Doggy Speed Dating

Doggy Speed Dating

Doggy Speed Dating

B+B Belgravia is pet friendly and we welcome you and your furry friends to join us as our esteemed guests. This month promises an exciting event for dog lovers visiting our great capital: Doggy Speed Dating.

A dog can give a person a newfound sense of independence and confidence that they didn’t have before. Dogs are more than just pets – they are family. Inviting that special four-legged friend into your life can be somewhat of a challenge. Matching the right dog to the right owner can often be frustrating. Much like their owners, no two dogs are alike.

Fetch & Follow

Fetch & Follow are a lifestyle brand for dog owners and those who love dogs. Their company provides dog owners with items, which are thoughtfully designed while being functional and fit for the everyday practicality of owning a dog.

Fetch & Follow are hosting a Doggy Speed Dating event in the Ace Hotel in London this month and will be supported by several leading experts in the field. Tickets are £20 and include a 10-minute appointment with each industry expert, doggy charity and doggy personality. As a special treat (for good behaviour) you will receive two small plates of – Beef & Bone (roasted hanger steak & grilled bone marrow) and Spiced Corn Dog (battered & fried spiced corn on a skewer with Togarashi spice).

Tickets also include a drink – Terrier Gone Wild (wild berry and tarragon lemonade) or Salty Dog #2 (Bombay Sapphire, Pamplemousse Liqueur, Soda and salt rim) and a doggy-inspired goodie bag from Fetch & Follow.

We love our dogs and we encourage you to attend this wonderful event.

Doggy Speed Dating – hosted by Fetch & Follow
Date: 19 March 2017
Time: 12h00 to 16h00
Tickets: £20
Address: Ace Hotel London Lobby, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
For more information, please visit:
http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/london/doggie-speed-dating-fetch-follow.

 

Dinning out in Belgravia

Dining out in Belgravia

Dining out in Belgravia

B+B Belgravia offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. However, if you are interested in dining out in Belgravia, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

Il Convivio

Address: 143 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QN
Phone: 0207 730 4099

If you love the taste of Italian cuisine, you’ll love this little gem.

Il Convivio, translated from Italian means: ‘banquet’ and at this fine establishment, you should expect nothing less. The restaurant is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from B+B Belgravia.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12:00 PM – 15:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

This eloquent restaurant, in glorious Georgian surroundings, serves as one of the leading Italian restaurants in the capital. Its modern Italian cuisine is highly acclaimed and praised by the critics.

Head Chef, Cedric Neri leads the team to deliver a dining experience second to none. The private setting offers corporate clients the perfect opportunity to entertain guests. There are comfortable sofas and coffee tables for relaxing as well seating available for up to 14 guests.

The delicious, mouth-watering menu offers a wide selection modern Italian delights and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor. This includes A La cate, private dining and set menu options.

We thoroughly recommend experiencing Il Convivio for yourself.

 

Baker and Spice

Address: Belgravia, 54-56 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PB
Phone: 0207 730 5524

‘Convenience Without Compromise’.

The establishment is located within 5 minutes’ walk from B+B Belgravia, offering freshly made products for you to enjoy.

With excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, this wonderful bakery is the perfect place to grab a coffee and pastry. Their delicious, handmade delights are freshly made, in-house, every day. They offer a wide selection of treats ranging from cakes, pastries, breads and cookies served in a unique atmosphere.

The undisputable ‘home-away-from-home’ sensation of walking into any of the Baker and Spice stores is something to experience for yourself.

Open Monday to Saturday 07h00am to 19h00 and Sunday 08h00am to 18h00, Baker and Spice features as one of the shining beacons of Belgravia.

 

Olivomare

Address: 10 Lower Belgrave Street, London, SW1W 0LJ
Phone: 020 7730 9022

Located only 5 minutes’ walk from B+B Belgravia, Olivomare offers a seafood only based menu.

The menu is lovingly described as “Wonderful Sardinian seafood” and offers a classic section of starters. For the more adventurous, the menu has a temping selection of chargrilled stuffed baby squid and sea urchins served raw with crostini.

Opening hours are Monday – Friday 1200 – 1430 and 1900 – 2300, Saturday 1200 – 1500 and 1900 – 2300, Sunday 1200 – 1500 and 1900 – 2230 (Closed on bank holidays)

Make sure you visit Olivomare while you are staying with us. It is an experience you will not forget.

St Patrick’s Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig! If you speak Gaelic, you might know this means ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’. Approaching the end of March, we welcome Spring time with open arms. But not before we celebrate Ireland’s patron Saint.

On 17 March every year, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by thousands of people across the globe.

In true Irish style, the festivity is not confined to only one day. The whole weekend is a flurry-filled multitude of Irish music, dance, street theatre, food and a parade. You can expect the traditional shamrock featured in every pub as far as the eye can see and a plethora of folks dressed green outfits, ready to celebrate like no-one else can.

Look out for landmarks illuminated in brilliant emerald light. There are around 180 international sites that will be bathed in green. This is to remind us that we are all welcome to take part in the celebrations in true Irish fashion.

In London, the three-day celebration officially starts on Friday 17 March 2017. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend, ending with the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square Festival on Sunday 19 March 2017.

How St Patrick’s day came to be

The Feast of Saint Patrick, otherwise known as St Patricks day, commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. 17 March is in fact the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).

The Shamrock

A shamrock is a young sprig of clover and, according to legend, is the well-known symbol that Saint Patrick used as a metaphor to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The three leaves of the small plant were used to represent The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.

Accommodation

As you can probably guess, the festival promises to be very popular and accommodation should be planned well in advance. B+B Belgravia is located in the heart of London with quick travel access to all the Saint Patrick’s Day events. To make a booking, please call +44 (0) 20 7259 8570 or visit our website: http://www.bb-belgravia.com

Mistletoe & Glühwein

bbc-christmas-market-1Christmas is in the air, and across our cities and towns the festive markets are opening their gates.

In London, Winter Wonderland is in full swing, with the attendant thrills, bright lights and revolving carousel bars. Only a 10 minute bus ride or 15 minute walk from B+B Belgravia, this is always a popular choice.

If you prefer a more traditional venue, the Tate Modern hosts a village of Alpine chalets from their entrance down to the river. This is a magical location to enjoy your Glühwein, and only a short walk from the South Bank Centre, with its gorgeous Christmas crafts fair.

To enjoy the famous London Christmas lights most people head down to Oxford Circus (only 2 stops on the Victoria line), from when you can admire the famous shopping thoroughfares of Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, and the spectacular Regent’s Street illuminations. However, I would recommend hustling through those crowds as quickly as possible and heading towards Covent Garden, where you will find the enchanting (and calmer) Seven Dials; this year transformed into a magical winter forest.

Whatever you are doing this Christmas the Christmas capital has something for everyone; just ask our duty manager team on site for their personal recommendations.

Merry Christmas One And All!

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Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Watch fireworks light up the Houses of Parliament, and ask ‘Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?’
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across the majestic views of the Thames?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And finally. The climax of London’s Autumn. The best reason to don a coat & gloves. The World’s best Festive Festival… Winter Wonderland reopens on 19th November. Last year it was FREE, and you can walk there from B+B Belgrvia.

So how about it? Gleaming pavements, riverside restaurants, the most exciting city in the world… London is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues.

If you are planning a jaunt from 1st November, book at B+B Belgravia for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online.

Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.

New B+B relaunches Bar and Restaurant to Hampshire diners

The Old House Hotel in historic Wickham Square has received a facelift!

Now sitting proudly alongside her sisters in Belgravia, Edinburgh and Weymouth , B+B Wickham is the newest member of the B+B Collection.

The building boasts original features galore and the 12 bedrooms have been individually designed around this. Ornate fireplaces, sash windows and cosy nooks are complimented with great quality white cotton linen on super comfy beds. Bathrooms boast luxurious products, white fluffy towels and each room has a bath and shower. B+B Wickham is a stylish alternative to outdated bed and breakfasts and offers an  affordable alternative to the predictable 4* chain hotel.

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Public areas have been freshened with a brand new colour scheme  – adding the unique B+B flash to the bar and reception areas. Design and quality are big parts of the B+B philosophy.

Bar

But there is a big difference between B+B Wickham and her sisters and that is The Old House Bar and Restaurant.

Building on already fine reputation , Chef Andy Millard has worked tirelessly to create a menu we are all super proud to shout about! Hampshire is bursting with food purveyors galore and our new menus celebrate this heritage. Paired with a wine by the glass list sourced by our in-house expert, we are in no doubt – The Old House Bar and Restaurant  will become THE food and drink destination of Wickham and Hampshire. … and if this wonderful weather holds for the summer – the suntrapped garden welcoming dogs will be the perfect al fresco venue for lazy lunches!

To help celebrate the opening, members of the B+B Collection Belong + Benefit Club are to receive an exclusive opening offer. Click here to read all about it!

B+B Belgravia and Team wish B+B Wickham and The old House Bar and Restaurant all the very best for their opening and launch on 20th July 2015.

 

 

 

Christmas in London – B+B Style!

At B+B Belgravia, we are right in the heart of Christmas in London. Just a short walk from Victoria station, and along Ebury Street and you are transported into a Winter Wonderland of independent boutiques, gift shops and high end coffee houses and eateries. What a way to prepare for an indulgent Christmas in style!

The Annual Belgravia Street Party

The Annual Belgravia Street Party

We want to share with you a selection of our favourite Festive events and highlights – a proper London insiders view!

The Window Displays

Without even entering the stores, the displays are fabulous! Here are a few of the most iconic and wonderful Christmas windows in London, each with their own theme to entice you in..

Fortnum & Mason have a Christmas Past theme with scenes of the River Thames frozen over. It was tradition to host great markets and events on the frozen waters and F&M have adorned  their windows with indulgent goodies and gifts all available inside!

Christmas Window Display

F&M Christmas Window Display

Harrods is a must on the Christmas Window Display trail – just take a look at this Land of Make Believe – only Stella McCartney ballerina’s and fairies! Anyone not tempted to go inside the big wide doors must be seriously Bah-Humbug!

Land of Make Believe

Harrods – Land of Make Believe

Ice -skating at The Natural History Museum

A visit to the NHM is a joy in itself – the walls ooze history and secrets. Watching children’s faces light up at the huge dinosaur displays is something for the memory bank for sure! Imagine combining a trip with real ice-skating outside? Well – it’s all possible until January 5th – wrap up warm!…although there is a great cafe for hot chocolate and sticky buns..oh and mulled wine!

Ice Skating with Dinosaurs

Ice Skating with Dinosaurs

Carols at St Pauls Cathedral

After the indulgence and adrenalin of shopping, sight-seeing and mulled wine, take a pause to remember the spiritual significance of Christmas. Regardless of religion or background, this super special event will leave you spell-bound and tingling. Soak in all the magic of this time of year with carol singing and tradition in one of London’s most significant buildings.

..and breathe. St Paul's Cathedral

..and breathe. St Paul’s Cathedral

 

…so there you have our taster of London at Christmas B+B Style! This is just a taster – book your stay, enjoy our WINTER2014 promotional rate and let us help you soak up the best city on the planet this Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR GUESTS – THANK YOU FOR SHARING

summer fun in London

Summer in London is fun – the city comes alive with festivals of food, culture or just good time bonkers events!  The city is so well connected that a visitor is never too far from an amazing event – from a local neighbourhood street market to a huge open air cinematic experience.

London’s choice of alfresco film screenings is bigger than ever for 2014. Big-screen movie showings, with line-ups covering everything from well-loved comedies to cult classics, have popped up for the season and have been really popular during the hot weather.

And the summer weather has been perfect for doing what we Brits do very well – visit the pub! London’s beer gardens are the best – overlooking the Thames, along the Embankment with local ales on tap and fun BBQ’s. Or look up – the best places to kick back, soak in the sun and listen to the capital’s top DJ’s are the rooftops with venues offering the festival vibe in the heart of the city.

But for the culture vultures amongst us – the biggest music festival in London is the Proms. Spanning 3 months, London opens its doors to the  greatest orchestras and classical musicians in the world. The big concerts attract big audiences but you can often get standing room space for £5, available on the day. All starts this Friday, 18th July.

So, whilst London is a huge urban city – there are plenty of reasons to get outdoors and seek an alternative view of our amazing capital city!london Summer

 

We love independent boutique b+b Belgravia

We want to share our b+b and our Love of Belgravia ,  to explain why we are proud to be part of the boutique fabric of this independent neighbourhood.  Belgravia is quiet, peaceful and exclusive in comparison to it’s neighbours . Buildings are tall white townhouses organised in quiet streets and squares – it has always been considered a fashionable part of London and has attracted fashion houses – Jenny Packham’s  wedding boutique window is a joy and Allison Rodgers offers a discerning service to very high profile Belgravia residents including Cherie Blair and Nigella Lawson.

The independent spirit is alive. Just around the corner  is Elizabeth Street – home to Mungo and Maud – Luxury dog & cat accessories for the contemporary home & lifestyle. We love a browse here and often suggest our guests take their pooches for a perusal whilst staying with us!  And not to forget Peggy Porschen. I dare anyone to try to pass  without stopping to gaze at her inimitable fancy cupcakes and sipping on a capuccino whilst watching the world go by. Peggy offers a super range of baking courses and we provide 4* accommodation within walking distance of the famous pink front door. The artisan foodie culture is alive and well in Belgravia.  Olivo’s Sardinian collection has expanded into divine ice creams and gelatos whilst OlivoCarne still serves the best steaks around. No visit to Belgravia’s foodie scene is complete without a glass of something cheeky in the Ebury Street Wine Bar. Gourmet food acclaimed throughout the world and still going strong after 52 years!

Walking is  the way to explore – we are within 10 minutes easy stroll of Victoria Station – tube, rail and bus networks throughout the City and beyond. ..And just around the corner is the famous Buckingham Palace Road leading directly to the Palace and Parks. But this leads us away from Belgravia and perhaps we will explore further afield in our next blog…!

 

 

Belgravia in the mood for Love and Romance

Love is in the Air.

With Belgravia well established on the London map as a great borough for Food, Drink, shopping and celebrity watching, we are proud to part of this fab community .

Thinking of spoiling your loved one to a fantastic ‘experience’ rather than a pressie, you could do a lot worse than treat them to an overnight trip to the City of London.

Here is a very short suggestion of the Top Romantic spots in our very special neighbourhood..

Peggy Porschen Cakes – THE bespoke cake design company occupying a very pink corner of Ebury Street! B+B Belgravia have looked after Peggy’s guests attending her superb masterclasses for a long, long time. Peggy’s Spring 2014 focus are Cakes In Bloom  – Peggy will share her love and help teach her students the art of sugar flower creation….how romantic is that?!  This is also the perfect spot for sipping a cappuccino and watching the world go by.. with pink cup cake, of course!

Thomas Cubitt – we have always rated this lovely pub on a sunny corner.. al fresco dining during the spring/summer or cosy dining room during the winter months. The Thomas Cubitt has been recently voted in the Top Ten London Dating Hotspots and mentioned in the Telegraph for this reason. We love the wine list and premium beers and spotted some very famous Chelsea residents enjoying the ambience as well..!

Belgravia Gallery – a true gem ..this month our neighbours have exhibited poems written by Nelson Mandela and drawing s of him alongside his reflections of Robben Island. A must for Culture Vultures and anyone who supports the finer things in life..

Bijoux Spa – right opposite us, this super French run spa is a favourite for cosmetic well being procedures. Discreetly situated behind a beautiful, pretty, twinkling shop front – we challenge any of our guests to walk by without being tempted…!

…there are many many more independent treasures on the doorstop of B+B Belgravia – whats stopping you from booking THE most romantic weekend in this tranquil corner of the capital …a warm welcome awaits.