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Last week the Chancellor announced a VAT cut for the hospitality industry starting from 15 July 2020. All rooms at a Crown Group Hotel will only have 5% VAT charged on the room rate from now until 12 January 2021. Thats a big saving compared to the usual VAT charge of 20%! Breakfast is included as standard within the room rate at our London Gower Street, London Tottenham Court Road and London Kings Cross St Pancras hotels. We look forward to seeing some of you very soon!...

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Final preparations are underway today to get our hotels ready for re-opening tomorrow.  Check out our socially distanced dining rooms below where we will still be serving a cooked breakfast but all orders will need to be made the night before and all guests will be allocated a time slot to ensure that they are kept safe. Breakfast will be served at our Mabledon Court Hotel (Kings Cross St Pancras), Bloomsbury Palace Hotel (near Tottenham Court Road) and Hotel Cavendish (Gower Street). Sanitisation stations are set up at each of our hotels......

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Father’s Day is certainly going to look a little bit different this year – with current guidance still recommending that we all stay home as much as possible, Crown Group’s top picks for Father’s Day 2020 include walks, cycle rides and virtual shows or classes. If you are based close to London, we did a post earlier on our favourite green spots in London. See the link below if you are looking for some inspiration! https://www.crowngroupofhotels.com/looking-oasis-calm-capital/ If he likes to ride, Visit London has done an excellent piece on London’s bike paths.......

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Missing your culture fix? Or even just planning your post quarantine trip to London? Our team have picked our top 5 virtual tours from London Museums for you to browse. The British Museum – with an extensive collection of artefacts dating back centuries and crossing nations, we always find something new when we head to the British Museum (both in reality and in its virtual form!) The new tour website is no exception and the team have spent hours going through the virtual rooms and choosing where to head first when it......

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For those of you who head to our Gower Street properties so you can hit the West End theatre scene, our team have been busy rounding up our favourite shows and musicals that are now being streamed online as London remains in lockdown. Here are some of our team’s favourites: National Theatre at Home – Every Thursday from 7pm. Tonight’s show is Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals – Every Friday from 7pm. Tomorrow’s show is Love Never Dies https://www.youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon Royal Opera House – Every Friday from 7pm. Tomorrow’s show......

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By popular demand, here are the team’s favourite street food picks in London. (List current as of early 2020!) Baba G’s – Camden Lock Market, NW1 8AF – looking for a spicy burger? Baba G’s turns Indian classics into burgers.  Nearest Crown Group Hotel: Mabledon Court, London Kings Cross St Pancras Beijummy – 143 Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JJ – A Brazilian take on wraps and rolls. All wraps are made from beiju – a flat bread made with cassava and water. Nearest Crown Group Hotel: Great St Helen Hotel, London Liverpool......

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Mountbatten Festival of Music, 6th – 7th March 2020 – Royal Albert Hall Featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, these concerts showcase the finest military music talent with a West End twist. The performances will cater to a range of tastes with music from the big screen, marches and solo performances. Book your tickets now at https://tickets.royalalberthall.com/production/68793 Nearest Crown Group Hotel: Hotel Cavendish, Gower Street, London Bloomsbury WOW – Women of the World Festival, 8th March, Southbank Centre Spread over three days, this festival coincides with International Women’s Day......

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The Prince of Egypt Following the life of Moses from childhood to his reign as a Prince. The DreamWorks film is now a West End musical. Playing at The Dominion Theatre Opening 5 Feb 2020. Tickets starting from £40 Nearest Crown Group Hotel: Bloomsbury Palace Hotel, Gower Street To Kill A Mockingbird Brought to stage by Aaron Sorkin, Harper Lee’s “spectacular literature classic” is coming to the West End this year. Playing at the Gielgud Theatre Tickets from: £29.50 Nearest Crown Group Hotel: Bloomsbury Palace Hotel, Gower Street Pretty Woman The Musical......

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Looking for some fun this February? Check out our list of London highlights to help you plan a fantastic February Six Nations Rugby, 1 February Onwards, Twickenham Watch the annual rugby tournament live from London and see if Wales can retain their title in 2020. Book early to avoid disappointment. https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/fixtures-2020/ Plant Powered Expo 1 – 2 February, Olympia Emphasizing healthy living and the feel good factor, the inaugural show features the latest plant based products on the market. https://www.plantpoweredexpo.co.uk/ Kew Orchids Festival 8 February – 9 March, Kew This year’s orchid......

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