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Tales From The Riverbank: Stories of Summer Picnics

Humble summer picnics are chief amongst the most classic of summer thrills, or not so humble as the case may be – I know some master picnickers who have extremely elaborate tastes, honed at the likes of Henley and Glyndebourne.

Nonetheless, from cheese and tomato sandwiches and a bag of crisps, to lashings of lemonade and countryside adventures reminiscent of The Famous Five, having summer picnics are joyous occasions evocative of childhood memories, classic literature and grass-stained shorts.

Cotswold Garden summer picnics
Cotswold Garden

I think everyone has his or her perfect childhood picnic memory (or at least I hope they do). For me it was always those on the beach, which invariably resulted in my egg mayonnaise having a sand accompaniment, and melting ice creams dribbling halfway down sticky fingers and chubby arms.

I also have a distinct memory of sharing half my lunch with a duck on one occasion, and in more recent years have thoroughly enjoyed overeating strawberries that have gone sugary in the heat, not to mention falling asleep with my book on my face.

Happily, alfresco dining is supported by health experts who make wonderful claims about the benefits of eating outside. Apparently it stimulates the appetite and helps your digestive system and metabolism to function more effectively. All of that’s good to know but let’s be honest, the real reason this quintessentially English pastime has remained so popular is because the British countryside (and city parks) are simply beautiful.

Summer picnics near Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

From coast to country we are blessed with a rich abundance of verdant landscapes, so it would be churlish not to eat lunch on a rug on the floor, play the games we haven’t played since we were children, and wonder if we can find the very same rabbit hole through which Alice travelled to Wonderland or spot the cast from The Wind in the Willows pottering along between the reeds on grassy riverbanks like those at the Columba Hotel.

Incidentally, that particular bespoke secret was recently voted one of the UK’s top 10 riverside breaks, in the Daily Mail, and is perched on the banks of the River Ness. In short, it is the type of place that summer picnics were made for and it’s hard to imagine anything finer.

Ultimately, summer picnics are the stuff that really good memories (and stories) are made of. The question is; are you going to take Enid Blyton or Lewis Carroll with you?

How Bespoke Family Hotels Bring Convenience to Families between Christmas and New Year

Bespoke-family-hotels-christmas-2013Parents will admit that finding accommodation that provides for all of your needs at a great price can be extremely difficult, especially when your children are going to be staying with you. Bespoke family hotels understand the specific needs of the adults and children during their stay and can cater well for everyone’s needs and ensure that no one is neglected at great prices between Christmas and New Year.

Services and Facilities from Bespoke Family Hotels

For everyone to be accommodated at great prices sufficiently and effectively during a stay at a hotel between Christmas  and New Year there must be a wide range of services and facilities to make certain that people of all ages are well provided for.

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Bespoke Family Hotels

This doesn’t just mean that Bespoke family hotels’ rooms uses a mini-bar, but more that it caters for the specific needs of every age. There will be a good-sized television and perhaps a DVD player to cater for children’s needs, with some hotels even providing games machines in some hotel rooms. Also a lot of Bespoke family hotels have special events during the period between Christmas  and New Year.

During the recession some families have found it difficult to be able to eat in hotels for every meal everyday which is why good quality Bespoke family hotels offer great value children’s menus as well as offers for adults so that the family can enjoy all the facilities of Bespoke family hotels between Christmas and New Year without leaving the accommodation to seek meals elsewhere.

Security is Important

Where a family is travelling away from their home, they are outside of their comfort zone because they do not understand the area where they are living, temporarily. Bespoke family hotels provide 24/7 service and security tol help keep a family reassured that they are safe and secure while they are in the confines of the hotel grounds.

The guests will expect that the majority of travellers in Bespoke family hotels to be similar to themselves so all Bespoke family hotels are friendly for families as between Christmas and New Year they are not targeted directly at business people with no allowance for the young or the elderly.

Bespoke family hotels think carefully about the security of young children to be attractive for families on their travels as they understand that the room, general areas as well as swimming pools and child friendly areas will be safe for their use.

Meals in Bespoke Family Hotels Restaurants

Bespoke-Family-Hotel-RestaurantsAs previously stated, one of the essential aspects of Bespoke family hotels is in the quality of the menu in restaurants and snack bars. Children do not usually wish to eat the same food as their parents or guardians, but that doesn’t mean that they need to live on burgers and hot dogs while they are staying in the hotel. Bespoke family hotels provide a range of tasty alternatives on their menus so that everyone can be satisfied.

So wherever you wish to stay Bespoke family hotels have great offers between Christmas and New Year but you’d better hurry to book as rooms are going quickly.  Choose your hotel here and then book here .

Bespoke Hotels wish you and all your family season’s greetings and look forward to seeing you very soon.

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.

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.