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Easter Activities Near The Melita Hotel In London

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Easter.  A time of chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.  It means two days off of work and a weekend of celebration.  It’s also the first bank holiday of the year in the UK and the first big school holiday too, the capital is teeming with things to do.

As always, the Melita Hotel is at the heart of it.  Where better a base than a beautiful, quiet, family run hotel that also just so happens to be practically on top of Victoria railway and underground station?  The possibilities are endless!

 

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If you’re finding it difficult to think past the fifth word of this article then I guess we’d better tell you some of the places to visit to get the best chocolate in London!

 

Paul A Young Fine Chocolates

This can be found in Wardour St just a short walk away from Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube stations.  The former is literally three minutes away from your Victoria base at the Melita Hotel.

The man in the name used to work as a head pastry chef and has a handful of other outlets in London.  All of the chocolate creations in the shop are handmade on site, in small batches using fresh ingredients.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as the International Chocolate Awards, and Paul was named Outstanding British Chocolatier in 2014.

 

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Also within a few minutes walk of Oxford Circus Tube, Choccywoccydoodah (home of the Choccywoccyrocky Road) is a chocolate shop, stroke, chocolate themed cafe.

There’s a huge range of quality chocolate products on offer and the theme is art and design and one off sculptured fantasies (plus some rather naughty stuff).

Take your friends back a chocolate popcorn bar, or if you really want to impress them, take them a 3 kg full size, white chocolate skull.  No, really…

 

Café Prestat

Pop in to this tiny little café for tea and a pastry and leave with a box of gorgeous truffles or a bespoke hamper.

If you’re visiting over the Easter holidays there is also a wide range of chocolate eggs and Easter themed baskets to take your pick from.  We’re especially intrigued by Tilly the Bunny’s Best Kept Secret Hamper!

Best thing is, Sloane Square station is just a two minute journey from Victoria.  Perfect place for a quick visit if you’re staying at the Melita.

 

Other Festivities

Beanz Meanz Heinz Pop Up Bar

If the above statement means literally nothing to you, the chances are you’re not from round these parts, so let me explain.  This is something that is particularly British.

The British love baked beans.  Correction – The British specifically love Heinz Baked Beans.  Beanz Meanz Heinz is an infamous advertising slogan that is used to advertise said beans.  That slogan is now 50 years old which is a reason to celebrate.  Still confused?  Don’t worry, you will not be alone!

Even if you don’t fully understand the celebration, the pop up shop itself is located within the iconic Selfridges store, which is well worth a visit, beans or not.

At this pop up shop you can try all sorts of modern dishes, all themed around the staple dish of Heinz Baked Beans.  They’re only £3 each, so well worth a go, even if Heinz Baked Beans are completely new to you!  They are also selling collectable cans which have been signed by the guy who first came up with the famous slogan, all those years ago.  His name is Maurice Drake by the way…

 

David Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain

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If your brow is set slightly higher than baked beans and their associated celebrities then this might be the exhibition for you.

A world famous artist displaying his art at a world renowned venue, David Hockney is one of only a handful of people who you could genuinely call an ‘art celebrity’.  This show isn’t a look back at his work, it’s a journey through his life’s work which doesn’t quite come to an end, at eighty years old he’s still current and still painting.

Hockney is a master of many crafts which you’ll appreciate as you wander from room to room.  Landscapes as diverse as Yorkshire and California feature heavily, as do a fair few lovers.

This exhibition runs through Easter until the end of May, Pimlico and Vauxhall tube stations are just a few minutes from the Melita Hotel.

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

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If you’ve got children with you on your trip to London and you dare to take them to the David Hockney exhibition, the chances are they’re giving you a hard time right now…  You may need something to bring them back on side, especially if you’ve already exhausted the chocolate shops.

Luckily, the Unicorn Theatre near London Bridge is putting on an absolute classic this Easter, The Velveteen Rabbit.  Based on a timeless novel written in 1922 by Margery Williams, this is a genius production suitable for anyone aged four and over.

A story about a boy and his toy rabbit that he can’t bear to be without, a special toy that is hoping itself it will one day become real.

This is a must see this Easter, it’s about a rabbit, so why wouldn’t it be?

 

Hampton Court Palace Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

If you’re feeling adventurous and prepared to venture outside of central London for a real treat then consider this.  One of two surviving palaces owned by Henry VIII, a palace with both Tudor and Baroque styling which has been in existence since the 1500s.  The last King to call it home was George II.

Hampton Court Palace can be reached by rail from Victoria station in only 45 minutes.  The palace itself is host to a large number of pieces from the royal collection and the grounds also boast a famous maze and the largest grapevine in the world.

That’s all well and good, but what about the chocolate?!  Well, from 1-17 April the palace is home to the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt!  Follow the map around the gardens, finding all of the gold bunnies before claiming your real chocolate prize.  After that, why not give yourself a much needed half hour break by showing your kids into the maze?  Everything is included in the price of the entrance ticket.

 

All of these activities and more are taking place in and around London over the Easter holidays.  Make sure you stay at the Melita Hotel for easy access to everything you need for a break in a wonderful city that you won’t forget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Theatre Weekend in London

Some of London’s Best Theatre

One of the best tips someone can give you when visiting London is not to wear yourself out at the sights, shops and museums during the day.  Make sure you save some energy for the nighttime!

When it comes to live entertainment, London really is the the world’s number one destination.  The city’s West End is notorious for it’s dazzling array of shows and when you’re staying in London there really is no excuse for not going to see one.

When you stay at the Melita Hotel you are within touching distance of some of the best shows at some of the greatest venues in the capital.  The Melita is very much a family hotel so whether you are on a special couple’s night out or going to see a musical with the entire family, we’ll give you a comfortable experience, sure to remember.

 

Wicked

The Melita is ideally situated for all public transport, but why travel when one of the most successful musicals of all time is within walking distance of your comfy room?  The Apollo Theatre is unmissable, right outside the main entrance of Victoria Station.

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Wicked is a multi award winning musical and if you have a chance to see this spectacular show, it won’t be difficult to see why.  Yes, it’s set in the same world as The Wizard of Oz but rest assured that this isn’t a re-hash of an old story.  It’s a completely alternative tale about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West before and during the story of The Wizard of Oz.

We see her relationship with Glinda the Good Witch and finally learn why she ended up having such a public fall from grace.

A show that originally divided the critics but has never divided the audience, this is a definite must see!

 

Matilda

Just a tube ride away there is a musical for the entire family, based on the twisted genius of Roald Dahl.  The Cambridge Theatre is close to both Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus tube stations. 235734_770_preview

This is a show that will captivate both adults and children, especially if they’ve grown up loving the world of Roald Dahl.  Matilda is a musical that celebrates the anarchy of childhood and the imagination of children.  It tells the story of a magical little girl who challenges the status quo and follows her as she attempts to distance herself from her destiny.

The music is provided by the much loved comedian/musician Tim Minchin, who made his name performing impressive shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

Although this is a family show, tickets are strictly for people aged six and over.

 

Mama Mia

Not really one for the kids but a show that adults will love, ideal for that long awaited couples night out.mamma-mia-770x400-2

If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what to expect.  Based on a Greek island, a mother, her daughter and three possible fathers take a trip down memory lane on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.  The aim is to find out who the father is so he can give his daughter away.

Based around the music of the legendary Abba, this musical originated in the West End in 1999. It will certainly be a night to remember as you hear all of your favourite Abba tunes, from the opening ‘I Have a Dream’ right through to a finale of ‘Thank You for the Music’.

This musical is at the Novello Theatre in the heart of the West End, you can take the underground from Victoria Station, minutes away from your base at the Melita Hotel.

 

The Mousetrap

 

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If musicals aren’t your thing then why not go for a more traditional play?  What could be more traditional than a “whodunnit” mystery?

However, the Mousetrap isn’t just any old “whodunnit” play. It is the longest running West End show.  But not only that, it is actually the longest running play in history!  It opened in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since.  That’s over 26,000 performances!

That’s not the only thing that sets this Agatha Christie play apart.  It is also known for having a twist at the end, turning the “whodunnit” genre on its head. It is tradition for the audience to be asked not to reveal the twist after leaving the theatre.  So if you do go and see this record breaking performance, keep your lips sealed!

The Mousetrap has been at St Martin’s Theatre since 1974, the theatre is walking distance from Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations.

 

The Woman in Black

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Definitely, unquestionably and beyond any doubt, this is NOT one for the kids!

Even if you’re a fan of horror movies and have seen the film of the same name, prepare to be more terrified than you ever have been before.  Nothing can prepare you for the fear and trepidation you will experience from watching this mind blowing production of terror.

This show has been running in the West End for 27 frightening years and bring’s Susan Hill’s dramatic ghost story to life.  It’s not only a shock for the eyes, but for the ears and all the other senses.  Even the show’s programme gives credit to only two actors, so who’s this coming on stage…

This can be seen at the Fortune Theatre in Russell Street, Covent Garden.

The Melita is a townhouse hotel situated on a quiet street in Pimlico but wonderfully located for all of London’s amenities, including the bright lights of the infamous West End.  It offers hospitality and a level of personal service that you only find at a family run hotel.  Couple this with great value and you have the ideal base for your London adventure!

 

 


NYE In London – Hello 2017

You won’t find many bigger celebrations in the world than New Years Eve in London.  Whether you’re visiting from the other side of the world or just another part of the UK, London is definitely one of the best places to see in the New Year.

 

New Years in London is carefully prepared and months in the planning which is why the whole city rocks with with the sound of partying on this night.  From the obvious and spectacular fireworks display on the Thames to the less obvious niche events and simple street parties, London certainly has a lot to offer on this night.

 

But before we celebrate the New Year, it may be worth remembering that London is the place where time began.  Not literally of course but Greenwich Mean Time was the first standard time by which all clocks in the world were once set, so we have it to thank for when we celebrate New Years Eve.   A visit to the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park will allow you to stand on Longitude 0°.

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The Royal Observatory is located in the beautiful Greenwich Park.  As well as seeing the Meridian Line you can also visit the National Maritime Museum and London’s only planetarium.  The journey to Greenwich from The Melita Hotel can also be turned into an experience.  Simply get the tube to Tower Hill station, from there it’s a short walk to Tower Pier where you can catch a boat on the Thames, all the way to Greenwich Pier.

 

Now we’ve got the New Years Eve sightseeing sorted it’s time to party!  It is now the norm for major cities around the world to celebrate New Years Eve with a huge display of fireworks and London is certainly no exception.  Since 2000, London has hosted a dramatic display on the River Thames, but due to its popularity since 2015 this has been a ticketed affair, with all the best spots on the river requiring paid entry.

 

However, fireworks are very difficult to hide completely and from your base at The Melita you’ll be able to find some great spots to see them for free!

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The most stunning view of central London can be enjoyed from Primrose Hill, located at the north end of Regents Park.  As long as it’s not a foggy night you are guaranteed a fantastic view of the whole display, for nothing!  From your room at the Melita Hotel you could be there in less than twenty minutes!  Which also means that you can be tucked up in your comfy bed twenty minutes after you call it a night!  Simply take the tube from Victoria Underground Station to either Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage Underground stations.

 

Other free places to catch a glimpse of the fireworks are St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House and Cannon Street, all with easy access from The Melita.

 

Looking for the ultimate London fireworks experience?  If you’re happy to spend a bit of money for an exclusive ticket then you could be in for a treat.  A treat that is less than a twenty minute walk from the Melita (and let’s face it, a walk at the end of a night of celebration might not be such a bad thing!).

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The tickets by the Thames may be sold out but that’s not necessarily the best paid for view of the fireworks.  It certainly isn’t the most comfortable view!  That accolade surely belongs to London’s Sky Bar.  Offering 360° views across the capital, this surely is one of the most special places to see in the New Year.  Tickets don’t come cheap, but the knowledge that you can you can walk back to your comfy bed at The Melita is priceless.

 

Of course the Sky Bar isn’t the only venue that is hosting a New Years Eve party.  London has thousands of clubs, bars and restaurants where you can see in 2017, some you can walk into for nothing, some you’ll pay on the door and others you’ll have to book well in advance.  What you can be guaranteed though is that every taste and every age group is catered for and that every one will be just a public transport ride away from your family friendly Melita Hotel.

 

One event that does deserve a special mention however, is the Vintage New Years Eve Party taking place at the Royal Festival Hall.  This is a very special event with six pop up night clubs over five floors covering all styles of vintage music from the 1920s right through to the 1990s.  There’s also a hair and beauty salon, ensuring that you look your best for the on-site photo studios.  There’s even a private terrace overlooking the Thames from where you have an unforgettable view of the fireworks.  You can even book a meal for earlier in the night, lining your stomach for the inevitable fizz at midnight.

 

The Royal Festival Hall is just 10-15 minutes away from The Melita.

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How about the most simple idea of all for New Year?  Have a wander.  It’s as simple as it sounds. Have a drink at one of the many pubs nearby, literally every nook and cranny in London will be filled with people and goings on, and an old city like London has many nooks and crannies.  Pop into pubs along the way if you like, find a seat in a park or fight your way through the crowds at Trafalgar Square, everywhere you look people will be celebrating.

The tubes in London are completely free from 11:45pm on New Years Eve through to 3am on New Years Day.

If you’re looking to spend some time in London this January, we are offering huge discounts throughout the month and into early February when you book direct. We are doing some updates to the property and will re-open our doors January 6th.

 


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Four Christmas Events Near The Melita London

At the Melita, we know people and celebrations go hand-in-hand, especially during the holiday season. Perhaps that’s why so many of our guests choose to stay with us over the winter holidays as well as the summer. England lights up during Christmas, filled with holiday spirit and joie de vivre, inspiring the spirit and invoking warm, friendly feelings wherever you go.

 

Westminster and Pimlico, while special any time of year, are especially beautiful over the holiday season. Trees lined with lights and the timeless Westminster Cathedral make the perfect setting for long walks as the snow falls, while historical pubs and restaurants give you plenty of places to stop off when it’s time to warm up.

 

If you’ve considered a vacation in London this winter, you’ll be pleased to know there’s much more to do in Pimlico than just see the sights (though the sights alone or sublime). We’d like to help you explore Christmas in Pimlico from afar. Whether you’re coming to shop or to see a show, there’s a plethora of exciting and spirited events to attend. In this list, you’ll learn about 6 of our closest favourites.

 

Belgravia Christmas Markets at Elizabeth Street and Pimlico Road

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In the mood for some shopping? Perhaps you’re coming to visit shortly before Christmas and need to make a list, and check it twice? Here’s the great news: you’ll find the perfect gift for any loved one at the Belgravia Christmas Markets.

 

This once-yearly pop-up event takes place on December 3rd and 4th this year (2016), and is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. At just 20 minutes away from The Melita hotel by foot, it’s a brisk and lovely walk through our beautiful neighbourhood, but not far enough to become tiresome.

 

So what will you find at the market? An incredible array of items. Baked goods, delectable treats, hand-made crafts, clothing, boutique stalls, jewellry – you name it, and you’ll likely find it at the market. The perfect place to find that special gift for someone back home.

 

But that’s not where the fun stops; Belgravia Christmas Market is also home to a literal cacophony of sound and sensory experiences. Sip hot cocoa while listening to carols, or watch circus performers dazzle the audience while nibbling on hand-made gourmet chocolate truffles. Once you’re ready to come back home to the Melita, give us a call; we’ll help you locate a car to help transport your goodies back to the hotel safely.

 

 

Christmas at Westminster Abbey

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Easily one of our neighbourhood’s most popular events, Christmas at Westminster Abbey is a true celebration of the meaning of Christmas. This cathedral, home to every iteration of England’s religion for the last 1,000 years, is incredibly special all on its own, but the holidays make it even more so. This isn’t just a single event; rather, it’s a long list of events that take place at the historical Westminster Abbey itself. These events include:

 

  • The Christmas Oratorio Choir
  • A full-scale Christmas concert
  • The Ceremony of Carols
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Abbey’s Cafe & Terrace
  • Advent and Christmas services
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mass

 

Each of these events is held in the centuries-old Catholic Abbey. Once home to only Benedictine monks, now one of the Royal Family’s most trusted institutions for marriages, burials, coronations and christenings, it’s an incredibly important facet of Britain’s history. Despite its extreme importance to London, and the fact that the Royal Family attends it regularly, the Abbey opens its doors to the public each year to celebrate Christ – an invitation that usually amasses over 12,000 people regularly.

 

Whether you decide to visit just for a tour, or you intend to attend Christmas mass, booking in advance is a must; the Abbey is a popular Christmas location and tickets sell out quickly.

 

 

Dickensian Christmas

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Sometimes, what we look forward to most is a good, traditional English Christmas dinner. Turkey with all the trimmings. Delicious pie. Roast vegetables. Mashed potatoes. Enough delightfully bubbly champagne to tickle the senses as you reconnect with friends. Sounds lovely enough, right? Now, add on another layer – a venue that lets you step back into time, experiencing Dickensian-style storytelling first-hand.

 

This is what you’ll find at One Whitehall Place during a Dickensian Christmas dinner, hosted by local promotion company Ex-Events.

 

The interior is really what sets the mood at this exclusive venue. Traditional Victorian decor, Christmas lighting, Scrooge wanders through the event, helping to guide people through various food stations, while Oliver Twist’s sweet shop and Bleak House pies tempt the senses. It’s luxurious, intimate and a lovely event to attend with a sweetheart.

 

With only room for around 250 people, this event fills up fast, so be sure to book tickets quickly.

 

The Thames Frost Fair

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Centuries ago, in the time of the Napoleonic wars and all things Victorian, the Thames was an integral part of London’s societal celebrations. Although the river doesn’t often freeze, there have been certain moments in history in which it has – and Londoners, in true English style, took advantage of those moments by throwing incredible fairs. Gingerbread cookie stalls, hot cocoa, ice skating, and a variety of animal sports induced gaiety and liveliness in the cold weather months.

 

Today, it is exceptionally rare for the Thames to freeze solidly enough to support a fair. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in much the same way (with a small twist). Instead of skittering across the frozen river, hop on the Harmony Boat for a Shared Christmas Party. This large-scale barge features a fully-frozen ice rink, delicious cocktails, and a full-scale cruise down the river, all at once. Christmas music, played by a live band, enlivens the evening, while serving staff attend to each guest. It’s a perfectly intimate event that lets you escape the city and “skate on the Thames.”

 

Not into skating yourself? Sit back and watch the ice show, or have your picture taken instead. A professional photographer is always on hand to snap keepsake images for you to treasure. Unlimited drinks only serve to sweeten the deal.

 

Sure, this event isn’t really about Christmas; it’s really celebrating winter. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the Thames in all it’s wintery (hopefully snowy) glory!

 

What happens if the Thames actually does freeze? Most likely, the party would simply move onto the river. Given that it hasn’t happened since 1814, this is a risk that’s not likely to develop anytime soon.

 

Staying with The Melita at Christmas is sublime. Nestled into an intimate and historical building in the heart of Pimlico, it places you in the perfect location to enjoy the best of London City’s most heartfelt and lovely Christmas celebrations. From Christmas mass to theatre, we excel in helping you craft the perfect holiday location. Need a hand? Give our friendly staff a call and enquire about Christmas bookings and events today.

 


Why London Fashion Week 2017 Was the Best Year Yet

 

Burberry Revolutionised Retail

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Part of what makes London Fashion Week so thrilling is its exclusivity; you’re getting a sneak peak at fashions that likely won’t make to to the public for an entire season or even an entire year. In some cases, you may even get to lay eyes on items only available directly from the designer. This is a major pull for fashion-lovers, designers and laymen alike from all across the world.

SoHo (situated just 6 mins on the tube from us) during the height of London Fashion Week is a buzzing hotspot of who’s-who’s, hobnobbing and shoulder-rubbing with the world’s best and budding designers, and everyone wants in.

But well-known clothing line Burberry (whose HQ is a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel), may have broken that mould this year in a single foul swoop.

In what can only be considered a breath of fresh air by some, and a questionable idea by others. Burberry chose to skip the delay-to-release this year and made their entire line available to the public online. No six-month wait, no chance for high-street chains to take advantage of copycat lines, no opportunity for wheeling and dealing really at all.

It’s essentially breaking free of the middleman game and going right to the source.

This “see now, buy now” model really breaks the mould, doing something that was virtually unheard  of previously in the fashion world. For decades, it was an unspoken rule that there be a three, six or 12-month gap between the runway and the road, giving journalists time to talk the lines up and stores time to invest in the products.

This old-school marketing style was once very effective, but many are challenging its use in the current digital world we live in. Why rely on the words of others and deals to market your clothing, when you can open your own online store and market them through social media instead?

Mixed responses to the move ranged from some labelling the company as innovative, while others rued the change, suggesting that it would break the exclusivity and bring down the overall value of the clothing simply because it was more common, and therefore, less of a status symbol.

 

Technology Ruled the Roost

Fashion, much like art of any kind, is often not only about the end result itself but the culture that surrounds it. Many things can impact that culture, from the people chosen to attend to the venues and even the location or country in which the event is held.

This year, technology played a major role at London Fashion Week, shaping and changing not only how the event ran, but how designers were able to present their offerings as a whole.

The “see now, buy now” approach was a major element of this, and could potentially be considered a technological marvel in its own right, but it was far from the only advancement we saw this year. The use of chatbots, SnapChat, and even alternative realities made this year more interesting than any year prior.

Brands brought chatbots created by MSG.ai and social media together to market clothing directly to fans via instant messaging on both Facebook and Twitter. With research showing that the social media and personalised approach to marketing is more readily accepted by the public than ever, this was a smart move. “Messaging is becoming the new browser and the gateway to consumer life, with artificial intelligence bots being the new user interface.”

MSG.ai’s founder, Puneet Mehta, agrees. In an article with The Guardian, he spoke out in favour of the approach, stating that, “Messaging is becoming the new browser and the gateway to consumer life, with artificial intelligence bots being the new user interface.”

Some brands also made use of SnapChat over Instagram to give the public a live peek at the shows. Unlike Instagram, SnapChat’s instant, deletable format makes it easy to show images for just a few seconds at a time, promoting some of the exclusivity that the “see now, buy now” movement removed.

Augmented reality’s rol in London Fashion Week became immediately clear for those who chose to attend designer Martine Jarlgaard’s spring and summer show; truthfully, the designer presented almost the entire line to them via hologram. Each guest donned a Microsoft Hololens headset to make the clothing line pop into full colour right before their eyes.

 

Black Made a Comeback (With a Few Friends)

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The idea that “black is always in” is only partially true. As a colour in fashion (putting aside for the moment that it’s really not a colour at all), it tends to wax and wane season-to-season depending on trends. For lovers of all things sleek, elegant or goth, some seasons can end up feeling just a bit too bright and flighty. Within London Fashion Week 2017, nothing could have been further from the truth.

Overall, the colours we saw were heavily influenced by a distinctly 80s aesthetic. Black made a big comeback this season, dominating the runways with elegant and stylish creations laden with audacious lines, but often with its five most colour friends in tow.

In fact, colour creator Pantone analysed the show and identified that the five most common colours found throughout were:

  • Niagara blue
  • Primrose Yellow
  • Lapis Blue
  • Flame red
  • Island Paradise

We saw it sparkle, we saw it sequin, we saw it lace. We even saw soft black hair and black makeup – spurring on the return of the goth, perhaps?

 

Millennial Designers Multiplied

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If you haven’t heard of NewGen yet, you’re missing out. This London Fashion Week programme is renowned for bringing in best and brightest upcoming designers, giving them the support they need to showcase their collections for what may be the first time at London Fashion Week. While 2017 is hardly the first year for NextGen to take place, this TOPSHOP-sponsored event brought in some truly amazing first this year, and many fashion lovers were impressed with their creations.

24-year-old designer Clio Peppiatt made her debut this year, showcasing a collection rife with retro futurism and an almost Lisa Frank style appeal. Bright colours, rainbow sparkles and bold designs brought a fresh face that we haven’t often seen at London Fashion Week since the early 1990s.

Conversely, 29-year-old Youjia Jin’s collection was all about slowing down and appreciating each moment. The Chinese designer used a combination of orchestral instruments and soft, shimmery colours like grey and charcoal black to tell her story. Despite her young age, there’s an incredible maturity to each of her creations that carries a peaceful, minimal vibe.

 

Your Home Base for Style Exploration

Though this year’s fashion week is over, London remains a year-round hubub and hotspot for any fashion lover from around the world. If you’re considering coming for the next Fashion Week, are a designer showing your clothing, or are just looking for a central home base uptown that will keep you closer to the action, we want to help.  Stay with The Melita and you’ll be just steps away from all of Westminster and only a few stops away from SoHo, too.

Our cosy rooms are well-kept, quiet, and just right for getting some rest between excursions, whether you’re here for work or just to shop. Snag incredible style favourites from stores like Agent Provocateur, Albam, Absolute Vintage and Lazy Oaf and become one of the thousands of guests who fall in love with London’s fashion sense each and every year.

We have had fashionistas from over 45 countries staying with us, so you’re in good company.

In the planning stages of your trip? Call us. We’ll help you put together an itinerary and book your room. So once you arrive, all that’s left to do is relax, enjoy, and shop!


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London in Autumn: Events & Activities to visit during your stay in London

Many people visit The Melita at Christmas, or in the heat of summer, and with good reason. There is just something truly special about strolling the streets as the snow falls on Christmas, or as the sun sets over the Thames on a warm night.

But London is a thriving, beautiful city at other times of the year, too, and a visit during what many consider the off-season shouldn’t be overlooked. London in Autumn can be particularly enchanting with the changing leaves, sweater-appropriate weather, cosy cafes and bountiful bookstores around every corner.

Even if you already live in London, a holiday at The Melita can be a fabulous way to relax, unwind, and feel cared for over a weekend holiday. Free breakfast gets you prepared for your day, while your room is your home base for whatever manner of adventure you’d like to have, be it just curling up with a good book or attending a local art show.

If you’re still not sure about visiting London in autumn, let us convince you; we think these reasons are compelling.

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London Parks in Autumn : Fall Colors in the Royal Parks

Sure, a stroll through London’s Royal Parks is nice any time of year, but autumn is unique in that the leaves are changing. Come at the right time of year–when the leaves are in their full finery–and you’ll be treated to a dazzlingly-bright array of yellows, oranges, reds, and rusts that’s as much an art scene as any other painting you’ll find in our halls.

Because the Royal Parks encompass multiple locations, some of which are exceptionally large, there’s plenty of room to wander. Sit and watch the leaves fall at Hyde Park, or take a coach or lorry to nearby Greenwich Park, just 11 kilometres away, to watch the deer nip at the last of summer’s plants and autumn apples.

Nearby Kyoto Gardens makes a stunning stopover for photo opportunists, those getting married, or anyone who just appreciates Japanese gardens against a background of bright fall colours.

Science lovers may want to visit on September 3 for “An Introduction to Bats and their Natural History” in The Regent’s Park. Led by conservationist Roger Havard, this event teaches attendees about the importance of protecting bats, and how crucial they are to London’s ecology.

Finally, even sports lovers and the highly active will find that London is abuzz with fall activities they can take part in. On September 18, the London Duathlon takes place.

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London’s Restaurant Festival

Starting on October 1 and carrying over through Halloween is the London Restaurant Festival. This incredible event is a foodie’s dream; restaurants compete for your business by offering steep discounts on fall and winter dishes all across the city.

Many, many restaurants take part–you’ll find an extensive list of options here–and dishes range from fresh foods like sushi and salad to rich, decadent desserts like cheesecakes paired with oaky, woodsy merlot wine. Highly recommended is a stop at STK London, a swanky restaurant offering temptations like lamb, crab, and other gourmet grill options. On warmer days, head to Babylon at the Rooftop Garden for stunning views and delectably autumn-inspired options like White Onion and Aspall Organic Cyder Soup or Roasted Scallops.

Because this event is so extensive, finding a place that’s participating is generally as easy as stopping in at the next one you see and asking what they have to offer. Chefs play with everything from colour to flavour, tempting your taste-buds to indulge again and again.

As always, The Melita staff is here to help when you attend. If you have any questions about finding the perfect location for your tastes while you’re visiting with us during the festival, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member to help you locate the right restaurant.

 

Food Festivals Galore

The London Restaurant Festival isn’t the only reason foodies flock to the area in late summer and autumn; this time of year is host to food festivals galore all throughout England. On August 27, the United Kingdom’s biggest celebration of food, is the Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace. This takes place just 12 kilometres away from Pimlico street where our townhouse hotel is situated, and is easily accessible via coach or car. Then, on September 29, the London Oktoberfest festival at Millwall Park, Canary Wharf. This is a busy event with space for up to 3,300 people and protection from the elements.

These are just examples; all told, depending on how far you’re willing to travel, a stay in autumn in London may warrant you access to everything from vegan food festivals to superfood workshops. Whether you’re a budding chef or just someone who loves a good meal, it’s a great time of year to be visiting.

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Halloween Masquerades and Parties

Halloween is a favourite holiday for many of our visitors from overseas and with good reason; it’s a time to be creative, playful, and even artistic, no matter your age. While England doesn’t traditionally celebrate Halloween in the same way as Canada or the United States, that doesn’t mean it isn’t celebrated at all. Visiting London around October 31 will provide you with access to some of our most interesting and creative Halloween-themed events.

Many of London’s Halloween celebrations play out on the stage, such as with “Haunted at the Medieval Banquet.” This delightfully spooky play and performance takes place on October 28, 29, and 30. An immersive theatre show to be sure, this location encourages you to dress up for the event and become part of the scene. Dishes served are suitably spooky, and sometimes creepy, making them perfectly exciting to teens and older kids, too.

Those looking for a party can find that here in London, too; the annual Halloween Ball at the Mansion takes place each year on October 29, but the North West London location is kept secret until the very last moment. This is, at its heart, a club night where certain costumes are encouraged, but a dress code and rigorous security measures make this fairly upscale in comparison to other options. Tickets to the event can be booked online, with the final location revealed shortly beforehand.

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The London Literature Festival

If curling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa on a cool day remains one of your favourite activities, consider visiting during the London Literature Festival. This event takes place from October 5 through October 16, and features many unique events and workshops for all who appreciate the art of writing. Hear from authors like Margaret Atwood on her new novel, Hag-Wood, or attend a panel to listen in on a discussion about the accomplishments of David Bowie.

The London Literature Festival even has educational workshops for young adults, many of which are hosted by young adult authors themselves, making this an excellent time to visit with a teen who loves to read.

Authors who come in London in autumn will find The Melita’s Superior rooms make an excellent retreat; they’re cosy, comfortable, and set up well for writing. With our staff ready to take care of your needs, you’re free to attend events and enjoy your writing without stress.