I recently shared my weekend trip to London on my Instagram stories, and so many of you direct messaged me complimenting the lovely area of London in which I stayed, and also the hotel. So, I thought I’d follow up with this blog post…
Myself and my boyfriend, Martin, headed down to London for a one night stay, after receiving a gift from Red Letter Days. The gift itself was to take advantage of a hotel overnight stay in a range of cities, from Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bath and London. Of course, with me having a huge love for London, we went for this choice.
Red Letter Days run the gift deal at a price of £169, and within the London option, you actually have 4 hotels all around London to choose from to complement your city break…
It was pretty hard to choose which one to stay at, without fully knowing what we were planning to do. But a little later down the line, after scheduling in a trip to Borough Market (literally the best choice of food and drink ever!) and The Shard, we decided to stay towards the South, making a Tower Bridge location ideal.
This brought us to book The Bermondsey Square Hotel, literally a 15 minute walk from London Bridge Tube Station.
I’ve never been around the Bermondsey area of South London before, so went in totally blind. But the photos on Red Letter Days looked super, and described our stay as a little getaway in a boutique hotel, complete with breakfast the next day.
So before I touch on what we got up to on our quick visit to London, I’ll share some photos of the hotel. I literally was so so impressed with a number of things:
A) the location – we really did chose well, as this hotel was a short walk from all the places we planned to visit! Plus, who knew Bermondsey was so pretty? The streets were clean and modern, with quirky little coffee shops and bars. No trouble, no rough areas around us, and a lovely local vibe.
B) The hotel itself was just plain old lovely. A boutique hotel indeed, it was decorated all pretty and spread out quite high with a fair number of floors. The rooms were designed a little like studio apartments, with a large double bed (that was ridiculously comfy), a desk/office area, a bright white, bathroom and large ceiling to floor windows.
C) For £169, it completely did the job for two of us having a night away with breakfast in the morning.
We used the hotel as a central stopping location to enable us to visit a few places around that certain end of London. Here’s a few places we explored, which I’d highly recommend to anyone heading down to London for 24 hours:
I had never stepped foot inside The Shard, yet it has been on my ‘to-do’ list for so so long. It’s one of the most striking and extravagant buildings in London, and I was keen to go to the viewing floors at the top of the building and explore the views of the city.
We went up The Shard on the Saturday day at around midday. Sadly it was a rather misty day, but we still got to see some breathtaking views of all the skyscrapers, the River Thames, Tower Bridge, all the railway lines going in and out of the city, The Gherkin… pretty much everything iconic in London can be seen from those top floors!
By far the best place to go for street food, if it’s not too cold to stand outside! Be warned, the markets get extremely busy on a Saturday, and we were there at the prime time of 1pm on a Saturday afternoon. I went for a delicious vegetarian indian street food dish, made up of potatoes and chickpeas.
Martin went for something a little more adventurous – an Ethiopian beef dish with veggies sides! It was absolutely delicious and so unusual (for me anyway, I’ve never had Ethiopian cuisine before but this place clearly has the biggest queues, hence the most popular).
After The Shard and Borough Market, we headed to Covent Garden so that we could walk around the indoor markets, browse the stunning Christmas displays, and then walk into Leciester Square and through to China Town. It was so Christmassy and bustling, it was literally magical all lit up!
I’d highly recommend Covent Garden for a spot of shopping if you want to avoid Oxford Street
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
On the Sunday, following check out, we headed to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland to experience exactly what it is like. I hear so many people rave about it every year, and I’ve yet been to experience its Christmassy vibes. Let me tell you, this place is MASSIVE!
There are rows and rows and corners and corners of food huts, drink cabins, fairground rides, eating areas, games, shops, Christmas attractions… it’s literally the creme de la creme of Christmas Markets, like a whole world of all things Christmas. We went in the day, and I got myself a little Cherry Mulled Wine when the queues were fairly quiet, but I can imagine in the evening it is ridiculously busy!
Back to the hotel and the area in general, I was really surprised just how cool and fun Bermondsey was to stay. The square where the hotel is situated is facing a large Sainsbury’s store, so we could pop out and stock up on essentials. Down the road, there are cute little bars, local traditional pubs, and uber cool coffee shops, like FUCKOFFEE, which I found hilarious!
I was really thrilled at the trip provided by Red Letter Days, it was almost like they took the hard work from us choosing a hotel that would be comfy and enjoyable to stay, based in an ideal location, and worth the money.
Before checking out, we helped ourselves to the buffet style breakfast and ordered a full English too. Again, couldn’t fault the food. We were more than spoilt for choice and potentially had the biggest breakfast feast we’ve ever had!
I’d highly recommend this hotel and booking through Red Letter Days as a gift to someone any day …