STAYCATION IN LONDON - xanthe berkeley
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We love a night in a hotel… But we’d never stayed at a London hotel. So when The Hoxton Hotel invited us for the night, I jumped at the chance for a staycation. We’d spent a lovely afternoon at the Hoxton recently, lounging in the lobby and taking advantage of their Photo Booth… more of that sounded delightful!

To make the most of the experience, we headed into the bustling Hoxton area for the afternoon. Checking in was smooth and we whisked ourselves up to the top floor, dropping our bags in the gorgeous room, checking out the view and comfy-ness of the bed… Yes, it was tempting to have a nap, but the vibrancy of Shoreditch was calling.

We mooched around, heading to Blackall Street, which is an alley bursting with street art… we became captivated by artists creating in front of us.

The chilly air sent us inside for warm drinks and a relax on the comfy sofas at Forge & Co. Wondered down past my favourite colourful walls at Chance Street to Brick Lane, for a spot of window shopping and plenty of watching the world go by… there’s something to see on every street corner…

Time for dinner – if you want a table at Dishoom, you have to go early. But it’s so worth it, the food is out of this world. The vibe is electric, the air thick with incense, people laughing, and the staff taking care of you. Delicious spicy food warmed us for our short walk back to the hotel… how lovely not to have to navigate our way home!

The lobby of the hotel was brimming with Friday night revellers – cool music playing from the DJ and cocktails being shaken and enjoyed… This would have totally been our scene a few years ago but instead we grabbed a drink and sneaked off to play table tennis in the board room – Yes, table can be used for meetings as well! I remembered how much I love table tennis – you don’t have to be really good to have fun.

Back upstairs for a cosy sleep and up bright & early to the breakfast bag of goodies and falling snow flakes out the window.

The boys had been desperate to stay in the hotel too, so as a compromise they came down to join us for brunch… Let me tell you about the outstanding avocado and poached egg – Delicious!

A couple of hours were spent – lounging in the lobby, watching tv in bed, more photo strips and then I got beaten at table tennis by the boys!

Such a lovely time – thanks to the Hoxton Hotel for a splendid staycation. Hopefully we’ll do it again some time.




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