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The Nelson Society Battle of Copenhagen Luncheon – Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April 2018


Dear Nelson Society Member,

The Society is pleased to confirm that arrangements have been made to hold the inaugural Battle of Copenhagen Lunch in Edinburgh on Monday 2nd April 2018 ( a Bank Holiday) at the 4 Star Apex Waterloo Place Hotel.

The Apex is located right in the heart of the centre, close to the main tourist attractions including Princes Street, 15-minutes from Edinburgh Castle and the historic Royal Mile just 500 metres. The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill is a short walk away.

The Hotel is just a 4 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station on the opposite side of Princess Street and cars can be parked at the Q Park Multi Storey which is just behind the Hotel, and obtain a 15% discount when staying at the Apex.

The 187 rooms are housed within the Grade II historic building that dates from 1819, but all of the rooms come equipped with the standard modern amenities that one would expect to find in a hotel of this class, including air conditioning. The architecturally designed interior has created a sense of restored grandeur with simple detailing and the use of rich materials.

Given the location, the Society is pleased that it has been able to agree with the Hotel the following rates for Bed and Breakfast per night for a Standard Room (king beds), and bearing in mind how expensive Edinburgh is:

£120 single occupancy

£130 double occupancy

It is hoped that those members attending will be able to stay on both the Sunday and Monday nights.

Lunch will be held on the Monday in a private room with three courses plus  tea/coffee and a glass of port at a cost of £35.There will be a cash bar in the room for all other drinks.

A number of brief presentations will take place after the lunch, but  take no longer than 1 hour in total, so that those present who wish to visit the Nelson Monument, and maybe climb to the top can do so, for a small entrance cost, during the remainder of the afternoon.

Looking like a tall stone telescope, the Nelson Monument  was built between 1807 and 1815 by architect Robert Burns and contains a time ball which is still dropped at 1 o’clock daily. You get a wonderful view of the City and the sea from the top of the building.

At 456 feet above sea level the Monument is highly visible from far off. This led to a 762kg time ball being added to the Monument in 1852 to enable captains of ships
moored in the Firth of Forth to set their chronometers for accurate navigation by observing the dropping of the ball at one o’clock Greenwich MeanTime each day.

More information on how to book a room with the Hotel will be circulated later  in the Dispatch, along with a  Booking Form to select and pay for the Lunch.

If any member who has not already expressed an interest would like to join us in Edinburgh, they can contact me via briangibbs@hotmail.co.uk or 01246 203924.

At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest, in order to give us an idea of the number of hotel rooms that will be required.

Brian Gibbs