Hotel Near London's ExCeL Toasts the 50th Anniversary of 'Doctor Who'
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, Passoã 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 Curaçao, 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 décor meets painstakingly prepared steaks and other entrée 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. Given its vibrant surroundings, this five-star hotel creates an equally dynamic guest experience. Guest rooms are clean-lined and stylish as they afford amenities like 300-threadcount linens, flat-screen televisions, spacious work areas with laptop safes and, in the case of the seven Curve Suites, breathtaking panoramic views. The guest rooms set the tone for the rest of the hotel. Manhattan Grill and Lobby Lounge, for example, combine understated style with top-quality dishes. Visitors can look forward to the finest USDA and Scottish steaks on the market, or opt for something lighter like fish, pasta or salad. The Health Club, meanwhile, includes state-of-the-art equipment and, for post-workout relaxation, a sauna. Whether guests arrive for business or pleasure, this Docklands hotel creates an unforgettable London experience.