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citizenM Hotel, 20 Lavington St, London, SE1 0NZ, UK

It may sound ridiculous, but last week my husband and I travelled to London, England for dinner. It gave us an citizenm-london-outsideopportunity to catch up with our daughters and son-in-law before Christmas and also to catch up with a friend I was at high school with and his husband. We needed to stay somewhere convenient and central. We chose the citizenM Hotel.

It is a hip, trendy hotel with a modern, glass facade. The citizenM Hotel is on a commercial street in central London’s South Bank. It is near London Bridge, the Shard, the Borough Market, the Tate Modern museum, Shakespeare’s Globe and Menier Chocolate Factory theatres. 

citizenmcompsWe did not really know what to expect: certainly the citizenM Hotel was not like anywhere we had stayed before. Check-in was speedy, courteous and highly computerised. The hotel has minimalist, mood-lit rooms where my husband had a lot of fun changing the colour if the lighting. Free WiFi is provided throughout the hotel, including in the rooms and a tablet was provided in the room too. Our room also had a flat-screen TVs with complimentary movies, and the room controls were operated by the touch-screen tablet. Integrated bathrooms feature rainfall showerheads. It is the best shower I have ever had in a hotel room. It is fabulous. citizenm-hotel-room2

As might be expected from a city centre hotel, the rooms are relatively small and are dominated by the enormous, comfortable, king-sized bed. There room had storage space and bottled water is supplied. There was a small desk, a stool, a chair and a safe in the room. Our room faced into the internal court yard, making it very peaceful and quiet. The only thing that would prevent me from using this hotel for a longer stay is that no tea or coffee making facilities are supplied.

citizenmloungeThe citizenM Hotel has a trendy lounge bar and lobby work space on the ground floor. There is also a 24/7 canteen for light meals where the varied buffet breakfast is between 6.30am-11am.   The staff were all extremely helpful and courteous and this hotel is eminently suitable for disabled guests. We would use the citizenM Hotel again, but not for a lengthy visit to London.citizenmshard

Valerie Penny

Hotel Mercure, London Bridge, 71-79 Southwark St, London, England SE1 0JA

mercure hotelEarlier in my life, I only seemed to go to London, England for conferences, interviews and to travel to other places. Now both my daughters live in London, at different parts of the city. So, when I go there it is usually to visit them. My husband and I usually choose a central hotel that is mutually inconvenient for them. On a recent visit this resulted in us choosing the Hotel Mercure, London Bridge, 71-79 Southwark St, London, England. We use public transport to get around the city, however prking is available at this hotel for an additional charge above the room rates.

Mercure Hotel is set in London’s arty South Bank district. This modern hotel is an 8-minute walk from Southwark Menier_Chocolate_Factorytube station and about 12 minutes walk from London Bridge tube station. It is also only 5 minutes walk from the Menier Chocolate Factory. This is a 180 seat off-West End theatre, which comprises a restaurant, bar and rehearsal rooms located in a former 1870s Menier Chocolate Company factory, close to the Tate Modern Gallery and only 1.3 miles from the medieval Tower of London.

The Mercure Hotel offers courteous service and contemporary rooms. We received a free upgrade to a premier room on the 7th floor of the hotel. It was very spacious and had complimentary Wi-Fi, 2 flat-screen TVs and work desks, a bathroom, hotel mercure insideadditional shower room well as tea and coffeemaking facilities and a Nespresso machines but the fridge did not contain the advertised complimentary drinks and these were not added throughout our stay. In this chain, children aged 11 and under stay for free with a parent. The king sized bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed the spacious sitting area.

We chose the Hotel Mercure  primarily on its location. However, we enjoyed the amenities too. They include a chic bar and a restaurant. At the Mercure Hotel London Bridge the restaurant is being up-graded to incorporate a kitchen and dining room under the auspices of mercure roomMarco Pierre White. A 24-hour room service is offered. There is also an exercise room, a business centre and 3 meeting rooms, although we did not have cause to use these. 

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay at Hotel Mercure, London Bridge and we would use it again.

Valerie Penny

The Folly Bar, 41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT, England

Last time I was in London, England, I was looking for somewhere to have dinner with my daughter and her fiance. I wanted it to be central, easy for all of us to get to, reasonably priced and not too formal. No big ask, I hear you say! Well, I found it in The Folly Bar. The bar/restaurant has music and a bar downstairs while on the ground floor it has a bistro area and bar. Access to the ground floor is disabled friendly. We were there on a Friday evening and to say the place was busy is an understatement! The Folly Bar is near London Bridge and Signage 2easily reached by public transport.

The staff are pleasant, although service was not fast. However they were very, very busy and we were not in a hurry. When we asked to move tables to be a little further away from the entrance and the music downstairs, we were accommodated.

We shared a Mediterranean starter of hummus, babaganoush, flat bread and roasted vegetables. Generally it was delicious, except for the babaganoush. It was rank. For our main courses we all had different things ranging from a steak sandwich to a veggie burger to a super foods salad. All the meals were freshly cooked. The ingredients were fresh and it was all very tasty.

DM-LIFESTYLE041We had no room for dessert but all had teas or coffees. The staff did not rush us. It was a very good meal and I will look forward to dining at The Folly again. However, when I asked for the bill, the waitress chose not to inform me that a “discretionary” gratuity of 12.5% had all ready been added. I know, I should have checked, but I live in a village and things like that do not happen here! So I had added a further 15% tip before I noticed the “discretionary” payment. I was irritated by the waitress but more cross with myself. I will not make that mistake again.

Valerie Penny

Club Quarters, Gracechurch 7 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3 0DR, England

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Club Quarters, Gracechurch in London, England but was in two minds whether to write a review! This is such a lovely hotel at reasonable prices in the centre of the city that I was not sure I wanted to share it. The hotel is very central and easy to get to. I used the underground. The monumentstations at Monument and Bank are close by. It is also easy walking distance to London Bridge.

Staff at the hotel are charming and helpful but not intrusive. There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel and a docking station for i-pad, tablet or lap-top in the room. Indeed, I will struggle to say anything negative about Club Quarters Gracechurch, I think it is one of the best kept secrets in London. So I hope this review clubwill not sound sycophantic.

I suppose it is not an ideal place to take small children, but it is not designed for young kids. It is really designed for the business traveler or those visit includes a business element. For me, many trips, even of a social nature, involve a business element and I suspect I am not unusual in that. The hotel has a smart exterior and the reception desk is manned 24/7. I did not use room service,the restaurant or the fitness suite, so I cannot comment on these except to say they are all available.

My room was large for a city centre hotel and the en-suite facilities, although dated were spotlessly roomclean, and that floor of the hotel was in the process of being modernised, so I suspect when I go back that will have changed. The view from my window was not great, but I do not ever go to a world city to look out of the window. The bed was a king-size bed and the air-conditioning and heating system are very effective. There are computers and meeting facilities available to guests and special arrangements for printing boarding passes and travel documents.

The hotel is so well situated within the city that I was able to conclude my business meetings and also have time out with easy transport to the theatre in the West End and to catch up with family and friends over dinner.

Do I recommend Club Quarters? Yes but not for family holidays with young children. Would I use this hotel again? In a heartbeat!

Valerie Penny