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Waswondering Wed 27-Apr-05 11:45:05

DH is murmuring about taking me to London for the weekend later in the year. Just the two of us. Probably as a thank you to me for being such a great wife . . .

Any suggestions of where to stay that isn't a Travel Lodge? Something with a bit of character, and memorable, but that won't require a second mortgage?

Iklboo Wed 27-Apr-05 11:50:52

Hiya. I work as a Visits Co-Ordonator (sounds posh - isn't) and use sites like this quite a lot for booking hotels:-

You can get some very good deals. 'Fraid I only get to book more corporate type hotels, but I know there are some V nice ones out there for not a great deal of money. Hope this helps.

FLUM Wed 27-Apr-05 11:52:15

Durrants is nice. Depending on size of your mortgage it may require one

Earlybird Wed 27-Apr-05 11:56:31

Do you have any idea what area you'd like to be in? Also, do you prefer quaint/cozy, grand, modern and sleek?

Waswondering Wed 27-Apr-05 12:04:04

Central London (we don't know London at all well). Something sumptuous? That makes us feel very spoiled. We're hoping to take in a couple of galleries, museums, London Eye, Hamleys while we're there, and maybe a show. Maybe (not really his thing!!). Maybe mid September?

FLUM Wed 27-Apr-05 12:16:40

Hamleys! Are you mad!

Stay well away from there, that place is mental!

Waswondering Wed 27-Apr-05 12:18:20

Really? But thought we had to go there to assuage any guilt about leaving ds behind . . .

Waswondering Wed 27-Apr-05 15:47:00

Any other suggestions?

CountessDracula Wed 27-Apr-05 15:50:01

How about the new Malmaison in Clerkenwell?

helsy Wed 27-Apr-05 18:03:04

Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is fab - supperbreak do deals - we got an upgrade because it was Dh's birthday.

helsy Wed 27-Apr-05 18:03:56

or even superbreaks...

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 18:05:14

The Hempel?

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melsy Thu 28-Apr-05 11:45:05

I second the hempel, I love the atmostphere and the restaurant I-thai downstairs, although is expensive but quite an experience. Fusion of italian/japanese and thai, V unusual.

Lunch at the terrace in the store Fortnum and masons is nice for a traditional atmostphere.

Or theres the Feng Shui hotel MyHotel in bloomsbury. MyHotel . Great site for comparing prices and differemt styles of hotels.

Or the one aldwych one aldwych . They have a lovely restaurant looking over the bar\reception and its won several awards for its type of hotel.

There are soooo many amazing little places , its hard to choose!!

melsy Thu 28-Apr-05 11:47:48

ooops faux pas, the Fortnums restaurant is The Patio !!! Their cesear salad is amazing!!!

soapbox Thu 28-Apr-05 12:14:20

I'll let you into my little London secret place. It is small - only 3 rooms - but what a place.

The hotel is above a restuarant East@west on a quiet road just off Cambridge Circus (so hardly possible to find anything more central) - it is on the same road as The Ivy so you can celebrity watch too!

The restaurant is lovely but the hotel rooms are to die for - not chirpy cheap cheap - but fantastic space for your money!

Check it out - you won't be disappointed!

click on west street hotel on LHS menu

Waswondering Sun 10-Jul-05 09:57:20

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions - especially to Iklboo for the hotel-direct link. We finally booked yesterday (after deciding that a weekend in London would still be fab despite Thursday's dreadful news [but DH and I both grew up in NI in the 70s, so hey!]). We've booked into 'Montague on the Gardens' near Covent Garden and the British Museum - so hopefully it will be brilliant. Looking forward to a lovely weekend just the two of us. Really pleased to have a "boutique" hotel.

Many thanks again for all your suggestions!!

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