Day 4 started quite early and after a quick breakfast we began our London day-tour.
I was always reluctant to visit London as I am not a fan or rain and cold weather (ironically I live in Canada where cold is an understatement) but I think the idea of a gray day with lots of rain never appealed to me. My 5 day trip to London happened in November and I have to admit, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact I will definitely go back.
It was great to be able to walk around London and see the major tourist attractions in their greatness. It probably was the longest day out of my whole trip and a very active one for sure but in a matters of hours I was able to see quite a big part of London. We started on food from the Crown Plaza and we made our way to Tate Modern where we spend about an hour or so. After enjoying some interesting pieces of art we continued our journey to the Tower Bridge. It was quite a treat getting closer and closer to it, having it unveil itself to us gradually with each step we took. After we crossed the Tower Bridge we decided to take the subway and make it over to the Big Ben. When we were back on the surface I was quite surprised to see the Clock Tower right across the street. What a view!
After a all the walking and exploring, was time to head to our next event: the “Future of Food” and the launch of the new Qbic hotel in London.
Qbic positions itself as something of a revolutionary concept, grazing gently at the border where boutique hotel meets upmarket youth hostel, with a Dutch signature ethos centred around environmental awareness and community engagement.
It was the first hotel launch I have experienced and the fact that the event was showcasing “food and drink from a range of producers and suppliers all within a fairly narrow radius of the hotel”, made the experience even more enjoyable. I am not very familiar with London’s hospitality industry but as my food blogger friend put it, the “event was attended by a stellar smattering of foodie press journos and bloggers, as well as entrepreneurs and luminaries from the food community including bagel and cake bakers and the gent responsible for launching Street Feast, East London’s pop-up answer to our equivalent of what the rest of the world calls street food”.
The hotel is quite different from everything I have experienced. The rooms are not to big but not small either and the main focus is the bed which has a flat screen TV attached to it. Walking into the room it felt I stepped into a hippie-futuristic place. There is no phone in the room and the decorations are quite basic. I would say the TV is the main attraction in the room, after the huge picture at the top of the bed. It seems you don’t have a washroom as you step in the room, but while you are moving closer to the other side of the room you realize the washroom is behind the bed. Connected to the bed actually. Quite an interesting concept, hence the futuristic feel.
The room is very clean and quite cozy. The TV has some neat functions that connect with your other devices and the environmentally safe elements are quite enjoyable, I just wish there was a hair dryer in there. Now that being the first night they officially opened there may be added elements since (like a hair dryer – yes I really enjoy having a hair dryer specially in months like November when my long hair is taking forever to dry). All in all a good experience and I would recommend the hotel for those who are on a budget but still want to have accommodations in London.
The hotel is located just off the buzzing Brick Lane neighbourhood in the tragically hip neighbourhood of Shoreditch. Literally, you step out the door and you’ve got creative London at your feet—art galleries, fashion boutiques and Shoreditch’s contagious urban chaos.
Qbic suggests that “the best way to predict your future is to create it”. And that is what they are definitely aiming for so do check them out on your next visit to London.