Cool Britannia draws Gulf visitors to London

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Published June 1st, 2011 - 01:19 GMT
Dukes London is next-door to the family home of Princess Diana
Dukes London is next-door to the family home of Princess Diana

Visitors from the Arabian Gulf can take advantage of a really ‘cool’ deal from Dukes London hotel this summer, by experiencing a bespoke tour of the Spencer House, the ancestral home of Princess Diana, while escaping the intense summer climate at home.

“Dukes London is very popular with visitors from the Gulf. Quite apart from being a private, quintessential five-star boutique hotel, it is our location that is hard to beat. DUKES is literally next-door to Spencer House,” said Debrah Dhugga, General Manager of the hotel which is owned by Dubai-based Seven Tides.

Built between 1756 and 1766 for the first Earl Spencer, Spencer House includes stunning examples of both classical and neo-classical architecture, being the first London property with interiors featuring accurate Greek detail.

“Our guests can explore the family home of Princess Diana, and marvel at the 18th century architecture of a palace which is world-renowned,” added Dhugga.

Indeed it has been the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton that has captured the imagination of visitors from around the world, making London one of this season’s ‘cool’ destinations, especially with guests from the Arabian Gulf.

“There is a great affinity and strong historical and political ties between the Kings and Sheikhs of the Arabian Gulf and the British Royal family. Naturally visitors want easy access to Green Park and Pall Mall, to relive the tradition, pomp and ceremony as well as the wild celebrations after ‘first kiss’ on the balcony of Buckingham Palace,” added Dhugga.

The Dukes London Spencer House package comprises overnight accommodation in a luxurious guestroom along with English breakfast and Spencer House tour tickets for two, including a Souvenir Guide. Priced at $460, the offer is based on double-occupancy and is available on any Saturday from June 2011.

In addition, after visiting Spencer house, lucky guests staying at Dukes London during the Wimbledon, can be back in time to enjoy a special promotion in the hotel’s Marlborough Suite.

For $90 per person, guests can follow all the on-court action of the world’s oldest tennis tournament from 2pm on Saturday 2-3 July, complete with afternoon tea, scones with strawberries, clotted cream and two glasses of Perrier-Jouet, from the Champagne region of France.

“That is unless it rains! But then again short summer showers are probably yet another endearing feature of London for visitors from the Gulf,” said Dhugga.

Dukes London is an independent luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of London, in a private courtyard near Green Park and Buckingham Palace. The intimate and exclusive hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 100 years and features 90 rooms, including 11 suites and one Penthouse Suite. The hotel's design offers a mix of classic and contemporary features, including an impressive art collection. The historic Dukes Bar is home to some of the world’s best martinis, and is the birthplace of the famous “shaken, not stirred” line from James Bond creator Ian Fleming, while the recently unveiled Cognac and Cigar Garden serves the finest cognac and Cuban cigars in a heated outdoor area, open year-round. Dukes London serves classic British dishes at its Dining Room, and also features a Drawing Room and Conservatory, gym and health spa, as well as three well-appointed meeting rooms and elegant wedding facilities. Dukes London is a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World.  

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Seven Tides

Launched in 2004, Seven Tides is a privately owned luxury property developer and holding company with a portfolio of exceptional properties in some of the world’s most coveted locations. Seven Tides has developed and owns a variety of projects spanning residential, commercial and resort properties. Whether creating homes of distinction, transforming the work place or offering laid-back holiday escapes – each and every offering is carefully planned and meticulously crafted.

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