Brown’s Hotel

Brown's

Brown’s Hotel is located in the very nice neighbourhood of Mayfair near the theater district and historical parts of London; it is also in a great high end shopping area. Brown’s was established in 1837, and keeps its old and elegant England atmosphere. This small size hotel is charming and exclusive without being stuffy or arrogant; its size gives a homey feeling although the amenities offered can be compared to the one of a larger hotel.

At my arrival I found fruit and pastry in the room that were replenished during my stay according to what I had eaten. Breakfast was included in the price of the room and the waiter remembered my first order and asked if I wanted the usual.The concierge crew were outstanding finding what ever I was looking for. Albemarle St, Mayfair, London – UK

 

 

 

Ten Trinity Square

Ten Trinity Square

Ten Trinity Square is a magnificent historic building completely renovated with great attention to details, a blend of contemporary sophistication and neo-classical charm. This hotel is superbly located and enhanced with outstanding service; I felt like the staff were really looking after my needs and making my stay easy. The room had a large bath with walk-in rain shower and a cloud like bed.

There is a house car available to guests on a first come first serve basis although I used the tube for most of my travels. The hotel is very close to Tower Hill tube station, outside the standard tourist district but close to the major attractions. After a long day sightseeing, it was nice to return to a quite neighbourhood with a park across the street and many non touristy restaurants. 10 Trinity Square, London – UK

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The Clove Club

The clove

 

The Clove is nestled into the old Shoreditch Town Hall and it has a very casual vibe for a Michelin star restaurants: rustic wood floors & tables and open kitchen, which fit with the laidback Shoreditch vibe. Usually I am not a big fan of tasting menus but this time I was happy to change my mind because it gave me the opportunity to try many things I would not normally order but I was so glad I did. All the flavors melded together perfectly to provide a truly memorable experience.

My major complaint when travelling abroad is bad service. I feel that in the States customer experience is the most important customer service goal, while abroad that is not always true but here they were extremely gracious and accommodating. Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, UK

 

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Typing Room

Typing room

Typing Room is located in the Town Hall Hotel and is named for the building’s original typing room. Built in 1910, the newly designed space has a retro minimalist decor with high ceilings, marble tables and low lighting. Dinner is offered only as a fixed course; the food is very visually attractive and clearly shows the effort that goes into each dish. The quality is also amazing and the chef caters to dietary requirements seamlessly. The Typing Room definitely fits the bill for a really special occasion.

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London – Christmas windows

Christmas windows have become a destination attraction all their own and London knows how to adorn itself for the festive season.

 

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1- Selfridges has a history of doing more than most stores do with its window displays. Harry Gordon Selfridge was one of the first, in Britain, to introduce window dressing; when he founded his store in 1909, he employed elaborate holiday window decorations, prompting a new trend. Selfridge was also credited for the marketing phrase “Only __ shopping days until Christmas.”. Today, what began as a retail strategy has become an iconic holiday experience. 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London, UK

2 – Hamleys is the world’s largest toy store and is considered one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Hamleys windows become particularly magical at Christmas time when winter scenes are brought to life, sometimes in a literal sense, with live performances and Santa Claus appearances. I would make this a must do part of any trip to London with children. 188-196 Regent St, Soho, London, UK

3 – Fortnum & Mason, one of London’s finest food and drink stores, has been decorating its windows since the 1880.  Now, F&M windows are filled with delicious Christmas treats and beautiful decorations. This shop is famous also for the outside clock that every 15 minutes plays a selection of airs and chimes on the hour while the figurines of Fortnum and Mason come out and bow to each other. 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London, UK

 

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