I’m a sucker for a proper cream tea you know – proper baked scones with real clotted cream is my idea of heaven. Throw in the prettiest tea service and I’m sold. Hello, Charing Cross Hotel (…)
Last weekend I overnighted in this historical institution just by Charing Cross rail station. Built in 1865, the hotel is the most central in London (as Charing Cross station is considered to be the city’s exact centre) and at the end of the Strand, just by Trafalgar Square. It is extremely grand with high ceilings, wide corridors and beautifully-kept cornicing. We started off with a leisurely afternoon tucking into a cream tea of scones, jam and clotted cream and a classic tea of sandwiches and mini quiche. We had some blissful quiet time sipping champagne as Gus napped, catching up with the Sunday papers. And me photographing the tea service to death! How gorgeous is it? I want!
Once Gus woke we went to check out our room – a corner executive on the 6th floor which the receptionist commented on being a really nice one! Spacious with a sofa and table, but what I loved was the windows on two sides which gave the most impressive views over the Thames and city as well as lovely light. We kicked about for a while before taking advantage of our proximity to Trafalgar Square to go and see the Ride London cycle race finish off at Buckingham Palace. Heaven for my boys, you can imagine!
And then, I sent the family home and settled down to some work (excellent free wifi throughout the hotel) and room service – delicious pea soup and caesar salad; room service is available 24 hours which is a huge plus in my book; knowing I can order food around the clock makes me feel safe and secure. (Just me then?!) And a freshly made up hotel room bed all to oneself, well, I’ve harped on about this delight before! Plus, completely brilliant, there were two USB plugs on the bedside table which I used for my iPhone and mini iPad (I just got one in white and loving it, much prefer it to the bigger iPad!).
Next morning, after a full 11 hours sleep (madness), I groggily made it down for a civilised breakfast of fruit and pain au chocolat and after a little more work headed out for my first appointment of the week. In my hazy state, I actually left two chargers behind, ahem, but housekeeping rang me to let me know and very kindly popped them in the post. Fantastic location, with all you need at your fingertips, friendly and extremely thoughtful staff and an outstanding afternoon tea! My room was £155 which I think is pretty good for a centre of London 4-star hotel.
Eleanor’s Cocktail Bar on the same floor as where we had tea
Cracked design glass selfie moment… !
Loved this view of the Thames and cityscape from my room window…
Bit of mooching on the bed, obvs…in my new faves, SOS Jeans
Pretty damn grand staircase and mirror…
My first attempt at a longer shutter speed to get motion blur, not the cyclists though, they were moving too fast!
Just a light breakfast this time!
Stylonylon was a guest of Charing Cross Hotel – a big thank you to all the staff for making my stay such a pleasure