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Bespoke London Hotels have Christmas Shopping Sewn up

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Christmas Shopping in London

From the lights of Oxford Street to the ice rink of Somerset House, nowhere does Christmas like London and no-one does the capital quite like a Bespoke’s London Hotel.

Christmas comes but once a year and with it do the unique joys of shopping in London. Don’t leave it to the last minute, but instead start planning festive shopping sprees in the capital now and book a Bespoke London Hotel to really make the most of your visit.

Ring in the darkening afternoons with blazing shop window, 2013’s Christmas lights cascading down Oxford Street, restaurants packed with hungry diners, audiences spilling out of theatreland, and crowds thronging the edges of the sparkling outdoor ice rinks, hoping to spot somebody famous falling over.

Gift shopping

Christmas shopping in London needn’t be all stress and last minute rushes, especially if you book into one of Bespoke’s London Hotels. Prominent shopping districts in the capital with their monolithic department stores and quirky boutiques, craft, vintage and antique market stalls come alive with Christmas spirit and late night opening hours. There’s plenty to see whilst you go on the hunt for a bargain, too, with a number of pop up shops and festive markets offering alternative and unusual gift ideas, from gourmet food to handmade crafts and one-off fashion lines.

Sightseeing in winter?

Why not combine shopping with sightseeing? All you need to do is pick your area. The West End is still the big draw, but other regions are catching up, including Westfield, the upmarket shopping mall in Shepherd’s Bush, or its sister in Stratford, alongside the 2012 Olympic Park. Additionally Canary Wharf, on the Isle of Dogs, is now a destination in its own right, with five shopping malls (subterranean and therefore weatherproof) dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs, and easy access to the O2 Arena.

Bespoke’s London Hotels

But did you also know Bespoke London Hotels can offer a choice of 4 great locations with prices to match, whether it’s the centre of the West End or a bit further out.

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Ten Manchester Street

Right behind Oxford Street there’s the stunning Ten Manchester Street Hotel, an elegant, boutique property in the heart of Marylebone. Nestling just off Marylebone High Street, with its ‘village’ feel and eclectic boutiques, Number Ten provides the perfect place to stay in London, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the West End yet mere minutes from all it has to offer. And when you stay at this boutique hotel, with 45 unique, luxurious bedrooms, don’t forget to visit The Dieci Restaurant, a great place to unwind and enjoy rare fine wines, spirits and authentic regional Italian cuisine after hitting the high street.

For those who want something Hip there’s the timelessly cool Bermondsey Square Hotel, set in the heart of rejuvinated Bermondsey, with a thriving restaurant, bar and club scene on its doorstep, as well as art galleries, design studios and numerous boutique shops. A short distance from the City, the Design Museum, Borough Market,

Bermondsey Square Hotel
Bermondsey Square Hotel

Tate Modern and Tower Bridge, The Bermondsey Square Hotel is a stylish Bespoke London hotel with 80 designer bedrooms, including a series of loft rooms overlooking the Shard, St Paul’s, and the rest of the iconic London skyline.

Although it was selected by Hip Hotels Group as a memorable place to stay around the world, you might recognised The Bermondsey Square Hotel  as the setting for Channel 4’s ‘Hotel GB’.  The show ran in October 2012, with Gordon Ramsey and Mary Portas competing to raise money for charity.

Fancy somewhere just out of town?

If you’re looking for something a little more pastoral, Bespoke London Hotels have two perfect locations for you.

 

The Lodge Hotel
The Lodge Hotel

The Lodge Hotel – in attractive, tree-lined Putney, near Wandsworth and the River Thames – provides an ideal base in south west London for business and pleasure. This Bespoke London Hotel offers 60 elegantly appointed en suite bedrooms, alongside Bar 52 and its elegant lounge.

Or finally why not consider The Park Hotel in the heart of Teddington Village, just yards from the mainline station. You’ll have excellent access to central London via a 30-minute train ride to Waterloo, whilst simultaneously being just a stone’s throw from popular attractions such as Richmond, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, and Kingston upon Thames.

In short, whichever Bespoke London Hotel you choose for your pre-Christmas shopping break, you’ll be sure to have a memorable stay and leave with bags brimming.  Check availability here now.

Why and How to use your Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card

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Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card

Using a hotel loyalty card during peak travel periods is often easier than trying to book a flight with miles during that time – most hotels will make any open room available so your odds of finding a great place to stay are high, especially with a Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card.

Every reward scheme is a bit different. Deciding which one is right for you begins with understanding where you travel and the types of hotels you stay at. Then you can move on to the fun part of deciding which benefits are most important to you.

Hotel loyalty programmes are a complex world to navigate. There are so many to choose from with different levels of membership and widely variable qualifying stays. Not to mention those paired up with credit cards that offer even more ways to earn points for future visits. Not so with a Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card.  It couldn’t be easier as you don’t need points to qualify!

Travellers book a hotel room based on two factors: price and location. Of course there are those that would choose amenities over price any day, or those who are willing to drive a bit further to their destination to save money. But using a Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card gives you the best of both worlds.

Customers just show their card when booking a room or a meal with a particular property. Then you can qualify for special offers, upgrades, or dicounts off meals and other facilities. Hotel loyalty programmes now rank fourth in terms of factors determining where people stay when booking a hotel. That’s exactly why Bespoke have launched their Privilege Card.

What Makes the Bespoke Hotel Privilege Card effective?.

The Bespoke Privilege card works in two ways. Firstly, it entitles the bearer to receive special offers and promotions exclusive to cardholders, which can then be redeemed at participating hotels. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, it grants the cardholder a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) on arrival, as well as 10% off pre-booked food when dining at the property.

Simply put, you can’t escape the benefits! You don’t need to apply for the promotions or fill in countless forms. You can simply show up at reception and enjoy a little extra red carpet treatment. Unlike other reward schemes, there’s no claims involved. It’s all ready and waiting for you.

The Bespoke Privilege card.

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Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card

In other words, as a member, you’ll join an exclusive club. You’ll be entitled to automatic discounts and upgrades, be first to know about Bespoke offers, and be sent offers exclusive to our Bespoke Privilege Card holders.

Check out our eclectic portfolio of hip hotels, chic boutiques, homely haunts and honest inns. As a Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card holder you’ll receive exclusive offers and discounts from Bespoke, as well as its individual properties.

How do I use my Bespoke Privilege Card?

Simply quote your Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card membership number when making a booking or reservation at any participating Bespoke Hotel to ensure you receive the appropriate benefits.  It’s so simple! Why not join the Bespoke Hotels Privilege Card scheme NOW by clicking here.

It may well be the end of summer, but it’s not quite the end of summer festivals in and around Bespoke boutique hotels

Although international was very much the buzzword of summer 2012, with nothing less than the Olympic games drawing the world’s attention to the UK, 2013 has a much more local feel.

But that doesn’t mean the party’s over, oh no! Celebrations of food and drink, alongside carnivals and other such extravaganzas will still be taking place all around the UK this September, with live music events outside the Bermondsey Square Hotel taking place across the last few weekends. Dubbed Bring it to Bermondsey, this event has been a tremendous success so far, with talent from the borough and across London joining with the local community to dance, sing, and fill their bellies. So why not take advantage before it’s all over and treat yourself to an overnight stay right in the heart of the action at Bermondsey Square Hotel.

But where do all these festivals come from?

There are many different types of festivals both in the UK and around the world, with notable examples including Halloween, Saturnalia, and Christmas. The word “fest” actually derives from the Middle English, from the Middle French word festivus, which in turn grew out of the Latin word festivus. Festival was first recorded as a noun in 1589. Before that it had been used as an verb from the fourteenth century, meaning the act of celebrating a church holiday. The etymology of feast is very similar to that of festival. The word “feste” comes from Middle English, in turn from Middle French, and prior to that from the Latin word festa. The term first came into usage as a noun circa 1200, and feast started to be used as a verb around a century later. A festival is a special occasion of feasting or celebration, which is usually religious.

Function

Festivals of many types serve to meet specific needs, as well as to provide entertainment. These times of celebration offer a sense of belonging for religious, social, or geographical groups. Modern festivals that focus on cultural or ethnic topics seek to inform members of their traditions and bring enjoyment to attendees, whereas in past times festivals were occasions when the elderly shared stories and provided a sense of unity among families. And what better than to combine one with an Autumn break at one of Bespoke’s boutique hotels.

Other Festivals near Bespoke Hotels

If you can’t make it to the capital to enjoy Bring it to Bermondsey, never fear! miniBite Weekends are taking place throughout October at Bespoke properties in the Cotswolds. These special weekends feature Artisan Food Fairs, special dinners and breakfasts, cookery schools, fungal forays, Christmas markets and much, much more.

It all takes place in the North Cotswolds around the picturesque village of Chipping Camden, which is coincidentally right where you’ll find two of the best-loved Bespoke luxury hotels, Cotswold House Hotel and The Noel Arms. It’s shaping up to be a truly great way to spend an Autumn weekend!

Furthermore, if you’re planning a break in Scotland and feeling romantic in early October, why not visit the Scottish Wedding Show in Glasgow as well as staying in one of the 22 hotels Bespoke has to offer across the region?

Whatever type of hotel you like, small or large, boutique, family, city or country you can find one to give you a great offer this Autumn, as Bespoke Hotels get prepared for the Winter season with typical exuberance.

And the best part is that most events are extremely affordable, or even free! So beat the post-Summer blues with another great Autumn break in Bespoke boutique hotels.

10 Reasons Local Food is used in Bespoke Restaurants

When you eat in one of Bespoke’s restaurants, many of which have been awarded AA rosettes for the quality of the food they serve, you’ll often find that produce has been sourced locally. For example, Jordi, our head chef at Bermondsey Square makes regular forages into the nearby Borough Market, while Jonathan at The Lugger works just a stone’s throw from the fisherman of Portloe as they haul in their daily catches. A little further North, Ryan at Stonefield Castle sails out onto Loch Fyne to catch lobster and crab every morning, whilst Brett at Cotswold House sources produce from local Cotswold farms and producers whenever possible.

But why, you may ask, do our chefs take such pride in doing this, and what advantages does it bring to the food on your plate at Bespoke restaurants? Well, for all you doubters, we’ve compiled 10 mightily good reasons:-

1. Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a pound spent locally generates twice as much for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community after every transaction.

2. Locally grown produce is fresher. Obviously! Produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, whereas produce that you purchase locally has often been picked within the previous 24 hours. This freshness not only affects the taste of the food in many Bespoke restaurants, but the nutritional value which can decline over time.

3. Local food just tastes better. Ever tried a tomato that was picked within 24 hours? If not, you’re missing out!

4. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Being local, the produce will be handled less and won’t have undergone the rigors of shipping. This means that you’ll have strawberries that would have been smashed to bits if they were sold using traditional methods, and vegetables that were allowed to ripen until the last possible minute.

5. Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. In a March, 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles traveled by organic food to arrive at our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying it in the first place.

6. Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at the peak of their taste, at their most abundant, and at their least expensive. A point always appreciated by Bespoke restaurants.

7. Buying locally grown food creates the perfect recipe for great stories. Whether it’s the farmer who brings local apples to market or the baker who bakes bread down the road, knowing the story of your food is a powerful part of enjoying a meal.

8. Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism. Food with less distance to travel is less susceptible to harmful contamination, something the chefs at Bespoke restaurants are acutely aware of.

9. Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that won’t have to travel long distances, won’t have a shorter shelf life, and won’t be subjected to a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to experiment and try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would not normally make it to large supermarket chains. Local producers often grows different varieties of their crops from year to year, a fact that allows the chefs at Bespoke restaurants to get a bit more creative than usual and experiment with different ways to prepare them.

10. Supporting local providers aids responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space – farms and pastures – an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped. In short, you keep our green and pleasant land just that!

When you really think about it, local produce is not only good for the farmer, but also the chefs at Bespoke restaurants and therefore the customer who sits down for a meal in one of our many award winning establishments.

The next time you stay or visit a Bespoke Hotel enjoy a great meal in the knowledge that it consists of local produce.