Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Girls Just Wanna Have Five-Star Fun; KATE FIELDER and a Pal Enjoy a Luxury Weekend of Pampering, Drinking, Eating and Gossiping in London

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Girls Just Wanna Have Five-Star Fun; KATE FIELDER and a Pal Enjoy a Luxury Weekend of Pampering, Drinking, Eating and Gossiping in London

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Byline: KATE FIELDER

THE timing couldn't have been better. Just as my friend Emma and I were planning a trip to London for a weekend of shopping, drinking, eating and gossiping, I stumbled on the Girls' Night In package at The Berkeley Hotel.

I love travelling to the capital by train and we were raring to go as soon as our feet touched the Euston platform.

Before anything else, we started with a glass of chilled wine and a full catch-up on relationship woes and retail ambitions.

Then, after consulting our new-found free Tube app, we travelled to the Berkley and checked in.

We were greeted in the lobby by a beautiful chaotic mix of floral arrangements by the prestigious McQueen's florists.

Within minutes we were sipping afternoon tea from fine bone china cups and wondering whether we should eat or wear the biscuits we were offered, which came in the shape of a Diane Von Furstenburg dress and a Moschino handbag.

Cute. Having been shown to our suite, complete with its own terrace and huge bathroom, we investigated the contents of the Girls' Night In 'hat box', which had been left for us.

Sipping a champagne cocktail on the balcony, we rummaged through it to discover Benefit beauty products, traditional sweets, more of those amazing fashion-themed biscuits, a beautiful Dyptique scented candle, and a Christian Lacroix storybook.

Then there was the 'menu' of free movies we could watch on the huge TV.

After a quick nosey in the Blue Bar for an expertly-made Namaste cocktail, garnished with an exotic orchid, we decided to indulge in room service and ordered salt and pepper calamari, mini-burgers and a club sandwich.

Perhaps not the most sophisticated order The Berkeley chef has ever had, but it was the ideal accompaniment to The Devil Wears Prada, the perfect film for the occasion. …

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