Visit London Blog » hilton Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Hotel News: The DoubleTree by Hilton – Hyde Park Opens; The London EDITION Announcement and Hotels Introduce UnionPay Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:18:20 +0000 Find out what’s happening in London’s hotel scene.

Hotel openings

Last month, The DoubleTree by Hilton – Hyde Park opened its doors following a £10 million refurbishment. The hotel’s new look includes 12 new guest rooms and a restaurant will open in September. The hotel is walking distance from Notting Hill and Queensway Tube stations.

The opening date for new hotel The London EDITION has been confirmed as 12 September. The hotel will open in the location of the former Berners Hotel, with 173 guest rooms, two bars, a 24-hour fitness facilities and a dance club. It is the first London project by hotelier Ian Schrager for 15 years – he previously worked on both Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane hotels.

Chinese whispers

London’s hotels have introduced a range of services to help Chinese guests feel at home. Both Brown’s Hotel and the Corinthia Hotel now accept UnionPay, the Chinese payment card.

The Corinthia also employs both Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking staff members, including in the spa, reception and both restaurants. Chinese guests can also request Chinese breakfast items and Chinese newspapers, and CCTV (China’s state television broadcaster) is included on the TV channel list.

Hilton’s London hotels offer the Huanying Programme, including a Chinese-speaking team member to assist guests, traditional Chinese breakfast and in-room Chinese tea-making facilities.

Free accommodation

Sing for your supper or, in this case, your bed at Clink78 hostel! Musicians can get a free bed for the night in exchange for performing at the hostel’s bar, Clashbar. Find out more

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London Video of the Week: Hilton’s Snowy London Beach Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:30:53 +0000

We’ve seen all kinds of things in the park near our offices (sheep, cricketers, blow-up tents, a cycling mayor), but this particular Potter’s Field stunt on Monday had us intrigued.

Hilton built a beach, in the snow, to draw attention to an illness they call Vacationitis – sufferers struggle to switch off from work even when they’re on holiday (is that you?!). Hilton’s study of 2,000 workers in the UK found more than half of those surveyed continue to take work calls while they were on holiday; and one in five people in the UK haven’t taken a holiday in more than two years.

With all the amazing things to do in London, I think it’s time you took a day off work to enjoy this brilliant city very soon. Perhaps not in your swimsuit in the snow, though.

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