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London Prepares for a Royal Welcome

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The world is once again buzzing with anticipation as London prepares to welcome the new royal baby in true British style.

To mark the arrival of the newest member of the royal family, many of London’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are celebrating with regal themed afternoon teas, packages and special offers. London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London, has selected the very best celebrations taking place across London.

Gordon Innes, CEO London & Partners, said: “The year of HRH Prince George’s birth was a record-breaking year for tourism, with London welcoming almost 17 million international visits in 2013. The full year visitor figures for 2014 are due next month and forecasts suggest that we are on course to top this figure.

Royal occasions such as this, combined with a continually spectacular and diverse tourism offering in London, help boost visitor numbers to the city and maintain London’s position on the world stage – and we are anticipating that the capital will welcome 2.7 million more international and domestic visits in 2015 compared to 2013.”

Community spirit

Continuing with tradition, the new Prince or Princess will be born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where well-wishers have already started to gather. PaddingtonNow, the Business Improvement District for the area around St Mary’s, is bringing together the community across the district to lead the way in celebrating the Royal birth.

Join the street festivities in Paddington as news of the birth spreads. The streets surrounding the hospital will come to life with celebratory bunting in either blue or pink and a town crier will march the streets to call for locals to toast the new arrival. Those with the same name as the baby will be in for a treat as neighbouring bars and restaurants will welcome them for giveaways and more celebrations.

Royal-Tea

The Park Lane Hotel, is hosting a very special Royal Baby Shower Afternoon Tea. Available until the end of May in the hotel’s beautiful art deco lounge, The Palm Court, visitors can indulge in tasty treats such as a hazelnut and polenta pram cake, a milk bottle panna cotta or a sticky apricot cake ABC learning block.

Just down the road, London Hilton on Park Lane will celebrate the birth of the latest addition to the Royal family at their exclusive CC Bar which is available for private hire Baby Showers. A Champagne Afternoon Tea will be served, to all members of the party including a selection of freshly made sandwiches, pastries and miniature fancies alongside a selection of teas from Harney & Sons and Pommery Champagne.

Further south on the River Thames, history fans can enjoy a Royally Rich Afternoon Tea with City Cruises. This special cruise will take passengers through 150 years of Royal children, with a photographic exhibition and lectures by world renowned royal experts Ian Pelham Turner and Helena Chard. Passengers can discover the fascinating history behind the new Royal baby’s bloodlines, as well as stories of a secret Royal residence and why Battenberg Cake is a particular Royal favourite.

For those who are craving more than just afternoon tea, the Royal Garden Hotel is running a competition for a chance to live like a royal. Guess the Royal Baby’s name correctly and you could

win a two-night stay in a Garden Room overlooking Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s residence, an afternoon tea and two tickets to tour Kensington Palace.

Regal retail therapy

Parents-to-be, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have the choice of London’s top retailers, including Oh Baby London, an independent boutique for baby clothes situated on Brick Lane and Carry Me Home, an adorable store for unique baby clothes in Kingly Court. During her first pregnancy Kate kept stylish in maternity clothes from Peter Jones. Maternity fashion is booming in London, with high street stores and luxury retailers offering a varied selection of maternity wear for all budgets.

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Harvey Nichols Announces Exclusive Collaboration with Glynn Purnell

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Harvey Nichols, the world’s leading luxury retailer, today announces an exclusive collaboration with celebrity chef and owner of Michelin starred Purnell’s restaurant, Glynn Purnell. The partnership will see Purnell curate an unrivalled experience in luxurious, contemporary all day dining for Harvey Nichols’ new design concept store, opening in July in Birmingham.

This inaugural partnership builds on the retailer’s reputation for the most stylish edit in hospitality, fashion and beauty, setting the bar for outstanding food and luxury shopping intrinsically linked to provide customers with the ultimate and most stylish retail experience.

Purnell has worked closely with Harvey Nichols to develop an exclusive and stylish all-day menu, mentor the restaurant’s new Head Chef and hospitality team to be announced in due course, recruit local suppliers, and source the specialist ingredients used in each dish.

Trailblazing the movement for premium casual, flexible all-day-dining executed exquisitely, The Harvey Nichols Brasserie will offer customers the finest in customisable all day luxury dining, serving as the blueprint for the retailer’s future hospitality offering.

Harvey Nichols Group Hospitality Director, Marion Carpentier said of the partnership: “Our design concept store in Birmingham offers our customers an unrivalled experience in luxury retail and we are thrilled to be working with Glynn to curate the most stylish in destination-dining.”

Glynn Purnell said of the collaboration: “I’m really excited to be working with Harvey Nichols and the fantastic hospitality team to create a bespoke and informal dining experience to add to the diverse food and drink scene in Birmingham.”

The Harvey Nichols Brasserie, with glamorous cocktail bar, enjoys the elevated vantage point of the store’s mezzanine floor and can be accessed from the store’s dramatic sweeping staircase or via a separate entrance after hours.

As well as in the restaurant, guests will have the choice of enjoying Purnell’s menu, created for Harvey Nichols, at the tapas-style Chef’s Table, in the private dining room accommodating up to 15, and in the communal table in the Harvey Nichols Wine Shop. Available in the Foodmarket is the most stylish edit in artisanal produce and luxury hamper offering.

Harvey Nichols’ new design concept store and restaurant affords 45,000 square foot of Birmingham’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination, The Mailbox, the ultimate location for designer shopping in the Midlands.

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Food Ambassador Calls Upon Businesses to Enter the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards

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Recently announced as the chair of the Scottish Food Commission, the founder of the world-famous Three Chimneys restaurant on the Isle of Skye, Shirley Spear, is today calling upon businesses to enter the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.

Shirley Spear said:

“I’ve relished my involvement in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards over the past few years. It’s the ultimate recognition of excellence for local food and drink businesses and a shortlist or win at the awards can provide a significant launch pad for businesses of all sizes. I’d urge both new and established businesses to get involved and consider entering. I’d say go for it!”

Her new role charges Spear with leadership and guidance of the Scottish Food Commission in its efforts to help Scotland become a Good Food Nation and improving the country’s attitude to eating fresh and healthy produce. She is an ambassador for the Highlands & Island Food & Drink Awards.

With just over a week to go before entries for the prestigious awards close on 8 May, food and drink businesses from across the Highlands and Islands and Cairngorms National Park area have the opportunity to enter a range of categories ranging from the Young Shining Star and Restaurant of the Year to Export and Healthier Food & Drink.

Now in their 11th year, the awards are delivered with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and with 2015 marked across Scotland as the Year of Food and Drink, this year’s awards look set to be higher profile than ever before. Gordon & MacPhail, one of the UK’s leading independent wine, spirit and whisky wholesalers, is headline sponsor.

The deadline for entries is Friday 8th May. The shortlisted finalists will be announced on Friday 26th June with winners announced on Friday 23rd October at the awards ceremony at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.

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