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Becky Hill plays Hilton’s Secret Socials gig

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Back in May, we told you about a mystery Hilton concert that was to be held at the Canopy by Hilton London City hotel.

Tickets were available for 35,000 Hilton Honors points which we’d value at around £100. You weren’t told who would be performing (past concerts had featured Kylie, Stormzy and Ellie Goulding) but the tickets did include unlimited champagne pre- and post-concert as well as substantial canapes.

Becky Hill plays secret Hilton gig

I’m not sure how many tickets were made available but it was a significantly smaller venue than the Stormzy gig last winter. It was good to see that at least four went to Head for Points readers who said hi to me on the night. (My ticket was gifted by Hilton Honors.)

This is only the second time that Hilton Honors members have been invited to one of these events. They are separate to the summer gigs that Hilton used to run pre-covid which were exclusively for Hilton Honors members, and included Bastille and Jessie J in recent years.

Becky Hill plays secret Hilton gig

The seats are usually given to surprised hotel guests who just happen to be booked in that night, with others going to Hilton’s charity partners and members of the artist’s fan club.

And the special guest on Wednesday night? Becky Hill. There can’t have been more than 75 people in Canopy’s rooftop bar. There are stunning views of the City from here:

Becky Hill plays secret Hilton gig

Becky Hill did a set of 45-minute or so, whizzing through her hits before handing over to DJ Jodie Harsh who rounded the night out. I left at 10:30 but I hear the night went on into the small hours of the morning.

Moet & Chandon was available throughout the night and the Canopy put on an excellent spread of canapes, including beef tacos, some of the most delicious sausage rolls I have ever had (sorry Greggs!), chicken satay and tempura prawns.

We’ll let you know when tickets for the next Secret Socials gig become available, but they have become a victim of their own success and are snapped up very quickly.

You can learn more about how Hilton Honors works in our full review here.

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Comments (85)

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  • ukpolak says:

    Parked at SOU about 20ft from departures, and 5 min to get through bag drop and security this past Sunday morning. And the best part is the BA aircraft with 2 x 2 seating all the way down the plane, and planes ready to rock and roll after positioning the night before.

    Such an easy way to get to the Med for hols and I hope more airlines start using it soon.

    • tony says:

      I think you miss the point – by approx 164m. The longer runway will mean the LCCs arrive, the terminal gets busier and BA realise it’s no longer a battle worth fighting – especially if LCY manage to get longer hours.

      Then you’ll be 20-30 mins in security, into a cramped departure lounge and 3×3 seating on an A320.

      • Rob says:

        Agree. No way will BA stick around with one flight per week on an Embraer to wherever when easyJet is offering one flight per day on the same route.

      • ukpolak says:

        Tbh even in the days of A320s and md180s from Volotea, it has always been a breeze relative to Gatwick or Heathrow across many indicators. In the days of FlyBE, departures would regularly get crammed but no worse than many other airports. Free car drop off down the road, too.

        It’s probably the only airport where I can reliably give a “pick me up” time after wheels down, too, unless you were coming in from the Channel Islands and were searched for cheap smokes.

        Whilst the lounge is next to the gents loos, I don’t really see any other disadvantages and welcome the competition.

        It’s just a shame that the extra take off run on 20 is the major benefit, ie no extra landing distance on that runway.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Did I completely miss the Gerner Hotels announcement from IHG being covered here?

    Though not sure it makes any diff

  • DG says:

    The crazy part about the SOU runway extension is that, after 7 years of planning, arguments, court cases, appeals, and everything else – the actual work was completed in less than 4 months, on time and under budget, with minimal disruption! Other UK infrastructure projects could learn a thing or two…

  • Dave says:

    Not in the UK very often but when I am I generally stay in Southampton for family reasons, so for me great news!

  • Not Long Now... says:

    Possibly great news, living just 20 minutes away. Price has always been the drawback from SOU. Need to position to DUB in January, mid week, anytime, £480 return for 2 with 2 bags checked with Aer Lingus or £185 from LHR for an extra 45 minutes drive, plus the ‘security’ of multiple daily flights. Hopefully if Easy get started we’ll see the prices come down…

    • Soloflyer1977 says:

      Check our aerclub on Looks like good availability in January SOU-DUB with EI. 8k avios + £36.55 pp with 1 checked bag pp. Good luck!

  • Matarredonda says:

    Easyjet have flights scheduled from Southampton starting in November to Belfast, Geneva and Glasgow.
    I expect others will follow

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