The Royal borough of Chelsea offers so much, and we are pleased to announce our new ‘Explore Chelsea’ package.
So what is there to see in Chelsea?
Apart from the obvious shopping delights on the Kings Road, there is a simply wonderful garden centre, named in a “top 5 garden centres in the world” list recently. Rassells is a little treasure. Go past the shopfront and explore an entire Georgian Square filled with plants and flowers.
London markets are a huge tradition and you need to explore both Portabello and the less tourist-led Golbourne Road market, complete with some really good examples of exactly how to do ‘street food’.
Chelsea was developed as a location for museums devoted to science and the arts, meaning there is lots on offer. The Natural History museum, The Science museum and the V&A are all close to the Wyndham Grand hotel.
For theatre’s, again Chelsea is spoilt for choice. Chelsea Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Finborough Theatre and Barons Court Theatre are some to check out, but to cap all of these, the NY Times called The Royal Court Theatre “the most important theatre in Europe”.
London is full of green spaces and two notables in Chelsea include Holland with its Kyoto Garden, peacocks, black rabbits and ecology centre. Little Wormwood Scrubs in North Kensington has a great adventure playground.
Another garden that needs to be explored is Kensington Gardens, with the very special (over 900 years old) Elfin Oak. Ivor Innes was responsible for carving tiny magical figures on the oak between 1928 – 1930.
These are just some of the attractions of Chelsea, with so much to do you will need a relaxing base where you can rest, dine and be pampered, and that’s why we are offering the following ‘Explore Chelsea’ package;
· One nights accommodation in a suite
· Breakfast for two the following morning in Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
· Drop off to Sloane Square by the hotel car
· Traditional Afternoon Tea for two in The Harbour Bar
· 1 x 30 minute Express Treatment
From £374 in VAT. T&Cs apply.
To book call (0)207 300 5098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote ‘explore Chelsea package’
Along with Carnaby Street, London’s Kings Road is probably the most famous shopping street in the United Kingdom. This upmarket district is all but guaranteed to have something for you, even if you don’t happen to be flush with sterling, you could give wardrobe a complete makeover.
You would leave the Kings Road area after a substantial shop and really look forward to trying it all on in front of a mirror before you head out into the bright lights of London to show it all off!
Starting at Sloane Square, the curved façade of Peter Jones Department Store marks the beginning of Kings Road. The further away from Sloane Square that you walk, smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops begin to appear, perfect for those seeking quirky and individual clothing.
Fat Face, Muse, Jig-saw, Pinko, Harvest, East and Jo Malone are just a handful of the shops, which can be found in this extraordinary shoppers’ paradise. Of course adjoining streets, such as Sloane Avenue, Sydney Street and Symons Street, also fall under the Kings Road shopping area.
Amidst the many newer and independent stores in the Kings Road area, many of the old and well-established nationwide favourites can also be found here, including M&S, Holland and Barrett, Bang and Olufsen and Café Nero, to name just a few.
London in the late spring/early summer is simply teeming with exclusive and prestigious sporting events and none so more than Polo in the Park. Taking place at the thoroughly elite Hurlingham Club between the 7th and 9th of June, this traditional English event has been providing a fantastic family day out for more than a century.
Polo in the Park 2013 will have bars providing direct views of the action on the field, with numerous fresh food outlets serving up delicious cuisine and with a Luxury Shopping Village, there is much more to Polo in the Park than simply sitting down to watch world-class polo players skilfully control a ball through the thundering hooves of the world’s finest polo horses, in what is one of London’s most dazzling sporting events.
Similar to Wimbledon, the champagne flows at Polo in the Park and none so more than on the Saturday, which is Ladies day – The ‘Social Event of the Summer.’
This exclusive event is spent sipping the finest champagne in the new and utterly stylish Pommery Garden. Or if champagne doesn’t tickle your fancy, treating yourself to some thoroughly unique cocktails from the Mahiki Bar may be more up your street
Sunday June 9 is Finals Day, in which visitors should gear themselves up for an action-packed day. For younger guests there is a multitude of fun games to participate in so mum and dad can relax and enjoy the action of the finals unfold on the field.
If you are looking to continue the theme of luxury, exquisiteness and family-friendliness throughout the whole of your Polo in the Park 2013 experience, then staying at the exclusive Wyndham Grand Hotel will certainly be in-keeping with the whole event.
When you sit at a laid out table in anticipation of a fine meal ahead, the chances are you will inspect the cutlery to see that it has been polished to the highest perfection. But you might also slightly re-shape the layout and in doing so get a feel for the tools you are about to use (That could be just this blogger’s minor OCD coming through…).
How do they feel? Are they ‘weighty’? Ergonomic? Does the cutlery in question sing ‘I am the best you can get…this is a precursor of the food to come!’.
In our view, having the very best cutlery available is so important to the dining experience. In fact, apart from initial impressions, it is a diner’s first tactile experience.
Like most things, it’s the little things that count.
With this in mind, we are very proud to be associated with Arthur Price of England and Harrods in a two-way promotion.
Arthur Price of England is the UK’s leading silverware and gift manufacturer. They have opened their flagship store, the Silver Room in Harrods. To celebrate the launch, customers spending £250 or more in Arthur Price’s new luxury concession on the Second Floor, Harrods will receive a complimentary ‘Dinner for Two’ at the Wyndham Grand hotel’s Chelsea Riverside Brasserie*.
The Chelsea Riverside Brasserie offers a true fine dining experience in London and joining up with the finest cutlery manufacturer in England for this fabulous promotion made perfect sense.
Similar to red telephone boxes, the Houses of Parliament and Camden market, when one mentions Harrods, images of quintessential London immediately spring to mind. Occupying a five- acre site on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, Harrods is the biggest department store in Europe.
Whilst the store’s motto in its early years was “All things for all people, everywhere,” nowadays the store is considered the epitome of upmarket and luxury retail and it is highly likely that not “all people” can afford to shop there.
Charles Henry Harrod and son
In 1824 Charles Henry Harrod started the Harrods business as a draper but within six years he had switched to the grocery trade. After moving around through various premises, the young entrepreneur finally located in Brompton Street.
Charles’ son, Charles Digby Harrod, later took over the business and branched into different products, ranging from medicines, perfumes and stationary. The store went from strength to strength and by 1880 Harrods employed more than 100 people.
A devastating fire burnt the store down to the ground in 1883 but this did not stop Charles Harrod junior from fulfilling all of his Christmas order commitments and making a record profit at the same time.
In 1893 England’s first escalator was built in the innovative and entrepreneurial Harrods and any shoppers who used the escalator were revived with glass of brandy at the top!
The Al-Fayed years
In 1985 the flamboyant and often outspoken Mohammad Al-Fayed bought Harrods and as a consequence of the purchase the store quickly become synonymous with luxury and wealth and has rarely been out of the public eye.