Staycations are not something we often go on – with the last one almost 5 years ago, when H was just a little bean growing in my belly. We spent the weekend in Hampshire and although it was very lovely, the exhaustion that came with it wasn’t so and I remember being horizontal for the majority of my stay – thanks first trimester!!
So when the opportunity arose for another, this time with a 4.5 year old in tow, we decided it was exactly what we needed after a testing few weeks. We eliminated a long car journey and booked a stay at The Langham London (literally a 25 minute journey down the road for us) to ensure that we could make the most of our night away with more quality family time and less travel.
The Langham is located on Portland Place and a short walk from Oxford Circus, Regents Street, Fitzrovia and Mayfair. It is famously known as Europe’s first “Grand Hotel” and oozes such elegance.
Whilst it was my first experience of staying overnight The Langham is a place so very dear to my heart for several reasons.
You see, when I was little I used to go for afternoon there there. It was the ultimate treat with my special grandma after a trip to Hamleys toy store during the school holidays. I still remember each outing as if it were yesterday and I promised myself that when I had a little girl – I’d make sure we’d do the same thing, regularly.
We have also attended the Langham for functions and when I was dating my husband, we’d often find ourselves sipping on cocktails in the bar. We now return several times a year for date night and reminisce on the days before H.
I digress. Sorry. Back to our stay…
From the second we pulled up in the hotel driveway, I knew we’d be able to unwind over the next 24 hours. The doormen were fantastic and greeted us with warm smiles whilst taking our suitcase out the car. As we entered the hotel we were received by more happy faces, beautiful florals and breathtaking classically elegant decor with touches of their signature colour, Langham Pink.
Upon checking in, our bags were taken up to a beautifully decorated luxurious and spacious room. It was perfect for the three of us. Fully equipped with a mini bar, Nespresso machine, desk, bathrobes, a king size bed and ample storage space. H had a single bed placed near ours with a surprise sweet package, teddy bear robe and slippers. The bathroom, equally large with two sinks, a bath and powerful shower was decorated in marble and the shelf was filled with Johnson & Johnson products for H. They couldn’t be more accommodating for kids.
As we were staying in the heart of central London we took a short stroll to Pollock’s Toy Museum, another destination I used to visit in my youth. Pollock’s toy museum is a museum and small toy shop housed in two historic buildings in London’s Fitzrovia. There are some toys displayed there dating back to over 200 years old. And whilst we aren’t “that old” it was quite fun seeing some of my childhood toys and sharing so many fond memories about them with H. Remember the days of subuteo, magic fish, cat’s cradle? Yes, all those were displayed in cabinets – #nostalgia
We made our way back to the hotel in time for afternoon tea in the famous Palm Court. If you haven’t been, you really need to. The room is exquisite with contemporary decor and as you enter you can hear the grand piano being played in the background. H was immediately drawn to the music and was listening in awe when we sat down for tea. Presented on her chair was a Hamleys teddy bear as a token of thanks for coming – each child is given one if the Children’s afternoon tea is booked. And if that wasn’t enough, the tea was absolutely beautiful: Jigsaw sandwiches, cookies she could decorate, mini scones, hot chocolate and so much more. She was in heaven!! As were we. We indulged on the Wedgwood Tea and the sandwiches were excellent – so were the scones and pastries. The food was superb and plentiful. The staff were so attentive and helped us choose from a wide selection of teas. The refills kept coming and even with a child in tow, we managed to sit and unwind for almost 2 hours.
Once we reached (almost) food coma levels, we headed up to our room, changed into our swimming gear and headed down to the spa where we jumped right into the pool and swam (aka played) in the pool until bedtime. We were quite fortunate as we had the place to ourselves and H couldn’t stop giggling as we splashed one another.
We had planned to watch a little TV and order room service once H had dosed off but the bed was so comfy we ended up falling asleep too – and boy, did we all sleep well. Come 9am we headed down to the breakfast buffet. There were all the usual things you’d expect such as cereals, yoghurts, pastries, bread and fruit. Additionally you could order eggs – I went for 2 poached eggs on toast with avocado.
All in all, a most relaxing, dreamy weekend bonding with my two loves – one that I wish I could rewind and do all over again! You see, the Langham is just one of those hotels that gets it right from the start and is so family friendly too. The best staycation I’ve ever had and one I’ll definitely be doing again!