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The Tower – A Guoman Hotel, London E1W 1LD

A few nice The Tower A Guoman Hotel images I found:

The Tower – A Guoman Hotel, London E1W 1LD
The Tower A Guoman Hotel
Image by Gene Hunt
A hotel made of 1960s brutalism which is by the side of Tower Bridge in Tower Hamlets.

Taken from the tour bus on Thursday 4th April

A room with a view
The Tower A Guoman Hotel
Image by arripay
4 exposure HDR/tone mapping with Photomatix. The floodlights were pretty blinding in real life so it was difficult to get a non-HDR shot, though I’ve tried to get this as close to what I saw as possible. Taken from Guoman Tower Hotel.

Explore #92


Grand Royal Londons grand Shopaholics Break

London, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 13 October 2013

Its transition phase in London’s weather as autumn is making its way to replace summer and hence shops, stores and malls are busy in replacing their collections to cater to the needs of customers. Latest autumn collections are getting unveiled at the display windows replacing the summer essentials and hence it’s a grand shopping time for the citizens of London as well as the visitors. For visitors who have got a shopaholic hidden inside, are sure to have a gala time in London this season as ‘new arrivals’ are being readied to catch their eyeballs. Keeping this in mind, the 4 star hotels london have designed varieties of shopaholic breaks to attract more business.

Grand Royale London Hyde Park, the majestic property near the Lung of London’ too has its own set of plans to delight its guests with some special services. The deluxe hotel has designed a special Shopaholic’s Break package, which apart from ensuring a luxurious stay and special privileges at the hotel, would excite their ‘shopaholic’ soul.

The Shopaholic’s Break

Named very accurately, Grand Royale London Hyde Park’s Shopaholic’s Break is a host of exciting services bundled together. By availing the package, guests can enjoy:

Overnight stay in a luxurious double room
Complimentary English breakfast for two individuals (per room) the next morning
Fresh fruits, chocolates and a bottle of champagne in room during check-in
Free transfer to Oxford Street

Note: Oxford Street is a haven for the shopaholics in London since it makes way to a number of malls and departmental stores in the city, many of which are flagship stores of globally popular brands.

Complimentary Services

Other than the Shopaholic’s Break, guests can enjoy a series of complimentary services during their stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park this autumn. The services are:

Complimentary Broadband internet access in room (available in all rooms)

Complimentary Wi-Fi access in all public areas inside the hotel, especially reception and lounge

Complimentary full course English breakfast (on direct booking of rooms)

Note: Direct booking of rooms at Grand Royale London Hyde Park could be made either by visiting the hotel’s official website at or by calling its central reservation team at +44 (0) 20 7313 7900.

Enjoy Time at the ‘Sky’

Grand Royale London Hyde Park wishes to share another great piece of information with viewers through this release. Popular sports channel Sky Sports is now showing at the hotel’s luxurious bar. Hence sport lovers would have a gala time at the bar every evening.

Time for the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Finale

A trip to London this autumn would be more exciting for sport lovers since its time for the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Finale. The World’s largest triathlon event with a participation of 8,500 athletes from all corners of the planet and tough competitions in levels like Junior, Under 23, Elite, Paratriathlon and Amateur World Championship titles are expected to make the event a grand spectacle. The Grand Finale would be at the Hyde Park, which is easily reachable from Grand Royale London Hyde Park.

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restored quadriga atop Brandenburg Gate ►pale-verdigris gateway build-up (“horses’-herma”) in gloomy night◄

A few nice Space Apart Hotel images I found:

restored quadriga atop Brandenburg Gate ►pale-verdigris gateway build-up (“horses’-herma”) in gloomy night◄
Space Apart Hotel
Image by quapan
The quadriga atop the Brandenburg Gate —restored since 1991— is shining in pale-verdigris against a black backdrop of a gloomy night.

In 1793, — when the so called ‘French Revolutionary Wars’ all over Europe were to begin —, Schadow installed in an anxious & defiant gesture towards the revolutionary Paris a peace-goddess (PAX) holding up a coronal of olive leaves behind a roman, triumphal carriage. – Under those political circumstances that build-up was obviously meant as an apotropaic allegory against the upcoming, second wave of the Great Revolution which was looming from the other side of the Rhine …

In 1806 that sculpture was of course dislodged and travelled to the Louvre by the victorious Napoléon Bonaparte but already eight years later — in 1814— the booty was tracked down and re-confiscated by the prussian General Blücher. Back in Berlin the restituted trophy was overhauled and revised by Schinkel in 1815: The once pre-reactionary Fräulein PAX (roman peace-goddess) was still turning its back against the Madame France in the West but this time she was classified into a full-blown reactionary NIKE (hellenic victory-goddess). Supporting that lurking tendency he supplemented as some new fittings the erect shaft in between the pairs of horses (“Pferdeherme”), the harness for the four domesticated mammals and the coronet of oak leaves for the goddess, and he set up the “perch”, i.e. the banner-like standard with the iron cross inside a wreath of oak leaves & acorns from which an eagle coronated by a christian cross atop a prussian crown holds lookout.

The iron cross on the Brandenburg was posted in 1815 and contains the initials ‘FW’ and the figure ‘1813’ in remembrance of its endowment as the prussian war decoration by Friedrich Wilhelm III. in the year 1813 which marks the beginning of the first restoration—the second such reanimation was instigated by the Hitlerists in 1933 under the pompous title “Third Reich”—of the 1806 passed away cadaver of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation by ‘freedom wars’ (‘Befreiungskriege’) that were the prussian tribute to ‘the wars of the 6th coalition’ (1812-1814) for breaking Napoleon’s hegemony over Europe. On 18th Oktober 1913, i.e. at the eve of WWI, all around the victory goddess of the Brandenburg triumphal arch a wilhelmine state act was held by the german emperor; like everywhere in the suburbs of the Berlin and the German Reich it was celebrated the centenary of the Battle of Leipzig

Originally an emblematic build-up to the Restoration epoch (1815-1848) the “horses’—herma” was rededicated in 1991 and refurbished 2000/02 by private businessmen and the Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation that were sponsored to indulge their “faible” for the “imperial prussian flair”.

The Brandenburg Gate in 1945 was one of the few structures still standing on the Pariser Platz but the relics of the copper quadriga atop it had to be melted down; only the head of one of the four horses was preserved and can be visited in the Märkisches Museum. In 1958 a replica of bronze was built up to replace the copper quadriga.
Vehicles and pedestrians could travel freely through the thouroughfare until 13th August 1961; then the wall with its death strip ran just behind it.

On 26th of June 1963, — two years after the put-up of the Wall —, U.S. President John F. Kennedy officially visited West-Berlin and the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, where he himself and the West-Berlin mayor wanted him to deliver his prepared speech but the west-german chancellor which was demonstratively all the time accompanying him agreed with the western allies that the venue near the soviet sector would have been much too provocative. So he could not hold his oratio in sight of the contended cold-war-focus-point but had to shift to another location: That was the square in front of the office-building of the then ruling mayor Willy Brandt. Unlike Ronald Reagan who could easily overtake the venue twenty four years later—only protected by transparent bullet-proof glass to prevent potential snipers from behind the wall and two decades of détente (“Ostpolitik”) followed up by glasnost & perestroika.
«Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was “civis romanus sum” {translation lat-engl: “I’m a roman citizen”}. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is „Ich bin ein Berliner“. {translation ger-engl: “I’m a Berliner”, after these four words interpreter Lochner is heard whispering instructions to him on how to pronounce the four german words more correctly, and he’s answering insinuatingly into the open microphone: “I appreciate my interpreter translating my German!”}
{JFK continues:} There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. „Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen! [Lust z nach Bearlen comen]“ Let them come to Berlin. – KA: „Aber lass auch Sie nach Berlin kommen!“ {heckled the standing-by Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer who obviously had’nt quite understood the english words of the speech}
{JFK continues:} Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us. … While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system, for all the world to see, we take no satisfaction in it, …
… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words „Ich bin ein Berliner!“
» (speech by President John F. Kennedy on 26 June 1963 at ‘Rathaus Schöneberg’ in West-Berlin
When he tried to take sight of the Brandenburg Gate on that sultry summerday climbing on the tourists’ platform on the then Hindenburg-Platz he was ‘welcomed’ by large red curtains that were hung into the five doorways of the arch to prevent the VIP from speaking and spying to the East …

In the 1980s, decrying the existence of two German states, the then West Berlin mayor Richard von Weizsäcker said:
The German question will remain open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed.”

On June 12, 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan spoke to the West Berlin populace at the Brandenburg Gate:
To those listening in East Berlin, a special word: Although I cannot be with you, I address my remarks to you just as surely as to those standing here before me. For I join you, as I join your fellow countrymen in the West, in this firm, this unalterable belief: Es gibt nur ein Berlin. … we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace …Perhaps this gets to the root of the matter, to the most fundamental distinction of all between East and West. The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship. The totalitarian world finds even symbols of love and of worship an affront. Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower’s one major flaw, treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind. Yet even today when the sun strikes that sphere — that sphere that towers over all Berlin the light makes the sign of the cross.
Demanding the razing of the Berlin Wall and addressing the then General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan said:
And I invite Mr. Gorbachev: Let us work to bring the Eastern and Western parts of the city closer together, so that all the inhabitants of all Berlin can enjoy the benefits that come with life in one of the great cities of the world. To open Berlin still further to all Europe, East and West, let us expand the vital air access to this city, finding ways of making commercial air service to Berlin more convenient, more comfortable, and more economical. We look to the day when West Berlin can become one of the chief aviation hubs in all central Europe.
… There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! … The wall cannot withstand freedom.

On July 12, 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the Gate about peace in post-Cold War Europe.
On December 21, 2000, the Brandenburg Gate was privately refurbished at a 6 million $ cost.
Depiction of German euro coinage: On the obverse sides of the 1 € and 2 € coins, there are stylized prussian eagles; on the the 50¢, 20¢ and 10¢ coins there are the Brandenburg Gates; on the 5¢, 2¢ and 1¢ coins there are twigs with five oak leaves and two acorns.

The Brandenburg Gate & The Wall
Berlin, it is worth remembering, came of age as a garrison town. Though Friedrich Wilhelm I was not interested in beautifying the city, he did seek to promote its growth. Needing more space to quarter soldiers and more artisans to supply their needs, he gave away hundreds of lots and compelled the recipients to build houses on them. He expanded the city limits and, in the 1730s, replaced the Great Elector’s old fortifications with a new wall built around the expanded city. This was not a fortification but a customs barrier to regulate commerce and prevent soldiers from deserting. (For all the differences, in both these purposes we can see a resemblance to Ulbricht’s later wall.) Among the wall’s eighteen gates, the most prominent lay at the southern and western edges of the expanded Friedrichstadt, where large plazas were laid out inside the gates: a circular plaza inside the southern Halle Gate, an octagon at the Potsdam Gate, and a square at the western terminus of Unter den Linden. Friedrich Wilhelm envisioned all three spaces as military parade grounds.
The last of these gates concludes our look at the eighteenthcentury city. It marks the outer end of the grand axis of Unter den Linden, scene of royal processions, military parades, and elegant promenades throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Though it is not the original Brandenburg all that remains of the eighteenth-century wall, apart from a fragment excavated in Stresemannstrasse. The original baroque gate that separated Unter den Linden from the Tiergarten was replaced at the order of King Friedrich Wilhelm II, Frederick the Great’s successor. The commission given to the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans ushered in a new era in Berlin architecture. To the end of his long life (in 1786), Frederick the Great had insisted on building in ornate rococo forms that had long since fallen from favor in Europe’s more fashionable capitals. Langhans’s Brandenburg Gate, completed in 1791, brought the more severe lines of neoclassicism to Berlin.
Langhans’s simple design, modeled on the Propylaea of Athens, comprises a double row of Doric columns that frame five openings. The gate’s other famous feature is the copper quadriga that was mounted atop it in 1793. This work of the young sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow portrays a goddess riding in a chariot drawn by four horses galloping into the city. The Brandenburg Gate, with its quadriga, has long been Berlin’s most famous symbol, rivaled only by the more ephemeral Wall. Its image has adorned commemorative coins, playing cards, historicist and expressionist paintings, posters for all kinds of events, and East and West Berlin postcards and tourist brochures. It may be an admirable work of architecture and sculpture, but that does not explain its symbolic resonance. Nor does its intended function. Unlike many nineteenth-century structures, it was not erected as a national monument. Its size and form made it much more than a utilitarian structure, but it was nevertheless a functional gate in the city wall, flanked by guardhouses.
History has made the Brandenburg Gate a German monument. At first its official name was the “Gate of Peace”; it was not, after all, a Roman triumphal arch. But its identity changed in 1806, when Napoleon defeated Prussia and triumphantly entered its capital through the western gate. He showed his admiration for the quadriga by ordering that it be taken down and shipped to Paris to join his other confiscated art treasures. The emperor thus became known locally as the “horse thief of Berlin”, and the denuded gate became the symbol of Prussian and German resistance. In 1813 Schadow himself proposed to fill the quadriga’s place atop the gate with an enormous cast of the Iron Cross, the new military medal designed by Schinkel at the behest of King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Upon Napoleon’s defeat in 1814, however, a triumphant procession returned the quadriga to Berlin, the neighboring square was renamed Paris Square (Pariser Platz), and the “Gate of Peace” became a “Gate of Victory”. Schinkel designed new insignia for the goddess’s staff: a Prussian eagle and, within a wreath, the Iron Cross.
Thereafter, the gate became ever more firmly established as a symbol of Prussia and its capital. It became the traditional backdrop for military parades (following Napoleon’s example) and for the ceremonial reception of state guests. When the entire customs wall was tom down in the 1860s, the Brandenburg Gate remained; from then on, it was strictly a monument. After Germany was unified under Prussian leadership in 1871, the victorious troops returning from France were welcomed at the Brandenburg Gate. The Prussian monument had become firmly established as a German national symbol, the site of many more ceremonies before soldiers marched through it on their way back to France in 1914. The Nazis, too, embraced the old symbol of victory. The night Hitler was appointed chancellor, January 30, 1933, thousands of torch-bearing Nazi brownshirts marched through the gate.
When the bombers came, the Nazis generally did a better job of evacuating art treasures than saving people. But they apparently did not dare risk morale by removing the goddess and her horses. Instead, in 1942 they had plaster casts made of the quadriga. By 1945, when Soviet soldiers planted their red flag atop the gate, it was badly damaged and only fragments of the quadriga remained. The East German leaders who inherited these ruins decided to keep the gate and adopt it as their own. The shattered quadriga’s fate was less certain. Artists and politicians entertained several proposals for a suitable new sculpture: a group of workers, children dancing around a globe, a mother with child, Picasso’s dove of peace. A Western newspaper, hearing of the last proposal in 1949, declared that if the dove of peace were to nest placidly at the entrance to the Communist world, the West would be obliged to raise a banner in front of the gate with the words Dante had affixed to the gates of Hell in his lnferno: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” {N23} Eventually, however, the East decided to restore the quadriga instead.
Unfortunately, the gate stood in the Soviet sector, the plaster casts were in the West, and during the 1950s the two regimes were busy denouncing each other as criminals and usurpers. After the failed uprising against the East German government on June 17, 1953, the West renamed the street that continued Unter den Linden west of the gate “the Street of 17 June.“ But the two Berlins had only one Brandenburg Gate, and it provided a rare opportunity for cooperation. West Berlin agreed to recreate the statues while the East restored the gate. This joint venture did not, of course, proceed without incident. In 1958 the reconstructed quadriga was brought to the sectoral boundary, a few steps from the gate, and simply left there for the East Germans to claim. Before putting it up, the Easterners sawed the Prussian eagle off the top of the goddess’s staff and the Iron Cross out of the wreath. For the Western public, this was vandalism and deceit, but it should not really have been a surprise. In 1957 West Germany had legalized the display of the Iron Cross, which the GDR had banned as a militarist symbol. In 1958 the Eastern press was filled with editorials and letters demanding the removal of these “fascist“ ornaments. The Brandenburg Gate was once again to be a gate of peace, declared the East Berlin government. {N24}
With the goddess’s staff crowned only by a wreath, the quadriga and gate would remain from 1958 until 1990; only their surroundings would change utterly. At first the gate still filtered traffic passing across the sector line between the Tiergarten and the shattered ruins along Unter den Linden. As the two halves of the city grew apart, the gate acquired a rich new symbolic resonance, captured, for example, in scenes of the 1961 American comedy film One, Two, Three, directed by Billy Wilder (whose ties to Berlin went back to the 1920s) and starring James Cagney as a representative of the Coca-Cola Company caught between the intrigues of Communists and ex-Nazis.
But the film was a commercial flop: by the time it was completed, the Wall had made crossing the Brandenburg Gate anything but a laughing matter. Because the western edge of the Mitte district coincided with the location of Friedrich Wilhelm I’s wall, the sectoral boundary followed the same course after 1945, and after 1961, so did a long stretch of the new wall. The Brandenburg Gate was thus once again part of a wall. Here was a historical continuity that no one wanted to acknowledge. This time it was not a gate; the crossing points lay elsewhere. Erich Honecker, the Politbüro member in charge of national security and hence the man directing construction of the Wall, apparently pressed for the gate’s closure because he thought any activity around it would attract Western media attention, demonstrations, and provocations.{N25} He was probably right, but he may also have been swayed by his own regime’s frequent evocation of the Napoleon-like specter of West German troops marching triumphantly through the Brandenburg Gate on their way to destroy peace and socialism.
Both the gate and the quadriga had been designed to face into the City—that is, to the east. That is not what a visitor would expect, but the gate’s intended audience was local residents, not outsiders. The folk memory of Berlin seems to offer evidence of confusion on this point. Visitors are often told that the quadriga Originally faced the other direction and was turned around at some point—something that never happened. This is an old legend: an 1860 guidebook asserts that the goddess had faced away from town before Napoleon, but had been reerected looking inward in 1814.{N26} Late-twentieth-century versions of the legend tend to be vaguer about the date of the reversal; Ulbricht as well as Napoleon comes under suspicion as a possible culprit.
In its uncertain stance toward inside and outside, residents and visitors, the Brandenburg Gate resembled nothing so much as its newer neighbor, the Berlin Wall. With the Wall’s presence, the poignancy of the gate as symbol became stronger than ever. On its Eastern side, Pariser Platz starkly illustrated the desolation brought by the Wall. Once among Berlin’s most elegant squares, a place of palaces, the French and U.S. embassies, the Academy of Arts, and the city’s premier hotel, the Adlon, it was now bare except for the gate and the Wall. Tourists were restricted to its far end, but distinguished guests and officially invited delegations were brought to the gate and asked to admire the work of the border guards. From the Western side, the gate was now entirely inaccessible, and could only be seen from a dead-end street in the middle of the Tiergarten. Nevertheless, tourist buses regularly came by, and state visitors were brought there too. In 1963, when John F. Kennedy came to see it, he found that the East had hung red banners

i.e. five perpendicular flags, four of them were red (symbolizing the four-power-status of Berlin), the fifth in the main-gateway was black | red | golden signed with the GDR-coat of arms. klp }
between the columns that blocked any view beyond the gate—interpreted as a Cold War gesture with more figurative meaning than the East had intended. In 1987, the gate served as the backdrop for Ronald Reagan’s speech, with bulletproof glass erected behind the rostrum. (Bill Clinton, in 1994, was the first U.S. President privileged to speak on Pariser Platz, under the heads of the quadriga’s horses instead of their posteriors.)
Both East and West Berliners claimed the gate as the symbol of their city and of their version of German unity. But it may have been the foreign media from the West that made the gate the preeminent symbol of the less telegenic Berlin Wall. During the days after November 9, 1989, the TV networks made the Brandenburg Gate the backdrop for their cameras. It was a fortunate coincidence that the semicircular barrier blocking the gate was the only section of the Wall wide and flat enough to stand (and dance) on. Since the Brandenburg Gate was not a functioning gate, however, the hordes of East Germans actually passed through the Wall elsewhere for several weeks. Finally, on December 22 , 1989. West German chancellor Helmut Kohl led a phalanx of politicians in a ceremony reopening the Brandenburg Gate. Evidence later surfaced that Kohl had in fact pressured the East Germans to delay the opening for five weeks so that he could be present.
A few days later. New Year’s revelers climbed up to the newly accessihle quadriga and left it seriously damaged. Soon afterward, while the gate was being restored, the quadriga. too, was taken down for a careful restoration. Thereupon controversy erupted anew. The summer of 1991 saw a reprise of the 1958 debate about the quadriga, this time without the Cold War to define positions. A young Christian Democratic member of the Bundestag, Friedbert Pflüger, called for the Iron Cross and Prussian eagle to be left off the restored quaclriga. (They had been preserved since 1958 in an East Berlin museum; the reunification of the quadriga coincided with that of Germany.) His campaign found supponers across the political spectrum, only some of whom could be dismissed as leftists antipathetic to any sign of German national pride. The Berlin press anti public was nonetheless hard on Pflüger. He argued that symbols of Prussian patriotism had no place in the new Germany; but others suspected that his real motive was bitterness over the decision to move the governmcnt from Bonn. He was, more pointedly, accused of wanting to falsify history “à la Ulbricht”. Little attention was paid to his claim that he wanted to restore the original “Gate of Peace” and the original quadriga as it had existed up to 1806. It was easy for Pflüger’s supporters to conclude that Berlin was rejecting historical authenticity in favor of patriotic nostalgia.
In fact, no one was proposing the return of the goddess’s original staff, gone since 1814, when Schinkel had not merely added the Iron Cross and Prussian eagle but had redesigned the entire staff. The quadriga Napoleon took, for example, had a Roman eagle where the Prussian one later perched. And that had actually been the goddess’s third staff: Schadow’s first two designs had proved so unpopular that he was obligated to replace each of them within months. In other words, the debate in 1991 was between restoring the 1814 quadriga and the 1958 version. Since the latter’s repudiation of Prussian militarism had been the work of Ulbricht’s regime, it found few defenders. Amid good words for Prussian symbols—the Iron Cross, it was pointed out, came out of the wars of liberation against Napoleon, not World War I or II—Berlin’s leaders ceremonially rededicated the restored quadriga, with the staff of 1814-1945 as well as an artificial patina, on August 6, 1991, the two hundredth anniversary of the gate.
The gate itself could thus claim its traditional place as the symbol of Berlin as well as its newer status as the preeminent symbol of unity. Yet it stood in the middle of the city’s main east-west thoroughfare; the symbol of unity physically separated the two Berlins. The relationship between the gate and the all-important circulation of traffic sparked another debate. The attachment many Germans have to their cars has always stopped short of the American practice of tearing down cities to make way for cars, but the passion of Gennan car lovers seems to arouse in Green-thinking Germans the same kind of suspicion that passionate patriotism does. Happily the question of driving through the Brandenburg Gate did not create clear battle lines. Some car haters wanted to reserve the gate for pedestrians and bicyclists, but others thought that the gate could serve to limit and slow auto traffic. Car lovers’ favourited solutions were a tunnel under the gate or a scheme to circumvent it. The latter, in fact, had first proposed at the tum of the century, and Nazi planners as well had sought to remove the buildings on each side of the gate to make way for traffic. In the 1990s, those buildings were long gone, but plans to direct traffic away from the gate were nevertheless opposed by some who thought it should serve as a gate, a symbol or German unity, not a traffic island, and by others who wanted to rebuild Pariser Platz as the enclosed space it once had been. An initial compromise permitted only buses and taxis through the gate, and they were restricted to the wider central passage, once reserved for the emperor’s carriage.
When the monarchy ended in 1918, that central passage was not the only place that lost its identity. For all the turbulence of Berlin’s history under the Hohenzollerns, they arguably presided over a degree of stability that has not been approached in the rest of the twentieth century. Many Berliners are understandably reluctant to frame their identity in terms of the troubled eras that followed: the weak Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and the divided city. Hence the wish to reach back to the relatively placid era of monarchs. How can that nostalgia possibly be satisfied? Since hardly anyone actually wants a king, it is difficult to know just what to salvage from the royal past. The much-restored but never removed Brandenburg Gate, with its twice-removed and thrice-reconstructed quadriga, is as authentic a symbol as Berlin can offer. Other buildings, visible or remembered, embody too rich a variety of meanings to permit any consensus about the legacy of old Berlin, or about how to restore it.

   {N23. Michael S. Cullen and Uwe Kieling, Das Brandenburger Tor: Geschichte
eines deutschen Symbols
(Berlin: Argon, 1990), 108.
   {N24. Jürgen Reiche, “Symbolgehalt und Bedeutungswandel eines politischen
Monuments,” in Das Brandenburger Tor: Eine Monographie, ed. Willmuth
Arenhovel and Rolf Bothe (Berlin: Arenhövel, 1991), 304.
   {N25. Peter Möbius and Helmut Trotnow, “Das Mauer-Komplott”, Die
(overseas ed.), Aug. 16, 1991.
   {N26. Friedrich Morin, Berlin und Potsdam im Jahre 1860 (reprint, Braunschweig:
Archiv-Verlag, 1980), 16.
   {N27. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 18, 1991.
   {N28. Ulrike Krenzlin, “Eisemes Kreuz und Preussen-Adler: Ja oder
Nein?” in Hauptstadt Berlin-wohin mit der Mitte? ed. Helmut Engel and
Wolfgang Ribbe (Berlin: Akademie, 1993), 104-7.
SOURCE: The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape. Brian Ladd. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997, pp70-81, UCSB: HT169.G32B4127 1997}

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Space Apart Hotel
Space Apart Hotel
Image by Marcio Cabral de Moura
Space Apart Hotel, onde ficamos em Londres.

The hotel in which we stayed while in London.

Can anybody reccommend a decent hotel in London Docklands area, at a reasonable cost?

Question by Jules1979: Can anybody reccommend a decent hotel in London Docklands area, at a reasonable cost?

Best answer:

Answer by fozzy23
Prices range from £80 – £300 per night ($ 125 – $ 475) based on two adults sharing a standard room. Ill give you the prices in Dollars as well, as I don’t know where you are from 🙂

Cheapest hotels in Docklands (relatively large area):

Express by Holiday Inn (Greenwich): £80 ($ 125) per night.

Novotel London Greenwich: £89 ($ 140) per night

DeVere Venues Davenport House (200 yards from National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) £99 ($ 155) per night.

More Expensive Hotels:

Express by Holiday Inn (Royal Docklands): £125 ($ 200) per night

Novotel London ExCel Centre: £195 ($ 307) per night

Hilton London Dockalnds Riverside; £129 ($ 205) per night

Most Expensive Hotels:

Marriott West India Quay: £295 ($ 465) per night

Four Seasons London Canary Wharf: £240 ($ 380) per night

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office* UK Exhibitor Show Highlights – Corporate Hospitality, Business Travel & Venues

(PRWEB) August 30, 2012

London, UK: office*, the UK’s only dedicated professional event for PAs, office managers and executive support professionals, returns to London on 12-13 September. Taking place at the new venue of Olympia’s National Hall, the show will feature over 175 exhibitors – including many of the UK’s leading venues and corporate travel and hospitality providers.

Since many exhibitors will be offering show only deals on essential business purchases throughout the show, attendees will enjoy an increased opportunity to source budget friendly deals from numerous suppliers in one single, cost-effective visit. The following is just a taste of what show press and buyers can expect to see at this year’s office*.

The first company of its kind to exhibit at office*, Azzura Charters are specialists in sourcing and organising private air charter. As a new company, formed during 2012, office* provides the perfect platform to officially launch their air charter services, which are tailored to the business travel market (stand 4035).

With a new venue sourcing website due to launch in autumn 2012, it’s prime time to discover The Westminster Collection’s ‘one stop shop’ venue enquiry service at office* on stand 3039. A valuable and free resource for time-starved event organisers wanting fast, convenient access to rates, availability and room specifications, TWC brings together 54 charismatic event venues housed within London’s City of Westminster. The website will enable users to browse venue profiles, lodge a single enquiry, and await direct responses from all TWC venues.

First time exhibitor Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) will be hosting drinks receptions between 2-3pm on both days of the show (stand 1070A, HBAA Village) to unveil what plans exhibiting agent and venue members have in store for 2012/2013. HBAA members showcasing their premium services and venue facilities at this year’s exhibition include: The National Motorcycle Museum; Accor Hotels; Absolute Corporate Events; etc.venues; Center Parcs; Holiday Inn London – Stratford City; Conference Care; and Ellis Salsby.

At office* 2012 Center Parcs Corporate will be showcasing the range of spaces and team building facilities available across its four UK locations (stand 1070F, HBAA Village). The corporate events team will be promising a touch of relaxation by offering luxurious Elemis gift sets to attendees who make a pre-arranged appointment to speak to one of the team, as well as asking visitors to ‘Grow with us’ by giving them small trees to take home or back to the office.

Holiday Inn London – Stratford City (stand 1070J, HBAA Village) is a new generation Holiday Inn, which opened in May this year, overlooking the Olympic Park in Stratford City. One of the onsite hotels for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is within minutes of the financial centres of London, Canary Wharf and the Excel Exhibition & Conference Centre. Hotel features include 188 guest rooms and 7 state-of-the-art meeting rooms catering for up to 80 delegates. The hotel’s restaurant, lounge bar and outside terrace have panoramic views over the Olympic Park.

Conference Care – the venue sourcing and event management agency, have recruited Andy Harmer – the world’s top David Beckham lookalike, to join them for office* 2012. Conference Care pride themselves on their client relationships and ensuring that their clients’ meetings and events deliver maximum impact and return of investment. Visitors to stand 1070M (in the HBAA Village) can find out more whilst having their photograph taken!

Newly launched hotel group Puma Hotels’ Collection offers 21 hotels throughout the UK. The new British hotel group focuses on the unique characteristics and location of each hotel, whether through the local cuisine, the grounds (particularly in the case of the flagship countryside properties), or the nearby facilities and attractions. With 2,800 bedrooms, 215 flexible meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi access, Puma Hotels Collection is rapidly becoming a top choice for corporate bookings (stand 1070N, HBAA Village).

Ellis Salsby Ltd organises ‘Really Successful Events’ for companies across the UK and Europe and will be unveiling a fresh new look at office* 2012 (stand 1070K, HBAA Village). Commenting on the new brand, the company’s CEO and founder, Mr Ellis Salsby, said: “We needed a revised look that is dramatic, stands out and can be used for both offline and online marketing. We want to demonstrate that we care but that we’re also modern and vibrant”.

Keith Prowse, leading corporate hospitality service provider, will be offering visitors to their stand 5016 the chance to win a Mulberry Bryn Oak bag in natural leather worth £695. The company, who has more official appointments than any other corporate hospitality supplier, holds contracts with some of the most prolific sporting events in the UK, including The Championships at Wimbledon; Henley Royal Regatta; Twickenham Stadium; The Kia Oval; The Ageas Bowl; Edgbaston Cricket Ground; and Audi International Polo Day. Keith Prowse representatives at office* will be showcasing their impeccable hospitality offering via video trailers and free corporate hospitality guide, ‘Your Season’, which will be available to take away.

Saracens – Allianz Park (stand 6043) will be showcasing details about its new stadium in London NW4, which is due for completion in February 2013. As well as being the new home for Saracens Rugby Club, it will also offer the very best in meetings, events, parties and sporting facilities in North London, and with an all weather pitch, it will be open for business 12 months a year.

Ever wondered what it would feel like to be a jockey in a world class horse race? Jockey Club Venues (represented by Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park Racecourses) is inviting office* attendees to test their skills as a jockey and to race in the Epsom Derby – Britain’s most prestigious flat horse race. Visitors to stand 6040 will be expertly guided by an ex-jockey on how to ride a mechanical horse, against the backdrop of some thrilling Epsom Derby footage. The person who can race for the longest time will win a fantastic hospitality package courtesy of Jockey Club Racecourses.    

Group Hotel and Meeting bookings need not be a nightmare with HRS (stand 4048). HRS, Europe’s leading corporate hotel portal, is removing the headache from making group hotel reservations and booking meeting rooms with a completely free booking service for groups of business travellers. A specialist ‘meetings and groups’ team is available at every one of its offices, by phone or email, to suggest suitable hotels for individual requirements at the best possible rates, chosen from the 32,000 hotels worldwide.

Independently owned, Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has recently opened the new Follifoot Wing; including 48 new bedrooms, a spa, gym, and 14-seat private cinema (stand 3046). Commenting on these developments, Peter Banks, managing director of Rudding Park, says: “In addition to the investment in the Follifoot Wing, which has increased our capacity for residential conferences, we’ve also recruited a new Guest Services Team. Rudding Park provides guests with an experience that is equivalent to, if not better than, some of the most well known hotels in British hospitality.”

Historic country-house conference and meetings venue, Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire, aims to add a little more fizz to its office* stand. The Victorian mansion offers stately comfort with state-of-the-art facilities, and is now the only place in Britain to find Champagne exclusively imported just for them. Visitors to stand 6010B (in the AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village) can discover more about the venue and, for a limited time each day, sample the Champagne. Plus, enter a prize draw for a luxury Stoke Rochford Hall break.

Find out more about the multi-million pound refurbishment at the iconic De Vere Hotels – The Grand, Brighton at office*. Improvements are now underway and will include refurbishing all bedrooms to the highest standards, modernisation of conference and meeting facilities, and refurbishment of the Victoria lounge, bar and terrace. A luxurious well-being spa, further syndicate space, and an exciting new seafood restaurant will also be added. All works are scheduled for completion in early 2013. Be one of the first to experience a luxury weekend of top-to-toe pampering at The Spa at The Grand, by entering the free prize draw on stand 6010Q (in the AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village).

Chartridge Conference Company has recently invested in excess of £25,000 in a major upgrade to the Wi-Fi broadband coverage at all four of its conference and meeting venues in the Home Counties and West Midlands (stand 6010N, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). This new system is the latest development to ensure that all facilities meet customer demand and means that visitors can now access the free Wi-Fi service in all areas within each venue. Venues include Chartridge, Hitchin Priory, Lydiard House and The Beeches.

Based in the heart of the Midlands, Warwick Conferences (stand 6010S, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village) offers one of the widest choices of meeting space in the UK. Comprising three dedicated training and conference centres – Scarman, Radcliffe and Arden – and the main campus Conference Park; Warwick Conferences expertly cater for up to 1200 delegates. The state-of-the-art facilities are supported by unprecedented customer service, award-winning catering, and a dedicated events team

Sixways Stadium’s new £8m club extension, which is due to open on December 1, will feature a plethora of sporting and fitness facilities (stand 6010C, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). Commenting on the latest phase in the exciting Sixways development, Jason Andrews, regional director at David Lloyd Leisure, says: “We are very excited about coming to Worcester and providing the community with what will be a fantastic club, offering excellent facilities, classes, programmes and expertise. The Sixways site is a fabulous location for our racquets, health and fitness facilities and we are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the Worcester Warriors, a first-class rugby team.

Conference Torquay is the local Conference Bureau, responsible for the marketing and promotion of Torquay as a conference destination (stand 6010K, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). The Bureau offers conference and event organiser’s professional advice and expert assistance on all aspects of conferencing and event planning in Torquay. Torquay, on the English Riviera, offers a wide choice of conference and exhibition venues: from 1500 capacity, purpose built Riviera International Conference Centre; to a range of excellent business hotels.

Euston based conference and meetings venue, Friends House, will be using the office* exhibition to showcase the next stage of its ‘inspiring refurbishment’ set for completion in 2014 (stand 6010D, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village). The venue launched the first stage of works to the second floor in September 2011. Friends House will be unveiling their stunning refurbishment plans for its 1,100 capacity, flagship auditorium, which will be flooded with natural light from a new large fixed glass roof as well as being an inclusive and sustainable space.

The Ascott Limited – Serviced Residences & Apart’Hotels Worldwide launched its new Citadines Prestige Trafalgar Square in March 2012. It is the 3rd Citadines Prestige Apart’hotel in London and the 6th in Europe, joining one in South Kensington, one in Holborn-Covent Garden and three in Paris. Also new this year is the Club Apartment, which is available in most Citadines Apart’hotels. A small supplement guarantees enhanced comfort, greater space, increased privacy and inclusive hotel-style services (such as breakfast, daily housekeeping). Ascott, global leader in the serviced residence industry, operates three brands – Ascott, Citadines and Somerset – in more than 70 cities across 20 countries worldwide. Visit stand 2046 to enter a prize draw to win one free night’s stay in a studio.

Corporate entertainment and travel specialist Hospitality Line (stand 5042) will be showcasing their recently launched, first fully interactive site; dedicated solely to the pursuit of creating the ultimate corporate festivities. Fusing a full service offering with a simple e-commerce concept; the new portal allows users to search and design their ideal event, taking into account very specific criteria including location, food, entertainment, themes, budget and much more in a few simple steps. Hospitality Line is ideally suited to provide the ultimate party packages based on more than twenty years’ experience of delivering meetings, exhibitions, events and more to the corporate sector.

The third edition of office* will take place on 12-13 September at the new venue of London’s Olympia National Hall. For further information and to register for a free entry pass to office* 2012, which includes free entry to Keynote Theatre and new office* Interactive Theatre, please visit and use priority code OFF119.

Keynote speakers for 2012 include Dragons’ Den business investor Deborah Meaden; celebrity chef Ed Baines; Sir Richard Branson’s former EA Penni Pike; and celebrity PAs Josephine Green and Merryl Futerman, whose clients include Emilia Fox, Joseph Fiennes, Miranda Hart, and Julian Clary. (


Media enquiries & press pass requests:

Emma-Louise Jones, PR Manager

t: +44 (0)1273 645134                    e: ejones (at) divcom (dot) co (dot) uk

office* exhibitor enquiries:

Ali Mead, office* Event Manager

t: +44 (0)1273 645124                    e: amead (at) divcom (dot) co (dot) uk!/officeshow


Diversified Business Communications UK (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton. In addition to office*, Diversified UK’s portfolio includes SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show, Natural & Organic Products Europe, Natural Products Scandinavia, lunch!, camexpo, Natural Products magazine and the Natural Beauty Yearbook.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Business Communications, a leading international media company, with a successful portfolio of sector leading exhibition, conferences, publications and websites.

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