I say a night, but Husband and I had about 26 hours in central London without the kids this weekend (not that we were counting every single, blissful, child-free hour). Once a year Husband and I get away, just the two of us. We are lucky that Husband’s parents are very hands-on, and just plain wonderful grandparents. When we only had one child, we used to go abroad for a 2-3 night break each year (lovely places such as Berlin and Istanbul). But now that we have two children, and we survive on one salary, we only have a one-night break in the UK. But these breaks are important as we love these times together, getting to focus on one another.
Though we live in London, we decided to have our break in London this time. We were both feeling so tired, and did not want to bother with sightseeing. We knew that a night in London would mean great food and great napping. And we were not disappointed! We even managed to watch a film in Leicester Square (though it angered me to spend £32 for two tickets to the cinema). If you fancy a day/night in London, here are my recommendations:
Premier Inn Holborn – one of the newest Premier inns. It feels like a more expensive hotel than it is. It is surprisingly spacious (and sooo quiet) for a central London hotel, and has a comfy bed. There are pubs, restaurants and cafes in the near vicinity. Covent Garden is a 10-minute walk away. On the nearby Theobald’s Road, you can catch a number of buses including the #38 to Piccadilly Circus or Victoria (it goes to Islington then Hackney in the other direction).
Ping Pong Dim Sum – Ping Pong is a London dim sum chain. Delicious food, yummy teas and cocktails. if you’re not familiar with dim sum and dumplings, or are not a fan of seafood, try the duck spring rolls, char sui buns, roast pork puff and the spare ribs.
Hawksmoor – The Hawksmoor is another London chain, but they’re opening a new restaurant in Manchester. It’s a great steakhouse, but be prepared for your wallet to take a bashing. I especially loved my lobster starter and the salted caramel rolos for afters. The cocktails are gorgeous!
Hush Brasserie – Hush is a small two-restaurant chain. We skipped the hotel breakfast as I was desperate for pancakes. Husband remarked that the coffee was excellent and I can confirm that my pancakes were as delicious as they looked.
If you plan a stay in London, I definitely recommend the Holborn area (I worked there for years so am quite familiar with it). And if you don’t need naps, you could grab some culture at the British Museum, go shopping in either Covent Garden or Oxford Street and have fun at the South Bank (the London Eye, SeaLife Aquarium and the Southbank Centre).