Since Taylor was born, I can count the nights (and early mornings!) we’ve spent without her on one hand. And with the arrival of baby number two fast approaching, I figured it was about time for a bit of a treat, just the two of us – before we’re plagued by the reality of those sleepless nights once again!
The hubby’s birthday provided the perfect excuse for a weekend away, so I set about planning an indulgent weekend in London. I adore London and the last time we visited was when I was pregnant with Taylor, so it was only fitting to choose London again for this occasion.
South Place Hotel
hours on Trip Advisor a little research, I booked two nights for us at London’s South Place Hotel. Situated five minutes from Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations, the hotel provided the perfect destination from which we could explore London.
I’m also a big fan of modern hotels, which this place took to a whole new level – touch panel mood lighting, a Nespresso machine and a bathtub big enough for a whole family…I booked the Weekend Bed & Breakfast rate in a King room (I wanted the bath!) which cost us £228 per night – so £456 for the two nights.
After dropping Taylor with my parents, we took the train and arrived in London around midday on Friday. We hopped on the Tube to Moorgate station and had a five minute walk to South Place Hotel. At check in, the concierge and staff on reception were extremely friendly and helpful – and our room did not disappoint! Everything was pristine and the room was extremely comfortable. The marble bathroom totally pulled off ‘hotel chic’ and all of the mod cons made us feel instantly at home.
Some retail therapy
We headed out for a bite to eat local to the hotel (Pizza Express), before taking the Underground to Oxford Street for a bit of retail therapy. I can’t remember the last time I went shopping (not to Tesco) without Taylor and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t love being able to browse without a toddler in tow! It was bloody marvellous.
In the evening we dined out at Brasserie Zedel in Soho. We were lucky enough to go here on our last visit to London when we fell in love with the place. If grand Parisian decor and traditional French food are your thing, then this place will be right up your street. I literally feel like I’ve been transported back to the Gatsby era whenever I’m here, and the food is cooked to perfection. Of course, I couldn’t join Mr M in having a birthday tipple so I just watched him polish off a bottle of red to himself – but I definitely did eat for two at least!
Breakfast in bed…almost
On the Saturday morning, we got to take advantage of the breakfast at South Place Hotel. Breakfast is served in the South Place Chop House – a restaurant in its own right which prides itself on skilled, gutsy cooking.
It’s been a long time since I’ve visited a hotel without a buffet style breakfast and being able to order from the menu (up to £30 per head included in our room rate) was a nice novelty. On the Saturday we both opted for the full English, along with fresh orange juice, fruit and tea/coffee. Everything on the plate was cooked to perfection and it certainly set us up for our busy day ahead!
Tourists for the day
The weather was glorious so we decided to be tourists for the day and visit some of London’s main attractions. We first took the Tube to Westminster and then later enjoyed a leisurely al fresco lunch at Covent Garden. Much of the day was also spent lying down in the city’s parks and soaking up the sunshine – bliss!
We’d decided to stay in Saturday night so following our late lunch we headed back to the hotel for a long relaxing bath before selecting a couple of films to watch from the library of free films available through the TV. We’d nipped to M&S beforehand to buy some indulgent puddings and other treats – definitely the most perfect evening for a pregnant woman!
The Lion King
Sunday was another beautiful day. I’d booked tickets for the afternoon performance of The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre, so after checking out of South Place Hotel we managed to fit in another park visit and lunch at Wagamama before heading to the theatre in Covent Garden.
The Lion King didn’t disappoint – the costumes were so clever and the production was brilliant. I wasn’t completely convinced by all of the cast if I’m totally honest, but all in all the show was everything I expected to be.
And then it was a mad dash to Marylebone to get our train back to the Midlands and our little munchkin who of course we missed dearly…at least by Sunday evening!
Have you managed a child-free weekend away yet?