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We arrived in London, hired a car and drove straight to South Hampton to pick up the new baby, W's dream car the Porsche 997 S Convertible that was to be the mode of transport for the month long trip around the UK. It was not sensible, our bags barely fitted on the back seats but it was fast and fun to drive :)
After not sleeping for 36 …
... Sunday ended with a roast dinner at another english pub where I caught up with a Londoner who had spent some time in New Zealand, James.
On Monday, lunch with Jess and Georj at a little burger place with a kiwi theme, GKB. After this, JL and I took a tour of the Tower of London. Well worth doing. The tour guides, beef eaters, are dressed up and quite theatrical throughout the tour which adds to it. Some of the most beautiful buildings I have ever ...
... served food. That was it. We said our goodbyes to the Shaws and Wellingtons as they are continuing on. They will be missed.
Mickey, was the valiant hall monitor last night. I just curled up in my trampoline disguised as a bed in Ice Station Zebra and fell asleep. I call the bed a trampoline because I literally bounced onto the floor last night as I fell into the bed. It was quite humorous and painful at the same time. I was lucky that ...
... and have a look. I bought Emma a set of six Disney figures in a pack which are a good size for her to hold and good, hard plastic that she can chew on (since everything goes in her mouth these days).
Then we caught the bus home, arriving back at the apartment about 3.00pm. We sat down for a bit and gave Emma some afternoon tea. About 4.00pm she needed a nap so we all went to bed. After we got up at 5.30pm we walked up to ...
... day of catamaraning in Fiji uniquely qualify me for the position.
I have been pretty lazy in London. I haven't seen Buckingham Palace even though I was a 5 minute walk away from it when I met up with my mate Kit who I'd met in Thailand during the infamous Koh Samui shena****ns of 2010. I haven't been to Madame Tussauds because I just don't want to. I did go to the Tate Modern though, that ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Draycott Hotel London
Room with a View
If you want a view, and a garden in Central London - the Ashcroft Suite at the Draycott is the place for you. You have your very own balcony, overlooking the hotels large private gardens, a true oasis in central london, but only 2 minutes away from the circle line tube at Sloane Square. the designer shops of Sloane Street - Louis Vuitton/ Gucci/Prada/Tiffany are minutes away, and when you have finished shopping you can relax in the garden with your complimentary champagne.
All of the rooms at the Draycott that we have stayed in have been fabulous, but the Ashcroft really surpassed the others with its amazing view.
Super hotel. Great staff, very friendly. Great location just off Sloane Sq and walking distance from Harrod's or shops on Kings Rd in Chelsea. Room was simply fantastic and well worth the price. Can not say enough good things about this hotel.
Luxury Boutique at a luxury price
Beautifully decorated, luxury townhouse boutique hotel in Chelsea (excellent quiet neighborhood) within a 5 minute walking distance of Sloane Sq. tube and taxi stand. I had the Sheridan room which was a lovely, spacious room, excellent toiletries, minibar/fridge in room, CD player with music and small gas fireplace. Internet access available in hotel for guest use. Lovely breakfast room included a full English breakfast. I was charged for afternoon tea, not sure why when I was told that tea was served from 4-6 complimentary and I arrived at 5. On arrival, while waiting for my room and asked if I would like a beverage, I wouldn't have expected to be charged for the bottled water that was brought, but I was. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Housekeeping was very fast and helpful in bringing up and iron/board, but unfortunately was in a rush to clean the room as I found black hairs in the bath from the previous occupants. I did not complain to the hotel, I just let it go. Vacuuming of the rug could have been better, if it had actually been done at all upon my arrival. Perhaps they need a new vacuum that picks up better. Picky, yes, especially at the prices they charge this room should have been spotless and was not. Otherwise, I truly enjoyed my stay but I believe that there are hotels that are just as nice for less expense for the time one spends in a hotel room. This was a splurge that I enjoyed but on second thought would have channeled the money that could have been saved from this stay somewhere else. Still if you want a luxurious, pleasant place to stay, this is one of them.
Draycott is Something Special
The Draycott is in a lovely, quiet area, but only minutes away from the tube. The staff of this nicely appointed hotel are always ready to help, but never in the way. Understated elegance.
We would definitely recommend it and we plan to return on our next trip to London.
Another Successful trip
Have just returned from another fabulous stay at the Draycott. When we arrived on Friday night the music was playing softly through the CD player in our room, and the staff had lit the fire in advance - it really was like coming home. Breakfast in the room was superb as always, and the opportunity to meet friends for a pre-dinner drink and relax with them in the cosy drawing room is such an excellent and relaxed start to the evening - the honesty bar is a lovely touch that allows you to feel totally at home at the hotel. If only every weekend could be spent at the Draycott!
I usually stay at another hotel in the area but it is currently under renovation. On the advice of my daughter who lives near the Draycott I booked for three nights at the beginning of December 2003. From the moment I walked into the hotel until the moment I left I was made to feel completely at home. The room I had was very spacious, very beautifully decorated and above all the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I will definitely return there in the future. A home away from home! Congratulations to the owners of the hotel!
Incredible hotel with Incredible Staff!!
After spending months picking a hotel for a trip for my mother and I, decided on the Draycott. I could not have been happier. We were greeted by name and felt right at home during our entire stay. The location is superb, very close to a tube station, good food, and shopping. The staff even found a special treat I was after and delivered it, complimentary, to our room! The rooms are gorgeous, and the downstairs sitting areas are divine! Our room had a kitchenette, which was so nice, and the bathroom was HUGE and wonderful! I will definitely stay here again, and cannot say enough about how good it was. A fantastic choice for any occasion!
Gets Better and Better
Have stayed here on several occasions when the hotel was called the Cliveden Town House. On this occasion I also booked three other couples into the hotel with us as we were all attending a special dinner in London. So, it was a bit nerve wracking to find that the hotel had been taken over by a new company. What if it had all gone down hill?? I need not have feared, everything was just as wonderful as always - perhaps a little more so. I certainly thought the service this time was even better than on my last visit. The housekeeping staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly even polishing my husband's cufflinks for him. The unique and very wonderful thing about this hotel is the atmosphere which is that of a luxurious but completely comfortable country home "in town". You actually feel as though you live there.
It's all totally first class, but utterly unpretentious and you never feel uneasy. I can't imagine anything further removed from the tension of staying in one of those supercool boutique hotels where the snake hipped staff are all in black Armani and you daren't sit on the white leather furniture in case you spill your drink. Don't hesitate to stay here, especially if you are of a lover of theatre (all the rooms are named after famous theatrical figures) or an American. The latter will love it because its more British than the British and yet the rooms are BIG, the beds are King size and extremely comfortable and the showers a fierce and constantly hot. Did I mention the free afternoon tea and the pre dinner champagne?? Can't wait to go back and I really don't want to stay anywhere else anymore. Can't always afford it though, sadly.
PS All our other friends were absolutely knocked out by it too.
Loved this hotel!
This hotel has been renamed The Draycott Hotel during the summer. This is truly a home from home in London. The staff are very friendly and helpful. In the evenings the hotel serves complimentary tea and champagne - a lovely touch if you are on a leisure trip. While we stayed the weather was really good and the french windows were open on to the gardens all day allowing you to sit in the sunshine as you sipped your champagne.
Sloane Square/Kings Road, and the old Brompton Road are all only moments away so you are never short of somewhere to shop/ eat/ drink.
If you are looking to go sightseeing in town the Underground is 2 minutes away with excellent links to all parts of the city.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone - we will certainly be coming back.
Luxury in an excellent location
We really enjoyed our stay at the Draycott. The staff are really friendly and helpful. It is 2 minutes walk to the underground so really easy to get about town, and there are excellent shops, bars and restaurants locally on the Kings Road and in Sloane Square.
Cant wait to return!