MGALLERY X Rebel Book Club launch ‘Bedroom Book Club’
MGallery, a collection of stylish, boutique hotels, is proud to announce a collaboration with the UK’s leading non-fiction book club community, Rebel Book Club, to launch a new, inspiring and multi-sensory in-room guest experience, ‘Bedroom Book Club.’
Created in partnership with Rebel Book Club and featuring some of the most inspiring names in modern literature the ‘Bedroom Book Club’ is an invitation to become immersed in contemporary non-fiction inspired by the historical story of the hotel you’re staying in. The book is accompanied by a bespoke cocktail, designed to reflect the read. There is also a specially recorded podcast from the author of the book to contextualise the subject.
Each MGallery Hotel has its own distinct story, with many known for hosting historic figures and iconic poets and authors. Understanding that guests may prefer to spend more time in their own rooms, the collaboration will provide a unique opportunity for guests to delve into the inspirations and stories of three exciting authors and their must-read, critically acclaimed books.
MGallery’s talented mixologists have worked collaboratively with Rebel Book Club and Muddle & Mix, bespoke cocktail creators, to design a cocktail experience inspired by each book and the hotel’s story, for guests to indulge in as they curl up to read. Each cocktail order will arrive with a new and complimentary paper-back version of the book to keep.
Guests will also have the chance to enjoy an exclusive podcast hosted by each author that is as insightful as they are inspiring. Rebel Book Club has carefully curated the selection, one for each property, which ties into the thematic heritage of each hotel. Guests will be treated to a rare insight into the author’s inspirations, personal experiences and little unknown anecdotes.
Alan Bickerton, MGallery Area General Manager says;
“We invite our guests to explore the stories of the hotel, whilst, from the comfort of their room, they dive, cocktail in hand, into these extraordinary and thought-provoking books, with exclusive commentary from the authors.
“MGallery celebrates Stories that Stay, recognising that the fabric of a building holds a story to be told, experienced and lived. The Bedroom Book Club celebrates the stories of the hotels and the inspiring words of great authors, giving guests the physical and mental space to switch off and be inspired.
Ben Keene, Co-Founder, Rebel Book Club comments:
“Reading non-fiction is a fast-track to learning about our changing world and new ideas. The challenge is that we can’t find the mental or physical space to do this. As we come out of lockdown and start to explore our favourite places to escape to again, a mind-sharpening book is often a great companion.
“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with MGallery and their beautiful, boutique British hotels to bring a brand new reading experience with some of the UK’s most talented non-fiction authors. We can’t wait to share the conversations, books and cocktails with you!”
The boutique hotel collection in the UK includes Castle Hotel, Windsor; Francis Hotel, Bath; and Queens Hotel, Cheltenham, all three locations are rich in culture, heritage, and storytelling. The three leading authors and their must-read titles, have been selected to each reflect a unique aspect of the respective hotel’s personality.
Francis Hotel, Bath
Book: Be More Pirate by Sam Coniff-Allende
After Emily Francis was widowed by Bath legend and local builder, Soloman Francis, she took it upon herself to transform the property left to her. It is with this in mind that Francis Hotel’s theme is ‘Entrepreneurship’. Emily Francis demonstrated this quality by buying up the adjacent properties to the boarding house her husband left her. She then expanded the business into the Francis Private Hotel, which preceded today’s iteration. Emily Francis is celebrated for being a leading entrepreneurial lady of her time.
Sam Conniff-Allende is a multi-award winning serial social entrepreneur and author and it is because of this commonality that the book ‘Be More Pirate’ by Sam Coniff-Allende has been chosen. In ‘Be More Pirate’, Conniff-Allende unveils the innovative strategies of Golden Age pirates, drawing parallels between the tactics and teachings of legends like Henry Morgan and Blackbeard with modern rebels, like Elon Musk, Malala and Banksy, which could easily be associated with Emily Francis too.
Castle Hotel, Windsor
Book: Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whateley
The Castle Hotel in Windsor’s landlord of a bygone time was George Pennington who used his initiative to design the Pennington Penny token, an object still associated with the hotel today. Inspired by this, the Bedroom Book Club theme is ‘Money’ and it is in this vein that Laura Whateley’s book ‘Money: A User’s Guide’ has been selected. Whateley has covered consumer affairs, property, interiors and affordable travel since 2008.
‘Money: A User’s Guide’ cuts through all the panic of personal finances and offers practical advice on housing, student loans, pensions, paying off debt, stocks and shares, ethical investments, money and mental health, money and love. This book is a contemporary take
on the theme of money while providing thought provoking content that weaves into original story of the property.
Queens Hotel, Cheltenham
Theme: Women in Power
Book: Forgotten Women – The Leaders by Zing Tsjeng
One of the first purpose-built hotels in Europe, the Queens Hotel opened its doors in 1838 and was named in honour of Queen Victoria whose coronation fell in the same year. If the walls of the Queens Hotel Cheltenham could talk, they’d tell a story of 19th century greatness and of a neoclassical icon. As such the theme for Queen’s Hotel is ‘Women in Power’ and it is in keeping that Zing Tsjeng’s book ‘Forgotten Women – The Leaders’ should be this hotel’s chosen title.
The book draws on Cheltenham’s link with Queen Victoria, an influential and rebellious female leader that should never be forgotten. The book is inspired by the ‘Power of Female’ element within the hotel’s own story. The property’s past also includes a time when it served as a social refuge for women during the First World War; unsung heroes of their time. Tsjeng shines a light on 48 influential and rebellious female leaders that history should never have forgotten leaving the reader feeling empowered and invigorated.
For the year ahead the partnership between MGallery and Rebel Book Club’s purpose is to create a unique, relaxing environment in-room, through a multi-sensory moment. Rebel Book Club strives to accelerate both reading habits and positive action in a changing world through their focus on motivational non-fiction titles.
As part of Accor, the world’s leading augmented hospitality group, MGallery prides itself on offering memorable experiences for their guests, creating ‘Stories That Stay’. Become a part of ‘Bedroom Book Club’ exclusively at MGallery.