Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NNFOR A TREAT; LORNA HUGHES Finds the Ideal Spot for a Fun Theatre Break in London

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NNFOR A TREAT; LORNA HUGHES Finds the Ideal Spot for a Fun Theatre Break in London

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Byline: LORNA HUGHES

IT'S all too easy to stay in your comfort zone when you go to a city the size of London. Daunted by the huge scale of the big smoke, over the years I've settled on a familiar routine I've rarely deviated from.

Budget hotel right opposite the train station I've arrived at? Check.

Shopping on Oxford Street? Check. A ride on the London Eye? Check. This time I was in town with my sister to see a show and enjoy some sightseeing. We fancied something a bit different from our usual bolthole, which led us to our stay at the Holiday Inn Regent's Park.

Smack-bang between Fitzrovia and Marylebone and a short walk from Euston Station, it's a modern seven-floor hotel tucked away on quiet Carburton Street.

Nearby Hill offers views of We were only a couple of minutes' walk from the busy A501, but once you're inside, it's an oasis of calm with bright, modern furnishings. The location offers easy access to central London's major attractions while still feeling a million miles away from the busy tourist traps.

For me, part of the fun of being in London (natives will no doubt beg to differ) is going sightseeing using the Tube, and we were just a two-minute walk from Great Portland, with Regent's Park and Warren Street a few minutes further away. We wanted to fit in some exploring before our night at the theatre, and being so close to the Underground made it easy.

London was bathed in early summer sunshine and we started with a stroll through nearby leafy Regent's Park, taking in its tree-lined pathways and elegant flower beds. With more time to spare, we agreed we would have taken a stroll up to Primrose Hill to check out the incredible view of London's skyline.

The Holiday Inn Regent's Park offers smart event facilities and families will love the attractions a stone's throw away. Madame Tussauds and London Zoo - with 700 species of animal - are both close by. Sherlock Holmes fans, like us, can also check out the museum dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective. …

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