Saturday, 31 March 2012

The Great Easter Escape - 6th to 15th April 2012

Easter Offers!
From 6th April-15th April 2012

Take advantage of our Easter Escape Packages and treat your partner or your family to a mini holiday and escape this Easter weekend.  Our 5-star facilities and central location ensure you’re in the best place to enjoy all the city has to offer!

Our Easter Family Package includes:
  • *Family of four – Nile room available for Sundays and
  • £299 per night inclusive of continental breakfast for four
  • And inclusive of lunch for four (food only)
  • Complimentary 4 Easter eggs on arrival
*children up to 14 years of age

Our Easter Couples Escape Package includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation for two adults- Amazon Suite £299.00
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 on both days
  • Complimentary Easter eggs and a bottle of white bubbly on ice in room on arrival
  • 50% discount on food at the Banyan on the Thames (for minimum of 2-course meal per person)
  • 50% discount on Spa treatments
  • Minimum 2 nights stay – Rates per room and per night based on double occupancy

1)       Subject to availability
2)       Taxes and service charges included
3)       May not be used in conjunction with other offers.

Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank | 34 Lombard Road | London SW11 3RF
Tel: +44 (0) 207 801 3600 | email:

Have a cracking Easter holiday!

Last-minute Easter Weekend break! 
Sun-Mon, 8th – 9th April 2012

Missed out on our Easter offers?
Here are special last-minute offers for your last-minute plans!

  • Minimum 2-nights stay on Sunday and Monday (8th and 9th April 2012)
  • The Mississippi (standard double) – room only
  • Starting from: £150 (for 2 nights)
  • Breakfast-for-2:  at only £15 per day
  • Lunch-for-2: at only£30 per day (food only – our famous burgers)
  • Dinner-for-2: at only £40 per night (2-courses per person-food only) 

1)       Subject to availability
2)       Taxes and service charges included
3)       May not be used in conjunction with other offers.

Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank | 34 Lombard Road | London SW11 3RF
Tel: +44 (0) 207 801 3600 | email:

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Runner or not, enjoy our special Marathon Package!

Whether you are running the London Marathon or spectating, Rafayel is ideally located for getting around London.

The London Marathon course is fast and flat running along the River Thames on the south side and then the north side after crossing the river by the famous Tower Bridge.

From the start in Greenwich/Blackheath the London marathoners will pass a number of famous London landmarks, including Tower of London, London eye and the 140-year-old Cutty Sark.

Rafayel's offer
(Valid for redemption: 21 April 2012 – 23 April 2012)

2 nights stay and a healthy marathon breakfast plus 30 minutes post marathon massage and inclusive 1- hour water relaxing activity in our hot Jacuzzi and power pool on Monday morning.

All from £275 inc VAT for 2

How to redeem this offer:  Phone, Online
Code - LonMar
Offer valid any day of the week.

Rafayel on the Left Bank | 34 Lombard Road | London SW11 3RF
Reservations:  +44 (0) 207 801 3600

*Brief history of London Marathon

London became a Marathon city and hosted its first marathon after former Olympic champion Chris Brasher returned from the New York Marathon feeling exhilarated and wanting to make the same event happen in his home town.

London deserves to have its own marathon race, as this was the city where the present marathon distance was set.

For the 1908 Olympics, King Edward VII wanted the marathon to start from the courtyard of Windsor Castle and finish in front of the Royal Box at the White City Stadium for the queen to see. 

This distance was 26 miles, 385 yards as opposed to the original distance of 24 miles, 1395 yards run in the first modern Olympics in Athens. 

King Edward VII's command has been reality ever since.

The first London Marathon was introduced in 1981, and the race has been widely popular right from the start.

*excerpt off Andy Guest website

Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant with us on the River Thames


Let the countdown begin to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee there will be a 1000 boat pageant from tower bridge to just past Battersea bridge on Sunday, the 3rd of June. 

Hotel Rafayel offers the best vantage points to watch the majestic regatta go by from 9:00 am to 7 p.m. and will offer special packages - from breakfast to lunch to afternoon tea to dinner - all-in-one. So stay tuned to these offers coming your way soon to mark this extraordinary occasion the Rafayel way! 

The Queen is to head a 1,000-strong flotilla of boats during a spectacular River Thames celebration marking her 60-year reign, it was announced yesterday.

The Diamond Jubilee River Pageant will be one of the highlights of a special four-day bank holiday weekend next June created so the nation can mark the monarch's milestone.

The extravaganza, expected to be the largest flotilla created in decades, is the first major public event marking the Jubilee to be announced.

The Queen will be on a vessel at the head of a fleet made up of boats from the UK, Commonwealth countries and the wider world.

More than a million people are expected to flock to the banks of the Thames to witness the celebrations on Sunday June 3 this year which will integrate music, daytime fireworks and special effects.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, speaking ahead of the event's launch, said: "I cannot conceive of a more fitting celebration of Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne than a majestic flotilla of vessels, large and small, winding their way along the iconic River Thames and showcasing our proud maritime history.

"This magnificent pageant will not only provide a terrific focal point for Diamond Jubilee commemorations, but will demonstrate to the world London's pride in its heritage and traditions."

The Queen reached her milestone on February 6 2012 - the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The flotilla of up to 1,000 vessels is expected to be seven and a half miles long and will feature a mix of historic and modern boats in both private and commercial hands.

Everything from rowing boats and sailing ships to steamers, wooden launches and larger motorised craft will be represented and the public are invited to take part with their own vessels.

The flotilla will be made up of five sections each separated by a "herald barge", the first of which will be a floating belfry of eight new bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell foundry in east London and commissioned by the 17th century City Church of St James Garlickhythe.

Their peals will be answered and echoed by chimes from riverbank churches along the route.

Other barges will feature water jets and sprays, reminiscent of the old Thames firefighting boats, live entertainment and music from the six decades of the Queen's reign, and a pyrotechnic barge which will entertain the crowds with daytime fireworks and a mechanical flame-spitting dragon.

The water-borne parade will include representatives from the Armed Forces and the emergency services and passenger boats carrying up to 30,000 people.

The Government designated Tuesday June 5, 2012 as a bank holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and, to enable a four-day weekend of celebrations, the late May bank holiday has been moved to Monday June 4.

The pageant is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation chaired by Lord Salisbury and funded by private donations and sponsorships.

Lord Salisbury said: "We are planning the greatest Thames flotilla for 350 years to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

"I believe that we should recognise her 60 years of selfless public service with an event that can properly express our admiration and gratitude. The pageant is just that."

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