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The Best places to visit in Kensington and Chelsea this Summer

Spending time in Chelsea and Kensington this August? Discover some great summer events on the hotel's doorstep.

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How Easy is it Being Green?

There are lots of steps that go into making our hotel green. Here are just some of the eco practices we engage in...

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British Wimbledon Traditions

With Wimbledon just around the corner, the team at our hotel in Chelsea take a look at the British traditions surrounding this great tennis tournament.

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An American’s guide to getting by in London

To help our American guests, the team here at our boutique hotel in Chelsea have put together an American’s guide to London with some top tips to help you make the most of your trip across the pond.

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A brief history of afternoon tea

With our Wimbledon themed Afternoon Tea in Chelsea in full swing to mark the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis tournament, we thought we would sit back with a cup of tea and a homemade scone and learn about the origins of our beloved afternoon tea.

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A Family Friendly Guide to Chelsea

The team at our five star hotel in Chelsea have shared the very best of what to enjoy locally with the family this summer. Take your pick from some of our favourite events and activities and make your stay at our family friendly hotel Chelsea a truly unforgettable experience for all.

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THE DRAYCOTT HOTEL HAS WON AN AWARD

We have won BoHos ‘Best City Hotel Award’ in the 21 – 50 rooms category at the inaugural Boutique Hotel Guest Experience Awards.

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The Very Best of Hyde Park for 2017

Row along the Serpentine or relax listening to your favourite sounds. This summer is set to be a scorcher.

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Must See London Theatre Shows this Spring

As a luxury hotel in Chelsea we are lucky enough to see a number of fantastic shows in the local area. From comedies to love stories, discover the best shows to see this springtime.

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A Beginner’s Guide to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

From how to get there and what to eat, we've put together a little something to help you make the most of your day.

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Spending Easter in the Capital?

Indulge in something sweet from one of the most luxury chocolatiers in London...

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Fancy a Stroll Around One of Chelsea’s Farmers’ Markets this Weekend?

Fresh produce, gorgeous street food and a Saturday afternoon stroll... we bring you the best markets in the local area.

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Take a Walk Through the Literary History of Chelsea this World Book Day

This World Book Day we want to show our appreciation for individuals who have influenced the Arts through the ages with their aptitude, brilliance and flair. We will be discussing each author and other persons of literary interest, who are celebrated throughout our hotel.

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An American Style Pancake Recipe From Our Talented Chef

Pancake Day is fast approaching our luxury hotel in London, and we think there is nothing quite like a stack of America's finest, drizzled with something sweet to celebrate.

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Spend your Half Term Break in London, starting with Afternoon Tea at the Draycott

Heading to London this half term? Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the Draycott followed by one of these child-friendly activities in the capital...

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Best of British: The Top Designers Set to Take London Fashion Week 2017 by Storm

If you are heading to the capital this February, London Fashion Week will be hard to miss. Here is a list of our favourite up and coming designers to look out for on the catwalks.

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Celebrating National Hat Day: Exploring the History of Hats and Uncovering Chelsea’s Finest milliners

From bowlers and bonnets to top hats and trilbies, as a nation, the British have always loved hats.

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A Guide to Celebrating Chinese New Year in the Capital

London is home to one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the world. Read our guide to make the most of your day.

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The Draycott’s Guide to New Year Celebrations in Chelsea

Wave goodbye to 2016 and usher in the New Year in style with the most exclusive party venues in Chelsea.

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Get Your Skates On

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a turn on the ice. We bring you the most luxury ice skating rinks in the capital.

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The Tusk Conservation Awards 2016

Are you passionate about protecting our planet and combating the poaching crisis in Africa? Us, too. Read more about our contribution to the cause.

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Away from home for thanksgiving?

If you are away from home or would simply like to celebrate this seasonal holiday, read on for our top supper suggestions in the city.

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Looking for things to do in Chelsea this Guy Fawkes Night?

View our guide to the most luxury bonfire nights in London for a Guy Fawkes celebration to remember.

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An Exclusive Guide to the Lord Mayor’s Show

The Lord Mayor's Show is one of the most exciting events in London's calendar. View our exclusive guide to make the most of your day.

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The Michelin Guide 2017: The Culinary Delights of Kensington and Chelsea Revealed

The Michelin Guide has announced the UK restaurants awarded its prestigious stars for 2017. Discover the Michelin-awarded culinary delights of Kensington & Chelsea 2017.

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We Have Won an Award

We are pleased to announce that we were awarded ‘England’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2016’ by the World Travel Awards. Find out why today.

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Chelsea for Beginners: Our favourite things to do in Chelsea

Discover our top things to do in Chelsea to make the most of your stay in one of London’s most affluent & prestigious areas.

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Bringing British Classics to a British Classic

Wimbledon is here and we are celebrating with a luxury hamper full of goodies. Join us for a luxury day at the tennis.

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9 Things We Appreciate About the Queen

What is there not to love about the Queen? Absolutely nothing, here are nine of her stand out moments for us.

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10 Terrific and Luxurious Father’s Day Gift Ideas

How often do we take the time to tell our dad’s how much we love them and show them what they mean to us? Not often enough is the likely answer here.
This Father’s Day why not go that extra step to show your dad that you care? With these

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Mantis Collection: Property Spotlight

Take a look into some of the other Mantis Collection properties. This spotlight focuses on 18 on Hillwood, South Africa, a property that's just a short walk away from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

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The Complete Guide to the Chelsea Flower Show

Planning on visiting the Chelsea Flower Show? Here's a complete guide from what to wear to where to go:

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Celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show with a Floral Afternoon Tea at the Draycott

Come and enjoy a quintessentially British treat - an Afternoon Tea - complete with the stunning aromas and vibrant colours of fresh flowers? At the Draycott, our floral themed afternoon tea will be running throughout the Chelsea Flower Show. Find out more about the tea and how you can make your reservations here:

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The Draycott Hotel Launches Flowery Cocktails for the Chelsea Flower Show

With the Cheslea Flower Show just around the corner, we have been making preparations for a series of floral themed cocktails to serve guests. Throughout the week, our usual complimentary 6pm champagne service will also offer everything from the classic G&T with a floral twist to the perfect Pimms that comes laced with delicious fruits. Here is what we will have available:

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The History and Etiquette of ‘Afternoon Tea’

With the Queen’s 90th Birthday on the horizon, there is no better time to stop and reflect on quintessentially British traditions. And what is more British than taking afternoon tea?

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Our Top Chocolatiers in Kensington and Chelsea

With February home to Valentine’s Day and one of the most popular periods of the year to propose, it is understandable why this month has become the season for couples to indulge in all kinds of traditional or modern romantic occasions.

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London Fashion Week 2016

When it comes to finding the ideal London Fashion Week outfit, there’s no better place to go shopping than on the famous streets of Chelsea, London. Whilst well-known for its established high-end retailers from Burberry to Louis Vuitton, Chelsea has quietly undergone a rebirth and found a new niche with its growing bijou collection of independent boutiques.

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Boutique Christmas Shopping in Chelsea

Christmas is a time of giving, or so they say. Unfortunately, before you can feasibly give that thing, you need to first find and procure said item, preferably without acquiring a stomach ulcer in the process. Roll on the Christmas shopping and the madness that ensues.

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Chelsea’s Seven Undercover Secret (Agent) Hotspots

With the latest Bond movie set to drop later this month, we thought we’d draw attention to some of Chelsea’s undercover secret locations often missed by tourists.

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What knot to do: How to tie your tie

Whether you typically wear this combination for working life, luxury London hotel events or almost as a routine second nature (a real life ode to James Bond), we have produced a specialist step-by-step guide of how to tie the perfect knot, ensuring you’re every bit refined contemporary, classic and confident.

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The Best Places to Dine in London You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

If dining out is one of your favourite pastimes, London is the place to be. The different styles of cuisine, some of the world’s most inventive and creative chefs, and the stunning range of venues all combine to offer eating experiences to rival those found anywhere around the globe.

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A guide to Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Whether you are a tennis fanatic or simply fancy a day out to the iconic Wimbledon Tennis Championships, there is no denying the thrilling tennis on offer is something to admire and enjoy.

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How to entertain the kids in London this summer

School has just ended, and while your little’uns couldn’t be happier about this, you’re wondering how you’re going to entertain them for the next few weeks. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to entertain them and tire them out over the summer holidays so there won’t be any tears or tantrums!

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