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Avengers: Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Blog Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Much excitement is circulating throughout our wonderful city as large film crews have taken over parts of the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station.

Rumour has it that the first and second unit scenes are being filmed with a budget of £10m. That might sound like a lot of money, but considering the success of the previous films, we are sure that the expense will be well compensated.

The film is being directed by Joe Russo and his brother Anthony who also directed Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both films received rave reviews and great success at the box office.


The presence of Hollywood in Edinburgh has everyone talking. Joe Russo recently comment: “The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.”


Successful production

Planning is the key to a successful production. The shoot in Edinburgh has taken a full year to put together. This is no small task and required the dedicated assistance by regional agencies including Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Avengers: Infinity War has a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. Unfortunately, the film is only due to hit the big screen in April 2018 which means we will have to wait a little longer to enjoy it.

B+B Edinburgh is perfectly situated with easy access routes to the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station. It’s clear that even Hollywood shares our love for this beautiful city. If you are a fan of the Avengers films and would like to visit Edinburgh to see the film crew in action, we hope that you will stay with us. Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Great British Dog Walk

Great British Dog Walk

Great British Dog Walk

Every year The Great British Dog Walk has grown stronger in popularity. A truly fantastic experience for the whole family to enjoy, including our four-legged friends. The event is held in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf people and takes place in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

We know that not all dogs are the same and, much like their owners, everyone has different capabilities. That’s why the organisers of the event have devised a choice of two walks to enjoy on the day. The short walk is only 5km long and will be mostly on pavement and grass. For the more enthusiastic, there is an 8km option which includes some very steep hills and valleys to explore around Holyrood Park.

Holyrood Park

Embedded in a history dating back thousands of years, Holyrood Park’s hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s stunning skyline. The most prominent feature would have to be Arthur’s Seat. This is the highest point of Holyrood Park; stretching up to a full 251 metres and revealing a glorious 360-degree view of Edinburgh and Lothians.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

This brilliant organisation raises funds across the country to support the deaf. They train dogs to alert deaf people to the sounds they would otherwise miss. This could include the ringing of a door bell or even a fire alarm which could prevent a serious accident.

Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence that they didn’t have before.

Pet Friendly

B+B Edinburgh is pet friendly. We invite you and your furry friends to be our guests for the weekend. Please support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. They truly are a wonderful organisation.

Great British Dog Walk
Date:
19 March 2017
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Old Town
Price: £10 adults (online), £12 adults (on the day; Children (under 16) FREE
Contact: 0743 6542 544
Website: https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/support/events/gbdw-holyrood-park/

Dining out in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh

B+B Edinburgh offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. However, if you are interested in dining out in Edinburgh, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

Caffeine Drip

Address: 10 Melville Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 7PR
Phone: 0131 538 9579

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, The Caffeine Drip is owned and run by Christopher and Darius Wedge. This dynamic duo has created a very warm, rustic hideaway for coffee connoisseurs to enjoy. The restaurant operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and the menu offers an eclectic taste to the traditional breakfast and lunch options.

The café is open Monday to Friday 07h00 to 16h00, Saturday 08h00 to 18h00 and Sunday 08h00 to 17h00. Situated less than 10 minutes’ walk from B+B Edinburgh, the Caffeine Drip has proved that it is no ordinary coffee house. In fact, a more appropriate description would be that of an ‘eatery, deli and bakery all rolled into one and offering an unusual menu with a South African twist’

All Belong and Benefit members can take advantage of an exclusive offer of 15% off coffee and pastries.

La P’tite Folie

Address: 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE
Phone: 0131 225 8678

Retaining our focus on Edinburgh’s West End: La P’tite Folie or “The Little Madness” offers contemporary French cuisine with an enticing delight of the scenes. The charming setting of the restaurant is enriched by delicious French cuisine resulting in a unique experience for all to enjoy.

Open Monday to Thursday 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm (11pm Fri & Sat) and closed Sunday. The menu is lovingly described as ‘clever, appetising and beautifully presented’ with a 2 Course lunch option and an A La Carte Dinner Menu.

La P’tite Folie is located only 10 minutes’ walk away from B+B Edinburgh (or 5 minutes if you are driving). We thoroughly recommend that you investigate this delightful French restaurant for an experience you will never forget.

Gali Italian Restaurant

Address: 29 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, EH12 5DX
Phone: 0131 225 3199

If you love Italian food as much as we do, then look no further than Gali. This wonderfully authentic Italian restaurant and pizza house was established in May 2005 by the acclaimed Italian Chef, Gianni Gali and is well known across the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

The professional and friendly staff have served locals and celebrities alike, including Sir Sean Connery.

Gali seats up to 64 guests and is family friendly, catering for special occasions, parties or just a good night.

Located only 7 minutes’ Walk from B+B Edinburgh, the restaurant serves lunch from Tuesday to Saturday – 11.00am – 2.30pm [Last orders by 2pm] and dinner Monday to Sunday – 5.00pm – 11.00pm.

The well-priced, tasty menu offers a 2 Course lunch and dinner option as well as an A la Carte menu for all to enjoy. For those of you who want the taste of true Italian cuisine, this is the place for you.

Beethoven Symphony No 2

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven perform Symphony No2

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven Symphony No2

Scottish Chamber Orchestra preform Beethoven Symphony No 2

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven Symphony No 2 which was once lovingly described as a “hideously writhing, wounded dragon” by a Viennese newspaper.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh will be delighting its audience with an outstanding performance. The evening will feature the World Premiere of James MacMillan’s new arrangement: Concertino for Horn and Strings.

James MacMillan – World Premiere

Alec Frank-Gemmill will be positioned front and centre as Principal Horn for MacMillan’s new arrangement. Alec is recognised across the globe for his unprecedented musical talents and his musical performances range from the Baroque era to the latest contemporary compositions. It’s no surprise that The Daily Telegraph described Alec’s musical abilities as “unforced” and “richly responsive”.

Beethoven Symphony No 2

Andrew Manze, the acclaimed interpreter will be conducting performances of both Britten  and Beethoven Symphony No 2. His reputation proceeds him as one of Brittan’s finest conductors of his generation. Andrew Manze’s profound, in-depth understanding of his musical range is exuded by his limitless energy as a communicator.

The evening promises to delight both seasoned and novice music lovers. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be performing on Saturday 4 March at 19:30 in The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG. Tickets range from £11 to £32.50

Accommodation

As you can imagine, such an event is very popular. If you are travelling into the city and require local accommodation, please plan ahead. B+B Edinburgh is situated under 2.5 miles from The Queen’s Hall. There are quick transport links to and from the venue. Please contact B+B Edinburgh directly (+44 (0) 131 225 5084) or book online (http://www.bb-edinburgh.com) to secure your stay with us.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Saturday
4th March at 19:30
The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
Tickets range from £11 to £32.50

 

 

 

 

No one does Christmas Quite like enchanting Edinburgh

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Running from November – January, Edinburgh’s Christmas festivities offer no shortage of enthralling spectacle. Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel; spin around on the charming carousel in East Princes Street Gardens or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer.

Younger kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, a festive fairground with six fun rides and a children’s market full of gifts and toys. Try to find the Elves’ Workshop hidden in the Christmas Tree Maze, or visit Santa’s Grotto to meet the man himself…

St Andrew Square will be hosting an oval ice rink, looping around the Melville Monument – hire a pair of skates and spin across the ice behind a gorgeous backdrop of the glittering city.
Don’t miss the festive markets in the city centre, a popular highlight of Edinburgh’s Christmas. Enjoy delicious food and drink and traditional crafts at the Scottish Market on George Street, pick up unique gifts and goods at the European Market in the Mound Precinct, or choose presents for the wee ones in the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.

To cap off a riotous month of fun, Scotland celebrates New Year’s Eve like no where else on earth… Hogmanay kicks off with the spellbinding Torchlight Procession passing through Edinburgh’s Old Town on 30th December. For the following night, grab your ticket for the famous Hogmanay street party and a spectacular fireworks display; there’s a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens too.

On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the dookers on from the side lines!

So come and tumble into a magical winter wonderland in the centre of a fairytale city.

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Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across Edinburgh’s dramatic skyline?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And while we’re on the subject, from 20th November Edinburgh flings open the doors to its festive markets. Not only can you visit the romantic Scottish and traditional European markets, there is also a magical Children’s market opening at Santa Land.

  So how about it? Cobbled streets, secret bars, plenty of warming whisky… Edinburgh is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues. If you are planning a jaunt to one of the most exciting cities in Europe, book at B+B Edinburgh for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online. Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.

New B+B relaunches Bar and Restaurant to Hampshire diners

The Old House Hotel in historic Wickham Square has received a facelift!

Now sitting proudly alongside her sisters in Belgravia, Edinburgh and Weymouth , B+B Wickham is the newest member of the B+B Collection.

The building boasts original features galore and the 12 bedrooms have been individually designed around this. Ornate fireplaces, sash windows and cosy nooks are complimented with great quality white cotton linen on super comfy beds. Bathrooms boast luxurious products, white fluffy towels and each room has a bath and shower. B+B Wickham is a stylish alternative to outdated bed and breakfasts and offers an  affordable alternative to the predictable 4* chain hotel.

Garden Room 12

Public areas have been freshened with a brand new colour scheme  – adding the unique B+B flash to the bar and reception areas. Design and quality are big parts of the B+B philosophy.

Bar

But there is a big difference between B+B Wickham and her sisters and that is The Old House Bar and Restaurant.

Building on already fine reputation , Chef Andy Millard has worked tirelessly to create a menu we are all super proud to shout about! Hampshire is bursting with food purveyors galore and our new menus celebrate this heritage. Paired with a wine by the glass list sourced by our in-house expert, we are in no doubt – The Old House Bar and Restaurant  will become THE food and drink destination of Wickham and Hampshire. … and if this wonderful weather holds for the summer – the suntrapped garden welcoming dogs will be the perfect al fresco venue for lazy lunches!

To help celebrate the opening, members of the B+B Collection Belong + Benefit Club are to receive an exclusive opening offer. Click here to read all about it!

B+B Edinburgh and Team wish B+B Wickham and The old House Bar and Restaurant all the very best for their opening and launch on 20th July 2015.

 

New B+B relaunches restaurant to Hampshire diners

The Old House Hotel in historic Wickham Square has received a facelift!

Now sitting proudly alongside her sisters in Belgravia, Edinburgh and Weymouth , B+B Wickham is the newest member of the B+B Collection.

The building boasts original features galore and the 12 bedrooms have been individually designed around this. Ornate fireplaces, sash windows and cosy nooks are complimented with great quality white cotton linen on super comfy beds. Bathrooms boast luxurious products, white fluffy towels and each room has a bath and shower. B+B Wickham is a stylish alternative to outdated bed and breakfasts and offers an  affordable alternative to the predictable 4* chain hotel.

Garden Room 12

Public areas have been freshened with a brand new colour scheme  – adding the unique B+B flash to the bar and reception areas. Design and quality are big parts of the B+B philosophy.

Bar

But there is a big difference between B+B Wickham and her sisters and that is The Old House Bar and Restaurant.

Building on already fine reputation , Chef Andy Millard has worked tirelessly to create a menu we are all super proud to shout about! Hampshire is bursting with food purveyors galore and our new menus celebrate this heritage. Paired with a wine by the glass list sourced by our in-house expert, we are in no doubt – The Old House Bar and Restaurant  will become THE food and drink destination of Wickham and Hampshire. … and if this wonderful weather holds for the summer – the suntrapped garden welcoming dogs will be the perfect al fresco venue for lazy lunches!

To help celebrate the opening, members of the B+B Collection Belong + Benefit Club are to receive an exclusive opening offer. Click here to read all about it!

B+B Edinburgh and Team wish B+B Wickham and The old House Bar and Restaurant all the very best for their opening and launch on 20th July 2015.

Romantic Edinburgh this Valentines

Move over Paris – Edinburgh is the real ‘City of Love’ and we want to share it with the world!

Here are a few inspirational reasons to surprise your loved one with a visit to Edinburgh this Valentines weekend.

Walk the Royal Mile and the Grassmarket

Colourful Grassmarket

These iconic streets are bursting with history and romance – just sit in one of the many street cafes in the Grassmarket and look up! Colourful shop fronts, independent high end boutiques and unique gift emporiums sit side by side with proper Scottish bars. Buskers and street performers help create a wonderful, lively atmosphere.

Climb Scott Monument

Scott Monument

Head to Princes Street to find all the high street favourites – great jewellers, naughty knicker shops…and the Scott Monument. Built in memory of writer Sir Walter Scott, it dominates the street. Climb the 287 steps at dusk and the sunset you’ll be blessed with is stunning – very romantic!

Book a Ghost Tour

Doesn’t sound so romantic but imagine the hero you’d become in making your darling feel safe and secure in the dark. Many of the secrets beneath the city can only be visited if on an organised tour.

Visit an Arthouse Cinema

The Lothian Road boasts the Cameo and Filmhouse Cinemas – both very vibrant showing the more off beat flicks and documentaries.  There are romantic seats for two in the back row and quirky little bars to help set the mood!

Whisky makes you Frisky…

Whisky

…and when in Rome…! Edinburgh has opportunities on every street to sample the local tipple. Our advice, find a welcoming looking local bar – there are plenty, make yourself at home, ask the landlord to help you through the range and kick back and watch the world go by!

Picnic at the top of Arthurs Seat

Arthurs Seat

..and after all that whisky the day before, a great B+B breakfast and head off to the hills with a picnic of haggis and tea!  Ok so it may be chilly in February but all the more reason to cuddle up beneath your Aaron wool hat and scarf!

Get booking now – a very warm welcome awaits!

Edinburgh is the Telegraph’s top city in Britain

Announced in the Telegraph yesterday, the city of Edinburgh has beaten off London to be  the top city in Britain and we are supremely proud of that!

It is almost impossible to explain  why Edinburgh has been awarded this accolade for the second consecutive year. Much of the wonder is contained in the history of the city’s ancient alleyways and architecture and cannot be explained – only ‘felt’ and ‘experienced’. But we have tried to whittle down our favourite reasons to visit, B+B Edinburgh style!

Edinburgh is Britain's Top City

Edinburgh is Britain’s Top City

Edinburgh is Compact

An incredibly easy city to explore on foot, it is possible to truly soak in the atmosphere. Stop for a while to enjoy the street performers, buskers and bagpipe players on the Mound or in Princes Street Gardens, whilst enjoying an ice cream from one of the numerous outdoor cafes. Walk easily between the Georgian formality of the New Town with its high end shops and boutiques to the Old Town with the magnificent Castle perched at the top of the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh is an all-year-round city

During August, the city welcomes an global crowd to experience the Festival season. Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1-25 August), Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1-23 August) and the International Festival (8-31 August) are just 3 of the main events and are booked out way in advance. Book accommodation early. But, some of the best reasons to visit are the natural wonders and these can be visited during low season. Walking across Arthurs Seat, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the depths of the countryside. One of our favourites is along the Water of  Leith into Stockbridge Village along to Shoreside and some of the best cosy harbourside pubs serving the best seafood around!

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Shoreside, Leith - cosy harbourside pubs

Shoreside, Leith – cosy harbourside pubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh is a Coastal City

Thanks to it’s location on the Firth of Forth, there are beaches in Edinburgh! There are options for everyone – with our favourite being Belhaven  boasting sand dunes and colourful grasslands. A great beach for blustery winter walks,  it is the ideal place to enjoy the views across the Forth Estuary and is a mecca for surfers.

Belhaven Sand Dunes

Belhaven Sand Dunes

 

…and there it is! Our reasons to visit the top city in Britain. Our WINTER2014 promotion offers great rates until February 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you!