Tuesday, 18 May 2010

weekend away

I booked a lovely hotel for Saturday night - Keith's special birthday surprise. We had his mum and dad in to look after the boys and we headed off to London. 10 Manchester Street is just fab. The hotel was re-fitted at the end of last year. The service was excellent - I asked for some Pale Ale to be left in the room for Keith and it was greatly appreciated. And, as it was a birthday treat, plus probably our last visit before the baby, they upgraded us to the Grand Suite. Wow! Rain shower, designer bath, lounge area, kitchenette (!) and fab bed. Apologies for the less-than-good photo. It really doesn't do the hotel justice!

The position was fantastic, too. Just back from Marylebone High Street with its lovely shops although we didn't do much browsing, there is a VV Rouleaux ribbon shop (feather ribbons pictured - closed on Sundays unfortunately), Cath Kidston, Conran... plus lots more. And then only a 10 minute walk to Oxford Street. If you are visiting London, I would sooo recommend this place. I booked directly through the hotel and it was slightly cheaper than lastminute.com. And obviously, with the upgrade it was fantastic value.

And this is where we ate. Fine dining, a bit too full on as far as service goes... but Keith loved it. I really enjoyed the punch of flavours with a gazpacho shot and then creamy thing before pudding. Little extras make all the difference! I used top table to check out the reviews and went for a meal offer - £30 for 3 courses plus a bellini cocktail (I had non-alcoholic version!). Next time wouldn't bother with the cocktail.

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