London's Magical Festive Season at The Lanesborough
Regency residence The Lanesborough, part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, celebrates Christmas and New Year with traditional carol performances, Michelin-starred Yuletide feasts, festive afternoon teas, a luxury shopping experience with Harvey Nichols, party season pamper packages for ladies, and indulgent R&R in London’s hottest new members Club & Spa
From 24th November 2017, The Lanesborough will be at its most magical as the hotel transforms into an enchanted mansion for the festive season, softly sparkling with Christmas décor and winter merriment. Whether for the ultimate festive city break or for a seasonal party to remember, this grand residence is London’s most distinguished destination for a lavish affair. Celebrating with quintessential British traditions, magnificent dining experiences and delightfully festive overnight packages, The Lanesborough brings together the vibrancy of London’s best-loved season at one of the capital’s most desirable addresses. Ensuring that the Christmas spirit is present from start to finish, fires will be roaring, halls will be decked in festive British best, butlers will be busied with last-minute wrapping, while champagne flows and Christmas feasting begins.
A TIME TO INDULGE IN DECADENT DINING With roaring fireplaces aglow and the comforting aroma of cinnamon and cloves, The Lanesborough is the most decadent setting for Christmas lunches. A festive lunch menu will be available at Michelin-starred Céleste from 24th November to 23rd December for groups of four or more. Guests will first enjoy truffle artichoke soup with a foie gras emulsion or Scottish smoked salmon with exotic yuzu dressing. Traditional roast turkey with winter vegetables or cod cooked in papillote Jerusalem artichoke mousseline follows, ending on a sweet note with Aubenas chestnut, meringue and pear sorbet or a golden chocolate nugget with grue de cocoa ice cream. On the day itself, a lavish five-course Christmas lunch fashioned by Michelin-starred Chefs Eric Frechon and Florian Favario will be served in the palatial setting of Céleste, while festive afternoon tea will be served in The Withdrawing Room, with Christmas pastries and cool Taittinger Champagne. (Three-course festive lunch start from £45 per person and will be served in Céleste from 12:00 to 14:30, from 24th November – 23rd December. Five-course Christmas Day menu from £250 per person, available on 25th December only from 12:00 to 15:00. A vegetarian Christmas Day menu is also available).
‘TIS THE SEASON FOR THE SWEET-TOOTHED From 24th November to 30th December, The Lanesborough’s award-winning Afternoon Tea will take a seasonally-sweet festive twist as Head Pastry Chef, Gabriel Le Quang reimagines Christmas classics. Served in the spectacular setting of Céleste, those taking tea can expect festive treats such as spicy Christmas muffins, apple and cinnamon doughnuts, mulled wine and pear cake, chocolate coconut fingers, orange mousse spheres and Croustillant caramel sable, alongside festive favourites such as mince pies, chestnut tart and praline Rocher, served with a chilled glass of Taittinger Champagne. On 9th and 16th December, the festive afternoon tea will be accompanied by a live carol choir between 15:30 – 17:30. (Festive Afternoon Tea costs from £65 per person, available from 24th November – 30th December 2017) SEASONAL SHOPPING IN STYLE Taking advantage of the hotel’s position commanding the crossroads between Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace, Belgravia and London’s most-loved attractions, guests staying at The Lanesborough from 23rd November 2017 to 7th January 2018 will enjoy the ultimate seasonal shopping trip with Harvey Nichols. In addition to luxury accommodation at the hotel, a Christmas welcome treat from the hotel’s Pastry Chef on arrival, 24-hour dedicated butler service and breakfast in Michelin-starred Céleste, guests will enjoy a chauffeur-driven car transfer to Harvey Nichols to experience a 20% off VIP fashion and accessories discount; ‘Meet & Greet’ with Harvey Nichols’ Style Concierge or a private shopping experience with a personal stylist; and an upgrade to Black Tier Harvey Nichols Rewards. (For more information, please contact the Reservations Team on +44 (0)20 7259 5599 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Chauffeur-driven car transfer subject to availability) REGENCY STYLE REVELRY Deck the halls and dust off your festive Christmas best – The Lanesborough’s luxurious private rooms are perfect for grandeur and getting into the spirit of Christmas, be it for a sleep cocktail and canapé reception or a sumptuous, three-course dinner celebration. The hotel’s dedicated Private Dining & Events team has developed two special menu collections to ensure that corporate events and larger celebrations come complete with all the trimmings. Coined ‘The Georgian Gathering’ and ‘The Regency Revelry’, menus include chilled Taittinger Champagne on arrival and a variety of exquisite canapés, followed by a three-course lunch or dinner with wine, coffee and festive petits fours. (Christmas party menus cost from £85 per person, exclusive of room hire charges. Canapé reception from £38 per person. For enquiries, please contact the team on +44 (0)20 7259 5599 or email@example.com) FESTIVE FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY There are few things more magical than waking up on Christmas morning in the company of family – especially with little ones in tow eager to unwrap their gifts, and a personal butler popping by at any given moment with surprises for the whole family… Christmas at The Lanesborough is all about creating special memories, from stockings bursting at the seams with gifts delivered at midnight, to a chauffeur-driven classic car ride to a nearby traditional carol service. On Christmas Eve, guests will enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate and marshmallows, help wrapping last-minute gifts from their personal butler, and a chauffeur-driven car transfer to St. Paul’s Church for an evening service, followed by hot toddies in the timeless Library Bar. On the big day, those in residence will wake up to personalised stockings for children, champagne delivered by the butler, breakfast in bed, a visit from Father Christmas in the Games Room and a five-course Christmas feast in Celeste. The Queen’s Speech will of course be aired in the St George’s Room at 15:00. Boxing Day will be made up of a trip to Harvey Nichols for the hotel’s exclusive shopping experience, a gingerbread-making class for children, a rejuvenating facial or massage in The Lanesborough Club & Spa and Boxing Day Afternoon Tea. (Three-night ‘Christmas in Residence’ package starts from £2,990 in a Superior Rooms and from £4,280 in a Junior Suite, based on two people sharing and including VAT; excluding service charge).
PRE-PARTY PAMPERING This year, The Lanesborough opened its own lifestyle members’ Club & Spa, providing the city with a luxury club for life. Spread over 18,000ft², it offers a 360° integrated approach to wellbeing in collaboration with resident experts who are 'best in class' and leaders in their respective fields. The Lanesborough Club & Spa is opening its doors to non-members for the festive season, and welcoming ladies for the ultimate in party season pampering with Champagne, canapés and a choice of manicure or blow dry from Daniel Galvin Jnr’s newly established salon inside the hotel. The ‘Party & Pamper’ package includes a glass of chilled Taittinger Champagne with healthy canapés upon arrival; full use of the Club & Spa facilities, including thermal areas and hydro-pool; the choice of a manicure or blow dry for each guest; and a two-course lunch in the Club & Spa Restaurant. (Party & Pamper package is available for groups of 2 – 6 people from 24th November to 22nd December; £150 per person).
FEEL RIGHT AT HOME AT THE LANESBOROUGH’S NEW YEAR’S EVE ‘HOUSE PARTY’ Pairing country house elegance with the vibrancy of the city, The Lanesborough comes alive for a night of dining, dancing and decadence on 31st December. The hotel’s ‘House Party’ guests will enjoy a two-night stay, with festive cocktails on arrival, a blow-dry or manicure in The Lanesborough Club & Spa, and a sumptuous five-course New Year’s Eve Champagne gala dinner at Céleste. Alternatively, guests can ring in the new year in the privacy of The Library Bar – a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle, with dimmed lighting, grand surrounds, and the UK’s best Cognac selection with bottles dating back to 1770. The Library Bar exudes old-world charm and treats guests to a truly unique evening experience, serving London’s finest champagne tipples and twists on timeless classics. (New Year’s Eve packages cost from £580 per person for just the evening dinner and entertainment, and from £1,890 for a two-night stay in a Superior Room based on two sharing).
BECOME A ‘WINTER WARRIOR’ To shape-up pre or post-party season and reverse the effects of festive overindulgence, The Lanesborough Club & Spa aims to help members restore the mind and discover a happier, healthier approach to health, fitness and overall wellbeing this winter. The Club & spa is offering a bespoke three-month membership aptly named the ‘Winter Warrior’ membership. The new offering allows guests full access to ‘one of the most advanced fitness facilities operated by any hotel in the country’ for a full three months, as well as one of Bodyism’s signature ‘Body Oracle’ assessments. Over the three months, short-term members will enjoy 30 personal training sessions with Bodyism’s elite team of Performance Specialists, as well as one session with the man himself – Bodyism founder, James Duigan. In addition, members will receive three sessions with The Lanesborough Club & Spa’s highly skilled practitioners, as well as three sessions with a resident, expert dietician, epitomising the Club & Spa’s bespoke 360° integrated approach to wellbeing. (Priced at £6,700 per person. For more information, contact +44 (0)20 7259 5599 or firstname.lastname@example.org)