How to escape the hustle and bustle of London

Tourists in front of Big Ben showing the hustle and bustle of London

There’s no denying that London is a busy city. As the capital of the United Kingdom, it is the largest city in the country and one of the largest in the world. It is home to more than 8 million people and attracts more than 30 million tourists every single year. Crowds flock to the world-famous attractions, theatre shows sell out most nights, and popular restaurants need to be booked in advance. When taking a trip to a hectic city, rest and relaxation isn’t the first thing that springs to mind in a place that is always on the go. However, here at DUKES London, we believe there are plenty of opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of London and enjoy a stay where you can truly unwind. Find out our top 3 ways to relax when enjoying a stay at our hotel.

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The Norfolk Boys at GBR

Here at GBR, we are extremely excited to invite you to a one of a kind celebration of our country’s wonderful culinary tastes on Tuesday 9th July. Our long-standing Executive Head Chef, Nigel Mendham, will be joined for one night only by Michelin-Star chef Tom Aikens for a unique gastronomic collaboration – The Norfolk Boys at GBR. The two chefs will unite forces to honour wonderful British fayre with an exclusive six course tasting menu, influenced by their mutual roots, which we are certain will be a night to remember.

Both Tom and Nigel have strong ties with Norfolk and is the shared area where their journeys began to become renowned chefs. Nigel was born and raised in the area, cooking from a young age and taking inspiration from the simple dishes his mum would make. His first job was in a Norfolk pub, where he would serve food and help cook when short-staffed, before moving on to gain his qualification at college. Tom took a similar path, coming from a family involved within the wine industry and being introduced early to a love of good food, deciding to develop his cooking skills by enrolling at the Norwich City College Hotel School.

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5 of the best shows in London’s West End to see this summer

Theatre seats at best shows in London's west end

London is known for its spectacular West End theatre scene and a visit to a show is top of the list for many tourists visiting the capital. The vibrant theatre district is a mixture of large-scale theatres which showcase some of the biggest and best musical spectaculars, through to smaller scale venues which host intimate dramas and hilarious comedies. When visiting London, you will never be short of shows to pick from and may even want to see more than one. We explore some of the longstanding productions which are now classics within the West End circuit, as well as some of the new shows which are set to become firm favourites for theatre goers. Find out the 5 best shows in London’s West End to see this summer.

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Why is May the perfect choice for a wedding in London?

A wedding in London in the St. James Suite at DUKES London

Picking a date for your wedding is an important task, one that many happy couples will take a long time deliberating over. Different seasons bring with them different types of wedding, and each month has its own unique qualities they can bring to your special day. The typical wedding season runs from late spring to early Autumn, with June, July, August and September being the busiest months for nuptials to take place. However, here at DUKES London, we believe May could potentially be the best month to get married with all that it has to offer. Here we explore 5 reasons why May could be the right choice for your wedding in London.

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How to make the most of your family stay in London this May

Boy and girl eating afternoon tea at DUKES during a family stay in London

The capital city is a diverse place, filled with so much to see and so much to do, there is always something new to explore.  That is why, here at DUKES LONDON, we believe there is no better place to take a holiday as a family. The last week in May is half term for many schools up and down the country and getting away for a family stay in London is an ideal break for everyone. From historical sights and royal palaces, to spectacular shows and an amazing selection of places to shop, London has something to entertain all ages and interests. Find out how to make the most out of your family stay in London at DUKES Hotel this May.

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Getting married? You need a Wedmin Weekend!

Bride and bridesmaids with flowers organised during the Wedmin Weekend

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life. From selecting the perfect venue, dress, and rings, through to the finer details such as flower arrangements, dining plans, and entertainment, the bride and groom do everything possible to ensure their special day goes without a hitch. With so much to plan and do, it can be hard to know where to start. The endless list of purchases and tasks that need completing can be overwhelming and can send even the most organised of people into a spin.

That is why, here at DUKES LONDON, we have the perfect solution. Our Wedmin Weekend package is the ideal way to get on top of your wedding planning combined with spending some quality time with your other half. Plan your big day in our luxurious surroundings and find fresh inspiration for your nuptials, while enjoying some of our finest offerings for an absolutely relaxing yet productive stay.

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It’s time for Easter family fun at DUKES London!

We’re at that time of the year in England where many can enjoy some Easter family fun during the super long weekend, due to Good Friday and Easter Monday both being Bank Holidays. Giving you the opportunity to take an extended break wherever you prefer, London is one of the most notable options, and we often see a fantastic influx of guests with us over the Easter break.

As ever, we do our utmost to make your stay as memorable and pleasurable as it can be when you’re staying with us at DUKES London, and this year we have two wonderful offers to help do just that.

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The importance of the London concierge: an introduction to our own Head Concierge, Iain Haigh

We live in a time where you can be sat having breakfast here in GBR, with your mobile phone or tablet beside you, planning exactly where to go for the day throughout London. You can research attractions, book tickets, find seats for shows and find information on almost anything else you could want to do whilst you’re staying here in our wonderful capital city.

And there’s no doubt this is brilliant. Very few would argue having all that power at your fingertips whilst you’re sat sipping your morning cappuccino and tucking into your eggs benedict is anything other than fantastic.

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Spoil your mum this week: our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is the perfect treat

Spoil your mum with afternoon tea at DUKES LONDON

Mother’s Day is only a few days away but there is still time to arrange and book an extra special gift for your mum. We believe DUKES LONDON is the perfect venue to truly spoil your mum this Mother’s Day and our Afternoon Tea is a luxurious treat that she will love.

Here at DUKES LONDON, we have been celebrating the achievements of women throughout March with our dedicated Duchess Month. As a hotel led by female management, we are proud to recognise the wonderful women throughout the world and share in their successes. This special month will draw to a close with the most wonderful of occasions – Mother’s Day. Mother’s have such a special and important role in our lives and this day gives us the chance to acknowledge everything they do for us.

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Exploring our Duchess Room Service: making our female guests feel truly welcome

3 females out shopping enjoying the Duchess Room Service package

DUKES LONDON is passionate about providing excellent service to all our guests and we want to provide a welcoming environment to all types of travellers. We feel particularly strongly about welcoming and empowering female guests in our boutique hotel. Whether you are a solo female tourist passing through London, in the city on a business trip, or having a weekend break with friends, we have created the Duchess Room Service to do just this.

DUKES LONDON is a female lead hotel, with our Managing Director, Debrah Dhugga, fully understanding the needs of the female traveller. The DUKES Hotel is situated in a beautiful and elegant part of Mayfair, home to several exclusive Gentleman’s Clubs, so she recognises the importance of creating a special environment for women, one where they feel welcomed and celebrated.

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