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Chic Hotels: Why 2015 is Right For A London Staycation

When it comes to cities and chic hotels, few are as awe inspiring as London, particularly when the sun is shining. Yet for most of us who live here it’s not often we take the time to really enjoy it. The city has so much to offer, and personally if I had a weekend in London in the sunshine I could think of nothing better than checking into one the chic hotels and exploring it through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

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La Suite West Hotel Hyde Park

While north London has its character and central London has untold
vibrancy, it’s south west London that wins when it comes to charm however, particularly in the summer months and so for this time of year that is where I would focus my urban adventure for chic hotels.

Kensington and Chelsea are almost impossible to beat for elegance and with them come some of London’s most iconic sites. The Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace are a living, breathing part of the city’s history while Notting Hill with its array of postcard perfect houses broadly lives up to its romantic reputation as depicted in Hugh Grant’s rom-com classic. It’s probably also got some of the best boutiques in the area (including charity shops that redefine the genre).

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The Lodge Putney

Meanwhile, there’s also the leafy village of Putney, the large open space of Wimbledon Common (perfect for Wombling), and events including the historic Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, and of course the upcoming Wimbledon tennis which always inspires excitement, even if you’re mostly in it for the strawberries and cream.

Perhaps one of the greatest joys in South West London however, is simply watching the world go by, so it’s fortunate that it’s brimming with coffee shops, pubs and restaurants with outdoor spaces and gardens. Few things are finer than a leisurely weekend lunch in the sun as the world pootles around you in this little corner of the metropolis – it really is a world unto its own.

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La Suite West Lobby

When it comes to chic hotels, a favourite is The Lodge Hotel, a contemporary gem and former coach house nestled into a Victorian terrace that’s otherwise characteristic of its home in Putney. It has a conservatory at the back (in case you prefer the quiet of the hotel to the aforementioned pub), and it’s close to the tube should you care to go beyond this little oasis of calm and explore the wider capital.

So many people come to London every year for work and play, and see it through excited eyes, so perhaps this summer is the year for an urban staycation; time when you can look up at the beautiful architecture rather than down into the murky Underground, and instead of thinking of London in terms of job prospects and daily commutes, rediscover is as the beating heart of England, throbbing with culture, stories and exceptionally good food.

Choosing the Best Bespoke Business Hotels

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Choosing the right Bespoke business hotels for your next trip can be a challenging part of your planning process.  However, it needn’t be!  In fact, it can be very rewarding when you are able to marry location, services and price together in one convenient, welcoming package.

Whenever and wherever you travel in the UK, Bespoke Business hotels are places to visit of proven quality, especially in major cities like London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Glasgow.  For all you wanderers out there, we’ve put together a list of tried and true Tips for Choosing the Right Bespoke Business Hotels:

Location, location, location.

Just as when purchasing or leasing a property, the location of your hotel means everything.  When researching, be sure to map out your meetings and choose the Bespoke business hotels that are most accessible and convenient.  When staying longer than a night or two, take look at what is around the hotel and might provide a pleasant way to pass the time.

Reviews and recommendations. 

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The New Ellington Leeds

Read online reviews about the Bespoke business hotels of your choice. Speak with your peers and ask the customer service team. Accolades reflecting and the superior quality of service they provide can be found in all of the hotel’s online reviews. Bespoke Hotels and Tripadvisor share a very healthy relationship!

Services.

Consider whether there is a business centre with a printer and copier? Is there a concierge or on-site travel assistance? Does the hotel have on-site laundry? How does the restaurant, bar and/or room service work? If you are planning a short overnight or a week-long trip, these services really make a difference. Depending on the nature of your trip, a great on-site restaurant will be of real value to you. Whether you are entertaining clients and prospects or simply treating yourself after a long day, you want to know that you are coming home, so to speak, to a good meal.

Amenities.

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Menzies Glasgow Hotel

A spa, gym, indoor or outdoor swimming pool, sauna are all value-added amenities that can make your trip even more enjoyable. After a long day of business nothing will help you unwind better than a great workout or a few laps in a refreshing pool.  These may not be available in city centres but if you’re prepared to travel that little bit further Bespoke business hotels can be found featuring these. While some even boast championship calibre golf courses!

That personal touch. 

All Bespoke business hotels are willing to anticipate your needs while going above and beyond the expected in order to learn what truly makes you happy and can turn your overnight business trip into a relaxing, memorable escape.

So there we have it. Here at Bespoke Hotels we endeavour to ensure your business trip is as relaxed as possible.  Choose your next Bespoke business hotels here and then book it here.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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.

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.