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Once Upon a Time… in St. Mortiz, Switzerland.

Once upon a time… exactly 150 years ago: A small mountain hillside village in Switzerland, without a good environment for agriculture but inhabited by a people rich in courage, creativity and pioneering spirit. The acidic springs were cleverly used for summer tourism and attracted the rich and aristocratic from all over the world to the Engadin for fashionable spa treatments in the summer.

Once upon a time in St Moritz … in 1864, the Hotel des Bains, known today as Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, was built for guests of that time and is now built for guests of today. Hotel pioneers discovered the appeal of winter sports and a lot of innovations started in the Engadin: the first electric light in Switzerland (1878), the first ice skating European championships (1882), the first telephone installation in Graubünden (1889) or the first electric tram in the Alps (1896).

This list can continue up until today and what this means to me and my team: to sense the right trends and to implement my vision for St. Moritz, the Engadin and the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains all for your to benefit from and experience.

Celebrate 150 years with us: from the Hotel des Bains to Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains and look forward to a magnificent summer 2014 with sporty and cultural events, with adventure and fun, surprises and culinary festivities.


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November Events in England

Here are some excellent events around the London area that are recommended by Frank Laino who is the Executive Head Concierge at The Stafford London by Kempinski. Although of Italian parents, Frank is a born and bred Londoner. He has worked as a Concierge in London for over 20 years and has worked at The Stafford since 1998. In this time he has built up an extensive network of contacts both locally and internationally, which means that whatever the request, Frank can make it happen. Frank was recently awarded “Best Concierge in the World” by the publication, Luxury Travel Advisor and is a proud member of the Clefs D’Or.

Now firmly established in the calendar as a major art event. At a number of venues across central London, you will find a series of exhibitions, auctions, sales and lectures to celebrate and display some of the finest Asian art and antiques. Full details at http://www.asianartinlondon.com

Old cars (built before 1905) travel from London to Brighton. This traditional event celebrates the removal in 1896 of the law which forced drivers to have a man walking in front of the car holding a red flag (at the same time the speed limit was increased from 4 miles per hour to 14 miles per hour). The official website for the event is http://www.lbvcr.com (there is also information on the website of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain: http://www.vccofgb.co.uk/lontobri). The event starts at 7:00am at the Serpentine Road in Hyde Park (near Hyde Park Corner). About 400 cars take part – the last of these departs Hyde Park at about 8:30am.

This ceremony has been part of London life for nearly 800 years. Dating back to 1215, when King John granted the people of the city the right to choose their own Lord Mayor. Today, the swearing in of the new Mayor is a great excuse for a huge and colourful parade, culminating in a fabulous fireworks display over the River Thames. Further information can be found at http://www.lordmayorsshow.org

This is a memorial day commemorating those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. The ceremony takes place at The Cenotaph on Whitehall. Band music is played prior to the arrival of The Queen, followed by a two-minute silence at 11:00 am. There then follows a very simple but moving service. Subject to the usual security arrangements, this is a public event, and there are always large crowds.

Gun salutes to mark the birthday of Prince Charles will be fired in the following locations: A 41-gun salute at 12 noon fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park, and a 62-gun salute at 1pm fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.

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