Great John Street Hotel Opening Times

For all non-residents we open until 10pm.

Monday 15th Sept               Rooftop open from 12pm until 4pm
                                            Oyster Bar open from 12pm until 8pm
                                            Library open from 12pm until 8pm

Tuesday 16th Sept              Rooftop closed all day
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open from 12pm until 3pm

Wednesday 17th Sept         Rooftop closed all day
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library closed all day

Thursday 18th Sept             Rooftop open form 12pm until 3pm
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open from 6pm

Friday 19th Sept                 Rooftop closed all day
                                           Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                           Library open all day from 12pm

Saturday 20th Sept            Rooftop closed all day
                                           Oyster Bar & Library closed until 5pm

 Sunday 21st Sept             Rooftop open from 6pm
                                          Oyster Bar & Library closed until 5pm

Weather forecast for the week

Monday: A rather cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain. It will then brighten up from the south during the afternoon, with sunny spells, but also isolated showers, perhaps heavy.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: Remaining mostly dry with some sunny spells. However occasionally rather cloudy with hill fog and perhaps the odd shower, mainly in the east. Feeling warm in the sunny spells.

Great John Street Opening Times

For all non-residents we open until 10pm.

Monday 9th September         Rooftop open until 7pm
                                              Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                              Library Open all day from 12pm

Tuesday 10th September      Rooftop open all day
                                              Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                              Library closed

Wednesday 11th September  Rooftop closed all day
                                               Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                               Library open all day

Thursday 12th September     Rooftop open until 4pm
                                              Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                              Library open from 5pm 

Friday 13th September         Rooftop open until 5pm
                                             Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                             Library open all day

Saturday 14th September     Rooftop closed from 3pm – wedding
                                              Library and Oyster Bar closed all day

Sunday 15th September       Rooftop closed all day
                                             Library & Oyster Bar open from 5pm for                                                           afternoon teas 

Weather forecast for next week

Tuesday: It will be a fine day with plenty of sunny spells once any early mist or fog patches clear. Feeling warm in the sunshine with light winds. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Wednesday: It will be another fine day on Wednesday, turning warm with sunny spells once isolated early mist and fog patches clears. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: The dry and settled weather will continue with variable cloud and sunny spells. Feeling warm in the sunshine with light winds. Another chilly night on Thursday.

Great John Street Opening Times

Great John Street is open to non-residents until 10pm.

Monday 11th August                  Rooftop open all day from 12pm
                                                  Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                                  Library open all day

Tuesday 12th August                 Rooftop open all day
                                                  Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                                  Library closed from 5pm         

Wednesday 13th August          Rooftop open all day
                                                Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                                Library closed until 5pm 

Thursday 14th August             Rooftop open all day
                                                Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                                Library open all day

Friday 15th August                  Rooftop closed from 5pm
                                                Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                               Library closed from 3pm

Saturday 16th August              Rooftop closed all day due to a wedding
                                                Oyster Bar closed until 5pm
                                                Library open from 5pm 

Sunday 17th August               Rooftop closed all day due to a wedding
                                               Oyster Bar & Library closed until 5pm
                                               

Weather forecast for the week 

MondaySunny spells and scattered showers, some of which will be heavy and perhaps thundery. Feeling cool and remaining windy, with gusts to near gale force across coasts and hills. 

Tuesday to Thursday: Plenty of dry and fine weather throughout the coming days with sunny spells, however isolated showers are also possible, perhaps heavy on Thursday. Very warm, perhaps locally hot.

Friday: light showers through the day, temperature 19 to 23 c.

Saturday & Sunday: Cloudy, but warm. Avarage temperature 20 c

Great John Street Opening Times

For all non-residents we open until 10pm.

Monday 4th August              Rooftop open all day
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open all day from 12pm

Tuesday 5th August             Rooftop open until 4pm
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open until 3pm

Wednesday 6th August        Rooftop open until 4pm
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open until 5pm

Thursday 7th August            Rooftop open until 4pm
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open from 5pm

Friday 8th August                 Rooftop open until 4pm
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open until 2pm

Saturday 9th August            Rooftop closed all day – wedding
                                           Oyster Bar & Library closed all day

Sunday 10th August             Rooftop closed all day
                                            Oyster Bar & Library open from 5pm                                                        

Weather forecast for next week

Monday: Fairly cloudy initially across the north with some patchy rain remaining. Becoming drier and brighter for most with warm sunshine and light winds. Isolated showers perhaps developing later. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: Mainly fine Tuesday morning, with scattered showers later. Occasional rain or showers Wednesday, especially during the morning. Dry initially on Thursday then perhaps more rain arriving later. Temperatures around normal.

Great John Street Opening Times

For all non-residents we open until 10pm.

Monday 28th July                Rooftop closed all day
                                            Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open all day from 12pm

Tuesday 29th July               Rooftop open all day
                                           Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                           Library open until 3pm

Wednesday 30th July         Rooftop open until 4pm
                                           Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                           Library open after 4pm

Thursday 31st July             Rooftop closed all day
                                          Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                          Library open all day 

Friday 1st August               Rooftop open until 4pm
                                          Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                          Library open all day from 12pm

Saturday 2nd August         Rooftop closed all day – wedding
                                          Library & Oyster Bar closed all day

Sunday 3rd August             Rooftop open all day from 12pm
                                           Library open all day from 5pm
                                          Oyster Bar open all day from 5pm

Weather forecast for next week

Monday: A dry day for most places with variable cloud and sunny spells. Isolated, sharp showers are possible, mainly in the south. Warm in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature 23C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday: Good sunny spells on Tuesday with isolated showers. More in the way of cloud and showers on Wednesday and Thursday, with showers perhaps heavier on Thursday. Warm in sunny spells.

For all non-residents we open until 10pm. 

Monday 21st July:                Rooftop, Oyster bar & Library open all day                                                   from 12pm

Tuesday 22nd July:              Rooftop & Oyster bar open all day from 12pm 
                                            Library closed from 12pm

Wednesday 23rd July:          Rooftop closed all day
                                             Oyster Bar & Library open all day from 12pm

Thursday 24th July:              Rooftop & Oyster Bar closed until 6pm
                                             Library closed all day

Friday 25th July:                   Rooftop closed all day                             
                                             Oyster Bar open all day form 12pm
                                             Library closed all day for a wedding

Saturday 26th July:              Rooftop closed all day for a wedding
                                            Oyster Bar closed for afternoon teas until 5pm
                                            Library closed all day for a wedding

Sunday 27th July:                Rooftop open until 4pm
                                            Oyster Bar open from 5pm
                                            Library closed for Afternoon Tea will re-open in                                             the evening

Weather forecast for next week:

Monday: Any low cloud and mist will soon clear. The day will be largely dry with plenty of sunny spells and very warm at 23 c.

Tuesday to Thursday: Plenty of dry and fine weather throughout the coming days with sunny spells, however isolated showers are also possible, perhaps heavy on Thursday. Very warm, perhaps locally hot.

Friday: light showers through the day, temperature 19 to 23 c.

Great John Street Opening Times

For all non-residents we open until 10pm. 

Monday 14th July:                Rooftop open from 5pm
                                             Oyster Bar open all day form 12pm
                                             Library open all day form 12pm

Tuesday 15th July:               Rooftop open until 4pm
                                             Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                            Library open until 3pm

Wednesday 16th July:          Rooftop closed all day due to 2 private events
                                             Oyster Bar open all day form 12pm
                                             Library open until 4pm

Thursday 17th July:              Rooftop closed all day due to 2 private events
                                             Oyster Bar open all day form 12pm
                                             Library open until 5pm

Friday 18th July:                   Rooftop open from 12pm                              
                                             Oyster Bar open all day form 12pm
                                             Library open from 3pm

Saturday 19th July:              Rooftop closed all day for a wedding
                                            Library & Oyster Bar closed for afternoon teas                                             until 5pm

Sunday 20th July:                Rooftop open all day from 12pm
                                            Oyster Bar open from all day form 12pm
                                            Library open all day form 12pm
                                            

Weather forecast for the week

Monday: After a dry start, cloud will gradually increase from the west with patchy rain or drizzle arriving through the afternoon. Southwesterly winds will freshen through the day too. Maximum Temperature 22C.

Tuesday to Thursday: Fine on Tuesday with sunny spells, then most places dry and warm on Wednesday but cloudier in the north and west, with spots of rain. Thursday, sunny and very warm.

Great John Street Opening Times

For all non-residents we open until 10pm.

Monday 7th July:         Rooftop open all day from 12pm
                                    Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                    Library open all day from 12pm

Tuesday 8th July:        Rooftop closed from 3pm due to evening event
                                    Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                    Library open all day from 12pm

Wednesday 9th July:   Rooftop closed from 3pm due to evening event
                                    Oyster Bar open all day from 12pm
                                    Library open all day from 12pm

Thursday 10th July:     Rooftop closed from 3pm due to evening event
                                    Oyster Bar open all day from 2pm
                                    Library closed all day

Friday 11th July:         WHOLE HOTEL EXCLUSIVE USE

Saturday 12th July:    Rooftop closed all day due to exclusive use
                                  Oyster Bar closed until 5pm for afternoon teas
                                  Library closed all day for afternoon teas & private                                            party in the evening

Sunday 13th July:      Rooftop open until 4pm
                                  Library closed all day
                                  Oyster Bar open until 4pm

Weather forecast for the week

Monday: Sunshine and scattered showers are expected again through Monday, these may be heavy at times with a risk of thunder. Showers will gradually ease through the evening. Maximum temperature 19C

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: Sunshine and scattered showers Tuesday, again some are likely to be heavy. Generally drier for most on Wednesday & Thursday, although the odd shower is still possible.

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Following the 2014 Tour de France on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Tour de France, follow @letourdefrance on Instagram and browse the #letour, #tourdefrance2014 and #tdf hashtags.

The Tour de France (@letourdefrance) officially kicked off this weekend in Yorkshire, England. Covering a distance of 3,664 kilometres (2,276 miles), the 101st tour starts in Leeds and Sheffield. After snaking through mainland France, as well as parts of Belgium and Spain, the final stages take place in the Périgueux region, leading up to the finish line at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 27.

Want to get a first-hand look at the the Tour de France? Be sure to follow these Instagrammers:

  • Le Tour de France, official account of Le Tour de France — @letourdefrance
  • Chris Froome, cyclist from Great Britain — @chrisfroome
  • Mark Cavendish, cyclist from Great Britain — @markcavendish
  • Team Sky, British competing team — @teamsky
  • Peter Sagan, cyclist from Slovakia — @petosagan

(Reblogged from Instagram)

Afternoon Tea Etiquette at our Great John Street Hotel, Manchester

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” 
Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady

The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Living during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day; an early breakfast and a late dinner. Anna decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

As modern times come upon us there are many twists to the English tradition however one should always understand and practice the proper etiquette of afternoon tea.

We welcome the Greedy Sisters to talk us through what they learnt from our UK’s leading expert in etiquette and protocol, William Hanson at our Afternoon Tea Etiquette event, that took place last Sunday 4th May.

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Greedy Sisters blog:
Afternoon tea has become extremely fashionable recently, with everyone from the Middleton’s to the stars of Made In Chelsea known to enjoy this tasty trend. And we’re no exception, having sampled some delicious afternoon tea’s in the past few years, including the famous Betty’s in York and Fortnum & Mason in London. So when we heard that Manchester’s Great John Street Hotel was hosting an Afternoon Tea Etiquette event we immediately book ourselves in.

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The event was hosted by leading etiquette expert William Hanson, who began by guiding us through the history of afternoon tea and why it was first introduced. The boutique hotel’s beautiful rooftop lounge was the perfect setting, as we sank into the cosy chairs with a glass of champagne and learned everything from how to hold your teacup to why tea should always be poured first and milk last. (It’s because the mugs used by servants downstairs were traditionally made from clay that couldn’t withstand the heat of neat tea or coffee, so milk was added first to cool the mugs down. The aristocracy upstairs didn’t have this problem, as their cups were crafted from fine china or porcelain, so they would pour their tea or coffee first to determine the strength, adding the milk at the end.)

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William regaled us with plenty more anecdotes throughout the afternoon, including the etiquette of meeting, greeting and saying your goodbyes, while we happily grazed on a sumptuous selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones. The food was completely delicious, as was the all-important tea to accompany it. As our indulgent afternoon drew to a close (ending with a quick display of how to walk while balancing a book on your head!) we left feeling informed, entertained and with an even greater appreciation of this delectable British meal.

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Our top tips from the day:

-       Pour tea first then milk last
-       Stir in sugar using a vertical swishing motion, rather than round and           round (this helps it to dissolve more quickly and retains the heat)
-       Never slice a scone; break it in half and then add cream and jam to           each piece
-       If you’re dining from a coffee table, lift your cup using a saucer then           hold the saucer at chest height
-       Large lunch or dinner napkins should be folded in half on your lap
-       Take one finger sandwich at a time (we greedy sisters can’t promise           we’ll stick to this one)
-       Use a pastry fork for tarts and cakes
-       Send a brief thank you letter to your host

Thank you again to Great John Street for inviting us to review the event.

Thanks for coming ladies! It was an entertaining and informative afternoon.. Even author Jennifer L. Scott wished she had been there!! Hope she doesn’t miss the next one!

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