Valentine’s Day is coming up!
Looking for something special for you and your loved one? Then maybe 41 Hotel could be what you are looking for!
This luxurious 5 star boutique hotel is located behind Buckingham Palace. In a quiet and exclusive location, this hotel welcomes you with comfortable and stylish rooms. In the tastefully decorated lounge with chandeliers and antique furniture, you and your loved one can enjoy afternoon tea in an elegant atmosphere. How romantic!
The website TripAdvisor is a page where you can read what other travellers have thought about their accommodation. This year has The TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards for “The UK’s most family friendly hotel” gone to The Luna Simone Hotel in London, which even makes it into the World’s Top Ten Family list. Impressive!
This hotel is located close to Victoria Station and Pimlico. An ideal location for those who travel from Stansted Airport by bus and Gatwick Airport by train.
South Kensington must be my favourite area in London to stay when visiting. A 40 minutes direct tube-travel from Heathrow Airport to Gloucester Road and you’ll find yourself in this really nice area south west in central London. There are lots of hotels of different standard and price to choose between. I’ve stayed at Holiday Inn but you’ll also find hotels like Ibis and Premier Inn, all with reasonable prices and just a couple of minutes walk from Gloucester Road or Earls Court tube station. From here an easy 10 minutes tube ride to Oxford Circus.
Around Gloucester Road tube station you’ll find small shops. Convenience stores if you forgot to pack your toothbrush, pharmacies with great remedies for colds (try Lemsip), bookstores, flower stalls,- it just gives you this local feeling of actually living in London, not only visiting. If you , like me, enjoy an early morning stroll there’s a short walk to Kensington Garden with it’s lake, the famous Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived and big open green spaces. Early mornings you’ll find the locals there, jogging, cycling to work, doing Thai Chi or yoga.
The beauty of London is by my standards the feeling of being “at home” and South Kensington is a place to find that. Walking the narrow alleys just of Cromwell Road, looking into the local bakery, have a meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken or a coffee at Starbucks,- do as the locals. I just want to live here!!
My mum, age 81, has just come back from a 2 weeks holiday in the UK! Calling me everyday to tell me all about her adventures I must admit I hope I have inherited her stamina and joyfulness!
She started off in London, staying at the Norwegian KFUK hjemmet at Holland Park. For just £39 a night she got a singel room, shared bathroom, a nice breakfast, dinner and could make the typical Norwegian “matpakke” (lunchbag). The KFUK Guesthouse is open for all Norwegian citisens. Are you Swedish or Danish you have to be of female sex and under 30. There are a non-smoking, non-drinking ruel but for a small deposit you will get the key to the front door so you do not have to be in bed at 23:00! KFUK hjemmet is perfect for families, under -18’s and everybody looking for cheap, friendly and clean accomodation in central London.
Set up with an oystercard for local traffic she happily called me and said “it’s so easy to use” – and so cheap!! Yes, we know mum!!
After a short trip to Cardiff and her grandson, she visited the Cotswolds! My colleague Jackie had stayed in this beautifully, charming Guesthouse in Winchcombe so off she went! The Old Station House is a true gem, beautiful rooms, good food and helpful and friendly owners. My mum ended up watching telly by the fire with them and then beeing taken on a sighstseeingtour around the Cotswolds by car! She was even driven to the bus by the owner Norman since there are no buses going on Sundays in the Cotswolds.
After a brisk walk of 15 minutes from Winchcombe village centre she visited Sudeley Castle with it’s beautiful gardens and now an interesting exhibition about Henry VIII. And then she hitch hiked back to the little town for a nice cup of tea!
So much more happend but i had to stop her talking! More holiday ideas and adventures will follow! Thanks to you mum!
A few of us have just enjoyed the luxury of a visitor this morning from London. Sune Malstroem arrived to present the facilities at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street. It reminded me of my first visit there, where upon arrival I couldn’t see anywhere immediately to enquire about an arranged meeting. Instead I was approached by a very friendly woman holding what appeared to be a laptop. At this point the meeting was confirmed using her touchscreen device and I was then invited to sit down and order the beverage of my choice. Everyone entering the hotel as a confirmed guest is treated in the same way. A smart, simple and certainly more relaxed experience than the traditional manner of hotel check in.
I am looking forward to going back and especially to eating at the recently opened restuarant within the hotel, ‘1901’. In a similar fashion to check in, if you drink at the bar then the barman comes to you, not only to mix your drink of choice but offer advice and guidance on how to create the perfect taste when mixing your own drinks at home (should you so wish). The thinking that goes in to the service delivery and its application are fantastic!
With Valentine’s around the corner, why not invite your loved one to Cinderella’s Carriage at Bar 190 at the Gore Hotel in London. Enjoy an evening in this fairy-tale carriage, a perfect love nest fo two. You need to make an advance reservation, maximum seating is 6 people and there’s a minimum spend of £100 (should be easy…I’ve been at the bar and they’ve got an impressive drink- and wine list on offer….), and a personal footman and canapés can be arranged at an extra cost.
This intimate seating area is reminiscent of an elegant Elizabethan carriage, made from intricate gold-painted wood, draped in floor-to-ceiling red velvet curtains.
Take That have tried it. Your turn next perhaps?!
A couple of years ago I visited a small village called Ambleside in Cumbria – Lake District, England’s North Country. Can highly recommend The Homes of Football, a museum with a vast collection of football photography and memorabilia.
Especially remember staying at the The Red Lion Inn nearby, a traditional 15th century Lakeland Inn situated in the beautiful village of Hawkshead. Took a morning walk before breakfast and it was like stepping into the scenes of Emmerdale Farm, so peaceful and calm, typical English countryside with walking trails crossing the shepherd’s land, and only me and the roosters awake this misty morning.
There’s a Beatrix Potter Museum in Hawkshead for those who are interested.
Nearby villages of Windermere and Grasmere are very nice too.