October Half Term & The Halloween
I hope you have all had a fantastic week and enjoyed these last few days of sunshine.
This week we have been focusing on the forthcoming renovation to our meetings and events space in One Whitehall Place – on Monday I attended a meeting at our corporate offices at Heathrow to review the investment we needed to be able to upgrade this space. One Whitehall Place is made up of some glorious grade 2 listed rooms which are beautiful examples of Victorian architecture – they were fully renovated about 10 years ago but even though the rooms are full of character and heritage it is time to invest in their appearance by carrying out a soft refurbishment which means we will work with English Heritage – as you cannot renovate any listed areas without having their consent - and agree a scheme to update the carpets, curtains and redecorate the whole venue! I had a meeting with Lorna Griffiths, our designer on Friday so it is all systems go now – although it will still be a few months until it comes to fruition as with all projects like this there is a quite long lead time to getting the right permissions and – even once the carpet is designed – it will take at least 10-12 weeks for the manufacturer to make it – as always all the things you want to happen quickly take longer than you would like – but this in particular will be worth waiting for and will give our venue a much needed fresher and more luxurious look and feel.
Half term is fast approaching next week and as always London has lots to offer – many of the museums will have special exhibitions on such as the V&A museum which has the Museum of Childhood which has recently had an extensive refurbishment, The museum has been amassing childhood-related objects and toys since 1872 and continues to do so. There are regular exhibitions upstairs and the V&A Museum of Childhood has plenty of hands-on activities for kids and special events at weekends and during school holidays, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.
Halloween is just round the corner as well and there are plenty of kids activities in the city to keep you occupied for that as well such as the London Eye is promoting a wicked witch capsule. Also, Maltida the Musical is due to open at the Cambridge Theatre on October 25th which is adapted form Roald Dahl novel – we are so fortunate in London as it is such a dynamic city with so much to see and do and the October Half Term is a perfect week to visit the city as it is not so frenetically busy with tourists as it can be in the summer sometimes – hopefully the weather will hold and the sun will shine down which makes it perfect for sight seeing as well!
We have had a busy week in the hotel and our Chocolate Afternoon tea sold well as part of Chocolate Week last week – our next special afternoon tea will be for Guy Fawkes so will be available form the 31st October – our pastry chef Jo is busy finalizing the menu for it now – so I will of course keep you posted!!
Anyway dear bloggers that is all for my update this week – you will not hear from me next week as I am taking a weeks holiday but I will be back the week after with more updates from the Royal Horseguards – so I wish you all a very successful week next week – and I also want to wish our newly appointed Inventory Manager Lukas Vaverka the very best of luck in running the Amsterdam marathon this weekend – he is hoping to achieve it in three hours – which is a phenomenal time it is for someone like me that takes just over an hour to run six miles anyway.