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Virgin Atlantic and Delta opening a pop-up pub in Holborn

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For no logical reason whatsoever, Virgin Atlantic and its joint venture partner (and 49% shareholder) Delta are opening a pub.  For 10 days.

“The Joint Venture” will be at 33 New Oxford Street and is taking over “The Old Crown”.  New Oxford Street is not Oxford Street, it is to the east of Tottenham Court Road.  If you’re interested in craft beer then this is definitely one for you, as the pub will be selling 230 different brands – one from each of the 230 cities which Delta and Virgin fly to in the US.

It opens NEXT Friday 10th August and closes on Sunday 19th.  There are various events planned throughout the week including quiz nights – details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

Note that, whilst the website doesn’t mention this, the press release I received says that they will be giving away free flights to the winners of the quiz nights …..

There is a press opening party next Thursday so I will pop along and see what it is like.


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Comments (85)

  • Michael says:

    Completly OT – Just at Marriott Manchester AIrport which HfP reviewed a little while ago. The option for breakfast in the restuarant has gone and only hot option in the lounge is scrambled eggs! Hotel says it is forced by Marriott Europe in this and all Marriotts will have to confirm to this in coming month! If you have a stay booked here and were looking forward to a breakfast be prepared to pay £16 per person as hotel isn’t warning people the policy has changed!

    Seems the new lounge breakfast offering policy just ruled Marriott out for me!

    • Relaxo says:

      Had the same experience at Marriott Maida Vale at the start of July. Gold/Plat brekkie only in lounge. Front desk were trying to convince me this was because they didnt ‘own’ the Carluccios restaurant.

      • Chris Palmer says:

        Yes, I stayed in the Marriott Maida Vale at the beginning of July too. I can understand why it is in the lounge on the 7th floor rather than Carluccio’s. Breakfast was adequate there, though I have had better.

      • Michael says:

        I dont mind a lounge breakfast what I object to is when the offering is very poor and they blame it on being forced by Marriott but futhermore they have given a full breakfast for several years and do not give any warning that this is no longer the case! To call it misleading is a understatement!

  • Genghis says:

    OT. SPG->SPG household transfers. Someone commented that theirs posted yesterday after a while. I started the process on Sun 22 July and points only posted today. Perhaps bear in mind if you’re planning to move your points where they need to be before 18 Aug.

    • Relaxo says:

      Initated on 25 and posted today….so seems like SPG>SPG transfers are unaffected (i.e. 5 business days)

    • Optimus Prime says:

      I requested mine on 20th July and completed yesterday.

    • Crafty says:

      Mine is on 6 days and counting.

  • Anony Mouse says:

    Does your press release say what time the pub quiz begins?

  • ankomonkey says:

    Immense thanks to Charlotte. Those luggage tags should be brilliant 🙂

  • S***o says:

    OT// Amex Plat – Vista
    Do these emails still go out? – Had Plat for about 3 weeks now, and not had any email so could be a timings thing? Website is useless and only has last years offers.

    Anybody had anything interesting the past few months?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, got my latest one recently. I have to say that the – admittedly paid – events have really improved recently (as long as you live in London and like champagne and luxury shopping). There was a Mulberry cocktail reception on Bond Street last Tuesday for example – this was a free event.

      • Alan says:

        Yeah sadly they’re still pretty useless if you don’t live in London! One of these days they’ll think slightly further afield!

  • Steve Isaacs says:

    Re travelling in the 1st class rear section on the Thameslink trains without fear of penalty charge – I could be wrong but I think that has only ever applied to the stopping services. I.e. the 1st class sections on trains that don’t stop at all stations North & South bound have reverted to type and are always restricted.

    • John says:

      The rear 1st section on all thameslink services is always declassified. On certain services via the Sutton loop, the front 1st is also declassified. The on board screens will tell you but take some time to rotate to the message, so there needs to be at least between 4 minutes between stops.

  • Martin says:

    Using a contactless card to pay at Gatwick avoids those huge lines to buy tickets

    But of course you won’t get the benefit of any rail card

    • Travelling Inspector says:

      You can use Oyster at Gatwick (into London) and if you have had your railcard loaded onto it, you should benefit from the reduction.

      • Michael Jennings says:

        Also, you can save a significant amount of money by touching out and touching in again at East Croydon, as the two single fares Gatwick-East Croydon and East-Croydon-Central London together are a lot less than a single fare Gatwick-Central London, for some reason.

  • Boi says:

    OT:
    Has anyone heard of “Marriott ownership”.
    If so is it good?

    • Boi says:

      They say it’s different from timeshare. Called Marriott vacation club.

      • Anna says:

        As a long-standing timeshare owner I would not restrict myself to one hotel chain, unless you are happy to stay in the same resort every year. Look very closely at how much it’s going to cost you – we got our 2 weeks as real bargains but every time we’ve looked at buying other weeks the costs seem to have skyrocketed, especially if you are buying “points” rather than a set week, as they can just change how much these are worth as and when they feel like it (and then try and persuade you to keep buying more and more). There will be also an annual fee, regardless of whether it’s “timeshare” or not.

        If you’re really interested in buying into this kind of thing (we’ve had stunning value out of ours, especially when combined with premium travel courtesy of HFP), I would recommend looking at (reputable) timeshare re-sale sites where loads of people offloaded their units during the recession for next to nothing because they couldn’t afford to pay the maintenance fees any more. Then if you do buy one and want to use it to travel around, join a recognised exchange programme like RCI or II.

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