Adventures in Londonland: Day two – Gardens and a Crown

Courtesy of Philip King

Day two in my Londonland Adventures was looking quite promising. The itinerary looked something like this:

Kew Gardens

Traditional pub lunch

Stroll through South Bank

Check in to Crowne Plaza hotel, Blackfriars

Dinner at Buddha Bar

Sun was shining, jet lag wasn’t as bad anymore and the Eggs Benedict Breakfast did the trick. I was all ready for a full day of discovering, exploring and enjoying myself.

We started with Kew Gardens as it was on our way to London and it made more sense to leave Selsdon, make our way to Kew, spend the morning in the gardens and finish with a Sunday roast before hopping in the train to London. We arrived at the gardens around 10AM and the weather decided to be on our side as there was no cloud in the sky. The Gardens are really beautiful and I would recommend anyone who visits London stopping by for a few hours. There are a lot of attractions within the gardens, you won’t even realize how time passes by,  and just to name a few: Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, Princess of Wales Conservatory, a wildlife Conservatory, Glasshouses, a Treetop Walkway and lots and lots more. Seems like summer you could have even a little picnic here so what better way to enjoy nature than surrounded by 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses.

Kew Gardens - Photo by Philip King
Kew Gardens – Photo by Philip King

After what is seemed like the longest walk of my life I was told I need and must have a Sunday roast. Said and done. Sunday roast at the Coach and Horses Hotel’s restaurant. As it seems Sunday Roast is quite a tradition as the restaurant was full with families chatting and enjoying this traditional dish. The restaurant was pretty informal and had more of a “dinning room at home” feel than a restaurant. It felt pretty cozy and comfortable and the food was pretty good (based on my opinion of first experiencing the roast).

Coach and Horses
Coach and Horses

After gaining our energy back we made out way to London, to The Crown Plaza hotel to be more exact, which was going to be out host for the next two nights.  As a travel agent I get the opportunity of helping others plan their trip, advising them on what to look for or what to stay away from, what activities they could take advantage off and what hotels they should consider but I also get feedback on a lot of places, which helps a lot with future trips. I do have quite a handful of clients that enjoy London and have mentioned Crown Plaza Hotel to me before but I would have never thought it is as great as they described it. Everyone’s experience is personal to them and what someone enjoys others may not but this hotel exceeded my expectations. As it was my first visit to London I will let my blogger friend tell you why this hotel is an excellent choice:

The choice of Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Crown Plaza was excellent, as the location is so prime, being right beside Blackfriars Bridge opposite the newly redesigned gleaming station, whose frontage arcs around, emulating the iconic curve of the Unilever h.q. opposite. We were treated exceptionally well from the moment of arrival and the spaciousness and style of the hotel really hit the mark; to be expected after a multi-million pound refurbishment, which appears in good taste. The double deluxe suite offered fantastic views towards St Paul’s cathedral and The Shard.

Crown Plaza Lobby
Crown Plaza Lobby
Crown Plaza Bedroom
Crown Plaza Bedroom
Mini bar
Mini bar










And besides the great location it also has a great design which you notice as soon as you step into the lobby. From the polished floors, modern look with a little traditional twist, the elegant pink light around the receptions area to the statuesque silver clock, everything is elegance. The rooms are spacious, stylish decorated and the mini bar has absolutely everything you want. The hotel offers a variety of rooms to fit any budget and the staff is extremely friends and helpful at any time. I am very happy to have stayed in this hotel and I would definitely recommended to anyone who wants quality, great service and excellent location. I also had the privilege to enjoy some cocktails at the hotel bar and an amazing dinner at their Italian restaurant but all that in day 3 of my adventures in Londonland.

Crown Plaza London – The City

Culinary World Tour

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