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London Marriott Hotel West India Quay will be raising its own glass to the show thats inspired spin-offs, fan clubs and, at this hotel at least, three new specialty cocktails. Click here for high-resolution version LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – Oct 17, 2013) – For 50 years, audiences have accompanied The Doctor on his adventures through time and space. Now the moment has arrived to reflect on the characters, villains, events and backstage stories that have made this show a cultural icon. As people flock to the official, sold-out event at London’s ExCeL venue from 22 to 24 November 2013, the London Marriott Hotel West India Quay will be raising its own glass to the show that’s inspired spin-offs, fan clubs and, at this hotel at least, three new specialty cocktails. In an appropriate juxtaposition of heroes and villains, the cocktails are named for The Doctor’s trusty sonic screwdriver and his arch-enemies, the Daleks. Guests of this London hotel near ExCeL , for example, can channel their inner Doctors when they sip the Laser Screwdriver’s powerful mix of vodka, Cointreau, Passoa and passion-fruit juice, all of which is poured over a dollop of passion fruit-and-mango sorbet in a martini glass. The Sonic Screwdriver adds a touch of bubbly with vodka, Orange Curacao, a dash of grenadine and a topper of Champagne, all served in a Champagne flute and garnished with a playful twist of orange. The Dalekquiri, meanwhile, nods to The Doctor’s worst enemies, the Daleks, and accordingly caters to a more decadent taste profile with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream with a Hint of Mint Chocolate, chocolate liqueur and banana served, appropriately, within a hurricane glass. Sipping any one of these specialty cocktails may not turn guests into The Doctor or his companion, but they will afford them the opportunity to experience one of the finest restaurants overlooking Canary Wharf . Visitors can choose to relax in the newly refurbished Lobby Bar, or book a table at Manhattan Grill, an upscale steakhouse where stylishly inviting decor meets painstakingly prepared steaks and other entree options like linguine and salmon. This Canary Wharf restaurant also offers private dining for groups of 10 to 40, an exciting option for not just “Doctor Who” fans looking to gather at a hotel near London’s ExCeL after the event, but for anyone interested in booking an exclusive culinary experience. While “Doctor Who” will live to save another day in the next season, guests can only taste these specialty cocktails for the duration of the anniversary event. After then, those who missed the opportunity will need their own TARDIS to try them. About London Marriott Hotel West India Quay With 279 guest rooms, 22 suites, 20 meeting rooms and four concierge levels, the eight-floor London Marriott Hotel West India Quay is as impressive in its statistics as it is in its visual splendour. The glass-and-steel structure towers over the Canary Wharf district, where guests can easily access international businesses, leisure pursuits like shops and restaurants and major event venues like ExCeL, The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Crest Nicholson Says U.K. Way Off Housing Bubble

There are just more lenders playing in that market now. Virginia Water Knight Franks prime country-house index, based on data from the firms U.K. branches, shows that prices rose 0.8 percent in the third quarter from the previous three months. Gains were led by Virginia Water, Berkhamsted and Cobham, just outside London. Prices climbed 0.4 percent on an annual basis. The measure includes manor houses, defined by Knight Frank as a large property standing in extensive grounds; farmhouses, which typically have six bedrooms and several acres of land including garden, paddock and barns; and cottages, which normally have four bedrooms and about an acre of land. While demand for properties within commuting distance of London was strongest, prime country homes in every region of England climbed for the first time in two-and-a-half years during the quarter, according to a reported published by Savills Plc last week. Last Chance This is your last chance to buy before stock goes down and prices really start to rise, Yolande Barnes , director of residential research at the London-based broker, said by phone. Current offerings of theirs include Park Place , an eight-bedroom period house on the edge of Windsor Great Park with cottages and stables on about 15 acres (6 hectares). The property, about an hours walk from Queen Elizabeth II s Windsor Castle and close to English private school Eton College, is priced at 20 million pounds. Savills, along with Hamptons International, is also selling Bayfields Farm, a country house in Hampshire, about 30 miles from Highclere Castle, where TV show Downton Abbey is filmed, for 2 million pounds. The value of U.K.