Take a break after your wedding somewhere closer to home and explore the city of London
WHERE TO STAY
Apex Temple Court Hotel
Fleet St | apexhotels.co.uk
From £135 per night based on two people sharing on a room only basis
If you’ve ever visited London then you’ll know that not only are there thousands of hotels to choose from, but a decent room in the city is pretty pricey too. With Apex Temple Court, you’re getting much more bang for your buck: a well-known chain with high standards across the board, and a great price for the ideal location of this hotel; right on Fleet Street within walking distance to Covent Garden and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The four-star hotel itself is a cool, clean, modern haven of calm on a street where the atmosphere is busy and bustling. As you step through the doors (guarded by a topiary elephant, which makes for amazing photo opportunities!), the staff immediately make you feel at ease. We were shown to our room on the fifth floor and opening the door was like coming into an exclusive London apartment. The lounge area (equipped with a Nespresso machine, LED TV and comfy corner sofa) leads through to a king size bed, another TV and a sumptuous bathroom with Elemis products, walk-in rainshower and a big-enough-for-two tub; an Apex stay wouldn’t be complete without the complimentary rubber duck too!
One of the great things about this hotel is the Club Lounge on the ground floor. Guests in certain rooms have key card access to the lounge with comfy seating, free wi-fi, a TV, magazines and books and best of all, fridges filled with complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks) and a finger food buffet with tasty cakes and sandwiches. We found this the perfect place to relax and flick through our iPhone pics from a busy day sightseeing with a glass of red in hand.
STEPH LOVED¦ the breakfast! Start with a fresh continental buffet of fruit, cereals and yoghurts followed by a hot course to set you up for the day. I recommend the pancakes, bacon and maple syrup, amazing!
[Steph stayed in a deluxe double room for two nights. These rooms start from £191.20 per night on a room only basis and includes access to the Club Lounge.]
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WHERE TO EAT
Denmark St | flatironsteak.co.uk
For delicious, uncomplicated food, try this trendy haunt. Be prepared for a wait; the restaurant doesn’t take bookings. Well worth it though!
Tavistock St | primrose-bakery.co.uk
With cakes and cookies baked freshly every day in flavours like chocolate banana, salted caramel and pear martini, it’ll be hard to resist having seconds at this petite bakery.
The Rum Kitchen
Kingly Ct | therumkitchen.com
This Carribean beach shack will transport you to sunnier climes. Recommended: the Silver Pineapple; a sharing cocktail with Zacapa 23. rum and salted pineapple syrup *drool*.
Le Pain Quotidien
Young St | lepainquotidien.co.uk
Perfect for a lunch stop while sightseeing, this chain doesn’t feel like a chain and serves the most delicious open sandwiches and an organic Speculoos steamed milk drink that you’ll die for¦ thank me later.
THINGS TO DO
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour | bbbakery.co.uk
Experience afternoon tea on a Routemaster bus being driven around central London. Such a cute idea, and a real one-off experience! Tickets for adults are available from £45.
Take in a show | visitlondon.com
Whether it’s Lion King at the Lyceum or L’Etoile at the Royal Opera House, you can’t come to London without seeing a show, and there are plenty to choose from.
Check out the markets for bargains | timeout.com
If you love treasure hunting then London’s various markets will be right up your street. Borough Market has a great range of street food, Camden has amazing ambiance and Spittalfields is the place to grab a bargain. Best of all, browsing is free!
Are you thinking of going on a UK mini-break for your honeymoon or even just for a break after your wedding? Where are you going and why? Let us know!