At the weekend Aaron and I visited London for a 5* weekend away, using up two gifts he received for his 21st birthday. Not only did we get to go the amazing City of London Distillery, but we stayed at the 5* 41 Hotel; the beautiful hotel that sits just around the corned from Buckingham Palace. It’s safe to say that I felt like a Disney princess as we entered the grand lobby before heading to the executive lounge to check in and receive a complimentary glass of champagne. *Dreamily sighs.* We had such a magical stay and I thought I’d share with you a few snaps and stories about the unbelievably stunning hotel that we would like to go back to as soon as possible… If only!
We were like children on Christmas Eve as we sat with our bubbles at 11am on Saturday morning. As I admired the decor─it’s so fairytale-like─I almost had to pinch myself. I was in hotel heaven. Beforehand each member of staff that dealt with us chatted to us; asking how we were, what we were up to that day and if there was anything else they could do for us. Over the weekend they definitely learnt about our love for gin and we felt extremely looked after from the word “go.” Even though we were too early to check in (which we did know!) they happily kept our bag for us as we informed them we would be heading back out for our gin making experience.
When we returned from a few too many double G&Ts with three new bottles of gin in our hands, we were shown to our room where our bag was waiting for us in the, if you like, lobby (!) of our bedroom. If it wasn’t obvious already that we didn’t belong in such a stunning hotel, it certainly was at this point. Wide-eyed and goofy smiles, we explored the fanciest room I have ever stepped foot in. With an almost Paris meets London vibe─I could be totally wrong about this description─I fell in love. On what-I-like-to-call the “Putting on your shoes area” (so very fancy) we were gifted with little lovely treats and a slice of Happy 21st Birthday cake for Aaron!
We I fangirled about the natural lighting while we looked at the charming pictures hanging on the walls and, if it wasn’t yet clear that we weren’t used to this kind of hotel, excitedly admired the freebies- free bottled water?! we exclaimed.
That evening we headed to the executive lounge in our fanciest clothes for the three course meal that was included in our stay. We ordered a bottle of Bouchard Finlays Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc and I ordered the prawn and crayfish cocktail to start. We both ordered sirloin steak (medium rare) or what-I-like-to-call Royal Steak (the Queen eats the very same steak- eeek!). We both also opted for a creme brulee and each and every part of the meal was de-licious. I watched Aaron take his first bite of his steak (less creepy than it sounds) and I watched him not believe his tastebuds. We adored our meal and finished off the evening with a nighttime walk around Buckingham Palace as we felt our bellies order us to move off some of the scrumptious food. Without a doubt it was the best meal my tastebuds have ever encountered.
After the best night’s sleep I’ve had in months, I was excited for breakfast. As a foodie, I knew I was about to experience something pretty special and that I did. With the most incredible continental buffet I have ever seen in my whole life, I chose a few cold meats, some salmon, a pastry and some fresh fruit. Waking up the next morning was wholly disappointing without this display of yummy food. Both Aaron and I ordered the full English and it was just the best full English in the world. We were even asked how we would like our eggs. Now that is a 10/10 breakfast experience.
Aaron and I had the best time ever at 41 Hotel. I must note that the whole place smelt like something that was taken straight out of a Keira Knightley perfume advert. While the hotel was amazing in terms of decor, funky cushions (they deserve their own category) and stunning food (compliments to the chef!) it wouldn’t have been as once-in-a-lifetime without the staff. Even though it’s nearly Aaron’s 22nd birthday now, the staff treated us so wonderfully that I felt like it was both of our 21st birthdays at once. Thank you to everyone at 41 Hotel for such a perfect weekend!
If you’d like to find out more about 41 Hotel, check out their website HERE! You won’t regret it.
~ Kat ~