London’s Hippest Hotels


London’s hotels are racing to accommodate the millions of tourists that visit the city each year. In 2006, a record 15.2 million people traveled to the U.K

A wide range of chic options from the traditional to the trendy, and rooms for those on a budget as well as those with money to spare.

London’s chicest hotels enhance these experiences by offering a breadth of extras from unique in-room amenities to distinctive decor.

These details, says Alden, define how guests remember the hotel. The most successful London hotels have used accents like Lucite tables, vintage cognacs and pear-wood paneling to create a memorable atmosphere.

The hippest hotels in London according to Herbert Ypma:

Haymarket Hotel – Best Distinctive Decor

Threadneedles -Top Spot For The Executive

Metropolitan – Best Place For A Celebrity Sighting

The Berkeley– Most Family-Friendly

Lanesborough – Best Old-World Luxury

Blakes Hotel – Most Decadent Design


New Year Eve 2008 :)


They stand on opposite corners of the west window of St Andrews Church, St Andrews Hill. They started out life in Hatton Garden on the wall of a 17th century school. It must have been a craze at the time as there are two almost identical ones in Greycoat Place, in Victoria. The boy holds a bible in his right hand and a cap in his left. It is said the Charles Dickens who lived and worked locally, would look at the statue and used it as a model for a new novel he was writing Oliver Twist. The girl has a bible in her right hand and what appears to be a shopping bag in the other. She stand looking at the new Sainsbury’s head office at Holborn Circus, which has an express shop inside. She has a look of surprise in her eyes as though she has forgotten to buy something that she needed.

London Cafes

I f you are lookin for glorious waft of fresh coffee, the smell you expect to find as you wander through a backstreet of Paris, or in an Italian cafe, you must visit ther main streets of London’s Soho.:) Despite wonderful coffees, cafeterias in London offer a wide selection of cakes.

I recommend Caffe Nero. It`s ideal place to rest after a hard days work or shopping. Tasteful decor and a fine choice of beverages make for a positive, appealing experience.

London Eye offers a unique view over London. It`s located opposite the Houses of Parliament, over the River Thames.

To have wonderful panorama of London you should pick a clear day. It`s worth to visit it at night, as well. There are 34 capsules, and “flight” takes about 30 minutes.

londonist about Sutton Cemetery

Londonist has a case of the spookies – deathly headstones in deathly places. More specifically, Sutton Cemetery.

According to This is Local London, bereaved relatives frequenting their loved one’s resting place have been confronted by not-so-subtle wooden support stakes and yellow post-its informing them of the instability of the headstones, which must then either be shored up or replaced. A spokesman from Sutton council explains these actions are a response to the rising number of accidents, including deaths, which have recently resulted from these falling felons. In fact, the issue is so paramount the national Health and Safety Executive has urged all local councils to carry out similar surveys.

Such action has provoked the wrath of relatives though, who contend that nothing is wrong with the headstones. To add further insult to, ahem, injury, those without the correct insurance policy must foot the bill. Unhappy times.

YoRk CiTy

York is a marvellous historical city. At all four gateways, you can climb your way up and walk over the city wall. Although it is the most complete city wall of the UK, you’ll have to step down sometimes because the wall is not completely intact anymore. However, this can hardly be a problem. When you’ve to get off at Lendal Bridge (one of the three main stretches), you can visit the Museum Gardens with its museum, the St Mary’s Abbey Ruins, the famous Multangular Tower and the nearly adjoining City Art Gallery. To the south, nearby Tower street, climb the stairs to the Clifford’s Tower and visit the Castle Museum. The latter is only one of the many museums in York. A must is, of course, a visit to the York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe, surrounded by Dean’s Park, Stone Gate and St William’s College. York is an excellent city to explore on foot and you can easily find you’re way around. Besides that, the city tourist office offers several bus tours that cover the main sights in the city.

Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel is a place where the atmosphere of quiet, calm, and efficient service is more reminiscent of a private club than an international 4 star luxury hotel in Central London.

The guest rooms and deluxe suites combine superb facilities with relaxing surroundings: the Library, Butlers Restaurant, the light and airy Conservatory and the intimate bar cater for every culinary whim or inclination; make a restaurant reservation online.

All, in the vibrant centre of town just a short stroll from Bond Street, the perfect location from which to experience London.

Rooms are very comfortable with a great air conditioning. Restaurant is worth recommending as well, delicious meals plus the silver service, presentation and attention to detail can make this a truly enjoyable evening.