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Hotel Du Vin Reveals Fresh New Menus

Hotel du Vin has announced the launch of a new lunch menu and a revised à la carte menu.

The new lunch menu offers one, two or three courses, as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches and tartines, giving diners the flexibility to enjoy Hotel du Vin’s delicious cuisine even when time is short.

The new à la carte menu retains its great grill section with delicious dry aged steaks that have been matured for at least 28 days, but returns to the classics of French bistro dining in its choices for all courses. On the reverse of the à la carte menu Hotel du Vin’s Wine and Spirit Director Ronan Sayburn has hand-picked a selection of eighty great wines for all palates and purses. This allows the diner to make a quicker wine choice if desired, but the full Hotel du Vin expansive wine list of 500 vintages is still available to choose from. The new dessert menu also helpfully suggests wine or digestif pairings.

Signature dishes for the new menu are as follows:

To start: French Onion Soup and Chicken Liver Parfait, Toasted Brioche, Raisin Chutney Main Course: Moules du Vin, Frites, Lemon Sole Meunière, Normandy Chicken Dessert: Baba au Rhum, Chocolate Pavé

Commenting on the new menu, Gary Davis, CEO of Hotel du Vin and Malmaison boutique hotels said: “We’re really pleased with the new menus. Not only are we returning to the original spirit of Hotel du Vin, in offering an authentic taste of the finest French bistro food, but we’re also adding a quick and affordable lunch choice, which we feel chimes with the spirit of the times.”

Excluding One Devonshire Gardens, the new menus can be enjoyed at all of Hotel Du Vin’s UK properties, including its restaurants in BirminghamGlasgow restaurants and restaurants in Harrogate.

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Bermondsey Square Hotel restaurateur Gregg Wallace admits his love of Angel Delight Bermondsey Square Hotel restaurateur Gregg Wallace admits his love of Angel Delight

Television presenter and restaurateur Gregg Wallace has spoken of his love of butterscotch-flavour Angel Delight, his strangest food experience eating roast quail with chocolate cake and why he hates barbecues.

In an interview with the Independent on Sunday newspaper, the 47-year-old, who has just opened a new venture at the Bermondsey Square Hotel near the south bank of the River Thames, said Angel Delight is one of the dishes now available on the menu.

Served in a shot glass as a pre-pudding, the favourite from Wallace’s childhood features alongside new takes on dishes including spam fritter, chicken kiev, and knickerbocker glory.

As well as admitting that a McDonald’s Big Mac is his guilty pleasure (although he doesn’t actually have them that often since getting married), the MasterChef presenter revealed to the Independent that he detests summer barbecues, believing them to be “part of a plot to destroy food in Britain”.

He said: “Men who only go into the kitchen to throw away empty beer cans suddenly think they have mastered one of the most difficult cooking techniques known to man.”

And while many of the dishes on offer at Gregg’s Table restaurant and bar were often placed on tables in the 1970s, trained chefs are now in charge, offering diners a new take on traditional favourites while they relax in one of London’s top luxury hotels.

The Bermondsey restaurant, which opened to the public on February 27, is a joint venture between Gregg Wallace and Robin Sheppard, the chairman of Bespoke Hotels, which owns manages The Bermondsey Square Hotel. It is large enough to seat 90 guests indoors, although there is room for a further 100 diners in Gregg’s Table’s outdoor eating area.

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Affordable art goes on sale in Battersea Park as 120 galleries gather for the popular spring art fair

The biannual Affordable Art Fair, which returns to Battersea Park this spring, from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March 2012, is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000. A regular feature in Battersea Park since it first appeared in 1999, the fair has become a well-loved institution in London ‘s art scene and anyone wanting to pick up some affordable art can save even more money by booking a cheap London hotel so they can enjoy the fair and stay in London for the weekend.

Gathering 120 art galleries from all over Europe in one place, the fair offers visitors the chance to buy original works of art by up and coming artists without paying over the odds for their name and reputation. Alongside are works by well-known artists at relatively low prices – flower paintings by Marc Quinn, a self-portrait by Sam Taylor-Wood and a dot painting by Damien Hirst all featured in last year’s October art fair.

The price ceiling of £4,000 and the compulsory labelling of all artwork means visitors can see, at a glance, what they can and can’t afford, and the huge array of paintings, sculpture, photography and prints means there is something to suit every taste.

Every fair has an emerging artists’ showcase promoting the work of recent graduates and this spring the theme is ‘Sum of Substance’, an exhibition curated by art and design publishers Jotta featuring 19 artists from well known arts colleges including the Slade, Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art and Design among others.

The fair also has a programme of free and informal talks and tours as well as a crèche and an education area, making this an event that all the family can enjoy, even children as young as two years old. For those who prefer to avoid the weekend rush late view tickets, available for Wednesday and Thursday nights, are the best option, giving shoppers the chance to browse the art in a more relaxed setting with a glass of wine to hand.

After a successful inaugural art fair on Hampstead Heath in October last year, the Affordable Art Fair returns to the North London park again this autumn so there will be two further Affordable Art Fairs later in the year: at Battersea, from 25th to 28th October 2012; and at Hampstead, 1st to 4th November 2012. The AAF also has a global presence with ten fairs (and two affiliate fairs) in six countries across three continents.

For more information on the Affordable Art Fair, visit LondonTown.com where you can find the latest information on hotel rooms, availability and prices, all on one website which also gives useful information on London ‘s sights, events and restaurants. If you are bringing the family, you won’t be alone, the website also lists family friendly activities, hotels and restaurants.

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Perseverance And Hard Work Lead To Success, Says Bespoke Hotels Boss

Working hard and sticking at it are two of the main reasons behind the success of one of the UK’s leading luxury hotel groups, according to its chief executive.

Bespoke Hotels was established in 2000 and over the past 11 years the group has grown from having three properties to managing 52 across Britain, Europe and the Caribbean. Speaking to BusinessesForSale.com, Bespoke’s founder and chief executive Haydn Fentum said being flexible and appreciating that all hotels have key differences are some of the most important things to remember.

He said: “If I had to choose one word to explain our success I would probably choose flexibility. By listening to our clients and the hotel owners, we make sure we apply the right level of service to a particular property.

“We adapt well and that’s where we’ve won out over branded operators, because our properties are all idiosyncratic and quite unique to their location. We take a more bespoke or tailored attitude towards running those businesses. We’re not a one-size-fits-all hotel group.”

It is this approach of providing guests with unique experiences, matched with the best of British hospitality and the best possible facilities that has earned Bespoke Hotels an enviable reputation.

With properties that range from country house accommodation to boutique hotels in the centre of London, Bespoke Hotels has made sure that individuals, couples, families and business clients are all catered for. Every one of the group’s luxury hotels has its own character and charms, whether that’s helped by the addition of a luxurious spa, exquisite interior design or access to one of the best golf courses in the UK.

Haydn added: “Each hotel is specific and you need to play to your strengths. So we encourage the managers to push hard in areas where they know they’ll get success.”

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Celebrate Halloween at Disneyland Paris

One of Europe’s premier family attractions, Disneyland Paris has been delighting children of all ages ever since it opened in 1992.

In 2008, the resort hosted its first Not-So-Scary Halloween party, which up until that point had only taken place in Florida.

Designed to appeal to all ages and, as you will have guessed from the name, kept at a fairly low level of scariness so as not to give younger children nightmares, this show is a truly magical way to celebrate Halloween.

There have been four Not-So-Scary parties scheduled this month, with the last one set to take place on October 28th.

Then, on Halloween night itself, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the gang host a wonderful Disney Halloween Party from 8:30pm until 1am.

Hotels-paris.co.uk offers hundreds of marvellous boutique hotels right throughout the city, with excellent transport links to the resort available from Gare du Nord. One of the best hotels available is Pershing Hall.

To find out how to experience the magic kingdom at its best this Halloween, visit visitdisneylandparis.com.

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Experience the Bouglione Circus at Cirque d’Hiver

The acclaimed Cirque d’Hiver in the 11ème arrondissement has been running in various forms since 1852, but by far the most influential figures in its recent history are the Bouglione family, who resurrected the circus after a period of decline in the early 20th century.

Now, the Bouglione Circus is ready to start up again, with an entertaining array of acts preparing to take to the stage on October 22nd. The run continues until March 4th next year, so there will be plenty of opportunities to see this thrilling spectacle in action.

Highlights include Fumagalli the clown, magician Marcel Kalisvaart, acrobatic cyclist Marc Giély, diabolo performer Pierre Marchand, juggler François Borie, trapeze artist Alain Alegria and comedy troupe Les Fuma Boys.

Tickets cost around 40€ if you wish to get as close as possible to the action at the front of the auditorium.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has many boutique hotels on offer that could really help you make the most of your visit to the French capital, with hotels such as Pershing Hall really adding to your experience.

To find out more about the Bouglione Circus, visit www.cirquedhiver.com.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Visit Paris

With their 10th studio album ‘I’m With You’ due imminently, the critically-acclaimed quartet bring their new tracks and a selection of old favourites to Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy on October 18th-19th.

Fans will be on the lookout for hits such as ‘Under the Bridge’, ‘Give It Away’, ‘Californication’ and ‘By the Way’, while songs from the new album will quickly become familiar.

Tickets start at 56€, and of course there is plenty to see and do in Paris before and after the concert.

When a band has been around this long, you can be sure of a polished, professional live set, so anyone with a ticket for this show has good reason to be excited.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of interesting boutique hotels in central Paris that will allow you to really make the most of your trip. Pershing Hallis a highlight among many fantastic options.

For more on the concert, visitwww.bercy.fr/programme/concert

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International Contemporary Art Fair Takes Over Paris

The International Contemporary Art Fair, or FIAC to the French, has been an annual fixture on the Parisian cultural calendar since 1974. It showcases only 20th and 21st century visual arts from some of the finest galleries around, anything from painting and sculpture to film and digital art.

This year’s fair runs from October 20th-23rd. The venues are what make the event a truly exciting Paris experience, with the Louvre and Grand Palais forming the base for many exhibitions.

Visitors can also venture outdoors, as the Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin des Plantes will both house yet more exhibitions of stunning modern art.

Variety is guaranteed, in 2010 195 galleries were represented, 72 of them French and the other 123 coming from 23 different countries from around the world.

Admission to the International Contemporary Art Fair is 32«, or you can get a helpful catalogue as well for a combined total of 55«.

Hotels-paris.co.uk can offer a range of lovelyboutique hotels right throughout Paris, allowing you to really make the most of your visit. Pershing Hallis a particular favourite.

You can get even more information about the International Contemporary Art Fair by visiting their website at www.fiac.com.

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Salon Du Chocolat Comes To Paris

It is doubtful you could find a more popular subject for a festival than chocolate, so attracting visitors to the Salon du Chocolat on October 20th-24th should be no problem for the organisers.

Situated in the Porte de Versailles on the south border of Paris, the exhibition is a mix of award shows, exhibitions and demonstrations that reveal what it takes to make the perfect chocolate dessert.

Many French celebrity chefs will take to the stage to talk audiences through their inventive cocoa creations, while the intriguing chocolate fashion show is certainly worth a look.

There will also be a workshop for children, a book store where you can get some recipe ideas, and the Cocoa Show, where representatives from all the cocoa producing countries of the world come together to celebrate with a spectacular stage show of music and dance.

Hotels-paris.co.uk can offer a vast choice of accommodation for anyone looking to pay this event a visit, including several smart boutique hotels such as the elegant Pershing Hall.

For more information about Salon du Chocolat, visit www.salonduchocolat.fr/accueil.aspx.

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe turns the eyes of the equestrian world towards Paris

Situated at the heart of the splendid Bois de Boulogne in the west of Paris, Longchamp racecourse is the home of French horse racing. Each year, it hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and punters are already going into a frenzy in the build up to the big race October 2nd.

The last few years have seen a great deal of UK and Irish interest in the race, with all the winning horses in the last five years based in one of those countries.

Last year’s title went to British Epsom Derby-winner Workforce, ridden by Ryan Moore, while controversial jockey Kieren Fallon was victorious on Hurricane Run in 2005 and again on Dylan Thomas in 2007, both from Ireland.

However, this year the bookmakers are unaminously tipping French filly Sarafina to take the crown, after she was unfortunate to only take third last year after a barnstorming final furlong.

She will be looking over her shoulder at Nathaniel, reigning champion Workforce and So You Think, while good odds are also available for Galikova and Reliable Man.

The whole race card spans two days from October 1st-2nd and contains plenty of prestigious Group 1 races, so there will be plenty of opportunities for a flutter on some of the world’s finest horses.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk has a variety of boutique hotels available in central Paris for anyone looking to make a weekend of it. Pershing Hall is one of the best choices you will find.

For more information about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, visit www.prixarcdetriomphe.com/indexUK.html.

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Techno Parade Brings Electronic Music Lovers to Paris

Marking the start of the annual Rendez-vous Electroniques festival, Techno Parade is a place where fans of the genre can gather at the heart of Paris to enjoy the music they love as they parade through the streets.

Starting at Republique and continuing on through Bastille and on to Place d’Italie, Techno Parade has been an annual feature in Paris since 1998. This year’s parade is on September 17th.

Performing at that very first event was popular French DJ Bob Sinclar, whose hits include Love Generation, Rock This Party and Sound of Freedom. He continues to be a patron of the festival to this day.

The music comes from a succession of amps and loudspeakers that are transported along the parade route, while various floats join the party to allow people from all over the world to join together in their appreciation of techno music.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a number of boutique hotelsacross the city for anyone looking to combine the parade with a visit to the rest of the city. Pershing Hall is just one of hundreds of options available.

For more on the Techno Parade, visit www.technoparade.fr.

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Experience Parisian gardens at their finest with La Fête des Jardins

Paris is a city that is blessed with a number of attractive green spaces, each of them unique and populated with statues, shrubs, fountains and other individual curiosities that can easily take up a whole day in the capital.

For one weekend only each year, these gardens simultaneously play host to a selection of free events that cannot fail to delight, from walking tours to music concerts and art exhibitions, and this year that weekend falls on September 25th-26th.

There are few more idyllic places to enjoy such a relaxed, pleasant day out, with highlights including the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg near the Panthéon, the famous Jardins des Tuileries leading from the iconic Musée du Louvre onto the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées, and the sprawling Parc de la Villette in the 20ème.

The full programme of events will be available from the Paris Tourist Office at the start of September

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of boutique accommodation across the city, including the marvellous Pershing Hall.

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Find The Best Thing On Two Wheels At The Paris Cycle Show

For four days this September, cycling enthusiasts of Paris will get the chance to see the best new products around as the Paris Cycle Show comes to the Porte de Versailles from September 16th-19th.

Visitors can feast their eyes on cycles ranging from showy BMXs to functional city bikes, as well as all manner of add-ons and accessories to enhance their biking experience.

There will be the opportunity to try out exciting new e-bikes and check out the latest trends on the catwalk, with exciting demonstrations revealing the capabilities of the bicycles on display.

The public can enjoy the first three days of the show at their leisure, but the final day is reserved for professionals to do their own browsing and purchasing.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a number of stylish boutique hotels for visitors to enjoy in all areas of the city.Pershing Hall is just one of many establishments available.

For more on the Paris Cycle Show, visit lesalonducycle.com/en/

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Paris Autumn Festival Embraces Contemporary Arts

In 1972, Michel Guy set up the Paris Autumn Festival to showcase the best Parisian contemporary arts, including theatre, dance, music and cinema. With the support of President Georges Pompidou, whose fondness for contemporary art is attested by the iconic gallery which bears his name, the festival became an annual event.

Running from September 17th through until the end of the year, the festival still enjoys the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris and several sponsors.

This enables the Paris Autumn Festival to lay on a fabulous programme of around 60 events held in various venues across Paris, including iconic buildings such as Musée d’Orsay, Cité de la Musique and La Cinémathèque Française.

The event is a non-profit affair that simply seeks to encourage talented artists to create extraordinary and original work. Up to 100,000 people visit in total each year across all the events, so it is certainly worth paying them a visit.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of boutique hotelsthat will prove an ideal base for anyone trying to see as much of the festival as possible. Pershing Hall is just one of the many options available.

For more on the Paris Autumn Festival, visit www.festival-automne.com.

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Vilette Jazz Festival the Place to Go this Autumn

From August 31st until September 11th, the picturesque Parc de la Villette in the North-east of Paris will host some 50 concerts in various beautiful venues in and around the park.

Experienced artists from around the world will entertain jazz fans in the marvellous Cite de la Musique museum, Grande Halle de la Villette, Atelier du Plateau and Cabaret Sauvage.

Tickets cost between 10 and 30 euro, while there are plenty of opportunities to learn hoe to play the instruments and for children to get involved.

Hotels-paris.co.uk can provide plenty of marvellousboutique hotels across the city, including the superb Pershing Hall.

For more information about the Villette Jazz Festival, visit www.citedelamusique.fr.

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Cinema au Clair de Lune Offers Films Under the Stars

Paris is well served by open air cinema during the summer months, with Cinema en Plein Air taking place at Parc de la Villette throughout the holidays. However, for something a bit different, Cinema au Clair de Lune is the way to go.

Showcasing exclusively French films in various attractive Paris squares from August 3rd-21st, visitors should arrive early to truly experience this informal, light-hearted event.

Make an evening of it by taking a picnic along and settle in to watch quality French fare such as Rien du tout, Buffet froid and Le Furet, with the programme taking in work from the 1960s to the present day.

It is the venues that truly make the evenings special, with idyllic settings such as Parc Montsouris, Butte Montmartre, Place Saint-Suplice and the gardens of the Champs-Elysees. Best of all, attendance is free.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a fine selection of boutique hotels throughout the city, many of which lie close to some of the venues on the programme. Pershing Hall is just one of many choices available.

To find out more about Cinema au clair de Lune, visit www.forumdesimages.fr/fdi/Festivals-et-evenements/Cinema-au-clair-de-lune and look out for the link to the programme on the right hand side.

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Classical Music at Parc Floral

On the outskirts of Paris, at the end of Metro Line 1 that finishes outside the neighbouring castle in Vincennes, Parc Floral is one of the prettiest parks in the city.

From August 6th to Septeber 25th, Paris visitors can come to this beautiful space every weekend and see some of the world’s best classical musicians perform on the stage in the middle of the park as part of the summer Festival Classique au Vert.

Up to 1500 spectators will be able to gather among the attractive flowerbeds and foliage and relax while they listen to some stunning pieces of music from world-class performers.

As well as this, the event includes walks through the park and mini concerts in some of the quieter corners, as well as the opportunity to meet and greet the musicians after the main performance finishes.

While the event is free, entrance to the park is just €5 per day, €2,50 for under 25s and free for under 7s. Hotels-paris.co.uk has a large number of boutique hotels throughout the city for people wishing to attend this event. Among them, Pershing Hall is a particularly good choice.

To find out more about the festival, visit www.classiqueauvert.fr.

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Paris Hosts World Judo Championships

With an Olympic year on the horizon, the World Championships of any sport take on an even greater significance than normal.

udo is no different, and from August 23rd-28th the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy hosts the World Judo Championships 2011. It will be the fifth time that Paris has staged the event.

For the French, the event is seen as vital preparation for next year’s Games, with judo an event they traditionally do very well in.

Past champions such as Thierry Rey, David Douillet and Beatrice Rodriguez have given French judo a fearsome reputation, with the flag now being flown by the sensational Teddy Riner, who in 2007 became the youngest ever world champion at just 18 years old, and has been a world champion every year since.

60,000 spectators are expected at the event over the six days of competition, with 120 nations represented by some 900 athletes.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk has a wide selection of hotels to choose from which will give you fantastic access to the arena. Boutique hotels such as Pershing Hall are just some of the choices available.

To find out more, visit the International Judo Federation website at www.intjudo.eu.

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From Finiguerra to Boticelli – Italian Engravings at Musee du Louvre

From July 7th until October 3rd, the Musee du Louvre at the heart of Paris hosts a collection of stunning engravings that chart the journey of the art form through Renaissance Italy.

The pieces come from the collection of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, and show how engraving evolved from the early stages to the famous workshops of the 15th century.

This exhibition is included in the price of entry to the whole museum, which costs 10 euro. The art is available to view every day except Tuesday, from 9am until 6pm, apart from Wednesdays and Fridays when the museum remains open until 10pm.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk can provide a selection of wonderful boutique hotels to stay in while you are enjoying Paris and visiting Musee du Louvre.Pershing Hall is just one of the many fantastic options available.

If you wish to find out more about what is happening at Musee du Louvre in the coming weeks, visit www.louvre.fr.

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Medieval and Renaissance Illuminations at Musee du Louvre

From July 7th to October 3rd, the Louvre will showcase a fine collection of around seventy prints and drawings from some of the premier artists of Medieval and Renaissance times.

Work from Italian, French, Flemish and German artists such as Lorenzo Monaco, Jean Fouquet, Guillaume Vrelant, Simon Bening and Giulio Clovio will call the museum’s Mollien Rooms home.

The exhibition is open every day except Tuesday from 9am until 6pm, and stays open until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Entry to the museum costs 10 euro, with no extra charge for viewing the drawings.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk can provide a fantastic selection of boutique hotels for anyone wishing to visit the Louvre, including the marvellous Pershing Hall.

To find out more about upcoming exhibitions at the Louvre, visit www.louvre.fr.

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