Last month, Mark and I booked ourselves an impromptu weekend in London (I call it impromptu, it was triggered by quite a lot of wine!). We go to London quite a lot for the day but hardly ever stay the night so we thought it was high time we treated ourselves.
It all began when we booked matinee tickets to the Michael Jackson musical ‘Thriller’… followed by a table for lunch at The Ivy. We then thought that a stay in a London hotel would top the weekend off nicely. The location of the hotel had to be central but that was the only stipulation we had for where we stayed.
A quick scan of Booking.com with our credentials, The Grand at Trafalgar Square was one of the first options that popped up. With great reviews and at only £160 for the room (cheap for central London) we quickly snapped it up.
The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from Embankment Tube Station. Walking up to the building, the front looked very grand. It had wide marble steps leading up to the revolving front doors and a large lobby.
Check-in was at 3pm which meant we had to store our luggage at the hotel whilst we went for lunch and to see the show. This was done quickly and efficiently by the reception staff, and again when it was time to check-in it was done without a hitch.
Our room was spacious, quite modern and clean with a huge wardrobe, smart TV, large comfy bed and a walk in shower. It was a shame not to spend more time in there!
The Hotel Bar
Before heading out for the evening, we had a couple of cocktails in the hotel bar. Cosmopolitans for me and Whisky Sours for Mark. The bar area is quite large in art deco style decor. I couldn’t help feeling like a character out of Mad Men. I already had the Cosmopolitan, all I needed was a 60’s dress! The drinks were so tasty too.
The morning after, it was nice to wake up (albeit slightly hungover) in a big comfy bed. We didn’t have breakfast included with the room but it did look delicious. The check out process was quick and easy too. We then spent a few hours wandering around Trafalgar Square (a stone’s throw from the hotel), Soho and Covent Garden.
So, if you’re looking at a central London hotel to rest your weary head then I would definitely recommend staying at The Grand at Trafalgar Square! Take a look at what else I got up to in July.
Have you ever stayed in London before? Where did you stay?