Mee Playing Tourist in Central London
A couple of weeks back I was invited to be one of the first guests in this newly renovated boutique hotel in Central London called Montagu Place.
The location is excellent as it’s just a stone throw away from Marble Arch and Baker St tube stations, and the oh-so-lively Oxford Street.
They have 3 types of rooms and I think we got the Fancy Room, which is the second biggest type, featuring a sitting area and a fake fireplace (all room in the world should really have fireplace that functions as decoration only – it makes it feel so cozy, without the fire hazard!).
Given this opportunity to stay overnight in central London, we didn’t waste the opportunity and decide to play tourist for the day. The choices are endless, even for me who have stayed here for over 4 years. It is London after all!
First up is The Wallace Collection which is a wonderful museum about 10-15 minutes walk away from the hotel, how convenient! I’d been wanting to see its tearoom and try its afternoon tea.
The museum itself is free and it is just as lovely to check out. The Wallace Collection is now one of my favorite museum + afternoon tea combo!
Next we walked all the way to Tavistock Square in Bloomsbury. I love walking in London. I always find little nice surprises, lovely mews, historical buildings, and the blue plaques marking which famous people have lived there. You’d be surprised how many blue plaques you can find just walking a few hundred meters. It’s like a giant treasure hunt game.
Tavistock Square and others nearby are well known for their statues of famous people. Here’s more about Bloomsbury squares and gardens (what a coincidence that that website is using the same theme as mine – I had to take a double look to see that it’s not my own site). But I was after one in particular…
Feeling impulsive, and with tourist level increasing, we decided to finally go aboard the most touristy ride of them all: the London Eye! Yes over 4 years of living here, I had never gone aboard it, because let’s admit it, it’s kinda pricey (right now it’s £23 pp), and I always thought I was going to when some friends from overseas come over to London, but somehow I always missed it.
And now that I’ve done it, I can say, honestly, it’s pretty awesome. (Click on the pic for larger view)
Yes it’s pricey. Yes it’s touristy. But if you just visit London for a few days (or even a few years) it’s one of those things that you want to do at least once in your life.
To close off the night we walked along Thames to the Houses of Parliament – that is always looking majestic at night.
After that it was just a short tube ride to our hotel at Montagu Place and we had a good night sleep. My office happened to be around the area so in the morning I just walked there. Aah, to live in central London.
The hotel has breakfast buffet (priced separately from the room at £15 pp), but really there are many food options nearby. I dropped by Nordic Bakery on the way to work, for a bit of morning Scandinavian-ness, and had baked pancake with honey, yum.
A lovely day in London thanks to Montagu Place hotel!