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!

bbb-christmas-seven-dials

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.

Garden Room 12

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