A Birthday Weekend in London

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Chesterfield Mayfair London HotelGuest blogger Leigh from Bexhill-on-Sea’s branch of Thomson recently travelled to London with her Mum to celebrate her 40th Birthday. Here’s what she got up to during her special weekend…

Where did you stay?

We chose to stay at the Chesterfield Mayfair – wow, wow, wow! The hotel has a fantastic location minutes away from Green Park/Piccadilly. ‘Charming’ really sums up the hotel , right from check in the staff were so personable and nothing was too much trouble for them, they really made their guests feel special. I had mentioned on check in that it had recently been my birthday and within minutes of arriving in our room I received a birthday card that had been signed by “The Chesterfield Family”. I have never known such personal and unique service from a hotel – so much so I have sent a thank you card to the hotel for such a lovely stay with them.

We booked a King twin room, which had lovely decor. The hotel really does pride itself on attention to detail. When we returned in the evenings we were met by a turn down service; on the bed was the remote for the TV, the breakfast menu and room service menu just in case! The rooms had complimentary bottled water which was placed on your bedside table each night along with a glass. It really felt like they had thought of everything before you had!

Breakfast was included each morning, with a choice of Continental plus cooked. There was lots of choice and lots to tempt you. We, of course, had to experience the hotel bar which had a lovely relaxed atmosphere, and an amazing choice again to be tempted with.

I really could not pick one best thing about the hotel – the location, atmosphere, brilliant staff and attention to detail in the rooms is a real winning combination! I am so glad we picked this hotel and will definitely stay here again.

What did you get up to during your visit?

–     Theatre Show

We chose to see the Lion King which I had seen before but my Mum hadn’t.  The seats we had were brilliant and we both loved the show. There was a real mix of people in the audience from a School Group, to young couples and groups of friends – a show that really is suitable for everyone.

–     London Zoo

Located in Regents Park, the Zoo was about a 15 minute walk from the nearest Bus Stop. It is amazing to be only 15mins away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and yet you feel in the middle of nowhere. We spent about 4 hours at the Zoo; there’s a lot to see ranging from Sea Horses to Reindeer! The Zoo is really easy to get around and again ideal for any one or age.

–     Planet Hollywood

There was an amazing choice of starters, mains and desserts as part of the set menu which definitely offered fantastic value for money. The only tip I would give is to book ahead; we arrived about 5.45 thinking it wouldn’t be busy and there was a 45 minute wait for a table. Having said that, the meal was brilliant and well worth the wait.

–     Shopping

Of course you cannot go to London without hitting the shops. I love Sloane Square with the trendy Kings Road, and my favourite shops like Peter Jones, Lulu Guiness, Liz Earle and Jo Malone. A real treat and not shops you would find on every high street. We also visited Harrods where is it lovely to see how the other half live! The decor of the shop and the range of what you can buy is second to none making this iconic shop a must visit.

What do you enjoy doing during a weekend break in London?

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