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Get free afternoon tea at Marriott County Hall if you are called Elizabeth

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London Marriott County Hall (which we have previously reviewed here) is running an innovative offer to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Anyone called Elizabeth can enjoy a free afternoon tea at The Library in the month of June.

The Library Marriott London County Hall

The Library is a lovely historic room at Marriott County Hall, the headquarters of the former London County Council on the South Bank overlooking the Thames and the Houses of Parliament as you can see below.

There are a few rules:

  • The offer is only available to people whose legal name is ‘Elizabeth’ – not Liz, not Eliza, not Beth. You need to provide proof of name via a passport, driving licence etc.
  • You can’t have free afternoon tea on a Saturday
  • You need to book for two people, but only Elizabeth will get a free afternoon tea (ie. it is effectively 2-for-1)

Make sure you pre-book on The Library website here.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2023)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (70)

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  • Paul says:

    Hi Rob,

    In the article you mention a minimum of 2 nights for the IHG offer. The terms state “There is a fixed two (2) consecutive night length of stay for each Booking (shorter or longer stays are not permitted in this Promotion)”

    Just letting you know in case others don’t spot that (unless I am missing something?)


    • Andrew says:

      You’re correct I believe, as it also says this on the promotion webpage:

      “Simply book two rooms, for two nights (only) to get the cheapest room free upon check-in.”

  • Nav says:

    Quick (off-topic) Q please for those of you who have travelled with babies…back off the excellent HfP article on travelling with Sing Air we have taken the plunge and booked a trip to SIN with our 4 month old at end of April. My wife is getting cold feet saying that our son will be too young to do a 13 hour flight. So the Q is how can I allay her concerns? How young is too young to fly long distance? And what is the youngest HfP readers have flown (10+ hours) with their toddlers? TIA!

    • Rob says:

      Your son is probably sleeping 18 hours per day at the moment anyway … the hum of an aircraft engine should encourage that and he’ll have his little bassinet bed. Wait until they start walking around …. then you get stressed 🙂

      • Nav says:

        Thanks Rob. Wish he was sleeping 18 hours a day…! What was the earliest you took your children on a long-haul flight?

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          We did lots on transatlantic flights with my girls when they were babies. Overnight flights in a bassinet were a dream. Once they become mobile the novelty of walking up and down the plane’s aisles for hours on end soon wears off for you, if not them. Travel now as much as you can.

        • Rob says:

          We took our son to Barbados at 12 months, I think that was his first long-haul trip. We took a longer break when our daughter was born, but only because we were running back and forth between the UK and Germany with her all the time anyway and it was no great shakes to stick to Europe for 18 months or so.

          It does get trickier later than 4 months, especially if you need to take baby milk from the UK. This is when places like the Middle East come into their own, where you can pop down to a Waitrose or Carrefour on the first day and get all the same stuff you’d have in the UK.

      • Michael C says:

        Totally agree with Rob – the 3-10 month stint it easy, then the screen-zombie age is easy. Only the bit in between to contend with!
        Taking our 13-month old by myself to GRU was a longggg trip…

    • memesweeper says:

      Babies are fairly easy long haul. I took my daughter back from San Fran alone when she was crawling age. No problems. It gets harder as they get older, not easier, IMO.

      • Nav says:

        Thanks all for the quick replies. Did anyone worry about them picking up colds and viruses? I know they are particularly susceptible at that age?

        • Qrfan says:

          What do you normally do at home? Presumably you go to lots of baby related activities that are not exactly sterile environments? It didn’t worry us. I’m sure our girls first cold came from a local play class.

        • Martin says:

          The age of 2 is the only time we had a problem, in his own seat he decided to have a hissy fit,
          We sat with a delayed take off for about an hour.
          As we took off he fell asleep and slept the rest of the flight.
          We could hear the usual grumbles from people saying he shouldn’t be allowed in business class.
          At least it was the one and only problem we had.

    • Richard E says:

      The ONLY bit of advice I ever give new parents is that around 4 months is a dream time to travel with them. On a flight they generally sleep, and can be comforted easily by nursing (esp for take off and landing). They don’t move on their own, and the ticket price is much lower. We took our son at 4 months from London > Japan > Singapore > Japan > London, and it was a great trip. At the destinations, baby was usually in an outward-facing carrier, meaning we could go everywhere we usually would.

      My only regret is that we didn’t know just how easy it would be, and plan to do more trips!

    • Jo says:

      I’m from sg and hv flown Lon-sin many times with my kids. Please travel as much as you can before they can walk. After that it all goes downhill. Good luck.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Travel as much as possible before they get curious and want to test whether every piece of the plane works.
      They are curious even less than 12 months, but they are more interested in milk.

    • John says:

      We did long haul when he was 4 months and baby was ok, used baby carrier.

      Then came covid so don’t really know what it would have been like.

      Did UK trips in the car which is different to flying.

      Now nearly 3 years and just went around mainland Europe, main problem is that he can only stay awake for 12 hours normally, but with the excitement and busier activities he can only last 10 hours.

      This means we can’t do stuff that’s too far from the hotel and/or he needs a nap, but he won’t do it and just falls asleep at inconvenient times, and he’s too heavy to carry for a long time. And not going to become the next McCanns so that means dinner at 5pm then stay in the room after that.

      Not sure how we are going to tackle long haul as he is extremely restless and won’t stay in a seat for more than 1 hour. But we need to go to Australia in (northern hemisphere) summer…for business and family reasons so too bad.

    • Letsfly says:

      We did Vietnam with a 5mth old. Return flight via Hong Kong NOT connecting flights so probably about 16hrs. Wasn’t a problem. Lots of sleeping and feeding and sleeping… same as at home basically!

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      As above – dead easy when they’re young, dead easy when they’re old enough to be mesmerised by Peppa Pig on a screen (which is fine by the way, let them get on with it – sitting on a long-haul plane is not the time to obsess about their educational needs or your parent-of-the-year credentials).

      The “difficult” age is when they are mobile but cannot be placated by screens. See the 2yo above….

  • Olly says:

    It would be nice to find the origin of the Elizabeth afternoon tea deal anywhere online, specifically somewhere on a Marriott page to screenshot. I have tried to call the Library to check if middle names count and verify the price, but nobody is answering, as it varies from £49 to £69 per person, without bubbles! I want the certainty of what the bill is going to be before booking. Any ideas?

  • Rich_A says:

    It only costs £42.44 to change your name by deed poll, and then free to replace your driving licence. Any takers?

  • Doommonger says:

    I rang Liz Hurley to see if she was free, unfortunately I am light of several million quid, and look like Barry from Eastenders….I’ll get me coat then.

  • Tracey says:

    At around the age of 2 our youngest not only started to get (air) travel sick, but also emetophobia. A visit to our GP who said he would grow out of it in time, but for now we either become the family that never travels or we use drugs. A few trips with Valium in hand and he was cured. Controversial I know. He’s now on honeymoon, long haul with a connection and absolutely fine.

  • milesandmordor says:

    The offer is only available to people whose legal name is ‘Elizabeth’ – not Liz, not Eliza, not Beth ( nor , presumably , Lilibet ) . So sadly no discount for Harry and Meghan if they take their kids along for a well earned treat.

  • Pablo says:

    Marriott County Hall is running a promo for April full flex rate @ £200 per night so around half price the usual rate using promo code NPR.

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