Queen closes bedrooms for April Fools’ Day


Well, as if you didn’t know by now, the game is up: we aren’t offering any availability in Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace. It was a nice thought, though.

That said, it’s totally true that we’re on the cusp of launching a fresh new design for our website, which will come around in May. Keep your eyes peeled for that one.

If you liked this little ruse, have a quick look at these famous April Fools’ hoaxes:

1. San Serriffe

In 1977 British newspaper The Guardian reported that it had identified a new island called San Serriffe, located in the Indian Ocean.

San Serriffe

2. The Jupiter Effect

In 1976 famous astronomer Sir Patrick Moore announced that Earth’s gravity would be suddenly reduced thanks to a specific planetary alignment.

Jupiter Effect

3. Flying penguins

In 2008 the BBC released a video of flying penguins that migrate to spend the Antarctic winter in South American rainforest:

4. Nessie found

Remember our Mythical Tours blogpost? In 1972 a team from Flamingo Park Zoo found what they suspected to be the body of the Loch Ness Monster.
Loch Ness Monster

5. New York’s parade

In 2000 prankster Joey Skaggs was successful in convincing CNN and WNYW to film the 15th Annual New York City April Fools’ Day Parade.

New York Parade

6. The Derbyshire Fairy

Finally, how could we leave out Derbyshire? Occupying a central role in a multitude of global fields including industry, politics, the arts and the natural world, Derbyshire is regarded by many as the magic epicentre of Britain. Not so surprising, then, that the Derbyshire Fairy was discovered in 2007.

Derbyshire Fairy

Of course, this is just our pick of the bunch, but there’s loads more out there to have a chuckle at.

If staying in a palace isn’t really within your means, why not have a look at some of our budget accommodation as an alternative?

We wish everybody a fantastic April.

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About Michael

Arrogance, hostility, parsimony, rapacity, impatience; the five humours of the Englishman abroad are my most positive features and also my guide and solace through tribulations. I delight in coffee, cheese, and the music of Ray Charles, and you can catch me trying to form a queue anywhere from Centraal Station to Hoofddorpplein.

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