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Christmas in London – B+B Style!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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

 

Belgravia in the mood for Love and Romance

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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.

 

 

Awe-Inspiring Summer Art In London

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

London is renowned for being home to some of the world’s greatest art exhibitions. Every summer millions of tourists flock to the city in order to visit the scores of museums and art galleries which mushroom from the city’s every historic nook and cranny.

The well-established bigger gallery venues never rest on their laurels in their goal to deliver exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions during the height of summer. Top arts and museum venues offer a wealth of talented homegrown and international artists, artefacts and visual media.

2013 is already proving to be an outstanding year for London’s top gallery attractions. The Pompeii exhibition produced at the British Museum now wows crowds who have made a visit from all over the globe. It has already sold more than 50,000 tickets – the highest number for any of the big shows staged in the venue’s reading rooms in the past five years.

Judging from the short list below this year’s choice isn’t limited to ancient disasters, and is sure to appeal to all kinds of visitors with a desire to while away an arty afternoon or weekend in the heart of the capital.

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum

250 exhibits evoke the ordinary experience of life in these times. Exhibits paint a wonderfully real picture of the two towns just before Mount Vesuvius buried them in AD79: from carbonised food and impressive wall paintings, mosaics and cultural curiosities. Until September 29th.

David Bowie at the V&A

The exhibition charts Bowie’s influence on fashion, music and art through the decades through 300 objects. Some of Bowie’s iconic stage tour outfits feature as well as diary entries, sketches and scores. Until July 28th

Alien Revolution at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

The exhibition takes a trip through our fascination with aliens through 19th century illustrations of moon maidens, snaps of the Mars rover Curiosity, 1970s evidence of crop circles, and stills from ’80s-favourite ‘ET’. The exhibition is associated with several events which encourage visitors to wonder at the sky at night. These include four sci-fi movie nights, an alien planetarium show and make-a planet finder session. Until August 16th

Coronation! 1953-2013 at Westminster Abbey

The exhibition in the Abbey’s Chapter House marks the 60th anniversary of the 1953 Coronation with some behind-the-scenes images that show how the Abbey was prepared for the 1953 coronation, as shot by the likes of photojournalists such as Bert Hardy and John Chillingworth for the Picture Post and other publications. Included are images detailing the extensive building work done to re-configure the abbey in a six-month Ministry of Works project that was just one part of the build-up to the event. It is run in association with Getty Images. Until September 27th.

Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs

The tube is 150 years old. These posters communicate how Londoners were told about latest developments, and informed how for example they could use the system to escape bad weather and more recently to instill faith in passengers that the Tube is in good shape. The posters from the early parts of the 20th century contain an artistic quality as several on show were designed by leading lights May Ray, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash or Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. 1930s works by Edward McKnight Kauffer and Harry Beck are also included. Until October 27th.

There are plenty of awe-inspiring exhibitions on offer this summer for art enthusiasts and museum buffs alike. B+B Belgravia can make your stay a relaxing one during your tour of some of the city’s most interesting cultural hot spots.

Hot Tickets in London this Summer

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

With the weather finally changing for the better, you could be fooled into thinking summer is on the way!  Summer, of course, is the season of outdoor activities from music festivals to sunbathing to sports fixtures and London is no exception, hosting many of the year’s most prestigious events.  Here is a quick rundown of some of the top events in and around the UK’s capital city.

Festivals

London’s Hyde Park and Victoria Park have become havens for many festival planners and promoters offering unrivalled access for the city’s residents.  A few of the festivals coming up over the next few months are:

Field Day Festival at Victoria Park – 25th May

Field Day started its life outside a pub as a low-key local music event but has since snowballed in popularity so much so that it now hosts some of the top names in RnB and dance music, including Disclosure and Eats Everything plus the UK debut performance from Beyonce’s sister Solange.

Lovebox Festival at Victoria Park – 19th-21st July

Lovebox has become another household name as far as London music events are concerned and with a more mainstream RnB and pop feel, there is something for everyone to see over the three days of top quality live performances.  Artists scheduled to perform this year are Goldfrapp, Plan B and Annie Mac.

South West Four at Hyde Park – 24th-25th August

SW4 has become synonymous with London’s dance music scene and is probably the fastest-selling festival this summer so book early to avoid disappointment.  Held in the height of (hopefully) a hot weekend, the biggest names in dance and electronica take to Hyde Park to give London the feeling of an endless summer.


Sports

During the next few months, some of your favourite sportsmen will be embracing the summer weather in a wide variety of competitive events, including:

World Rowing Cup – 21st-23rd June

You will get a chance here to see the second stage of the world’s top rowing competition and the opportunity to see the most experienced and best rowers at their peak leading to the final in Switzerland in July.

Global Champions Tour – 6th-9th June

This top showjumping competition will see the world’s best horse trainers and riders take part, hosted in London for the first time, at the prestigious Olympic Park.  This is a great opportunity for the whole family to witness the most majestic and well-trained horses in nail-biting competition.

Euroleague Final Four – 10th-12th May

This event sees twenty-four top basketball teams from thirteen European countries compete to get to the semi-finals hosted at the O2 on 10th May with the finals taking place on the 12th.  This is a perfect chance to see great sportsmen at the top of their game, great for hardcore fans of the sport or for those looking to get into something new and exciting.

So whether it’s dancing in a field or watching others play on one, there is something in London to get you out of the house and into the sunshine, provided the weather keeps up it’s side of the bargain!  B+B Belgravia can make your festival or event that much easier to plan, with competitive prices and a great central location.

 

The Olympic Stadium prepares to rock London visitors in 2013

Friday, February 8th, 2013

After the successful use of music and performance during the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics 2012, promoters are preparing the Olympic stadium for a host of large-scale music events in July 2013.

The iconic stadium will rival London’s other large venues, such as the O2 and Wembley Arena for being world-class music and performance arenas.

The upcoming July performances will mark the anniversary of the Olympic Games with acts expected to match the talents of last year’s athletes. Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, told BBC London: “We have the opportunity to put on some major events in the Olympic Park- some music events and festivals and an anniversary weekend on the 27th and 28th of July”.

Taking on Hyde Park events

The announcement comes after previous complaints surrounding entertainment at Hyde Park. Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen have both experienced the wrath of local residents and council restrictions: their microphones were cut off when their shows overran. Complaints about noise have almost doubled since 2008. The Olympic Stadium is more than equipped to take on these events, providing better seating, vision and sound from its highly sophisticated facilities.

London’s musical reputation grows again

The city has long been internationally regarded as having one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes. Artists of all levels flock to appear at venues around the city for their local and visiting fans.

Enjoy a full weekend of London attractions

With so much see, hear, and do, it comes as no surprise that many visitors choose to make their London stay a weekend break to remember. Enjoy the extra spending money you’ll be left with from a stay at a 3-star bed and breakfast, without any compromise on quality. B+B Belgravia’s modern furnishings, central location, and delicious breakfasts match the best 3-star hotels that London has to offer.

 

Image courtesy of flickr.

Ice skate your way around London’s best attractions

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Ice Skating at Somerset House, London

London has taken cues from New York with a growing number of exciting ice-skating rinks appearing around the City. Swirling your partner around the ice locked in a romantic stance, or sliding with style whilst admiring the London scenery are both exciting ways to spend a glamorous London break.

B+B Belgravia’s central location takes time out of the equation when deciding on where to skate first.

 

The Natural History Museum

Taking a sidestep from its usual activities, visitors can skate on a 950 square metre ice rink half the size of a football pitch from 2nd November to the 6th January. It is open 10am until 10pm most days. Ticket prices start at £9.

Book online with Ticketmaster or book in person at the ice rink box office in the museum gardens.

 

Tower of London

Skating is available outside one of London’s most iconic landmarks until the 6th of January 2013. Beefeaters and crows look on as visitors take to the dry moat and show off their skills. Ice guides are available for supervised group skating (£32 per session). Sessions last for one hour, and wheelchairs are welcome except during the last session of the day.

Peak time tickets are £13, off peak tickets cost £11.

 

Somerset House

The grand square outside this cultural landmark is hosting the most glamorous outdoor ice rink this year. Their unique offering comes in the form of ice skating club nights, which are not to be missed. Top DJ’s and artists play whilst crowds dance on the light covered arena. Upcoming performances include the Ministry of sound radio, Joey Negro, DJ Mag, and Lovesick.

Prices increase the later the sessions start with a 1hour 15-minute session at 16:15 costing £12.50. Individual prices are set for each club night.

 

B+B Belgravia has the modern comforts and hearty breakfasts to prepare you for the ice. We also have the comfortable beds and furnishings and to rest your weary legs. It is handy that some of the best shopping districts in the world, such as Harrods, are nearby should you be tired from all the skating.