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Everything—and we do mean everything must go at London's Swissôtel The Howard, which is set to auction off its entire contents on October 25th and 26th. We're talking luxe bedroom furniture, kitchen equipment, and even miscellany from the housekeeping department (old push carts? Used feather dusters?): from lobby to top floor, all from the sister hotel to The Savoy has gotta move, move, move.
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As predicted the older London hotels are trying to get their fair share of attention in the run up to the Royal Wedding and 2012 Olympics. We’ve seen some hotels undergo complete refurbs, others open new spas, bars and restaurants whilst some have just relied on special packages. However we haven’t come across anything quite as weird as the Swissotel The Howard's “Pretty Little Princess” package.
The package is aimed at children aged between 3 - 8 years old offering them the chance “at fulfilling every wish of an aspiring princess”. Upon arrival the “princesses” are welcomed with a bottle of "Babycham". It's non-alcoholic of course, but still. Really? Forgive us for being prudes but something about a 3 year with a bottle of Babycham doesn’t sit right in our minds.
The day then starts with getting dressed - a pink princess dress with matching cape, handbag, glitter shoes and tiara are waiting in the hotel. And if the little princesses worried about the bed linen, they need not fear, beds are made up with princess-style linens from Laura Ashley – because all kids demand designer bed sheets nowadays.
When we saw Swissôtel The Howard, London had set up a temporary Swiss Chalet (with fondue and everything) we couldn’t resist trying it out. The chalet is located on the ground floor and the decor is authentic Swiss; checked table clothes, fur cushions, blankets, a roaring fire and lots of wood.
The three course meal starts with a plate of cold meat, followed by a cheese fondue (not so good for the January diet) and a tiny apple strudel, maybe because the fondue is so fattening.
After dining, we headed up to our £700 a night suite, but we were only looking not buying.( How rich do you think we are?)
The suite wasn’t that big inside but it was the outside that sold it. The terrace was as big, if not bigger than the room with its own BBQ and uninterrupted views over the Thames, London Eye and Big Ben.
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas everywhere we go. And with Christmas decorations comes Christmas cocktails, Christmas menus and of course Christmas afternoon tea. The five star Swissôtel The Howard, London got in there first with their Christmas afternoon tea starting as early as Nov 15th.
The hotel recently won the National Baking Industry Award 2010 for its TLSee Afternoon Tea so we guess it’s got to be worth a trip.
The festive afternoon tea will have shortbreads in the shape of miniature Christmas trees, reindeers and candy canes, traditional Mince pies, Cinnamon Cup cakes and the usual scones and sarnies. As Christmas is the time of giving the hotel will also be offering a free TLSee mug to every guest who orders a cup of mulled wine.
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Ignore the Big Wheel. Focus on the old stuff
Every little girl wants to be a princess, right? Err, kind of. And if you a) haven’t got over that yet, or b) want to live your life like it’s a period drama, you’d better start making eyes at your other half now, because Swissotel The Howard London has gone inside your head and come up with a V day package just for you.
You’ll start off at the hotel – which overlooks the Thames (v pretty, but for costume drama reasons you’ll have to ignore the views of the South Bank and the London Eye, and focus on the Houses of Parliament and Tower of London).
See the big wheel? That’s where the fireworks are
You know what they say about leaving the best till last? Normally we’d scoff but we’ve got a proper treat for late-comers to London’s New Year’s Eve festivities this year.
The mayor’s free fireworks extravaganza takes place on the Thames, meaning unless you like getting crushed by thousands of drunk, vomity Londoners while freezing your fingers off, you should probably watch them from a polite distance.
So here’s treat number one. Swissôtel the Howard is one of the few hotels pretty much on the bank of the Thames (if it was any closer, it would either be on the main road or Temple Tube station so we won’t begrudge the fact that it’s recessed one block back – there are no buildings in front of it to obscure the river views in front of it, which is what matters).
Not only does it has rooms still available for New Year’s Eve, but they’ve just cancelled the two nights minimum stay policy, so you can show up for your own private and warm view of the firework display and toddle off the next day.
We were wondering when a Valentine’s offer to trump playing Twister or strip poker with your inamorato would come up, and here it is--London’s Swissôtel The Howard is employing a “professional storyteller” to commit to print the story of how you met your beloved.
You’ll also get a six-course dinner of aphrodisiacs including scallops, chocolate fondue and, um, cucumber. Then you’ll retire to your river-view suite, overlooking the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, and sink champagne and strawberries with your story.
Let’s just hope that, whatever a “professional storyteller” is, it means he/she can turn “He bought me five shots at Happy Hour” into something beautiful. Especially when the package rolls in at £799 ($1085) for the night.