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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.

5 Reasons why you should have a Bespoke Spa Hotel Break (even in tough times!)

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Bespoke Spa Hotels

When things get tricky, visiting a Spa Hotel  can appear an extra, inessential splurge.  How to convince others that you simply must have a Bespoke Spa Hotel break? It’s simple, once you realise the correlation between health and success.

Five benefits of going to a Bespoke Spa Hotel (in this case, for a massage):

1) It reduces stress hormone levels:
Several studies have shown that a massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which among many other benefits helps slow your heart rate, and brings your blood pressure down.

2) It boosts your immunity:
By reducing stress and stress hormones, massages boost the levels of “natural killer cells” in your body, which are your first defence against invaders.  Massages have even been shown to boost immunity in people with severely decreased immune systems, such as patients with breast cancer.

3) It’s a great pain reliever:
Whether you’ve got muscular pain, chronic headaches or migraines, massages have been shown to significantly decrease and relieve pain. A one hour massage (and three hour visit to the spa, with a lot of that time spent relaxing in the whirlpool), can cure headaches completely!

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Relaxing Moment

4) It boosts your mood:
As if a wonderful, healing, relaxing visit to a Bespoke Spa Hotel wasn’t enough, treatments such as massages increase your brain’s level of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

5) It relieves PMS symptoms!
A small study of a group of women with severe PMS found that massages reduced a variety of symptoms such as pain, water retention, and mood swings.  Now there’s some ammunition that might seriously convince your husband or partner of the necessity of a visit to a Bespoke Spa Hotel! Imagine how much happier a place this world would be, if all women were treated to a Bespoke Spa Hotel on a monthly basis!?

Now, I know I’ve been talking mostly about the benefits of massages, but just think about it… A pedicure usually comes with a brief massage, as does a facial, and even some manicures come with mini hand and arm massages.

Where do I go for my Bespoke Spa Hotel Break

Bespoke Hotels currently offers 16 properties that can provide a Bespoke Spa Hotel break.  From The Carnoustie Golf Hotel in Scotland to The Lugger in Conwall, you’ll find Bespoke Spa Hotels all across the country, including the award-winning Cotswold House Spa (winner of LateRooms’ Spa of the Year 2013). Each offers a variety of treatments for men as well as women, along with facilities ranging from swimming pools to jacuzzis, steam-rooms, saunas, fitness centres, and treatment rooms.

So why not take a look here and work out where you’d like to have your next Bespoke Spa  Hotel break. With Christmas fast approaching why not offer your loved one a Bespoke Betoken, the ideal gift to put towards that desired Bespoke Spa Hotel break.

A Great Christmas Gift from Bespoke Hotels – Betoken

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Betoken

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start warming those credit cards and preparing to do some serious shopping! Picking out the perfect gift is a challenge at the best of times, let alone when fighting your way through the swarms of fellow shoppers seeking to tie up the latest gadget for their loved ones.

If you’re seeking gift ideas for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, mother, father, sister or brother why not give them something they can use with anyone, at any time – a Bespoke Hotels Christmas Gift Voucher or, as we like to say, a Betoken.

 

All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other at Christmas. Most children around the world believe in a magical Christmas gift bringer, most often St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas. However, there are numerous incarnations, such the Christkind in Germany, the Wise Men in Spain, and even Befana, the benevolent old lady, in Italy.

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Christmas Stocking

In most of Europe, the presents delivered by these kindly souls are left in shoes or boots put out by the children of the house. In Italy, the UK and the USA presents are left in stockings often hung beside the fire place. In many countries, however, presents for friends and family may be left under the Christmas Tree. In Britain, they are usually opened on Christmas morning with the whole family gathered together. In this context, a Bespoke Hotel Gift Voucher is easy to hide in the stocking and provide the perfect solution for the family member who wants to unwind and enjoy some R&R following the busy festive season.

What, Where and When?

So what exactly can a Bespoke Hotels Betoken be exchanged for?  The answers simple… Pretty much anything on offer at Bespoke Hotels!  It could be afternoon tea, Sunday lunch, a meal out together, or even a romantic weekend away. And that’s not forgetting Spa treatments  or Rounds of Golf at Bespoke Hotels that have such facilities.

Bespoke Hotels Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, so you’ll have all of next year to cash in your present and treat yourself to a slice of Bespoke luxury.

Bespoke Hotels Gift Vouchers: the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones in 2013. Find out more about Betokens here.

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.