Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

London Can Fill Us with Pride; Travel London Is Perhaps at Its Best outside the Summer Months, and a Top-End Hotel Adds to the Experience. Graeme King Spent a Weekend in the Capital

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

London Can Fill Us with Pride; Travel London Is Perhaps at Its Best outside the Summer Months, and a Top-End Hotel Adds to the Experience. Graeme King Spent a Weekend in the Capital

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WHILE I bow to nobody in my derision for the parochial, 'London is the centre of the universe' attitude of many of our capital's residents, it is nice to have a weekend down there now and again.

You speed into King's Cross feeling that there are hundreds of different options available to you and, after battling your way through the tube station that seems to be permanently under construction, go off and enjoy a handful of them.

This weekend was centred around the Wyndham Grand hotel in Chelsea Harbour, so gave my partner and I a new perspective on the city.

The five-star hotel has fantastic views up river towards the City and the London Eye, so it was tempting to stay exactly where we were, but we did venture out and see the sights.

Chelsea itself has the famously fashionable Kings Road, which is now full of upmarket interiors shops, rather than the clothes emporia of its heyday. You can enjoy a bit of window shopping and try to pick out how a Russian billionaire or his Premier League pals might spend their wages.

And Stamford Bridge is within walking distance if you fancy seeing the same folk displaying the skills that pay the bills.

The all-suite hotel has all the facilities you expect with accommodation of this standard - a well-equipped gym and swimming pool; concierges to look after any calling of taxis you may need; and room service which can deliver pretty much anything you fancy.

Each suite has a separate lounge and bedroom, each equipped with a large flatscreen television, a small kitchen area and two bathrooms. The balcony allows you to look over the marina, and if you're up early enough, the view of the sunrise in the early morning is superb.

The Aquasia restaurant is a nice spot to spend the evening, with picture windows providing views of the marina.

The service was charming, the food of a very good standard, and there was a very high standard of people watching to be enjoyed.

There are all kinds of people to be seen around a top London hotel - and not all of them exuding the kind of wealth you might expect in such a spot, so the potential for guessing everyone's story is huge. …

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