Three Red Carnation Hotels in London are in prime hot spot locations to celebrate the Royal Birth: The Milestone Hotel and Residences, The Rubens at The Palace, and Hotel 41. This elegant property—a historic mansion hotel –is perfectly located in the heart of London, opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens and close to the Royal Albert Hall. Like every hotel in the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, each room at is individually designed with original artwork and antiques, is family owned and run by the Tollmans–who have an immense passion for hospitality–has world-class dining that includes president and founder Beatrice Tollman’s signature dishes and has a team of devoted, warm and engaging staff. What makes The Milestone Hotel unique in London is the exceptional packages and special experiences offered, such as a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, a tour of Kensington Palace and a hotel tea tutorial—just to name a few. **Rooms and rates: Superior Queen Room ($405 a night) Deluxe King room (£445 a night) Deluxe Studio room (£595 a night) Various Suite rooms (starting at £950-£1600 a night) **Live like the Duchess of Sussex at the Meghan Suite: Beginning a new chapter in its history, master craftsmen, artisans and designers came together and in a perfect alchemy created the transformation of this exceptional suite; named in tribute of Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex. The suite seamlessly blends a strength of presence with refined modern style. The Room has Leopard-print carpet throughout, the largest shower room in the hotel–with double doors leading to the marbled double sink and shower with separate enclosed toilet and views looking out across Kensington Palace and Gardens (from £1,300 a night) Below is a list of several experiences offered by the hotel that you can share with your family, friends and loved ones: Audio guided tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and Gardens highlights tour As part of a visit to Buckingham Palace, combine a visit to the State Rooms with a guided tour of the most remarkable features of the beautiful gardens. The Garden Highlights Tour includes the beautiful Herbaceous Border, the summer house, the Rose Garden, the enormous Waterloo Vase and the Palace tennis court, where King George VI and Fred Perry played in the 1930s. Your visit will start by touring the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace with a complimentary multimedia guide available in nine languages. You will also see Queen Victoria’s Palace, a special exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth. After the State Rooms there is time for you to take in the panoramic view of the lawn from the Garden Café on the West Terrace and to visit the Garden Shop. (From £35 per Adult* and £32.80 per Senior Citizen) Behind the scenes at The Royal Albert Hall You can experience this on various times and dates throughout the year. Unfortunately, access to the hall isn’t possible while some shows are in-house. There are 2 different types of tours – Behind the Scenes and the History of the Hall tour. (From £13.75 per adult) Private tour of Kensington Palace Take a private tour of Kensington Palace (From £300/tickets for 4 £80) or a walking tour of Kensington with the Blue Badge Guide (From £185) Picnic in the Park Our Butlers will set up a savory or Afternoon Tea picnic, including a bottle of champagne, in Kensington Gardens so all that’s left for guests to do is sit back and relax and feast on the hand-made delicacies included in your hamper. (From £145 for two people) Horse-riding in Hyde Park Established in 1965, Ross Nye Stables in Hyde Park is the longest-established riding school to offer riding in Central London. HAcking and lessons available in Hyde Park for adults and children. Most rides take place on the sand tracks in Hyde Park roughly 5 miles of track. (Private ride: £90 per hour per person. Group: £75 per hour per person) Overlooking Buckingham Palace and within easy walking distance to Victoria Station, this historic hotel has now been fully renovated and offers a host of new restaurants and bars. Guests can enjoy live music in The New York Bar and Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge—with DIRECT VIEW OF ROYAL MEWS. Enjoy exquisite fine dining in our English Grill or an authentic Indian tasting journey in our Curry Room. Discover a selection of extraordinary experiences, from sushi and sashimi in our intimate Leopard Bar to gin tasting in our striking New York Bar. OFFERS: A Royal Occasion –Valid throughout the year The Rubens at the Palace is the perfect base for exploring London with The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace on our doorstep. Our Royal Occasion experience includes tickets to the Queens Gallery and The Royal Mews so you can discover old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and photographs from the Royal Collection. At the Royal Mews you’ll see the historic royal carriages and one of the finest working stables. Upon your return, a delicious Afternoon Tea and a Turndown to mark the occasion. This offer includes: Two nights in a luxuriously appointed room or suite, Two tickets to the Queens Gallery and The Royal Mews on one occasion, Royal cocktail on arrival, Royal Themed Afternoon Tea for two in the Palace Lounge on one occasion, Evening Turndown, Full English breakfast daily Terms and Conditions Rates start from £359.00 per room per night (including VAT) based on two people sharing a Classic Double room. Once the booking has been made, a member of our Reservations team will be in contact with regards to the tickets for The Queens Gallery and Royal Mews The hotel is an exquisite hidden gem overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and minutes from Victoria Station. There’s going to be a new rooftop lounge in the late spring where you can eat and have drinks. 41 is a different kind of boutique hotel. Here you can enjoy an informal and personalized dining and drinking experience around-the-clock. The surroundings of the Executive Lounge are perfect for lingering over drinks and canapés, enjoying a light snack or settling down to a full evening meal. Guests are invited to ‘plunder the pantry’, where you can enjoy a drink from the honesty bar and choose from a number of dining options to suit your mood. There are many excellent bars and restaurants next door to Hotel 41. They can choose from The English Grill, renowned for fine dining and top quality cuts of meat grilled to perfection, or the intimate and supremely comfortable Curry Room, serving authentic Indian and African influenced cuisine, or the cool and casual bbar & Restaurantfamed for inventive cocktails, delicious burgers and South African inspired dishes. You can also enjoy our finest selection of Champagnes and Whiskies in the intimate, safari-chicLeopard Bar. About Red Carnation Hotels Founded by Beatrice Tollman on the premise that “no request is too large, no detail too small”, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has a genuine and passionate commitment to outstanding employee care, sustainable growth, and protection for the local environment and community. Generous hospitality is at the heart of each hotel experience, from creative turndown gifts to personalized and thoughtful surprises for guests.
BRAMPTON, Ont. — The Loblaw grocery and pharmacy business says it had $286 million of net earnings from continuing operations during its second quarter, as revenue increased 2.9 per cent from a year earlier.Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s profit of 77 cents per share from continuing operations was down $7 million from $293 million in last year’s second quarter.However, last year’s overall second quarter profit was only $50 million or 13 cents per share after including a $243-million loss from its investment in Choice Properties, which is listed as a discontinued operation.Loblaw says its revenue for the 12 weeks ended June 15 was $11.13 billion, up $312 million from $10.82 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Same-store sales from food retail was up 0.6 per cent while same-store sales from drug retail grew 4.0 per cent from last year.Adjusted diluted net earnings from continuing operations was $1.01 per share, up from 93 cents per share last year. Discontinued operations didn’t contribute to this year’s second-quarter adjusted earnings but added 13 cents last year.The results were in line with analyst estimates of $1.01 per share of adjusted earnings and revenue of $11.15 billion, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Press