Maybourne Papers - Claridge's, Maybourne Hotel Group, London, United Kingdom
The maybourne papers
auTumn / winTer
2009 / 2010
welcome To The claridge’s issue
of The maybourne papers
for auTumn / winTer 2009 / 2010.
a summary of news, evenTs
and ideas for The season.
enJoy a Timeless & in Festive spirit
In addition to our Christmas programme, between Friday
memorable chrisTmas 18th December 2009 and Sunday 10th January 2010 inclusive,
Claridge’s is pleased to offer guests rooms from as little as £295
per night, room only for two people sharing a Superior King-
bedded room. Minimum length of stay applies. Price excludes vat.
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
An assortment of mince pies, English Breakfast
stollen and mulled wine on arrival –
– Horse-drawn carriage ride
Pre-dinner Christmas cocktails through Mayfair with hot Claridge’s is helping to protect penguins, polar bears and their
in Claridge’s Bar chocolate and marshmallows habitats. Our Christmas programme therefore includes your choice
– – of a wwf “Help Save Me” polar bear or penguin pack. Included is a
5 course Christmas Eve dinner 8 course Christmas Day delightful cuddly polar bear or penguin according to your choice.
including Goose and a Bûche de lunch in the French Salon For reservations and further information about Claridge’s
Noël in the Foyer and Reading and Drawing Room Christmas programmes, please call +44(0)20 7107 8842,
Room – email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit claridges.co.uk
– Boxing Day quoting ‘Timeless Christmas’. Please state your preference for
Overnight Christmas stocking English Breakfast
a penguin or polar bear when booking.
delivery filled with edible –
Christmas delights Receive a Claridge’s Christmas Timeless Christmas Programme Terms and Conditions
A deposit of 25% per person will be taken at time of booking to guarantee
pudding to take home
your reservation.You may cancel your reservation up to 1st December
2009, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable. Full charge payable
Arrival December 24th & Departure December 26th. for cancellations on or after 11th December 2009. Offers are subject to
availability. Rates include vat at 15% and exclude a 5% discretionary service
Rates from £1,145 per room per night based on two
charge. Offers may not be used in conjunction with any other offers or
people staying in a Superior King-bedded room. Rates negotiated rates and apply to new bookings only. Calls may be monitored
exclude vat and 5% discretionary service charge. for quality control and training purposes. Lunch and dinner exclusive of
beverages. One cocktail per person. Minimum two night stay.
The glamorous ‘Dior Dressing Table at
Claridge’s’ offers guests a carefully curated
range of timeless accessories, including an
elegant cream silk Claridge’s dressing gown
personalised with guests’ initials, high heeled
marabou mule slippers and a rose pink
cashmere eye mask. On the dressing table
itself, Christian Dior has selected a range of
classic Dior fragrances including Miss Dior,
Diorella, Diorissimo and Dioressence – Les
Classiques created by Dior from 1947 when
Christian Dior himself said perfume was an
outfit’s ‘finishing touch’.
Further adding to the experience, a Dressing
Table Cocktail menu from Claridge’s Fumoir
Bar will be available featuring cocktails from
the 1930s including swizzles, daisies, sours,
juleps and pick me ups all from the original
recipes and served in Lalique glasses. Little
touches that will enhance the ambience
include a selection of classic works from
Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, novelists
of this magical Deco era, and a music collection
with notable songs from Josephine Baker
and Fred Astaire to complete the experience.
The ‘Dior Dressing Table at Claridge’s’ will
be available exclusively in the Linley suites
at an additional price of £300 to the quoted
room rate. (The price includes all four Dior
fragrances, beauty gifts – lipstick, nail varnish,
powder, personalised silk dressing gown,
Evelyn Waugh novel, CD and cocktails from
For reservations please call +44 (0)20 7107 8842
claridge’s and dior
celebraTe The reTurn
of The glamorous
celebraTes The launch
of breaKfasT aT Tiffany
Enjoy ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’ at Claridge’s, a weekend
of Holly Golightly glamour. Greeted by Moon River
playing in the suite, a Claridge’s hat box filled with
gorgeous gifts; the movie and book, the essential
black sunglasses, string of pearls and beauty treats
from Givenchy. Complete the experience with Holly
Golightly manicures and cocktails.
Rates from £485 based on two people sharing a Superior
King bedded room.Valid weekends throughout 2010.
For more information please contact reservations on
+44 (0)20 7107 8842 email@example.com
Offer subject to availability. Rate excludes vat at 15% and
5% discretionary service charge. Offer may not be used in
conjunction with any other offers or negotiated rates and
applies to new bookings only. Calls may be monitored for
quality control and training purposes.
why has claridge’s
had such a hold over
So what iS mood? it SoundS
Claridge’s is undoubtedly a very special you’re a kid in a candy store, the people you’d
place, it is absolutely beautiful and one of do anything to please, the start up that can
the world’s best hotels. The service is intuitive take on the establishment or the landscape
and excellent, facilities out of this world and that keeps pulling you back. What we don’t
Simple, SoundS unimportant,
the food and drink to die for, however these know is how and why these people and places
are things guests at Claridge’s take for granted. make us feel this way, how the mood is made
What seems to captivate them most is what and how far we can go in manipulating mood.
they describe as the ‘mood’ of the place. To begin to understand mood you must
Time and again commentators describe
Claridge’s as magical and remark on how
first start with human biology and behaviour.
We’re built to listen to more than words,
Something we don’t think or
they feel on entering the hotel’s Art Deco we pay more attention to body language,
lobby, they describe absorbing the timeless
talk about enough. but mood
physical conditions and our environment
glamour of Claridge’s and experiencing an than we like to acknowledge and deep
overwhelming feeling of well-being. These down we’re a complicated brew of chemicals
observations prompted me to examine my constantly influenced and altered by our
own feelings and try and pinpoint what it
iS powerful, mood can make
surroundings and experiences.
is that this special place does to us all, how
it is possible for a place to affect one’s mood, If we accept the Einsteinian model of Physics
and why Claridge’s has had such a hold that everything is made up of vibrations
over guests generation after generation? (rather than the Newtonian concept of
We start with ‘mood’, mood is defined as:
particles) and the whole universe is made
up of the same substance, the differentiation a nation rebel, a crowd kill,
‘a state or quality of feeling at a particular between gasses, solids and liquids simply being
time, a distinctive emotional quality or the rate of vibration - it is impossible to ignore
character, a prevailing emotional tone or
general attitude, a frame of mind disposed
the relationship between ourselves and our
surroundings - or ‘we are where we are’ or
an artiSt create, a couple
or receptive as to some activity or thing’. even who and what we’re with!
fall in love and a lone man
So what is mood? It sounds simple, sounds On entering Claridge’s we are therefore
unimportant, something we don’t think or sub-consciously absorbing the Art Deco
talk about enough. But mood is powerful, features, the calm authority of excellence,
mood can make a nation rebel, a crowd kill, the generosity of space, the history, glamour
make a Stand.
an artist create, a couple fall in love and a and bubbling energy of the place. The point is
lone man make a stand. In the Twenty First. that the body is not a finite object, it is a river
Century we like to think we have control of energy and information. We are constantly
over our surroundings, are we prepared to ‘changing’ our bodies, take breathing for
understand how much influence our example, every breath you take contains ten
surroundings have on us? to the power of 22 atoms, that’s how many
We all know people, places and businesses atoms you take in with each breath and they
that create the right mood, the hotel you never end up as part of you. The same thing happens
want to leave, the shop that makes you feel like in reverse as we breath out so we are constantly
exchanging atoms, in a year we replace 98% in our sub-conscious, absorbing them and
of our atoms. It really makes you think about exchanging energy with them and our cells
the company you are keeping, the spaces in are discussing what we’re experiencing and
which you spend your time and what effect creating chemicals in response. Understand
they may be having on you. Our experiences
i’m pretty Sure that if, aS an
this and you begin to see how powerful an
are affecting us physically, changing our mood impact people, places and experiences have
and influencing our actions, this concept is on us. Mood is short hand for a myriad of
immensely powerful and little understood factors which may affect us and with which
or exploited. We only become aware when
experiment, Somebody waS
we react very quickly - we are most successful
we recognise patterns in our feelings and when we ‘feel’ a situation rather than ‘think’ it.
behaviour and seek out people and places
This brings us back to the beginning and
that make us feel fantastic.
the observation that started this train of
made to Stay there and given So if we understand the physical relationship
between ourselves and our surroundings
thought. Reading Alex James’ biography his
description of Claridge’s and its effect on each
what about our thoughts and our surroundings? guest, I immediately recognised what he was
Back to Einstein (surely he must have been describing so eloquently, a sentiment many
nothing in particular to do, a Claridge’s guest!), he said that if you squeezed guests have echoed and the root of the magical
all of the empty space from your body you experience of staying at Claridge’s - it’s all
could put all of the solid material on the head about how it makes you feel!
of a pin. Out of the empty space left come the
“I moved into Claridge’s. Claridge’s is regal.
pretty Soon they’d have made vibrations we mentioned, those fluctuations
of energy - on this basis we can deduce that
When Buckingham Palace is full the Queen
sends her spare guests to stay there. It’s the
just as a quantum unit of light is a photon and
Brook Street annexe of the royal household
a quantum unit of electricity is an electron,
and it’s quite simply the best hotel in the world.
a huge SucceSS of themSelveS. a quantum unit of your body is a thought.
I’d been making a careful, close and continuous
A notion, a feeling, a concept, idea or instinct, study of luxury. It was a kind of hobby. For
that faint impulse you experience all the time Mr Claridge it was evidently more of a mission.
in your awareness, the reason you feel good, I can’t think of anything about the whole of
the whole place iS brimming safe, frivolous or anxious. So the vibrations
we exchange with our surroundings are also
Claridge’s that could be any better. It takes
thirty seconds to run a bath and an hour to
making our thoughts and stranger still our have breakfast. Everything about the place,
thoughts are made all over our bodies, not from its Mayfair location to its pastry chefs,
with infectiouS achievement just in our brains. In other words our whole
being is constantly interacting, exchanging
is the stuff of special occasions. I’m pretty
sure that if, as an experiment, somebody
and responding to its surroundings was made to stay there and given nothing in
influencing our conscious and sub-conscious particular to do, pretty soon they’d have made
and to wake up there iS to thoughts and even our physical well-being.
Essentially scientists have discovered that our
a huge success of themselves. The whole place
is brimming with infectious achievement
and to wake up there is to wake up invincible.”
cells are constantly thinking and communicating
Alex James, A bit of a Blur.
wake up invincible.
with each other, stimulating the production
of good and bad chemicals, our body is in Claridge’s have long understood the power
constant dialogue with its surroundings. of mood and its affect on guests. In these
When we describe having a ‘gut feeling’ uncertain times it’s good to know we can
alex JameS, a bit of a blur about something we are describing a real still rely on Claridge’s to make us invincible
process, in fact we should listen to our gut or at the very least lift our spirits. Now
cells more, they are not bogged down with we have the science to prove it - staying
self-conscious analysis. at Claridge’s is good for you!
As we enter an environment we are processing The Editor
the conditions in our conscious, feeling them firstname.lastname@example.org
From Saturday 21st November 2009
until Sunday 3rd January 2010 Claridge’s will
serve a Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea
featuring traditional Christmas fare.
£45 per person midweek
£50 per person on Saturdays & Sundays
including a performance of Christmas Carols
by the Southend Boys Choir.
All prices are inclusive of vat and exclusive
of 12.5% service charge.
For reservations and further details visit
claridges.co.uk or telephone
+44 (0)20 7409 6307
Reservation lines open Monday to Friday
9am to 5.30pm.
creaTe The perfecT
chrisTmas wreaTh wiTh
Your front door will be the envy of your
neighbourhood this Christmas and Claridge’s
will show you how. Join our December Master
Class on Saturday 5th December 2009 and
Claridge’s very own Flowers & Gifts experts.
Following the morning session you will enjoy
create your own beautiful Blue Pine Christmas
door wreath under the expert tuition of
a well deserved lunch, including wine, in the
stylish Claridge’s Bar. Our Master Classes are
extremely popular so please book your place
in good time.
For reservations simply call us on
+44 (0)20 7409 6307
or email email@example.com
£157.50 per person all inclusive Saturday
5th December 2009 11.30am – 4.00pm
large or small, a gifT
from claridge’s is The
perfecT chrisTmas TreaT
the claridge’s the claridge’s the claridge’s Black
christmas pudding rocking horse and white collection
This festive season Claridge’s unveils Stevenson Brothers have created an The Claridge’s Black and White
the ultimate Christmas pudding, created exquisite limited edition rocking horse Collection is an indulgent selection
from the same recipe used for over a for Claridge’s. The glamorous hand of bath and body products that you can
century in the hotel’s famous kitchens. carved, painted and finished zebra enjoy long after you check out. Perfect
There are 100 limited edition Christmas sports a removable saddle and bridle for this winter is their sensuous bath
puddings on sale over the festive season and comes with a stable rug, rosette oil enhanced with essential oils including
and in true Willy Wonka style, one is and nosebag all embroidered with the sweet almond and Jojoba. Or to add
housed in a golden bowl offering a Claridge’s logotype, gold onto jade in an atmospheric glow choose the hand-
spectacular treat. The lucky guest will blanket and suede. This limited edition poured candle scented with rosehip and
be booked into a penthouse suite, to enjoy heirloom piece carries a plate with the Claridge’s exclusive ‘parfum’. Elegantly
everything from butlers to attend every edition number and Claridge’s logotype. packaged they make delightful presents
whim, to chilled cocktails in Claridge’s A very special collectors piece or dream for your nearest and dearest, or sublime
bar and afternoon tea by the fire. toy for a very lucky little boy or girl treats for yourself.
For more information please contact
20Th nov – 3rd dec
The Tsarina’s Slippers,
The Royal Opera House
One of Tchaikovsky’s least-known yet most
charming works, will be staged at the famous
Covent Garden venue for six nights only.
Based on a Christmas tale by the Russian
writer Gogol, the opera tells the story of
how a blacksmith flies on the devil’s back
LoNdoN’S to the city of St Petersburg in order to ask
the Tsarina for her slippers.
FEStIvE 1sT dec
Claridge’s Christmas Lights, Claridge’s
CALENdAr Our very special Christmas Tree will be
illuminated on 1st December following
decoration by a world famous fashion designer.
26Th sepT – 11Th dec 20Th dec – 23rd dec
Anish Kapoor, The Royal Academy Carols by Candlelight, Royal Albert Hall
The exhibition surveys Kapoor’s career to date Enjoy Christmas with this special festive
showcasing a number of new and previously array of seasonal music and song presented
unseen works, including a select group of in full 18th Century costume in an exquisite
Kapoor’s early pigment sculptures, beguiling candle-lit setting.
mirror-polished stainless-steel sculptures and
cement sculptures on display for the first time. 24Th dec
Midnight Mass, St Paul’s Cathedral
15Th ocT – 24Th Jan 2010 In candlelit, majestic surroundings in the
Beatles to Bowie, middle of the city this is the perfect place
National Portrait Gallery to usher in Christmas Day.
Never-before-seen photographs of The Beatles,
Jimi Hendrix and The Who will be featured in 31sT dec
a new exhibition celebrating the swinging 60s. New Years Eve Fireworks
Launched from the foot of the London Eye
17Th nov – 24Th Jan 2010 and barges on the Thames, this spectacular
Ice Skating at Somerset House display can be seen from all over London.
Skate beneath the stars in the heart of London
this winter, as Somerset House ice rink 12Th Jan 2010 – 16Th mar 2010
celebrates its 10th birthday. Romeo & Juliet, The Royal Ballet
Romeo and Juliet takes pride of place among
full-length 20th-Century ballets. Prokofiev’s
score has inspired dozens of productions but
none with more distinction than the staging
which Kenneth MacMillan created for
The Royal Ballet.
For further information please call the concierge on
+44 (0)20 7629 8860
auTumn / winTer
2009 / 2010
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