Lobby Bar – February 6: Cooking in Bed, Cabins in the Sky, Sharing Briefs, and the iGrow Utility


Lobby Bar – A Slightly Embellished Summary of FBT News and Views
For an awkward time, call… Follow Jonathan Spira (the guy with the pink umbrella pointed at the sky) and he’ll show you the best things to do around London’s West End.  Just remember, in UK English, “West End” means “central” and if you’re dressing up for a special occasion, don’t ask to borrow pants from a friend.
Supersonic fares.  Despite it …

Paris Hilton’s Brother Conrad Hilton Facing 20 Years in Prison After In-Flight Ruckus

Paris Hilton’s Brother Conrad Hilton Facing 20 Years in Prison After In-Flight Ruckus

Conrad Hilton, the younger brother of pseudo-celebrity Paris Hilton, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday, charged with assaulting and harassing the flight crew of a British Airways flight from London to LAX in July of last year.
Hilton, the great grandson of Hilton Hotels chain founder Conrad Hilton, was led into court with his hands and feet shackled.  The charge of interfering with a flight crew carries a penalty …

What’s Doing in London’s West End


London’s West End, which, despite its name, is in Central London, is home to numerous tourist attractions, shops, businesses, and of course theaters. Indeed, the term “West End” is as synonymous to theater as is “Broadway,” and the two theater districts are considered to be home to the most important English-language theaters in the world.
While theater in London dates back to the late 1500s, the first West End playhouse, Theatre …

New Crowne Plaza Opens in London

New Crowne Plaza Opens in London

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza London Battersea.  The property is located close to Clapham Junction railway station, and is adjacent to London Heliport.
The hotel has 78 rooms, as well a fitness center and spa.  The spa offers guests a steam bath, sauna, and variety of special treatments.
The property also has 2,152 square feet (200 square meters) of meeting and event space.
The hotel’s Riverside Grill Restaurant …

The Goring Hotel to Unveil New Look

The Goring Hotel to Unveil New Look

The Goring, a hotel which has been owned and managed by the same family since its opening in 1910, announced that the last phase of a top-to-bottom renovation would be opened to the public on March 2.
The project has involved four British designers, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling, Russell Sage, and David Linley, in everything from the restaurant to the individual guest rooms and suites.
The storied hotel is using silks from …

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Inaugural Flight – Washington, D.C. – London, England


LONDON AND NEW YORK — Virgin Atlantic Airways, in October of 2014, was the first European airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. That aircraft, Birthday Girl, is what I am flying in right now en route from London to Washington, D.C. The airline’s second 787-9, Dream Girl, was the airline’s launch vehicle from Washington, D.C. to London Heathrow on January 8, which marked my third flight on …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

London Heathrow from the air

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …