Luxury Hotels

Virtuoso Travel Week, and London’s outside 45 Park Lane dining

Yesterday,  Virtuoso Travel Week VTW opened – virtually, of course. After general sessions attracting over 4,000, Chairman Matthew Upchurch shared one-to-one thoughts with Girlahead. Major trends in luxury travel include multi-generational trips expanding to multi-family trips, travelling, as if in a ‘bubble’, with another family. Nightly room turn-down gives way to turn-it-down, saying no thanks to housekeeping. Stay longer, wherever, and evolve from stuff to experiences, a trend which offers a myriad of ideas – Upchurch cited staying at Ferragamo’s Portrait Suites in Rome and finding its lack of an onsite restaurant an exciting opportunity to explore yet more local eating places.


Tonight, Tuesday 11 August, CUT OUT opens, outside on London’s Curzon Street. Operated by Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane and under the baton of the luxury hotel’s new Executive Chef Jamie Shears, it features dishes from the hotel’s Wolfgang Puck restaurant, CUT. Try the famous Negroni of barman Franceso Orefici, above.  The restaurant, open seven nights a week, has four tables for four.


Listen to MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST to catch words of worldwide wisdom from Filip Boyen, CEO Forbes Travel Guide.  Following him is Susie Ellis, Chairman of the New York-based Global Wellness Institute and the annual Global Wellness Summit, which this year will be held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, 8-11 November 2020.