FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Mary Poppins-Themed London Special “Practically Perfect”

by Felicity Long

Jan 5, 2019

© The Milestone Hotel & Residences


Sometimes “budget” just means getting a good deal, even if it’s on an expensive product. This year, families can celebrate Mary Poppins Returns in a special package at London’s 5-star Milestone Hotel, sure to keep prices in check.

The property, a posh mansion-hotel across from Kensington Palace and Gardens, offers a Practically Perfect hotel stay this season that bundles in overnight accommodations in a guestroom or suite, full English breakfast for two and a number of Mary Poppins-inspired activities.

On arrival, for example, young guests will be given a ‘silver’ tuppence coin (actually made of chocolate) they can use to buy a bird-feeding kit from The Milestone’s concierge team. The children can use the kit to feed the ducks in Hyde Park, located nearby.

Depending on the weather, kids can also opt to fly a kite “up to the highest height” in the Italian Garden at Kensington Gardens, and take their kite home with them as a souvenir for about $52.

The family package also includes a Spoonful of Sugar Afternoon Tea for two, a new afternoon tea concept with themed pastries designed to amuse young Mary Poppins fans.

Marry Poppins Afternoon Tea

Marry Poppins Afternoon Tea © The Milestone Hotel & Residences

Menu items include a chocolate pastry in the shape of the magical nanny’s iconic hat, a black “chimney sweeps” macaron, a cupcake served with a chocolate spoon(ful) of sugar, as well as kite-shaped biscuits covered in cherry ganache.

Marry Poppins Cocktails

Marry Poppins Cocktails © The Milestone Hotel & Residences

Meanwhile, Mom and Dad can taste The Milestone’s new Little Nip from Every Sip cocktail with their afternoon tea, made with muddled raspberries, peach liqueur, peach purée, orange juice and ginger ale. A mocktail version for young guests, called the “Most Delightful Way,” is served in a cute little medicine bottle.

Guests will also receive a red carnation buttonhole, like the one Mr. Banks wore on his lapel in the first Disney film and as an homage to the property’s membership in the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

The package is valid until Jan. 31, and is priced from about $696 per night for two. Afternoon Tea is served daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and can be booked priced separately from the package.

The Milestone Hotel, the London flagship of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, overlooks Kensington Palace and Gardens and is located just minutes from London’s museum district and the Knightsbridge shopping district.


Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
May 26, 2020

Family Time on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

If you’re looking for a charming new island escape on the East Coast, get away to a locale many have yet to discover. Daufuskie Island considers itself the Nantucket of the South, a hidden gem off the Southeast Coast, near Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head. The luxurious environment is unpretentious, but filled with all the amenities discerning family travelers need.

Destinations / North America
May 25, 2020

Family-Friendly Ocean City, New Jersey

A beach vacation is a family favorite in the summertime; the weather is nice, towns are thriving and there are fun activities all season. For families looking for the ultimate summer beach vacation, consider Ocean City, New Jersey.

Travel Tips
May 22, 2020

Your Nutrition Go Kit: Boosting Your Immune System for Travel

Prior to any family trip, every responsible adult will have a checklist to ensure the journey and destination can be made as safe as possible for everybody. A packing list can incorporate healthy snacks, bug repellant, a first-aid kit and minor illness remedies (cold and flu meds; anti-diarrhea pills) while pre-trip cautions — depending on the location — immunizations and family discussions on how to avoid injury.

Host Your Next Event in Urban Wine Country

While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.

Destinations / North America
May 21, 2020

Escape to South Seas Island Resort

You don’t need a passport for a family-friendly island vacation — just a car to take you over the Causeway Bridge in Ft. Myers to Sanibel and Captiva islands in Florida. South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island offers sugar white-sand beaches, 20 swimming pools, watersports, golf and more than a dozen dining options.