The Savoy was a favourite rendezvous for brokers, bankers, bounders and Hollywood's best. And, for a time, it was a home away from home for the artist Claude Monet, stars Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and Sir Winston Churchill.

Man held after hotel workers found dead

The prime suspect in the double murder of two hotel workers was in hospital last night with serious wrist and neck injuries.

The Bargain Hunter: Summer sale at Gap and Very

Dozens of retailers launched their summer sales earlier this week with Gap and online fashion outlet leading the way. Best selling items at Very include a blue or black embellished unwired tankini top by Resort, reduced from £18 to £11 and a Brooker men's check shirt, down from £25 to £12.50.Check out for a conclusive list of items in the Very sale. Meanwhile, Gap's most popular sale products include a classic rich brown trench coat reduced from £80 to £39.99 and a women's red and white striped T-shirt, down from £17 to £12.99. View all of the Gap deals at

Equestrianism: Whitaker pulls out after hotel disturbance

Great Britain showjumping performance manager Rob Hoekstra will meet with top rider Michael Whitaker before deciding on any possible disciplinary action against the five-time Olympian.

London shines for Premier Inn hotels

The leisure group Whitbread hailed the "stronger" London market for quarterly sales growth at its Premier Inn chain.

Tips and deals of the week: 19/06/2011

The Villa

Pavarotti's summer residence, Villa Giulia, near Pesaro in Le Marche, is to be opened to paying guests.

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Video: Kate arrives at Goring Hotel

Prince Williams future wife has arrived at The Goring Hotel where she will spend her last few hours as Miss Middleton.

Brighton hotel 'turned away lesbian couple'

A lesbian couple is taking legal action against a hotel after they claimed they were turned away for being gay.

Travelodge creates apprenticeships

A leading budget hotel chain has launched a management apprenticeship programme for school-leavers with a pledge to create 500 places. Travelodge said the scheme will offer a fast-track route into hotel management, with the chance of youngsters becoming a manager by the age of 21.

Caught & Social: Kate’s knees-up at the W hotel

Last night it was for the W London Calling Party that Kate Moss introduced a "supergroup"

The Reading List: The Beat Poets


Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg; £6.75

A landmark portrayal of a “generation destroyed by madness” and the downtrodden lives of Ginsberg and his fellow “angelheaded hipsters”, ‘Howl’ is one of the most important poems of the post-war period. The story of the obscenity trial that followed its 1956 publication forms the basis of the new film, Howl, starring James Franco.

Tips and deals of the week: 06/03/2011

The hotel

Opening tomorrow, The Frogmore Hotel near Cheltenham. Snap up its introductory offer of £49 per room per night.

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InterContinental raises dividend

Intercontinental hotels raised its dividend for the first time in three years as it cheered the market with a 22 per cent rise in profits for 2010 last night.

Album: Gruff Rhys, Hotel Shampoo (Ovni/Turnstile)

No man in Britain has a lovelier voice than Rhys, and if you're looking for meanderingly melodic psych-pop, you wouldn't turn to anyone else first.

Fire destroys Chinese hotel

A blaze apparently started by a New Year firework has destroyed a towering five-star hotel in China.

Travel agenda: Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice; Chinese New Year; BLVD hotel; Bmibaby; Sunvil

Today: Enjoy culture from three great cities in one place. The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918 is a new exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Running until 15 May, it displays the work of British artists who reacted to Cubism, Futurism and Expressionism (

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