The folks at the Stafford have been busy intellectualizing all summer with their series of “Pub Talk” discussions, and they’re going out with a bang next Tuesday at 6.30pm with a talk on “catwalk-worthy style” as a post Fashion Week extravaganza.
Having said that, it’s less fashiony, more posh. The people speaking will be Angus Cundy, from Henry Poole & Co (a Savile Row joint) discussing custom fashion, and people from Lock & Co Hatters (a family-owned business which invented the bowler hat) and Beretta sporting types to discuss the evolution of style and the classic stuff you need in your closet.
The speakers will be bringing along items from their collection, but what’s more exciting is that the talk will be accompanied by cocktails and canapés.
The talk is free but reservations are recommended – email firstname.lastname@example.org to bag a space.
Is this a sad day for independent hotels, or a good one for the future of London accommodation? The Stafford Hotel on the Strand has just joined the Kempinksi brand, becoming The Stafford London by Kempinkski.
Kempinski haven’t had a base in London since 2008, so it’s good news for them. And it should be good news for the Stafford, too – although we’ve never stayed in a Kempinski, we’ve rarely heard anything but good stuff about them.
We’ve been itching to go to the fabulous-looking Kempinksi Dukes’ Palace in a 15th-century castle in Bruges since it opened, and every time we hear some more news about it, we get closer to opening up our wallets. This time it’s the new spa menu taking our fancy.
It’s using the French Thalgo line (nice) for some pretty well-priced treatments including a Detox (scrub, detox gel, sauna and massage, €85) for after you've gone overboard on the local chocolate, and the cozy-sounding Mother’s Cocoon (massage, facial and foot treatment, €140) for the preggers among you.
Best of all, they’re making an admirable break from the creepy couple’s massage – their Harmony for Two treatment (€120) is being sold to "mothers and daughters or friends".