We put the Royal Lancaster’s ‘Plug In, Swap Off & Recharge’ package deal to the check…
Should you’re planning a visit to the capital and also you drive an electrical automobile, there’s a brand new technique to make your keep greener and extra restful.
The enduring Royal Lancaster London, which overlooks Hyde Park and is a brief stroll from Marble Arch and Oxford Road, has launched a brand new package deal referred to 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 resort’s bicycles to discover town.
What’s extra, the Royal Lancaster London will plant one tree for every evening of your keep by way of the Lodges for Timber initiative to compensate for any CO2 affect of your journey.
We tried out the package deal for ourselves, driving up from Somerset in Ford’s flagship electrical automobile, the Mustang Mach-E GT.
Not solely did we arrive in type, 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 good doorman (full with bowler hat), we had been ushered as much as the towering 5-star resort’s safe, personal automobile park. There we related the automobile to one of many free chargers out there.
The 411 visitor rooms and suites at Royal Lancaster London supply basic type 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 pieces from the fashionable open-plan foyer space to the redesigned, redecorated rooms and suites have been completed to a excessive normal.
We stayed in a Park Suite, on the 14th ground, which included a spacious residing space with luxurious velvet sofas, a lavish marble lavatory with twin sinks, bathe and bathtub, plus a separate bed room with king-size mattress.
Regardless of the posh, it was the 180-degree vista of London’s well-known skyline that was the largest deal with – particularly an evening.
Frankly, it was onerous to fault our keep – from the excellent service ranges by way of the pleasant employees, the eye to element and general cleanliness, to the superb breakfast high quality and selection.
After checkout the next morning we returned to our automobile with zero vary anxiousness for the journey forward as a result of the Mustang Mach-E GT was totally charged.
Not that vary is a big challenge 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. Should you do should cease off, a fast 150kW public charger can ship round 73 miles in simply 10 minutes.
We took a extra scenic route dwelling, 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 trip.
Not fairly as dynamic to drive as its seems counsel, the Mach-E GT has a few occasion 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 lets you kick out the tail, must you so want.
The entry-level Mustang Mach-E is priced from £50,830. Nevertheless, 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 a good 402-litre boot capability and house beneath the bonnet for cables, the Mach-E GT is among the efficiency EVs in the marketplace.
Do you know? Key scenes of the basic British crime caper, The Italian Job, had been filmed on the Royal Lancaster in 1968 – not lengthy after the resort 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 resort’s Plug In, Switch Off & Recharge package deal.