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Luxury hotels in London: The Hyatt Regency London—The Churchill captures Sir Winston Churchill’s persona and style

Sir Winston Churchill was one of Britain’s most — if not the most — revered political heroes of the 19th century. Located in the heart of London’s West End, the Hyatt Regency London — The Churchill looks over the city much like its namesake did before. As a man known best for not only his grit and ingenuity but also his classic British sartorial style, The Hyatt Regency London — The Churchill brings to life a tribute to this esteemed figure.

With the help of the Churchill family, the hotel recently reopened after a multi-million-pound refurbishment that saw an addition of six new guestrooms, suites and meeting spaces. Influenced by the art deco style of the 1930s, while Churchill was in office, the hotel pays homage to its namesake with smoky grey hues and sensual rich velvet, coupled with leather upholstery.

Original artworks and designs such as touches of herringbone and button detailing reflect Churchill’s love for sophistication. Churchill’s close relationship with his wife Clementine is also shown through the many photographs and love letters throughout the hotel.

Aside from those furnishings, the hotel also boasts the Churchill Bar & Terrace. Internationally acclaimed design firm Spinocchia Freud designed the bar. Elegant mahogany bookshelves line its walls, featuring a range of classics and literature that the Churchills enjoyed. The clearest tribute to Churchill however, is most definitely the sculpture of him that sits on the bar’s alfresco terrace, with staff placing a fresh rose in the lapel every morning just as Clementine did.

The five-star property houses 110 rooms and 11 signature suites, featuring triple Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first London restaurant La Dame de Pic. The refurbishment also includes a new suite package in partnership with luxury department store Selfridges.

Claridge’s Christmas Tree Gets Apple Makeover

Claridge’s Christmas Tree Gets Apple Makeover

One of the world’s most famous Christmas trees will be getting an Apple makeover this year… Luxury London hotel Claridge’s announced last week that its annual Christmas tree will be designed this year by Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, and Marc Newson. Both Ive and Newson are currently at Apple Inc.

Widely recognized as two of the world’s most influential designers, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Sir Jony Ive is the designer of Apple products such as the MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, while Marc Newson, CBE, has worked with some of the most prestigious brands in the world and is currently Brand Ambassador for Qantas Airways and Designer for Special Projects at Apple. Newson is particularly remembered for the Lockheed Lounge, one of our favorites here.

Interestingly, news reports reveal that Ive and Newson are also long-time friends of the legendary Mayfair hotel. Well, the hotel’s Christmas tree has become a seasonal landmark and draws both visitors and Londoners alike to admire its festive design.

This is the seventh year that Claridge’s has invited a favorite guest to design the tree in their own unique style, with Paul Jackson, Claridge’s General Manager commenting that, “Christmas has always been a truly special time of year at Claridge’s and we are delighted to welcome our friends Jony and Marc to spread their legendary creative magic this year. We truly believe their innovative spirit and ground-breaking approach will make this year’s annual tradition one to remember for our guests.”

The tree will be unveiled in Claridge’s lobby on Friday, November 18, 2016.

3 Quirky Holiday Fitness Classes

A vacation is the chance to create new habits and new regimes that we hope to follow long after the vacation is over (oh how naïve we can be!). Some hotels know just how good we are at following through with these newly cultivated rituals and have given guests a helping hand this summer. Far from a holiday of pure indulgences, these classes (open to guests and visitors) aim to improve one’s health and well-being. We take a look at three (or maybe five if you really want to be precise) quirky fitness classes to try on your next holiday.

Rooftop hula hooping classes at the Berkeley

Starting September 28, those in London can look forward to the return of the hula hooping master classes at the Berkeley Health Club & Spa located within the luxury hotel in Knightsbridge. Limited to four hula-hoopers per lesson, the weekly 60-minute classes will see HulaFit take guests through a rigorous workout that will help to burn 600 calories (per session). Of course, guests will also be able to enjoy the Berkeley hotel pool that overlooks Hyde Park and Knightsbridge.

Yoga at Kimpton Hotels

Among its many fitness offerings this summer, the Kimpton Hotels will offer rooftop yoga, full moon yoga and thug yoga at three of its hotels in America. At the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, the hotel will partner with Sutra Studios for a rooftop yoga series that will take the action outdoors and make things a tad more scenic. With candlelight and DJ tunes, the classes are just another reason to stretch out under the stars. Over at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in Miami, “full moon yoga” classes will be in full swing, held under the moonlit sky, which makes for a session that brings you closer to nature. For those looking for something a little more upbeat, the Kimpton Sky Hotel in Aspen is limbering up to host a series of classes that combine yoga, hip-hop and beer. Dubbed Thug Yoga (yes, it is really a thing), the classes will see the Aspen Brewing Company serve up refreshing drinks at the hotel’s pool deck.

Wellness Tree House by Bodyism at Amilla Fushi

This is one of the latest partnerships between London-based Bodyism and the Amilla Fushi Hotel in the Maldives. The health and wellness experts incorporate the Clean and Lean program it is known for with a mix of exercise and relaxation techniques. As guests enjoy their stay in a one-bedroom wellness tree house, they will be greeted with a wellness consultation, daily spa treatments along with the chance to hang out by the room’s infinity pool as you look out over the tree canopy. Twelve meters above the ground, the accommodation is obviously right in the heart of nature. Aside from being cool, the idea is to help guests rest and relax.

Connaught Bar Named World’s Best 2016

The Connaught Hotel in London might just boast one of the finest penthouses in the city, which makes it the ultimate dream accommodation for travelers, but definitely has the best watering hole, the Connaught Bar. Over the weekend the hotel’s bar helped cement its status in the world of luxury hotels, having been named the world’s best bar 2016. Seriously, the bar is so famous that it is just called the Connaught Bar, with nary a thought for the hotel that hosts it.

As part of the “Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award”, the event saw 100 industry experts’ award winners in five main categories. With finalists from America and around the world, the awards recognized the efforts of mixologists, cocktail menus and bars. The event also saw the Connaught Bar walk away with the award for best international hotel bar.connaught_bar_drinks

Located in one of London’s most desirable and fashionable neighborhoods, the bar boasts a luxurious interior and a carefully concocted menu. The bar was designed by David Collins, the man responsible for the interiors of restaurants such as Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, The Wolseley and Gordon Ramsey. Apart from restaurants, the interior designer has also been the creative mastermind behind retail interiors such as Jimmy Choo and Harrods as well as Madonna’s New York and London apartments.

At the Connaught Bar, guests can look forward to plush leather seats amidst 1920s inspired décor as they sip their cocktails. Yes, because people with class sip… Surrounded by silver leaf walls decorated in pink, pistachio and lilac, bartenders in spiffy suits, white-gloves, crisp white shirts and black vests serve up some interesting concoctions. From the Mulata Daisy, made of eight-year-old rum, creme de cacao and fennel seeds to the Sakura that is created with Pear Williams EDV, cherry blossom liquor and plum wine, the cocktails promise to give you that tingly feeling.connaught_bar_bartenders

Other winners include:

Best American Restaurant Bar: Saxon + Parole (New York)

American Bartender of the Year: Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)

Best American Cocktail Bar: Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

Best American Hotel Bar: The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)

Best New American Cocktail Bar: Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

Best International Bar Team:American Bar at the Savoy (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)

International Bartender of the Year: Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Happiness Forgets (London)

QE2 Birthday Bash: 4 Best London Hotel Suites

Now holding the title as the longest reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is set to celebrate yet another milestone in her life. Starting from April all the way through to June, Britain will be partying it up in the most regal way possible for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The celebrations will be located in the Queen’s home base of London and is set to attract tourists from around the world. From May 12 to the 15, Home Park in Windsor Castle will host a pageant dubbed The Celebration that pays tribute to the reigning monarch. Each night will see a 90-minute performance by more than 900 horses and 1,500 horses and performers just for her.

If you were one of the 30,000 people who managed to snag a ticket of two for the event, then you would certainly need to find some accommodation in London. It being her Majesty’s birthday and all, we thought it would only be appropriate for you to live it up like the royals do and nothing less than the best will do. From the perfect bathroom to the finest views, we scoured through the luxury hotels of London to bring you the perfect suites to cater to your every need. We bring you our four picks of luxury hotels and their finest suites fit for a queen.

The Goring HotelThe-Goirng_The-Royal-Suite---Drawing-Room

From the Apsley House to the Victoria Albert Theatre, Westminster Abbey and even Buckingham Palace, The Goring is a stone’s throw away from every major attraction near the Palace. The most luxurious room at The Goring? Well, it happens to be The Royal Suite. This two bedroom, two-reception room suite that offers you some impressive views of London. Glamour is mixed with history in here as every room is decked out with interesting elements from all around Britain. With the help of The Gainsborough Silk Company from Suffolk, the suite is decked out in silks that were commissioned by designer Russell Sage, including one that was originally woven for the Dining Room of the Titanic. Guests can feel cosy in an opulent yet comforting environment.ROYAL-SUITE-MASTER-BEDROOM

With large French doors in every room, guests can enjoy a view of the sunset and the rooftops of London, all from the balcony that runs the entire length of the top floor. My personal favorite aspect of the hotel is the Pintrest-worthy shower that is said to be able to fit six people, which has a near life size portrait of Queen Victoria to keep you company — Royal audience, anyone?The-Goring-Hotel-Royal-Suite-Bathroom

The antique four-poster bed from one of the great houses of Britain is another piece of British history that awaits in the Master bedroom. Proving that the little details go a long way, other antiques such as a Georgian decanter, wooden tea caddies and Nailsea Glass paperweights are also on display.

The CorinthiaRoyal-Penthouse-Lounge-Corinthia-Hotel-London

The Royal Penthouse, that sits on the roof terrace, is one of the many penthouses that The Corinthia. With a panoramic view of London, its no wonder that this is an editorial selection to which we return regularly. Featuring two floors that are connected via a private internal lift, the accommodation seems more like a home than a hotel. From the expansive entrance hall, to the living space, study and oval dining room that can seat 10, the penthouse seems to be made for luxury, with its palatial theme.Royal-Penthouse-Master-Bedroom-(crop)-Corinthia-Hotel-London

Make your way up the grand staircase and you will be greeted by two bedrooms that house king-size beds, with continuing doors that allow you to open-up to two further bedrooms. Apart from the honey onyx and Skros marble of the bathrooms, there are many other features, fixtures and amenities in the penthouse that would make it perfectly suited for a royal encounter. Forget walking down to the spa when you have a private spa suite of your own. It even has a walk-in wine cellar, meaning that you would be able to select only the finest that The Corinthia has to offer right there in your suite.Royal-Penthouse-Main-Bathroom-(landscape)-Corinthia-Hotel-London

The Connaught

From London’s Mayfair district, we bring you The Apartment. This suite spells opulence from the moment you walk through those grand hand-carved doors. The dominant theme that runs through the space is the use of shades associated with royalty. From a personal butler who will be on hand for your every need, to a welcome bottle of Krug champagne, suitably chilled, upon your arrival, guests can expect to be pampered during their stay.

Should the suite be too small for your stay, then simply occupy the whole sixth floor as an exclusive nine-bedroom suite. Timing is never an issue here, with your personal barman, daily breakfast and personal trainer available at any time you choose. In fact, forget about time at all. Even the check out is without a time limit. If that doesn’t impress you, then watch the tour of the suite below, and you’ll be convinced — we know we were.

The LanghamThe-Sterling-Suite-Media-Room

The Sterling Suite at The Langham is another that boasts a private lift. Located at Portland Place, the private lift entrance is one of the two entrances to the secluded Lobby of the suite — which is perfect if you happen to have an Idris Elba, Chris Evans or Angelina Jolie stay at the hotel. Apart from the two main bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, standalone bathtubs and dressing areas, the suite also features a luxurious drawing room, a dining area as well as a Home Theatre lounge for guests.The-Sterling-Suite-Master-Bedroom

The Drawing Room, which sits at the heart of the suite, features a unique dual-tone piano, bespoke fireplace and Butler’s bar. The Master Bedroom, which is described as the pièce de resistance, is made up of a Master Salon living area, Master Bathroom and spacious Dressing Room. Attention to detail is an important part of the suite with hand-painted chinoiserie on silver leaf panels, verre eglomise glass with gilded age details and gold and silver leaf hand-painted finishes as well as marble and antique mirror work. Joining the hand-blown Murano glass fixtures is a 24-hour butler service that will cater to your every need.The-Sterling-Suite-Master-Bathroom

Albert Adrià Begins London Residency

“50 Days by Albert Adrià” marks the famed (can you say elBulli) Spanish chef’s maiden project outside of Spain. The Cafè Royale, a landmark in its own right, will be a perfect fit to Adrià’s sterling reputation.

Apart from hosting notable luminaries such as Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger and Bowie, the hotel is also well known for being the second home of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. While Wilde simply dined and polished off bottomless glasses of absinthe in search of inspiration, Adrià is set to leave his own impression of the hotel. The locations of his pop-up are set to be in the hotel restaurant The Domino Room and in the Oscar Wilde Bar.

Guests can choose between the full cocktail and dinner experience which starts at the bar before moving up to the restaurant for dinner, or opt simply for the cocktails. Pre-dinner drinks and dinner is estimated to be a two and a half-hour affair.

Adrià is best known in the food world for serving as brother Ferran’s other half at the experimental Girona restaurant elBulli (sometimes called El Bulli in the press), which famously snagged the title of World’s Best Restaurant five times before shuttering in 2011. Time magazine has also called him one of the most influential chefs in gastronomy.

“50 Days by Albert Adrià” is the latest collaborative project for the Spaniard, one of several chefs at the forefront of a gastronomic movement that elevates dinner into an artistic, musical and theatrical experience.

In a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, the brothers opened what was pitched as an adult theme park at the Ibiza Gran Hotel last summer.

At Heart Ibiza, the hotel’s dining and entertainment complex, dinner became a multi-sensory experience with video and light projections, live performances, virtual reality installations and international DJs.

Meanwhile, Adrià’s London pop-up runs Feb. 12 to April 9 and bookings must be reserved ahead of time.

Tickets are £150 ($217) for the full experience and require a £50 ($72) deposit. A waiting list has been opened.

Tickets for Cocktails by Albert Adrià require a £10 ($14) deposit. 

13 Hotels We are Waiting for in 2016

From the highly anticipated opening of a Toy Story-themed hotel at Shanghai Disney, to the grand reopening of two iconic Parisian landmarks, 2016 will be a big year for the luxury hotel market. While tens of thousands of new properties will open their doors for the first time in 2016, here is a selection of properties that are noteworthy for raising the bar in luxury, marking a milestone, or helping to transform the local tourism landscape.

Europe

In the last few years, Paris saw the temporary shuttering of two of its most iconic and luxurious hotels, the Ritz Paris and Hotel Crillon. This year, they will compete for attention as both are slated to re-open their doors after extensive and lengthy renovations.

Ritz Paris (March, 2016)

The hotel has been undergoing renovations since July 2012 – the biggest makeover in the hotel’s 117 year-old history. The refurbishment includes a new spa by luxury fashion brand Chanel, called “Chanel au Ritz Paris.” The hotel began accepting reservations for stays starting March 14, 2016.

Hotel de Crillon, Paris (2016)

With a history dating back to 1758, the Hotel Crillon (pictured above) is a veritable institution in Paris, located at Place de la Concorde where the Champs-Elysees begins. In 2013, it was announced that Rosewood Hotels & Resorts would take over the management of the property. The restoration will entail a contemporary overhaul led by Lebanese artistic director Aline d’Amman and architect Richard Martinet. It was also announced that Karl Lagerfeld has been commissioned to design two suites. An exact opening date has yet to be disclosed.

Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch, London (First quarter of 2016)

Nobu Hospitality (pictured below), co-owned by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro, has announced plans to open its first European hotel in London’s trendy Shoreditch area in 2016. Expected to open in the first quarter of the year, the hotel’s five storeys are fractured into angular balconies and cantilevered steel beams using printed layered, glass and reflective facades to play with reflection and light. The hotel will be comprised of 156 rooms while the dining options will be helmed by chef Matsuhisa.

Il Sereno Lake Como, Italy (Spring 2016)

This five-star boutique hotel will be the sister establishment of the luxurious Le Sereno Saint Barths. Located 6 km from the center of Como and 50 minutes from Milan, the design of the new 30-room hotel has been overseen by Patricia Urquiola, who has focused on natural materials to create an aesthetic that is both timeless and full of character, intimate and casual. Urquiola’s studio will also design the interior of the ferry that will shuttle guests around the lake. Room rates will range from 600 to 4500 euros.

nobu shoreditch

Nobu Hotel

Africa

The Oberoi Marrakech (Third quarter of 2016)

Located 20 minutes from the city center, the luxurious property is built within 25 acres of citrus orchards and ancient olive groves. Each villa and suite comes with a private pool and views of the Atlas mountains, while rooms are spacious, modern and feature handcrafted Moroccan design features. The brand’s signature spa is built on a private island on a lake within the orchard, and offers Ayurvedic and Moroccan-inspired treatments. Facilities also include Moroccan hammams, yoga studio and outdoor pavilion.

Americas

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown (mid-2016)

Billed as the little sister to its flagship New York property in Midtown, the second Four Seasons hotel will open in the Tribeca district, a short stroll from the new World Trade Center, Wall Street and the Soho neighborhood and serve as a dual residential and hotel property. The 185 rooms are designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Dining will be provided by Wolfgang Puck and his CUT steakhouse restaurant and bar.

The James Hotel, Los Angeles (2016)

Once construction is complete in 2016, The James Hotel will open the doors to the first new ground-up hotel in West Hollywood in 30 years. The boutique property will open in the heart of Sunset Strip at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards, and house 286 rooms, two restaurants and a rooftop and lobby bar. The LA location will be the third for the brand after locations in Chicago and New York. The brand’s philosophy embraces wellness, sustainability, local art and culture.

Il Sereno Lake Como

Il Sereno Lake Como

Middle East

Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016)

Located in the heart of the new Central Business District, the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island will mark the first hotel for the chain in the Emirati capital. The property will open along a stretch of prime waterfront, and house a retro-modern Chicago steakhouse, cocktail bar, and poolside restaurant. Along with 200 rooms, the property will also feature 124 private and serviced residences.

St. Regis Cairo, Egypt (October 2016)

Organized as two towers, the St. Regis will house 292 lavish rooms that includes 63 suites. The mixed use property will also offer 99 guest apartments and 117 residences. Located on the north end of Corniche Road, rooms will offer views of the Nile River and in proximity to the pyramids and retail area.

Asia

Wynn Palace Cotai, Macau (June 25, 2016)

Originally scheduled to open in March 2016, the ambitious Wynn Palace Cotai will be delayed by another three months for a set date of June 25. The $4.1 billion, floral-themed property features 1,700 rooms spanning 28 storeys, and an artificial lake. To enter the grounds, guests will board air-conditioned SkyCabs that cross the 8-acre Performance Lake into the heart of the resort. Like its predecessors, the Wynn Palace will house an opulent spa, salon, luxury retailers and gourmet dining restaurants.

Mandarin Oriental, Bali (End of 2016)

Located on the southern Bukit peninsula, the luxury hotel group’s newest property will be built on elevated terraces to offer commanding views of the Indian Ocean. The resort will be comprised of 97 villas, each with a private pool and 24 guestrooms. The signature restaurant will be a cliff-top, cantilevered dining space with sweeping ocean views. Guests will also be able to indulge in luxurious spa services that include Balinese treatments.

Shanghai Disney (Spring 2016)

After experiencing construction delays, the opening of Disney’s third theme park in Asia after Hong Kong and Tokyo is expected to open its pearly gates in spring. When it does, the park will also open the doors to two highly anticipated themed hotels, The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and a Toy Story Hotel. Not particularly encouraging is the image supplied for this story but we digress! At the Art Nouveau-inspired Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, guests will be greeted by bronze statues of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, while Toy Story fans will find Woody and Buzz Lightyear at the hotel courtyard.

Rosewood Phuket (2016)

To open on Emerald Bay in Western Phuket, the luxury property will be comprised of 80 villas and 32 residences that are designed to blend in with its natural hillside forest surroundings. Retractable glass walls will provide guests with unobstructed views of their environment, while garden rooftops and cantilevered structures will help the villas meld with the landscape. Dining options include a rustic Thai seafood eatery on the beach, poolside eatery, bistro and terrace bar, while a Sense spa will feature six spa villas and a swimming pool.

Shanghai Disney

Shanghai Disney

Great Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard police station turned into luxury hotel

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard, an historic landmark where London police once tried to solve the grisly murders carried out by Jack the Ripper, will be turned into a luxury hotel where rooms will cost a whopping £10,000 a night.

The building is set to undergo a major £50 million ($78 million USD) refurbishment that will turn London’s first police headquarters into an ultra-luxurious hotel property that will span seven storeys.

Opulent suites, two bars, restaurants, a library, lobby and entertaining room will occupy more than 92,000 square feet (8,550 square meters) of space.

Developers say they’ll preserve the building’s Edwardian Imperial red brick and stone facade as well as its name, The Great Scotland Yard, in order to build on the landmark’s storied history.

Inside, the decor will be “contemporary and stylish.” In addition to a five-star setting, the hotel will aim to attract guests with its rich history: It was here that, in the late 19th century, British police officers pored over notes and revisited the grisly murders committed by Jack the Ripper.

The station is also immortalized by novelists such as Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2017.

The Arch London

Win a night’s stay at the Arch London for just £5!

The Arch London

Eying a trip to London? To celebrate its fifth anniversary, The Arch London ( located near Marble Arch) is offering rooms for just £5.

The Arch London bedroom

For about the price of a takeaway lunch in London, winners of a promotional contest can stay at The Arch London for one night, and will be given the full treatment: breakfast, dinner, and champagne on arrival.

The Arch London library

To enter, tweet @thearchlondon with the hashtag #ilovethearchlondon. Five winners will be announced February 28.

The Arch London lobby

givenchy cocktail

Givenchy Perfume Cocktails to Debut at London Hotel

givenchy cocktail

Hotel Cafe Royal has teamed up with Parfums Givenchy to create an edible, drinkable form of L’Atelier de Givenchy, a collection of seven haute couture-inspired perfumes, reports The Spirits Business.

To recreate the notes of white pepper, white musk and leather in Cuir Blanc, hotel bar mixologist Tiziano Tasso uses Siberian pine needle extract in a Martini-style cocktail to lend the beverage a woody taste.

LONDON BAR THE ARTESIAN NAMED BEST IN THE WORLD

Oud Flamboyant, pitched as ‘strong and mysterious’ with scents of leather, oud and labdanum, is recreated in drinkable form with Japanese whisky and mandarin juice for a bold, magnetic, smoky wood flavor.

Drinks are priced at £13 ($20). The special cocktail collection will launch February 1 until March 31 at the hotel’s Green Bar.

Fragrances bar

Last year, The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Berlin also launched an interactive cocktail and perfume experience.

The Hospital Club London

Boutique hotel to open in former London hospital

The Hospital Club London

A former hospital in London turned ‘creative hub’ will be adding 15 hotel rooms in 2015, designed to fuel guests’ creativity and broaden the mind.

Each new room at The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden features original artwork and curated exhibits from emerging artists within the club’s creative community.

The Hospital Club bedroom

Set to open next month, the rooms are fitted with leathers, velvets, warm woods and stained glass.

In keeping with the spirit of the Club — which spans seven floors and houses everything from an events company and a TV studio to an exhibition gallery, a screening room and a performance space — a stay in the hotel includes access to events like comedy nights, mixology and cooking classes and networking sessions.

The Hospital Club

Rooms come in small, medium and large sizes while suites include a private terrace, walk-in shower, bathtub and lounge area.

The private members’ only club opened its doors in 2004 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and former Eurythmics band member David Stewart and has hosted performances by The Who. Rooms open January 5.

The Ritz Hotel London

The most popular hotel in London for the super-rich is..

The Ritz Hotel London

Where do the world’s mega-rich travelers rest their heads when they stay in London? According to a new report, that would be The Ritz London!

According to a report from New World Wealth, which keeps tabs on the hotel habits of 20,000 multi-millionaires in their database, the hotel of choice for 2,600 of the world’s ‘one-percent’ in London was The Ritz, followed by the Mandarin Oriental (2,200), and Claridge’s London (1,900).

The report also highlights different market preferences for luxury brands: The Ritz and the Mandarin Oriental are particularly popular among wealthy travelers from the Middle East and Asia, analysts say.

, meanwhile, is mainly used by business visitors, while The Berkeley brand is popular among rich American and Canadian visitors.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR HOTELS FOR MULTI-MILLIONAIRES

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The report estimates that the UK received about 80,000 multimillionaires in the 12 months from June 2013 to 2014.

The Mandarin Oriental London, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and The Ritz London were the highest-ranking hotels when it came to guest satisfaction, as rated by a panel of selected multimillionaires.

Last month, the same group also found that the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas emerged the most popular hotel among the world’s wealthiest travelers, as it received 6,400 visits in a one-year period.

For the purposes of the study, a multimillionaire is defined as an individual with net assets of at last $10 million USD.

Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea collection

Jimmy Choo x The Berkeley Hotel

 Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea collection

The Berkeley Hotel London has teamed up with Jimmy Choo to offer an English tea service inspired by the shoe designer.

To create the Choo collection, pastry chefs pored over the brand’s iconic shoes and accessories in the kitchens of the Knightsbridge hotel, examining the materials, embellishments, prints and patterns of the latest catwalk designs.

Guests of the hotel’s Pret-a-Portea Jimmy Choo Collection can expect to nibble daintily on cakes and pastries shaped like the brand’s classic ‘Anouk’ shoe, a pointy-toe pump that comes in a rainbow of colors.

Attendees of London Fashion Week in September, meanwhile, can also partake in the hotel’s regular Pret-a-Portea, which is served during the afternoon daily in The Caramel Room.

 Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea collection

Cakes, pastries, and cookies are given a runway makeover, inspired by the designs of luxury brands like Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, DSquared, Victoria Beckham and Oscar de la Renta.

Louboutin’s Pigalle, the brand’s classic patent pump, for instance, has been turned into an edible cookie with turquoise icing and its signature red sole, while chefs paid homage to Miu Miu by replicating the brand’s exotic skin tote bag with chocolate pecan moelleux.

The Pret-a-Portea Jimmy Choo Collection service runs October 13 – 19. Both services are £41. Upgrade to a glass of champagne for £51 to £57.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobu Hotel to open in London

Best known for his eponymous chain of restaurants, chef Nobu Matsuhisa is due to open a hotel in London in 2016.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

After Miami, Manila, Chicago and Riyadh, Nobu Hospitality has announced plans to open the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in early 2016, a 156-room property that will be designed in his signature “east-meets-west” philosophy.

The hotel is being built in the previously working class area of east London, Shoreditch, which has become a gentrified trendy area popular with “hipsterpreneurs,” aka bearded, beanie-wearing pop-up promoters.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London

The hotel architecture takes inspiration from the area’s industrial environment, with angular lines, concrete balconies, cantilevered steel beams and protruding slab edges.

Matsuhisa, whose global restaurant empire has the financial backing of Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, made his first foray into the hotel business with the opening of a space in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace.

Shangri-La Hotel The Shard

Shangri-La London opens in the Shard

The new Shangri-La at the Shard will open on May 6, with the luxury hotel boasting unmatched views of London from the city’s most striking skyscraper.

As the tallest hotel in Western Europe and the first high-rise hotel in London, the Shangri-La occupies levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey Shard.

Shangri-La Hotel The Shard

Guests will be escorted in a high-speed elevator from the hotel’s dedicated entrance on St. Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35.

The 202 rooms and suites all feature marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs and showers, Acqua di Parma amenities, and mirrors with integrated television screens. A third of the bathrooms will have floor-to-ceiling city views — right next to the bathtub.

Bathtub with a London view.

Although the hotel will open in May, three signature suites will still be under development until September.

That includes the flagship Shangri-La Suite, with a sweeping 180-degree view of London taking in the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the Tower of London and River Thames.

The hotel will offer three restaurants and bars. TĪNG, derived from the Chinese word for a living room, is the restaurant and lounge on level 35 and LÁNG – the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ – is a deli on the ground floor.

GŎNG on level 52 will be London’s highest bar. It takes its name from ‘dougong’ – an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar’s interior.

Level 52 will also be home to a 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, and along with GŎNG, level 52 will open from 1 July.

Shangri La Shard bedroom

The luxury hotel will be the Hong Kong-based hotel group’s third in Europe, following debuts in Paris in 2010 and Istanbul in 2013.

Rates start from £450 per night. Bookings for rooms, restaurants and events will be available from March 17.

1-5 Grosvenor Place

Peninsula Hotels Is Coming To London

1-5 Grosvenor Place

The owner of the Peninsula hotel brand, Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels (HSH), has unveiled plans to launch its first property in London.

An agreement signed with UK-based Grosvenor will see HSH purchase a 50% interest in the central London address, 1-5 Grosvenor Place, and redevelop the site as a Peninsula Hotel.

While specific details about the new Peninsula London have not been released, the property will form part of a new mixed-use development covering more than 6,000m² according to Traveldailymedia.com

The site overlooks London’s Hyde Park and is located opposite the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Royal Nursery Suite at the Grosvenor House in London

Royal Nursery Suite Grosvenor House

To coincide with the highly anticipated birth of a royal baby this summer, the Grosvenor House in London has converted one of its suites into a luxurious baby nursery, decorated by the same children’s furniture company who designed the nurseries of royal babies William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie.

‘Suite dreams’ is fit for mini princes and princesses who may not have official titles, but are no less precious — and with price tags to match. Rates vary between £1,651 – £10,089 ($2,466  – $15,070).

Decorated by Dragons of Walton Street, the suite is inspired by Hyde Park and is an ode to Britannia, with London monuments made into mini, kid-friendly replicas and hand-painted images of one of the most beloved British children’s character, Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit adorning the suite.

Aside from the nursery, the master bedroom is decorated in soft ivory tones to soothe weary parents and features a chaise longue for nursing moms.

Until Sept. 30, families can choose between three packages: the Clarence (1 night), Windsor (2 nights) and the Buckingham (3 nights), which includes transportation to and from the hospital, babysitting services for a night, dinner for two at the JW Steakhouse, and a private visit to Buckingham Palace.

Royal Nursery Grosvenor House London

penthouse at the Corinthia Hotel in London

Corinthia introduces Artist in Residence Program

penthouse at the Corinthia Hotel in London

The luxury Hotel Corinthia in London will bring immersive theater to the Victorian building as part of the second Corinthia Artists in Residence Program.

In spring 2013 the hotel will become the set for an immersive theatrical experience for a month, allowing guests and visitors to be part of the production.
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London Goring Hotel

London’s Goring Hotel offers bath menu

London Goring Hotel

After the room service menu and the pillow menu, this one seemed almost inevitable: one London hotel is now offering a bath menu for the summer.

Designed to help guests scrub a day’s worth of London grit from their bodies, the package comes courtesy of the Goring Hotel and Molton Brown, two British institutions determined to offer guests something special this summer.
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