Festive Fun at Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen, Part two


More from our fabulously festive team at Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh… and a little helping hand to help make deliciously dreamy festive fayre this year!


Festive Fun at Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen, Edinburgh Part One


Santa and his little elves have been doing a stint behind our bar this festive season… here they are with a wonderfully warm cocktail recipe to get you into the Christmas spirit



Breathe Easy with Radisson Blu


At Radisson Blu, we’re always looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience, and when we can help the environment as well – that’s icing on the cake! That’s why Radisson Blu Edinburgh has teamed up with City Car Club, the UK’s leading independent car club, to help improve air quality on Edinburgh’s streets by providing access to a convenient, low-carbon mode of transport.

City Car Club has been a staple fixture in Edinburgh’s transport system for more than a decade and today has close to 5000 members using over 130 low-emission vehicles across the city. The partnership with Radisson Blu comes at a crucial point in the battle against air pollution, where the car club is also preparing to introduce 20 electric vehicles across Edinburgh and Glasgow as part of the Scottish Government’s plans to reduce levels of air pollution across the country.


The Radisson Blu Edinburgh is no stranger to eco-friendly initiatives. They’ve won a number of ‘green’ awards in recent years. Amongst these is theQueen’s Award – recognition from Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for the hotels’ commitment to sustainable business development in the areas of energy, waste, food and transport.

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The Prius Plug-in arrives as part of the hotel’s on-going transport development plan which already sees 80% of its employees and guests using public transport. The hybrid electric takes this great initiative a step further by providing those associated with the hotel, plus residents and businesses in the area, with on-demand access to an eco-friendly vehicle.

Graeme Gibson, General Manager of the Radisson Blu hotel says, “Having this type of vehicle in the heart of the city will be of great benefit to residents and businesses. It will also enable our staff and guests to use a sustainable means of transport when they need to get around by car. It’s great to be collaborating with City Car Club on this project as their car club model is a real success in the city. We look forward to working with them closely in the future to promote the use of eco-friendly transport.”

The eco-friendly alternative to car ownership is already showing great results. Last year, independent research by Carplus, the UK’s regulatory body for car clubs, demonstrated that Scottish car club fleets were saving in excess of 100 tonnes of carbon every year. This figure will only continue to rise as more electric and hybrid vehicles, like the Toyota Prius Plug-in at Edinburgh’s Radisson Blu hotel, are introduced by the likes of City Car Club. So take a deep breath …and enjoy.



Win your very own dedicated concierge service for the day


To celebrate the 24 hour launch of our new service @ConciergeEDI, we are offering one lucky Edinburgh resident the chance to have their very own personal concierge service for the day.  For 24 hours, the winner will have the hotel’s concierge team at their complete beck and call.

Radisson Blu Edinburgh Front Office Team

@ConciergeEDI is managed by the team at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh and offers real-time concierge services via Twitter, providing the city’s first hotel Social Media “go to” service for all things Edinburgh, Hotel Services and Meetings and Events.  The service aims to respond to all requests within the hour.

The week-long competition, which launches on Twitter via @ConciergeEDI on Monday 10th of November, is open to any Edinburgh resident in need of a treat or pampering.  The day will start with breakfast served in the comfort of the winner’s home.  As they tuck in, their laundry will be collected and taken for professional dry cleaning.  A car will be on hand to take them out for the day, including a lunch, an opportunity to soak up the city’s sites and tourist attractions with Edinburgh city partners Edinburgh Larder, Wedgewood, Cranachan & Crowdie, RR Luxury Travel, Edinburgh Trike Tours, Hotel G&V, Edinburgh Gin and the UK’s no.1 attraction, The Royal Yacht Britannia.  Dinner in the evening will follow, with the Concierge on call throughout the day to ensure everything runs smoothly and the winner is not only surprised, but delighted too.

Wedgewood Edinburgh  Hotel GV Royal Mile Edinburgh Larder Cranachan & Crowdie

“Being so centrally located, our Concierge team are well versed on the city and its events and attractions.  We’re so used to being asked a whole host of questions on all things Edinburgh but felt like we were missing a trick when it came to those not physically in the hotel.  @ConciergeEDI provides the ideal platform for guests to get in touch either before they arrive or during their stay, but can also serve as a useful real-time service for other visitors and residents of the city too” says Graeme Gibson, General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh.

Entries to the competition can be made via the @ConciergeEDI twitter page.  Tweets with competition entry details will be released on Monday the 10th of November and will run throughout the week.  The winner will be announced on Monday the 17th of November on the @ConciergeEDI twitter page.


Terms and Conditions:

Entrants must follow the @ConciergeEDI page to enter the competition.  They may do so at any time during the week of the competition if they are not already doing so.

Entrants should look out for competition tweets week commencing the 10th of November 2014.  Entrants need only enter once but can enter as many times as they like.

Only those living in Edinburgh will be able to claim the prize.

The winner will be announced via the @ConciergeEDI twitter page on the 17th of November 2014.

The prize must be claimed within 3 months and on a mutually agreed date.

The prize winner agrees to allow images of themselves and their party on the day be released by @ConciergeEDI, @RadissonEDI and any Carlson Rezidor social media site or website.

Award Winning Radisson Blu Hotels


Four Blus Win 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – Radisson Blu Blog Read more… http://blog.radissonblu.com/four-blus-earn-2014-conde-nast-traveler-readers-choice-awards/

Congratulations to our award winning colleagues!

You can follow them at:

https://twitter.com/RadissonBluAqua – Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

https://twitter.com/RadBlu – Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest

https://twitter.com/radisson_royal – Radisson Royal Hotel – Russia

and dont forget to keep in touch with us in Edinburgh at https://twitter.com/RadissonEDI 


Healthy Alternatives – Getting Active


We’ve had a pretty jam packed year for sport to get us motivated with the Tour De France  pedaling through the country, to thecommonwealth games taking place in Glasgow with the all the home nations finishing within the top 15 places and with Europe defending their Ryder Cup title at Gleneagles the country is on a serious sporting high. Now is a good a time as any to swap the arm chair and crisps and watching our sporting heroes and start acting like them.

Many people think that to make a real difference to their lives in terms of health and fitness you need to be hitting the treadmill or weights 5 times a week, but if anything that will do more damage than good. If the gym isn’t your thing, there are so many alternatives that can get your heart pumping and your waist line shrinking, you’ve just got to start thinking outside of the box.



Instead of driving to work, why not fly past the daily commuting traffic on a bike. The government have introduced a cycle scheme to get more people active. Working with an extensive amount of companies, businesses and cycle stores all over the country you can save up to 42% off the regular price of a bike and payment comes out through your salary.

Park Run is a company/running club set up that organised runs nationwide as well as worldwide. The runs are all 10k and although for many it is a competitive race, there is no pressure to finish under any time and is always a good group of runner there to give you that little boost we all sometimes need. The other advantage (or disadvantage for many) is that the runs take place on a Saturday morning, so your lie in can wait till Sunday, no excuses!

Park Run Edinburgh

Park Run Edinburgh

If you lack the self-motivation or running isn’t your thing, why not get a group of friends together for a game of football, or even try something new all together. Check out your local council website or pop into your leisure centre to see what facilities they can offer.

What I have mentioned is just a drop in the ocean of ideas to keep you going. Exercising and sport is meant to be fun, if you start getting bored just mix it up.

Getting and staying healthy isn’t just about exercise though, but how you look after your body mentally and keeping track of what goes into it, watch this space for some tips on how to mix up your everyday food and drink to not only reduce the risk of illness but to give you and your whole family the chance to try something new, and maybe even find a new favourite!

Yours in health,




Green Tourism Scotland


We were all delighted to have been accredited with the Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Award for the 4th consecutive year in 2014.  The GTBS recognises places to stay and visit that are taking action to support the local area and the wider environment. It’s the largest sustainable (green) scheme to operate globally and assesses hundreds of fantastic places to stay and visit in the United Kingdom.

To celebrate we launched a competition to win a free night’s stay in Edinburgh with our Green Tourism Partners Royal Yacht Britannia, The Famous Grouse Experience at Visit Glenturret, Edinburgh Bus Tours, and The Scotch Whisky Experience.  Our Lumi visited and our friends and followers guessed where he might be throughout his travels for a chance to win.  Huge congratulations to our winner Dinah Keal!

Click on the links to follow these fabulous Green Tourism Businesses on Twitter and as promised here’s a little more on these wonderful Scottish attractions and experiences:

Royal Yacht Britannia

The UK’s number 1 attraction (Tripadvisor) was home to Her Majesty, The Queen and the Royal Family for over 30 years and sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world.  The Royal Yacht is now berthed in Edinburgh and a visit is great way to follow in the footsteps of the Royalty to discover the hear and soul this most special Royal residences.  For more information visit the website at http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

Lumi at Royal Yacht Britannia

Lumi at Royal Yacht Britannia

The Famous Grouse Experience at Visit Glenturret

Scotland’s oldest whisky distillery is home to The Glenturret Highland Single Malt and The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s favourite whisky. The Famous Grouse Experience is open in all good Scottish weathers for guided tours.  You  can even bottle your own Glenturret from the ‘Exceptional Casks’ range. Hand bottled at the distillery, you can order online or visit the distillery shop to fill, seal and label your very own bottle. Read about the first ever Bottle Your Own, as filled by The Earl and Countess of Strathearn on the website at http://www.thefamousgrouse.com/

Lumi at Visit Glenturret

Lumi at Visit Glenturret

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Open-top tour buses have been popular in Edinburgh since the 1920s, but Edinburgh Bus Tours’ history began in May 1989 when Guide Friday launched the Edinburgh Tour. It proved an immediate success with 1000 visitors on day one!  Edinburgh Bus Tours is now Scotland’s third most popular paid for visitor attraction and offers a five star visitor experience.  You can read more about each of the tours on the website here http://edinburghtour.com/about

Lumi on Edinburgh Bus Tour

Lumi on Edinburgh Bus Tour

Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre is a large tourist attraction in Edinburgh and is located on Castlehill in the Old Town of Edinburgh, immediately adjacent to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and just a short walk from the hotel.  Here you can take a sensational journey through a replica distillery, before your expert guide imparts the secrets of the Whisky regions. Finally, you’ll choose your perfect ‘dram’, and taste it in The World’s Largest Whisky Collection!  See more about the experiences and restaurant here http://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/

Lumi at the Scotch Whisky Experience

Lumi at the Scotch Whisky Experience

Thank again to our Green friends and neighbours.  We hope you enjoy reading more and planning your next exciting green trip to Scotland!  You can visit the Green Tourism website here to search for more great Green Tourist attractions in Edinburgh and the Lothians.  Where do you think Lumi should visit next?….

Lumi plans his next green trip

Lumi plans his next green trip