Recently A and I had an event to attend in London, so I had a little look (twenty-five times – I’m a little bit addicted) on the HotelTonight app to see if I could find any amazing deals for the night we were there, thus justifying spending a night in London and having an extra day to do fun stuff. I was very happy to find the beautiful Threadneedles Hotel at a bargain price of £119 for one night, and I also had a discount code which made it £104 – a crazy price for a five star hotel in London.
I absolutely love getting a bargain so booking this made me very happy indeed. I had booked one of their ‘Luxury’ rooms which is the smallest room they do – they’re a standard double with a queen-sized bed and they look really lovely.
We were however upgraded to a wonderful Studio room which was so exciting! I don’t think I’ve ever been upgraded before! Ava and I arrived early in the afternoon and were greeted by a very lovely and charming doorman who opened the door for us and then got us drinks! I was treated to a glass of Prosecco with cranberry which was a delight and Ava had a glass of water, whilst we waited to sit down at reception and be checked in.
We did have to wait a little while until it was our turn, and after traipsing through London on a red hot summers day, with an upset child who had just been smacked in the eye with a passerby’s heavy bag we could have done with a couple of seats to chill out in. I’m sure we would have been fine to sit in the lounge area but I didn’t think about it at the time.
The lady who checked us was very apologetic about our wait and couldn’t have been friendlier – she made a real effort to chat to Ava about what we were going to be doing in London and was so lovely.
We ran excitedly up to our room and I think we were both very, very excited to see such a huge room – the largest I think I have ever stayed in, let alone in London. If it sounds like I’m gushing, it’s because I am; I’m unfortunately not used to luxury when it comes to travel, and our studio was just incredible. Our bed was massive and they had put a bed out for Ava and it was almost a double all to herself – and still leaving tons of room to move about and relax in! She was very happy with her own big bed!
All of the Studio rooms have a lovely sofa as well as armchairs around a coffee table, and a big desk with plenty of lighting. I felt very spoilt when Ava and I got to the room – apart from being astounded by the size of it, there was a cupcake for each of us, as well as a little bottle of Prosecco on ice! Seriously, I was in heaven and never wanted to leave our room.
The Studios have great big limestone bathrooms, with Asprey toiletries, and a big bath and separate shower, and they’re really lovely.
The room has everything you need – great big wardrobes and drawers, bathrobes and slippers, loads of storage, and an iron and ironing board – I hate having to go to reception to get one, so I love this! As well as lots of mod cons – an ipod docking station, great big tv, and a Nespresso machine as well as a kettle and minibar. It really had everything we needed and more. Plus there were actual plug sockets by the bed which I strangely find to be quite rare!
The lobby of the hotel is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The Threadneedles Hotel is a former Victorian bank that has been converted – it retains lots of impressive period features whilst still feeling nice and modern. The most stunning one being the the circular stained glass atrium that sits above the hotel’s lounge. It really is beautiful and it’s an amazing space to sit and have a drink in. Whilst we were waiting to check out we were given more Prosecco and sat in the lovely bright lounge to enjoy it before we had to leave. It would be a super nice place to have afternoon tea, which is served every day.
The restaurant in the hotel is the very cool Marco Pierre White Wheeler’s of St. James’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room, which serves modern British cuisine – it’s also where you eat breakfast as well as the place to enjoy some champagne or cocktails in the bar. We didn’t eat at the restaurant unfortunately but it looked great and the menu made me very hungry!
The Threadneedles Hotel is in a great London location in the midst of it’s financial heart. The Bank of England and Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London, are just at the end of Threadneedles Street. The hotel is also close to the Royal Exchange, which is home to many luxury brands, and the markets of Leadenhall and Spitalfields are a five-minute walk away.
Also within a 15 minute work are other attractions – St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern. It felt like a really good nice place to be and there were plenty of restaurants for us nearby.
The staff were all so friendly and helpful every time we saw them and the doorman was very charmed by Ava apparently! The service was brilliant and they couldn’t help us enough. Even though The Threadneedles is a very beautiful five star hotel, it is still incredibly welcoming and not stuffy at all. I’m not at all used to such luxury, but I felt very (very, very) comfortable there.
I really, really hope I get to stay at The Threadneedles Hotel again one day, and hopefully get to enjoy it for more than one short night next time.
We were upgraded free of charge but all thoughts and opinions are my own, and I did pay for the room.