The Sonic Screwdriver adds a touch of bubbly with vodka, Orange Curacao, a dash of grenadine and a topper of Champagne, all served in a Champagne flute and garnished with a playful twist of orange. The Dalekquiri, meanwhile, nods to The Doctor’s worst enemies, the Daleks, and accordingly caters to a more decadent taste profile with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream with a Hint of Mint Chocolate, chocolate liqueur and banana served, appropriately, within a hurricane glass. Sipping any one of these specialty cocktails may not turn guests into The Doctor or his companion, but they will afford them the opportunity to experience one of the finest restaurants overlooking Canary Wharf . Visitors can choose to relax in the newly refurbished Lobby Bar, or book a table at Manhattan Grill, an upscale steakhouse where stylishly inviting decor meets painstakingly prepared steaks and other entree options like linguine and salmon. This Canary Wharf restaurant also offers private dining for groups of 10 to 40, an exciting option for not just “Doctor Who” fans looking to gather at a hotel near London’s ExCeL after the event, but for anyone interested in booking an exclusive culinary experience. While “Doctor Who” will live to save another day in the next season, guests can only taste these specialty cocktails for the duration of the anniversary event. After then, those who missed the opportunity will need their own TARDIS to try them. About London Marriott Hotel West India Quay With 279 guest rooms, 22 suites, 20 meeting rooms and four concierge levels, the eight-floor London Marriott Hotel West India Quay is as impressive in its statistics as it is in its visual splendour. The glass-and-steel structure towers over the Canary Wharf district, where guests can easily access international businesses, leisure pursuits like shops and restaurants and major event venues like ExCeL, The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Given its vibrant surroundings, this five-star hotel creates an equally dynamic guest experience. Guest rooms are clean-lined and stylish as they afford amenities like 300-threadcount linens, flat-screen televisions, spacious work areas with laptop safes and, in the case of the seven Curve Suites, breathtaking panoramic views. The guest rooms set the tone for the rest of the hotel.
London shares close higher as BSkyB surges
View gallery A man walks past the London Stock Exchange, in central London, on September 22, 2011 (AFP Photo/Facundo Arrizabalaga) London (AFP) – London shares edged higher on Thursday as BSkyB surged after the satellite television broadcaster’s results for its latest quarter. The benchmark FTSE 100 index added 4.57 points or 0.07 percent to close at 6,576.16 points. “Global markets were lifeless today as the much expected agreement between officials in the US to avoid a default failed to ignite much optimism in equities,” said Shavaz Dhalla, a financial trader at Spreadex.” “Furthermore, since most investors were expecting a deal to be reached, albeit earlier then yesterday, then there really isnat much of an excuse to be diving back into equities,” Dhalla said. However, BSkyB shares soared 7.06 percent to 940 pence as the company 39-percent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp announced higher revenues and expressed confidence about the rest of the year. Profits after taxation fell almost 12 percent to A193 million, hit by heavy investment in new services and a more expensive broadcasting deal to screen English Premier League football matches. But revenues grew 7 percent to A1.843 billion in its first quarter to end-September, aided by swelling subscriber numbers. “While the consumer environment remains challenging, we are well placed as we execute a strong set of plans for the rest of the year,” said chief executive Jeremy Darroch. Terrestrial broadcaster ITV benefitted from BSkyB’s positive comments, putting on 2.63 percent to 195.10 pence. Brewer SABMiller climbed 4.18 percent to 3,167 pence and budget airline easyJet gained 3.83 percent to 1,328 pence. Engineering group Weir led the fallers, dropping 2.99 percent to 2,268 pence, while building supplies distributor CRH shed 2.59 percent to 1,539 pence and inspection and verification specialist Intertek lost 2.55 percent to 3,210 pence. On the currency markets, the pound strengthened to $1.6156 at 5:26 pm from $1.5900 on Wednesday evening and to 1.1825 euros from 1.1794 euros the night before. Investment & Company Information DMANISI, Georgia (AP) The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe, scientists say. Associated Press