A WINTER STAYCATION AT THE RICHMOND HILL HOTEL

Richmond has always been one of those wonderful, scenic towns that I love to visit and explore at least twice a year. Partly to escape the skyscrapers of where I live in central London and enjoy a relaxing walk along the river but also to spy on some deer when visiting the brilliant Richmond Park. Richmond is also home to some fantastic architecture, lovely cafes, traditional pubs, an array of designer and boutique shops and of course the Richmond Theatre

It therefore seemed like a great idea to combine spending some quality time with my Mum in December with staying at The Richmond Hill Hotel where everything we could ever need for an enjoyable weekend was in close proximity to us. 

Stepping into the hotel we found that it was beautifully decorated for Christmas, a warm and welcoming  entrance with modern furnishings and lots of black and white photography of iconic buildings in Richmond. 

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The hotel itself is a short taxi journey from Richmond overground rail station and Richmond tube station. You can also walk from the station in about twenty five minutes. Coming out of the hotel, if you cross the road your view is very green (pictured as below) and you can easily access a path that leads you straight to the river. The hotel is situated in a prime location as it is close to the town but you can also enjoy views like these. 

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I looked forward to having a tour of the hotel as I had read about all their event space but first to check in to our room.

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Our room was part of the newly refurbished Hill Collection and felt incredible modern and clean. I especially liked the Nespresso coffee machine, great Samsung Smart TV with full Sky package and extra space with a lounge area, perfect to enjoy an episode of Blue Planet. 

The room also came with a separate bath and modern bathroom with shower which felt really clean and fresh with its white and marble effect decor. If I were to book colleagues into these rooms as part of a conference, I'd feel confident that they would be comfortable here.

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It was great to have a tour of the event space during the day. One of the rooms was in fact getting prepared to host a Christmas party for Waitrose which looked lovely. 

The Richmond Hill Hotel has fifteen meeting and event spaces in varying sizes. The largest is The Ballroom which can host upto 200 people for a private dinner and 180 theatre style, it also has it's own adjoining bar. Please see further details and photos of all fifteen rooms on offer here

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Whilst at the hotel we also visited the Cedars Health and Leisure Club which I was disappointed to find out was not connected to the hotel building itself but a short walk away. I had a quick look at the facilities but unfortunately was not tempted to go swimming as it was a particularly cold evening and the club itself did not feel inviting. 

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For dinner, we wanted to visit a nearby cosy traditional pub and fortunately for us there was one just minutes from the hotel, The Roebuck, where we enjoyed the appropriate pub classics of a good cheese burger and fish and chips. I later found out that this establishment is visited by Mick Jagger and David Attenborough but unfortunately neither were spotted whilst we were there.

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The next morning we ventured down for a hearty breakfast. We were seated and brought coffees and on offer was a buffet with lots of fruit, yoghurt, croissants, waffles and of course, a full English, just what you need on a cold winter's day.   

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Overall it was a very pleasant stay at The Richmond Hill Hotel and somewhere I am already recommending to both colleagues and friends alike.

Richmond Hill Hotel
144-150 Richmond Hill, 
Richmond-upon-Thames, 
Surrey,
W10 6RW

T: +44 (0) 20 8940 2247
E: info.richmond@kewgreen.co.uk 

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LEMAN LOCKE HOTEL

In the past 5 years Aldgate has gone from being a bit of a no man’s land between the bustling City of London and East London, to becoming a thriving scene of activity in its own right. Aldgate is now home to luxurious residential developments, unique co-working space in skyscraper offices and one innovative design led hotel; Leman Locke Hotel on Leman Street.

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Where an unattractive NCP carpark once stood, this intriguing boutique apart hotel now proudly stands, welcoming locals, guests and business people alike. Leman Locke Hotel strives to accommodate guests staying for a night or for months on end by offering a fully equipped kitchen, complete with your very own nutri bullet, floor to ceiling windows for lots of natural light, a smart TV and space to feel relaxed and at home. There are some personal touches too such as a copy of photobook “East London at Dawn” in every room, a result of a collaboration between Leman Locke and street photographer Anthony Epes.  

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If you like your coffee, then I’d highly recommend Leman Locke’s café, Hyde. In April this year, their head barista James Wise was the winner of Coffee Masters and operates a complex looking coffee machine brought over from Seattle, the very first of its kind to be used in the UK. As for food, Hyde offers a selection of delicious hand crafted sandwiches, organic salads and paleo granola.

It is very much worth mentioning their restaurant Treves too, with passionate Head Chef George Tannock delivering some truly beautiful food. George prides himself on using seasonal local and organic produce and the quality of his ingredients are reflected in his food. My favourite dish was the sensational grilled lemon verbena chicken with radish and cucumber along with a side of smoked paprika chips. I would go as far as to say that it was the best chicken dish I have ever tasted. George’s years of experience are apparent in the execution of his dishes and the way he lights up when talking to guests about his creations. To add, George's cv includes working with Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck and he has worked at high end establishments including Oblix, The Dorchester and Zuma.

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A five minute stroll towards the heart of the business district, Spitalfields or Brick Lane, Leman Locke offers a fantastic location for a range of different clientele. Local restaurant hotspots such as Gunpowder, Som Saa, Hot Box, Trade and Taberna Da Mercado – to name just a few – are all favourites amongst locals and are worth booking in advance.

Another thing to love about Leman Locke is their ability to form new and exciting collaborations, their latest with UMA where every month they host a gig of unsigned music artists. By "unsigned", it means that these artists are yet to be signed by a record label or have chosen to remain proudly independent. I was fortunate to be there for a gig showcasing two artists; Dani Sylvia and Stealth. It was a very exciting and entertaining evening watching some brilliant British talent. 

I really look forward to seeing what happens next with this exciting and unique hotel, having recently opened their Edinburgh Hotel, Eden Locke, I am planning my trip up there so I can compare notes. 

Leman Locke Hotel, 15 Leman Street, 8EN