Earlier this month Michael and I had a mini staycation in London.

I almost felt silly packing to stay less than 30 minutes from my house but sometimes a stay at a lovely hotel is all you need to help shift the January blues.

We stayed at the St Martins Lane hotel, which is a sister hotel to the Mondrian (which I’ve been lucky enough to stay at a few times, read Jess’ post here) and the Sanderson (which is probably top of my London hotel Wishlist). I’ve visited the hotel a few times before for events but never noticed just how amazing the location is! It’s just off Covent Garden/Trafalgar Square and I think probably the best located hotel in London.

Decor wise it’s perfect, stylist and minimalistic with a touch of fun, they even have leopard print carpet! Ultimate carpet goals! The rooms are light and spacious, perfect if you’re after a few Instagram/blog photos like I was. Also, the lobby (which I stupidly didn’t get photos of) is really beautiful, I love the giant chess pieces and the gold teeth seats.

We made the most of being so central and went for dinner at Flat Iron, I’ve been meaning to go for ages but I know there’s always a long wait (we waited 2 hours) but during our wait we went back to the hotel, watched Friends on Netflix (obvs!) and then went for a little stroll down to the South Bank as it’s just stones throw from the hotel too.

If you’re a steak fan and are ever in London then I’d recommend Flat Iron if you have a little time to wait (but they take your number and text you so you can go off and do a little shopping or have a drink whilst you wait for your table.) They do great £10 steak, which is basically unheard of in London but for me, more importantly, the fries are great too!

As I haven’t been too well, we headed back to the hotel for an early night and to watch some more Friends. It’s all I’ve wanted to do all month, January is just the perfect month to hibernate and stay warm and cosy.

In the morning, I had planned to head to the gym as you can use The Gym Box next door when staying at the hotel but the extra hour in the incredibly comfy bed was too tempting. Seriously, what sort of magic makes hotel beds so amazing?!

Once I was ready for the day I made the most of the amazing mirror, it’s like there was a whole room dedicated to mirror selfies! I need one of these at home- the blogger dream!

We ordered room service and of course took a few photos, shout out to Michael for taking all my photos for me and as a consequence having a slightly cold breakfast.

I’m not sure how we fitted it in but after an amazing breakfast we still headed downstairs for a bottomless brunch as the Bellini’s were calling! We were joined by a group of other bloggers and their boyfriends and since I was having so much fun I totally forgot to actually photograph what we were eating- which is always a good sign! Brunch at Asia de Cuba did not disappoint, it’s asian inspired Cuban food, something I’ve never had and I love trying new things. There were lots of sharing dishes, we both loved our mains and I drank far too many Bellini’s for 12PM but I had such a lovely time!

There is also a really cute speakeasy (with the awesome hand on the door) which I had a peak inside of but which we didn’t really visit, I’ll definitely be popping back there soon!

Huge thanks to St Martins Lane for having me, I had such a lovely time! If you’re looking to book a room they start just over £200 and are great if you’re looking for an amazing hotel in the heart of London.

Really hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll be sharing a few more hotels throughout the year!

PS- I’m off to Barcelona next month so if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments!

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Before my holiday in Portugal, I spent the night in Windsor in a beautiful hotel which I just have to tell you about.

I’m always on the lookout for cool places to stay just outside of London to get away even for just a day and relax. I’ll share all my favourite places soon but if you haven’t been to Windsor I would highly recommend it.

The whole trip was planned by AccorHotels and I was lucky enough to tour a few of their London ones before hand. The tour started in Euston at the Ibis Euston, when I’m on a budget but still want a nice hotel I always go for an Ibis as I find them to be a great price point and I think I might book another one for a trip I’m considering next month.
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However I really fell in love with The Pullman Hotel, I’ve driven past it so many times and had no idea just how beautiful it is inside! Really modern and luxurious as well as located in Kings Cross so in a great location too. We stopped here for some canapes and cocktails and they were really good, it’s a great location for weekend drinks or even work lunch/drinks and the decor is very chic.
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For our main dinner we headed to Novotel London Brentford where we had a Moijos in a bag (genius idea!) and a chicken main, again the food was delicious and decor was perfect, maybe not quite as beautiful as The Pullman but not close behind. Location wise it is a little further out near Chiswick but it’s just off the M4 so easy to get to and a great option if you’re looking for a hotel in the area.
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Our final stop and where we stayed the night was the Mercury Castle Hotel in Windsor. If you haven’t been to Windsor it’s a really great little town a short drive/train journey from London with things to see and do or also the perfect place to relax. Even if you’re not planning on exploring Windsor and are just looking to relax I’d still highly recommend the Castle hotel, the service was better than in most hotels, decor is perfect for a non-city hotel and I slept amazingly. I had a really lovely evening enjoying a cocktail before just chilling in the super comfy bed.

Breakfast was also amazing, I enjoyed my tea in bed before tucking into my full English breakfast. We even managed to catch the changing of the guards before we left, although it did start to rain heavily!

Can’t wait to visit the Mercury Castle Hotel again and if The Pullman wasn’t so close to my house I’d simply have to book to stay there, such beautiful hotels!

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Although the bf and I go out for dinner all the time I don’t think we really do enough other date night (probably my fault) so this weekend we went bowling, just the two of us and it was such good fun!

I’ll admit that I never win him at anything that required physical activity other than at a golf driving range and he totally taught me everything I know. I’m not the best loser so luckily he also helped me through bowling and I think I got my first spare and strike in the last ten years!

We went to All Star Bowling Lanes which I’ve actually been to before and it’s by far the best bowling alley I’ve ever been to! It’s not too big and I would recommend booking but it’s got a real luxurious feel to it.

After our two games of bowling (and yes I lost both) we, of course, had to have dinner, because what is date night with no food? The menu is very American-inspired, with all the burgers, hot dogs and nachos you would expect. We shared a Popcorn Squid, which is probably the best squid I’ve ever had as I love crispy food and I went for the Meatball Hoagie off the specials menu, Mike got a burger and we shared some chips. Actually, we ended up sharing our whole meal, since sharing is caring and he really wanted to try the meatballs.

The meatballs were so good and I’d highly recommend them (I did remove the cheese on my half as I try not to eat dairy) but they are limited edition so you’ll have to get in there this month to try them for yourself. Oh, also get the Gin and Elderflower Julep Jar, such a good cocktail!

Would highly recommend All Stars for a date night or just hanging out with friends and there are four London locations and one in Manchester but check out their website for more info.

What should we do for our next date night? I was thinking some sort of exhibition, please leave recommendations in the comments

Last week I was invited down to Yeah! Burger in Kings Cross for a meal which naturally I said yes too, I simply find it too hard to say no to burgers!

It’s located short walk from Kings Cross station and the beautiful Granary Square in The Star Of Kings which currently serves Yeah! Burger. The menu is pretty standard; burgers, hot dogs, sides and fries plus the pup serves great cocktails too.

I had looked at the menu before hand and was set of getting a hot dog so I was pretty disappointed when I was told they were all out of hot dog buns, instead I went for the Yeah! Burger and the boyfriend went for The O.G. We ended up halving both so I could share my thoughts on the menu better.

Both burgers were really delicious, probably the best I’ve had this year (and I eat a lot of burgers) but I would say the O.G was potentially the superior burger, especially if you like avocado like I do!

For sides we went for the Tough wings and Yeah! fries, the wings were average at best but the fries were possibly the best fries I have ever had, it’s worth the journey just for the fries!

Dessert was a little disappointing as I wanted something like a chocolate brownie (I like to go all out when I eat out, no dieting here) but they only really offer the banana and ice cream one which we shared or ice cream on it’s own. Since I’m not a huge ice cream but love banana that’s what we went for but I know I’m the minority, most people love ice cream and would be more than happy with it as a dessert.

With prices of the burgers and hot dogs starting at just £6.50 it’s super affordable and I’m already planning to go back, the burgers are delicious but the chips are just absolutely dreamy!

Best. fries. ever.

I had been meaning to go to Sketch for a while and was very excited to have finally gone earlier this week. Sketch has a few restaurants and bars but we dined in The Gallery, which is decked out in a beautiful pink interior and is showing David Shringley’s work. It’s a really unique room and I love all the attention to detail, I didn’t get to see much of the other rooms but the toilets were pretty interesting too but I don’t have photos of it so we’ll save it as a surprise should you choose to visit there.

Although I knew that the decor was amazing, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the French cuisine menu but I loved everything I ate whilst sitting in the lavish pink chair.

Now for me this isn’t a day-to-day restaurant but more of a special occasion, you can dress up and the menu is quite pricey, especially once you counter in alcohol. The starter menu was great, anything from salad, crabmeat and foie gras. I went for the escargots which came beautifully presented, especially if you aren’t one to usually try something like snails as they didn’t come in shells and were fairly well disguised.

Picking a main was quite difficult but after deciding I didn’t want fish or pasta I went for meat more specially the Filet mignon of Duroc farmhouse pig with sage, black pudding and brandy cream, pig ear and chicory salad which sounds so much scarier than it really was. I admit I really do like to try new and usual things but once again it was presented and cooked beautifully, no real sign of pigs ear or black pudding but tasted delicious. I also had creamed spinach which was pretty damn tasty, you have to order it! 

If you don’t think that pigs ear and black pudding isn’t for you than I’ve heard they also serve a mean fish & chips.

For dessert I went for Sketch Chocolate which was nice but probably not the best chocolate pudding I’ve had. The macaroons also looked delicious and not quite as heavy, the perfect way to finish a three course meal. 


The service was really amazing and I can’t fault it. Although quite a luxury restaurant the atmosphere was still quite relaxed and not pretentious at all. They also have the cutest tableware!

I then went home (after all it was a school night) feeling fuller than I’d like to admit and having had a really lovely night! I already want to take all my friends for a birthday or special occasion, I might also check out some of the other bars/restaurants.

If you are thinking of going Sunday-Wednesday then they have a great £50 offer online making it much more affordable and which we made the most of.

Would love to hear your London restaurant recommendations below.