On a recent trip to London, London So Chic had a peek inside The Savoy. We weren’t the only ones ogling the interiors. A crowd of passer-bys and chic guests were standing open-mouthed in the lobby. We appreciated the one-bedroom River View Deluxe Suite, dressed in handsome Edwardian style, for the gorgeous views of London’s skyline through a wall of glass.

The Savoy is celebrated for its American Bar, arguably one of the most famous watering holes on earth, but it’s also now home to the Beaufort Bar, a gilded space that’s bound to become a top London destination for cocktails. Designed in black and gold, the bar oozes opulence and glamour. It was built on the hotel’s original cabaret stage, and offers live entertainment every night. Libations on offer include 28 Champagnes available by the glass, Champagne cocktails, and expertly mixed signature cocktails. Here’s a look at the most impressive drinks:

The Gilded Cage, a drink that serves two for £26: Vodka, Mandarin Liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse, Fresh Passionfruit and Mango with Pomegranate Foam. (The two glasses are served in a bird cage.)

The Winston, for the Cognac and cigar aficionado, £51.50: Hennessy XO Cognac, Blood Orange Purée, Quince Liqueur and Vanilla Syrup with a Muddled Romeo y Julieta Cigar, Served Straight Up



Great news from London: The city’s newest five-star luxury hotel, Corinthia Hotel London, has announced that reservations are now open to the public, several months before the April opening.

Reservations for the capital’s newest luxury hotel can be made through the website www.corinthia.com/London, via email reservations.london@corinthia.com or by telephone at 1-877-842-6269 (US toll free).

Corinthia Hotel London is a reconstruction of what was originally an imposing Victorian-era Grand Hotel. What we’re psyched about: The reborn hotel will have 294 rooms, including 43 luxe suites. The 5,059-square-foot Royal Suite will reportedly be the largest in London. There will be  seven signature suites over two stories, served by their own internal elevators, and located inside historic turrets featuring terraces with views across some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Even cooler: Each signature suite is inspired by a great figure in British history including a musician, inventor and writer.

The hotel will also have a refurbished grand ballroom takes centre stage and includes restored Victorian features. The hotel’s main restaurant, The Northall, will offer raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local sources and an organic focused wine list. 

In addition, the hotel features two striking venues conceived by interior design practice David Collins Studio. The musically inspired destination bar, Bassoon, will serve both molecular cocktails and colonial inspired drinks from its boutique spirits library. Massimo Restaurant and Oyster Bar, headed by Italian chef patron Massimo Riccioli, offers an exciting menu specializing in fish with a strong focus on daily catches.

The Corinthia’s massive ESPA will spread out over four floors and will offer some unique luxury spa treatments. Legendary colorist and hairdresser Daniel Galvin OBE will open a second London salon within the hotel. We love this: A private room in the salon will offer a library of over 25,000 films for VIP clients from the performing arts and film industry to use as a reference for their own hairstyles, color and make-up. Other firsts for the hotel include a Harrods-inspired luxury lifestyle concept store in the main lobby. 

For more information, visit www.corinthia.com/london.

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The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London is coming up soon, and hotels throughout the city are preparing for the influx of visitors. The Ritz London, a popular spot for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, recently announced its rates for the weekend of April 29, starting at $1,233 per room per night for an Executive King room. (A minimum three-night stay is required.)

One Aldwych, meanwhile, is offering a Modern Romance package for couples that includes an overnight stay, breakfast for two, champagne upon arrival and for toasting the Royal couple during their procession to Westminster Abbey, dinner and gifts. The package costs $768.

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Here’s a love letter for London: On Valentine’s Day 2011, the W London – Leicester Square will open its doors to the public. The hotel is located on the corner of Leicester Square and Wardour Street, close to Soho‘s shopping and culture.

Cool architectural details: The building is 10 stories high, veiled in translucent glass that changes color according to the time of day, the ambiance of the area or happenings in the hotel or the city. The premiere installation has been commissioned by the architects Jestico + Whiles and produced by lighting artist Jason Bruges.

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Reservations are now available for arrivals beginning January 31 at the Four Seasons London at Park Lane. The hotel underwent extensive renovations, which included the addition of a new all-glass top floor. The hotel had originally planned to reopen last last year.

The hotel now includes a brand new top floor with a 7,500-square-foot spa with 360 degree views of London, nine treatment rooms, including a double suite overlooking Hyde Park, male and female saunas and a rooftop fitness centre.

The property’s redesigned interiors were designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, responsible for Four Seasons projects in Paris, Florence, Geneva and Washington D.C.

Visit www.fourseasons.com/london.

We hear that the London neighborhood of Knightsbridge will be the site for a new 36-suite luxury townhouse hotel scheduled to open in November 2012, aiming to be the city’s first six-star hotel.

The Wellesley, to be located at 11 Knightsbridge, will be managed by Arab Investments’ City and Country Hotels. The property was formerly commercial offices in Arab Investments property portfolio.

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We’ve heard that W will be expanding its eclectic empire into the heart of U.K. with the W London-Leicester Square, on the site of the former Swiss Centre building.

Slated to open this February, the decidedly sleek new hotel is located within walking distance from Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus and steeped in cinema due to its proximity to Theatreland. W London-Leicester Square will feature 194 guest rooms and 10 two-level, luxury branded residences, as well as a signature spa, fitness facility, a new restaurant and of course, W’s exclusive Living Room experience.

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If your clients will be in London over this coming weekend, they’ll have plenty of Halloween-themed activities to keep them entertained…or scared out of their wits; whichever they prefer. Courtesy of Londonist, here are some events worth checking out:

*    Scala in King’s Cross will be converted into The Haunted Ballroom on Saturday, with “unique live music, curious vaudeville, vintage DJing, interactive theatre and eccentric dressed up characters.”

*    All Star Lanes Brick Lane hosts the Bangers & Mash’s Halloween Party on Saturday. The usual melange of fancy dress and spooky fun will be complemented by free bowling for the first 50 entries.

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At 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences, newly designed suites come with butler service for parents and nanny service for kids.

For families, the hotel has 10 three-bedroom suites available, with the flexibility of interconnecting rooms. The Prime Minister’s Suite, a five-bedroom residence that comprises the entire first floor, is another option for larger families or groups of up to 10. The Chancellor’s Suite, connected by a spiral staircase, has the Prime Minister’s Suite’s fifth bedroom, third study and fourth reception room. Finally, The Presidential Floor has nine bedrooms and extensive living areas on two full floors connected via an internal staircase.

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At The Athenaeum, which overlooks Green Park and Buckingham Palace, every day is kid-friendly day.

We hear that the one-bedroom apartments are best for families, though we hear that the Rooftop Suite and Green Park Suites are also very popular. What makes the apartments stand out? They have a private entrance and are connected to the hotel by a private corridor. The kitchens make quick snacks and meals easy, and the hotel has a grocery shopping service. (Even better, guests can pre-order their groceries before arrival, so their room is stocked at check-in.)

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