Mr & Mrs Smith get into bed with Boris and his bendy buses

Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel CollectionHave we got news for you: Boris Johnson is often accused of being a bit of a twit, but Londoners will be laughing on the other side of their faces when they hear he’s poised to turn a pretty profit out of the costly London bendy-bus London Mayor Boris Johnson at the bendy-bus boutique hotel launch
decommissioning debacle.

Boris had the brilliant idea of inviting a number of top entrepreneurs to pitch on what to do with the notorious articulated buses that will no longer stay in London.

Gordon Ramsay wanted to transform them into a chain of gastrobuses; Xfm wanted to create intimate moveable music venues along the lines of Australia’s party buses; but we’re proud to announce that it was boutique-travel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith’s winning idea of turning them into boutique bendy-bus boltholes that won the day.

Bendy Bus Boutique Hotel mock-up

The ‘pitch clincher’ for Mr Johnson was that the business wizards here at Smith HQ – partly inspired by the Cool Britannia double-decker performance at the Beijing Olympics – have already sold them to Emirates hotel operator the Royal Star Investment Group as a concept mobile luxury village to tie in with one of the Bawadi\'s Europa hotel project in Dubai, UAEbiggest new tourist developments in Dubai – to include the world’s biggest hotel – Bawadi; until phase one of the project is complete, they could also be used to host VIPs during one of Dubai’s annual events, such as the Dubai Gold Cup and the Dubai Desert Classic.

The genius of this five-star hotel accommodation on wheels is that guests can choose where in the world they want to wake up: the new Vegas-style tourist complex will be comprised of global landmarks, so holidaymakers simply pick Bawadi\'s Americas resort project in Dubaitheir bus stop and rest their heads in Europa, next to a remodelled London Bridge, Acropolis and Colosseum, or park up alongside the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Rushmore in the Americas. As for on-bus services, ring the bell and a 24-hour private butler dressed as a conductor is at your call. All aboard!

To find out more about this exciting project, visit our bendy-bus boutique hotel home page…

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

There are 60 comments for this article
  1. Mrs E at 7:22 am

    Fab april fool…however din’t actually read till the 3rd april!! To be perfectly honest anything is possible these days and I would not be surprised!

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  4. thevanboy at 4:37 pm

    I have recently used the Mr and Mrs Smith service and found it to be excellent and well worth recommending even if there was no bendy bus

  5. Norene at 3:24 am

    Hello there, Happy Fool’s Day!

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    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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