To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, we packed our overnight bags and headed down on the train to London to stay in a gorgeous mews house with Merino Hospitality. We had planned a fun weekend of showing Olly the major sights of the city, maybe a spot of birthday shopping and we penciled in a yummy birthday meal in Covent Garden. We couldn’t wait to spend some together and explore the capital at our leisure, something we’ve never had the chance to do.
Set back from the main road along a cobbled way, the house looked well presented and we were keen to have a look around. On arrival at Orchid Way, we met Louise, the co-founder of Merino Hospitality who kindly showed us around the property. The house was really impressive with stylish decor, a well equipped kitchen and all the mod-cons throughout the house including underfloor heating, motion activated lights, Sonos audio system and even Netflix on demand.
Olly couldn’t wait to see his bedroom for the night and I couldn’t wait to see the master bedroom with it’s mezzanine floor.
The whole house is beautifully stylish with wooden floors, crisp white lines and dramatic wallpaper but is really family friendly.
There’s even a secret play room up on the mezzanine floor with multi-coloured lights, a chalk wall to draw on and lots and lots of Lego which of course, Olly loved.
After a quick nosey around the house, we went off exploring with our Oyster cards to hand and set off to see the Queen. First stop on our adventure around the capital was Buckingham Palace. Olly couldn’t wait to see where the Queen lived and was really keen to see the soldiers on patrol outside. He even asked if we could go in and see her, bless him.
From Buckingham Palace we walked to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, we had a quick glimpse into Downing Street and then went to look at the London Eye which is something I was considering taking Olly on. As soon as he saw it, he told me he didn’t want to go on it so that saved us a bit of cash! Our mini-tour then took us into Piccadilly Circus so Olly could spend his pocket money on a dinky toy car at a tacky gift shop and I could ‘pop’ into the new Cath Kidston shop to spend my birthday money.
For dinner, we had booked with The Real Greek in Covent Garden which was absolutely delicious. It was a meal completely off the diet and it was just what I needed. We had flatbread, humus, tzatziki, chicken souvlaki and grilled halloumi, it was such a treat and was totally delicious.
We headed back to the house which is just a couple of minutes walk away from Russell Square tube station via the supermarket to pick up nibbles and supplies for breakfast. We didn’t need to buy much at all as there was a welcome basket full of supplies in the kitchen as well as a well stocked fruit bowl and fresh milk and eggs in the fridge. The little touches certainly add up and definitely make you feel well looked after.
After reading Olly a bedtime story and tucking him into his comfy double bed, Hubby and I settled on the sofa downstairs with Netflix, a tub of ice cream and a couple of glasses of Prosecco. It was the perfect end to a lovely Saturday.
We finished our weekend in London off with a lazy breakfast and a trip to the Science Museum to see spaceships and moon rock. Unfortunately due to tiredness and the six or seven miles we all had walked the previous day, Olly had an almighty toddler meltdown and we went back to the house for lunch and to pack for our train home.
Orchid Way was a wonderful place to stay for the weekend. It was so nice to be able to make ourselves a cup of tea keeping our leftover ice cream in the freezer knowing Olly was safely tucked up in bed upstairs. It really felt like home from home with the added luxuries thrown in for us all to enjoy, a perfect place to stay when exploring the capital.
Huge thanks to Merino Hospitality for welcoming us for the weekend. All photographs and words are my own.