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Artist Residence London

Artist Residence

Sometimes, only a staycation will do. A night away from normality. From routine. A short teeny tiny holiday in a massive bed with a massive bath where people bring you breakfast in bed and leave you a mini bar full of biscuits and naughtines. And even though you are only about 30 mins away from your own front door, it still means everything. It’s a total wind down – forget about the world – give yourself a hug – treat.

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A Birthday Picnic
from Dukes St James, London

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A few days ago I was peering up at the grey and grizzly sky and told the clouds that they, under NO CIRCUMSTANCES, were allowed to rain over Green Park that day. The reason for this direct order was because I was surprising my pal Suzy with a picnic from Dukes St James London for her birthday. And rain, I’d decided, would not be a good accompaniment…

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– The Queensberry Hotel –
A Beautiful Boutique Hotel in Bath

The Queensberry Hotel in Bath Oh my. Have I got a secret to tell you. Although, it’s not really much of a secret as plenty of people already know about this boutique hotel… but STILL. I didn’t know and now I do know and I cannot and WILL NOT keep it to myself. It’s too good.

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Barceló Raval Hotel
Barcelona

Barcelo Raval Hotel in Barcelona

On Sunday night, I got back from Barcelona, where I’d been for the weekend. I love that we can do this in Europe – just buzz off for a city break in another country, often at a lower cost than it would be to get the train to other parts of our own country…

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– Grosvenor Square Hotel –
A Perfect Christmas Shopping Staycation

Grosvenor Square Hotel

The location of this five star hotel could not be better. Smack bang in the middle of London’s West End and with a very impressive Mayfair Address, this hotel is just off Oxford Street, a short stroll from Hyde Park and also a hop, skip and a jump from Selfridges – Christmas Shopping Mecca, which makes it the perfect destination hotel to stay in for a luxurious shopping weekend in London…

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The Runnymede-on-Thames
Hotel & Spa

The Runnymede Hotel and Spa Last week saw me crawling into bed in an exhausted heap.. I’d been racing all around the place – press shows, meetings.. and topped off with flying from Portobello to Palma and back in a day, I was ready to flop… so my weekend jaunt to The Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel and Spa could not have come at a better time.

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– The London Edition –
a luxury staycation in my hometown

London Edition Hotel - Poppy Loves

The London EDITION is unlike anywhere I have ever stayed before. It merges a kind of undetectable laid-back-ness with the highest shining peak of luxury…and combines stunning, old London and iconic design with new, modern, innovation and fresh, exciting style.  Which should be confusing… but it isn’t. It’s just wonderful.

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Urban Picnicking with Belgraves

Urban Picnic in Hyde Park with Belgraves Hotel

 

On Sunday afternoon, Lovely Man and I strolled into Belgraves to pick up our Urban Picnic. Oh yes we did.

Belgraves is a chic boutique Thompson Hotel located in the pretty streets of Belgravia. To celebrate the gorgeous British Summer, Belgraves are inviting us (you and me) on a gourmet urban foodie adventure, to uncover some of London’s best kept inner-city secrets, while enjoying a heavenly picnic prepared by Pont St’s executive Chef, Sophie Michell.

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A Midsummer Night’s Feast at The Montagu
and an Uber car ride

A Midsummer Night's Feast at The Montagu, Hyatt Churchill

Last night I found myself transported to a Shakespearean spectacle of an evening at The Montagu Restaurant, Hyatt Regency, London.

However, I didn’t get there on horseback. Naaaaayyy. (Sorry). I got there via the whizz bang services of Uber, whom I had never used before but thought I’d try out as it was very rainy and very cold and, um, I was running late.

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Michele del Monaco
arrives at The Wellesley

Wellesley 16

Overlooking Hyde Park amidst the glamour of Knightsbridge, lies the beautiful, grand, elegant and luxurious hotel, The Wellesley.

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Afternoon Tea & a Sleepover at
the Charing Cross Hotel

Charing Cross Hotel I, as you know, am a big fan of afternoon tea. And the prettier and cakier the better. And the afternoon tea at the Charing Cross Hotel is one of the prettiest and cakiest I have ever seen…

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Le Méridien and TATE
Join Forces to Unlock Art

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Giuseppe Penone – Tree of 12 Metres 1980-1982 (Arte Povera movement)

Over the last few months I have been lucky enough to be part of a very exciting union between TATE and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts (Starwood Group). Unlock Art is an initiative, developed between both partners, with the aim of demystifying the exciting, complex and extraordinary world of art for ordinary folk like you and me.

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Linda Bolton debunking and explaining…

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…that in this version of the Tree of 12 Metres the artist Giuseppe Penone has carved a tree from a large beam of wood.. The humour lies in the inversion of the tree: narrow top at the base and thicker base at the top. It’s a nice play on our expectations. The process and the artwork itself makes us consider art in a different way.

When I say ordinary, I don’t mean boring or dull (obviously – we are fabulous), but rather those of us who have never studied art at any level higher than school.. maybe GCSE, or perhaps even  at A Level.. To me, the art scene has always seemed to exist on another plane somehow.. slightly out of reach. Walking into a gallery can often be a bit intimidating and I have certainly found myself feeling a bit bewildered when faced with certain masterpieces, which have set the art world alight.. sometimes I just don’t get it. And I don’t think I’m the only one… (Yes, I am thinking about the messy bed…)

So, hats off to TATE, who, in partnership with Le Méridien, have produced an exciting series of eight short films offering an imaginative, witty, and enriching introduction to the world of art.

Thomas Hirschhorn – Candelabra with heads 2006

Thomas Hirschhorn – Candelabra with heads 2006 – Hirschhorn is known for his sculptures and installations made from everyday materials such as cardboard, plastic and paper, bound together with brown packing tape.

The films put art under the spotlight, with topics ranging from the history of the nude to humour, performance to Pop Art, presenting all the need-to-know facts. Bold in approach and rich in content. The film series was conceived to make the arts more accessible to a wider audience and they have achieved exactly that.

Each of the films in the Unlock Art series were released on a monthly basis and presented by a different celebrity. Not a typical arty high-brow celebrity, which you might expect, but a lovely, friendly, accessible one. You know – the ones we like.

Frank Skinner, Sally Phillips, Dawn O’Porter, Tamsin Greig and Peter Capaldi (among others) presented these dynamic, bite size films, which manage to convey the essence, history and meaning of each complex art genre with ease, expertise, fun and a little bit of silliness.

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Don’t think for a second that just because these are joyful, accessible (no clever art lingo) and quirky shorts, that they’re not super smart and on the money. Ho no, for the mighty Jessica Lack (freelance art critic, former arts writer for The Guardian and deputy editor of TATE Magazine) developed all the scripts and they are fabulous.

Here is the final video produced, called ‘What’s So Funny?’ Tamsin Greig presents this film, which gets to grips with humour in art. From conceptual artist Duchamp to Dutch performance artist Bas Jan Ader, she discusses the central role that humour has played in art over the last 100 years…


I, along with a few other bloggers, have been on board this exciting Unlock Art train and we have been having an incredible ride. Each month we have watched the newly launched film at TATE before being whisked off by the fabulous Linda Bolton (art-historian-fashionista-wonder-woman) who has taken us around the TATE on a uniquely curated, hugely interesting and engaging tour devised by herself, which echoes and supports the film we have just watched.

This time Linda showed us some of the more humourous pieces on display, e.g. Lichtenstein’s – Mustard on White, through to Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’…

What's so funny? Presented by Tamsin Greig

What’s so funny? Presented by Tamsin Greig

Unlocking surrealism with Peter Capaldi

Unlocking surrealism with Peter Capaldi

Browsing the International Market with Sally Phillips

Browsing the International Market with Sally Phillips

We have then rumbled back to Le Méridien Piccadilly, full of chatter and debate for some kind of extraordinary cocktail and other culinary treats… Here is Franz, working his  magic in the Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Méridien Piccadilly. This is his very unusual take on the classic Manhattan..

Part of Le Méridien’s ethos is to support emerging artists, which I love. They have come up with a fantastic idea to encourage their guests to visit forward thinking cultural institutions around the world, by offering them complimentary access. All they have to do is present their Le Méridien Unlock Art room key and they can explore a local, inspiring and cultural experience. Kaboom. Le Méridien’s Unlock Art  partner in the UK is TATE Modern and TATE Britain – what could be better?!

All the events I have attended have been utterly thrilling. I have learnt so much about the world of art and it has been hugely exciting! I think I can safely speak on behalf of all the other bloggers; The Everyday Man, The Swelle Life and The Luxe Chronicles, when I say that it was a huge privilege and opportunity to be invited to explore this world with such knowledgeable, passionate and wonderful people… and in addition, to have also experienced the true luxuriousness and beauty of Le Méridien…but more on that in my next blog post…

The table is set...

The table is set…

For the final event, we were all invited to a spectacular finale TEN COURSE dinner in the Adams Suite, inspired by the Unlock Art film series and created by Chef Michael Dutnall and mixologist, Franz Zauner.

Before dinner, we all had time to go to relax and shower in our gorgeous rooms at the Méridien Piccadilly, where we were all staying that night. I opened my door and whooped. Audibly. Oops. And not just because my bed was as big as this…

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But mostly because the Le Méridien angels had left me a little treat…

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I obviously ate them both. Then ran around the room twenty times as I remembered the TEN COURSE meal I was attending later that evening… (I should point out that I wasn’t the only blogger that ate both the eclairs. But I don’t want to ‘out’ her (Denise) as that’s mean. But just so you know. IT WASN’T JUST ME.)

Holy moly. Ten courses… I should have worn my baggy pants.

It was amazing. The menu was divided into ‘acts’, with the wall film projections changing accordingly, with each act having been inspired by one of the Unlock Art films. It all began with cocktails and canapés… and concluded with the most triumphant dessert I have ever had. And that is saying something.

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We all love Linda Bolton

We all love Linda Bolton

Franz whipping up Passion fruit syphon soda mojitos..Act 1...

Franz whipping up Passion fruit syphon soda mojitos..Act 1…

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Act 2 - Vine cherry tomato, Bocconcino Mozzarella and basil crouton

Act 2 – Vine cherry tomato, Bocconcino Mozzarella and basil crouton

 

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The Unexpected: Carrot soup

The Unexpected: Carrot soup

Role Call: Red onion tartine, rocket salad and Berkswell cheese shavings

Role Call: Red onion tartine, rocket salad and Berkswell cheese shavings

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Limited Edition: Bitter lemon, mandarin and mint sorbets

Limited Edition: Bitter lemon, mandarin and mint sorbets

Our amazing chef, Michael Dutnall

Our amazing chef, Michael Dutnall

Divine Comedy: Beef Wellington fillet served with creamed wild mushrooms, potato pave topped with puff pastry

Divine Comedy: Beef Wellington fillet served with creamed wild mushrooms, potato pave topped with puff pastry (you can’t tell in my photo but the pastry is shaped like a wellington boot!)

What's in the box?!

What’s in the box?!

Yes, yes, yes… but what's in the box?!

Yes, yes, yes… but what’s in the box?!

Whizz Bang! Selection of sweet cakes and treats

Whizz Bang! Selection of sweet cakes and treats!

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What an amazing dessert! A box of treats! Woot!

Franz preparing our final act - Naked Truth: Undressed Lady

Franz preparing our final act – Naked Truth: Undressed Lady

The meal was exquisite and the most perfect end to a fantastic program. So many oohs and aahhs of excitement with every new course presented.. and as the wine flowed, so did the conversation. We had oodles to say about our fabulous Unlock Art experiences… you couldn’t shut us up.

I crawled back to my beautiful room and into my deliciously comfortable bed (SO much tidier than Tracey Emin’s) where I pondered on the day’s and last few month’s Unlock Art events.. before drifting off into a lovely sleep and dreaming that Andy Warhol was trying to nick my eclairs.

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Brunch at The Montagu
(and as much complimentary Prosecco
as you can handle)

Brunch at
The Montagu

I’m sorry? ‘All-I-can-eat’ and as much complimentary Prosecco as I can handle? Really? Oh, ok then. And I think I’ll take my pal NJ with me too. Because a) she’s lovely and b) she can drink more Prosecco than me.

I already love the Hyatt Churchill. For this reason. And this. But the amazing New York style Buffet Brunch at The Montagu, really has made me fall in love with it even more.

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The Scarlet – Cornwall’s luxury eco hotel

‘Cornwall? At the end of November? You must be mad’ was the general consensus when I told everyone where I was going. But I wasn’t mad, was I. Because that’s me in my pants on the beach being not mad. (Don’t say a word.)

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Tea for two at The Landmark

We all know that I like a good afternoon tea. But this afternoon tea was truly one of the best afternoon teas I have ever had. I was in afternoon tea wonderfulness. Floating on an afternoon tea cloud… all the way to afternoon tea heaven.

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