NEWS: Hilton offer Lime e-bikes in London, Boots to offer COVID tests & Accor bring Mondrian back to London

Concierge Marco Dia in front of The Waldorf Hilton, London

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Hilton hotels in London have partnered with ‘Lime’ to offer guests easy access to E-bikes. 

Any guests lucky enough to stay at Hilton hotels across London are now able to easily jump on one of Lime’s fleet of electric bikes. The new partnership between Hilton and Lime will allow visitors to explore the city easily, cheaply and – keeping in mind the current situation – socially distanced.

The move will see 70 bikes installed at Hilton properties across the city. The ‘JUMP’ zero-emission e-bikes are sustainably designed to encourage locals and tourists alike to use greener transport methods.

The bikes are accessed with an app, and can be left anywhere across the city, making them ideal for exploring. Regularly sanitised helmets will be available for guests at hotel reception, as well as promo codes which provide 15-minutes of free access to give riders a bit of a head start.

The last few years have seen a huge rise in e-bikes and scooters in cities across the world, reducing the need for taxis and cars, and taking the pressure off public transport systems that face ever-increasing populations.

Guests staying at seven Hilton hotels across London can now take advantage of Lime’s fleet of electric-assist

Also, they’re really fun to ride.

To date, Lime has powered more than 150 million rides in more than 120 cities across five continents.

“We are really excited that our guests now have the flexibility of jumping on one of Lime’s e-bikes as soon as they leave the lobby. With the bikes available directly outside our hotels, guests will easily be able to explore London in a more sustainable and socially distanced way.” said Julie Baker, Vice President, UK and Ireland, Hilton.

Just remember if you do choose to hire one to be careful, make sure you’re aware of (and abide by) the traffic laws in the area, don’t ride them while intoxicated and always wear a helmet.

 

Boots to launch Covid-19 testing services across the country. 

Boots will be offering testing in at least 50 stores across the country, with results back in 48 hours. 

As more and more airlines and airports jump on the ‘rapid testing’ wagon, Boots have announced they will be launching a new COVID-19 testing service in selected stores beginning this week.

Over 50 Boots stores across the country will roll out the program through November, and may extend to 200 stores over the next few months depending on demand.

The program aims to reduce stress on the NHS and government testing programs, which are facing increased demand as a ‘second wave’ rolls across Europe. Boots will be targeting their tests at clients who have very mild or no symptoms, and may require a test result for work, travelling or visiting at-risk environments like aged care homes or even family and friends.

For any customers experiencing moderate or worse symptoms, they are encouraged to seek medical advice and get tested at the appropriate facility. 

This isn’t the first time Boots have stepped in during the Coronavirus chaos; in March, they supported the governments roll-out of testing NHS workers, implementing a new program in just over a week.

Soon, Boots also hope to roll out the ‘LumiraDx’ service, which will provide COVID-19 swab test result in only 12 minutes. As yet, these results haven’t been approved to use for travel, as most airlines still require results from a certified laboratory. 

Currently, the 48-hour testing service is already available in 10 stores across the country, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

All customers need to do to get a test is fill out a form online and book an appointment through the website portal. Trained professionals will administer the test, and results should be available within 48 hours.

The instore testing service will launch at £120 per test.

“Boots has supported the government’s COVID-19 testing programme from the very start and offering this new in-store service is the next step in our efforts to fight against the pandemic. We hope that by offering this testing option in local community stores, Boots can help ease pressure on the NHS and the Government by providing additional access to testing and crucial reassurances for people across the UK.” Seb James, Managing Director of Boots UK and ROI

Hopefully, as more and more countries begin relaxing border restrictions in favour of rapid COVID-19 testing, having easily obtainable tests and results will mean a faster re-opening of tourism across the globe.

 

Accor announce return of Mondrian brand to London, as they plan to convert ‘the Curtain’ hotel in Shoreditch. 

The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch, soon to be the Mondrian Shoreditch London. 

The Mondrian hotel brand will be making a much anticipated return to London, as Accor have just signed an agreement to turn ‘the Curtain’, a five-star London hotel and music venue located in Shoreditch, into a Mondrian hotel.

The move will be made in collaboration with the current owners, the Reuben Brothers, and will be the sixth hotel in the brands portfolio (and the first in Europe).

After a refresh and restyle, the hotel will be converted to the Mondrian Shoreditch London will a planned completion date set for next year.

However, loyal Curtain Members don’t need to worry – the club will continue to operate alongside the newly rebranded hotel.

The property has 120-rooms, as well as the members club, the live-music venue and several restaurants.

Chadi Farhat, sbe chief operating officer, said of the project:

“I am very proud to be working with Reuben Brothers and Accor to take over such a prestigious property and to bring Mondrian back to London.

The city has been and will continue to be such a thriving market for our lifestyle hospitality offerings, and I am very excited to re-establish Mondrian as one of London’s most innovative and glamorous destinations for hospitality, culinary and mixology experiences for locals and travellers alike.”

The London property is just one of ten planned for opening across the next few years – after recently launching the Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, the brand also announced planned openings of Mondrian Bordeaux and Mondrian Cannes next year.

There are also plans to open Mondrian properties in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Maldives, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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2 Comments on "NEWS: Hilton offer Lime e-bikes in London, Boots to offer COVID tests & Accor bring Mondrian back to London"

  1. Two tests booked at Brent Cross Boots, 69 hours before last minute flights to Cyprus… a bit of a faff, having to register for the service, then pay for a test, then register for a Boots account (possibly optional) before you can see availability and book your slot.

    Weirdly, I’ve paid for one test (though, in reality, I think I have only given authorisation for the payment, which has yet to be taken) and booked one slot, but it’s for both me AND my wife

    • Sounds a bit overly complex! Let us know how you get on with the actual appointment and results coming back in time!

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