We put the Royal Lancaster’s ‘Plug In, Swap Off & Recharge’ bundle to the check…
If you happen to’re planning a visit to the capital and also you drive an electrical automobile, there’s a brand new method to make your keep greener and extra restful.
The long-lasting Royal Lancaster London, which overlooks Hyde Park and is a brief stroll from Marble Arch and Oxford Avenue, has launched a brand new bundle known as ‘Plug In, Swap Off & Recharge’.
The in a single day stick with breakfast contains free automobile parking, free EV charging and complimentary entry to the lodge’s bicycles to discover town.
What’s extra, the Royal Lancaster London will plant one tree for every night time of your keep by means of the Inns for Bushes initiative to compensate for any CO2 impression of your journey.
We tried out the bundle for ourselves, driving up from Somerset in Ford’s flagship electrical automobile, the Mustang Mach-E GT.
Not solely did we arrive in fashion, however we prevented paying the £15 per day London Congestion Cost as a result of the zero emissions Mach-E is exempt.
After a greeting from the sensible doorman (full with bowler hat), we have been ushered as much as the towering 5-star lodge’s safe, personal automobile park. There we related the automobile to one of many free chargers obtainable.
The 411 visitor rooms and suites at Royal Lancaster London provide basic fashion and spectacular panoramic views of Hyde Park and the Metropolis skyline, making it the proper place to chill out – and recharge your batteries too.
Since opening its doorways in 1967, the Royal Lancaster remained principally unchanged till 2015, when the distinguished family-run property underwent a two-year, head-to-toe, £83 million renovation.
It reopened in 2017 and all the things from the fashionable open-plan foyer space to the redesigned, redecorated rooms and suites have been completed to a excessive commonplace.
We stayed in a Park Suite, on the 14th ground, which included a spacious residing space with luxurious velvet sofas, a lavish marble rest room with twin sinks, bathe and bathtub, plus a separate bed room with king-size mattress.
Regardless of the luxurious, it was the 180-degree vista of London’s well-known skyline that was the most important deal with – particularly an evening.
Frankly, it was onerous to fault our keep – from the very good service ranges through the pleasant employees, the eye to element and total cleanliness, to the wonderful breakfast high quality and selection.
After checkout the next morning we returned to our automobile with zero vary nervousness for the journey forward as a result of the Mustang Mach-E GT was totally charged.
Not that vary is a big situation when the battery pack of the Mach-E GT has been topped up.
Like most EVs, it could fall wanting its claimed vary (as much as 304 miles), however 250 miles upwards is greater than sufficient for many getaways. If you happen to do should cease off, a speedy 150kW public charger can ship round 73 miles in simply 10 minutes.
We took a extra scenic route residence, turning off the A303 earlier than Stonehenge and heading over Salisbury Plain – the proper place to let a thoroughbred just like the Mach-E GT stretch its legs.
Blisteringly quick in a straight line (0-62mph in 3.7 seconds), it’s additionally a refined cruiser and delivers an attractive experience.
Not fairly as dynamic to drive as its appears to be like counsel, the Mach-E GT has a few social gathering items. First, it’s fitted with a noise generator which simulates a combustion engine. Second, extra spirited drivers will get pleasure from unleashing the GT’s extra playful facet, as a result of the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system means that you can kick out the tail, do you have to so want.
The entry-level Mustang Mach-E is priced from £50,830. Nonetheless, a GT will set you again £74,540. For that, you get a second 240bhp electrical motor put in up entrance. Mixed, the 2 motors ship a whopping 480bhp of energy and an equally beefy 860Nm of torque.
With room for 5, plus an honest 402-litre boot capability and area beneath the bonnet for cables, the Mach-E GT is among the efficiency EVs available on the market.
Do you know? Key scenes of the basic British crime caper, The Italian Job, have been filmed on the Royal Lancaster in 1968 – not lengthy after the lodge opened. Additionally, The Beatles held their Yellow Submarine movie premiere after-party on the venue in the identical yr.
Get the lowdown on the Royal Lancaster London lodge’s Plug In, Switch Off & Recharge bundle.