In collaboration with The East London Hotel.
Last month we took our first trip as a family of four. We headed down to London for the weekend and had the loveliest time. It was a great reminder that even though it wasn’t some exotic destination taking time away from the everyday, even if it’s just to the capital, can do you the world of good. A change of scenery and a break from the norm was very refreshing and it was fun playing tourist. I’ve been to London so many times, but there is still so much of it that I’m yet to see.
While in London we were invited to stay at The East London Hotel based in Bethnal Green. I’ve never stayed in Bethnal Green before, so was really interested to see what it had to offer. We drove from home to the hotel as we thought it would be easier with a 4 year old and a small baby. Parking in London can always be a challenge, but after arriving at the hotel that doesn’t have parking we were kindly directed to nearby 24 hour carpark where our car was secure for the whole weekend.
On arrival we were treated to hot chocolates all round after getting back from the carpark, which we enjoyed in the comfy seats in the bar area. We checked in using the electronic system in the minimalist reception. I think the idea of this is to sped up the check in process by doing it yourself, but staff are on hand to help if needed. The bar area, reception and hotel restaurant are all in the same area, so well designed with a cool contemporary feel and looks out to the street.
Our luggage was taken up to our family room that consisted of 2 separate rooms joined by an interconnecting door. This was great for us because it meant that Aiden could have an entire room to himself, which actually came with 2 single beds and a bathroom. In our room was a king size bed, a travel cot for the baby and a large bathroom. There was plenty of space in the rooms for Aiden to run around and play, which made him very happy.
As we got to the hotel late in the afternoon, we decided to rest there until the evening. We ventured out for some food and were thankful that we didn’t have to go very far. The hotel is surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars. We fancied trying something a little different than what we usually go for and headed to the Japanese Canteen that was just behind the hotel. I went for the seafood bimimbap, Aiden had the katsu curry and Alfie had a pork dish. Thankfully, the baby slept through the noise in the restaurant so we could get on an enjoy the food.
The next morning we’d made plans to explore London and the first stop on our list was to take Aiden to the Natural History Museum. Of course, a big day of adventures means that a good breakfast is in order. I loved the way the menu was set out and it was definitely right up my street. I ordered a bagel with smoked salmon and scrambled egg (with avocado the next morning) followed by the strawberry yogurt. The only thing that I would say about the menu is that perhaps it didn’t cater to everyone because it didn’t include simple things like porridge or cereal. We did struggle to order something for Aiden at first, but he was quite happy with a toasted bagel, scrambled eggs and beans in the end. The strawberry yogurt was his favourite – he’s got my sweet tooth!
After breakfast we headed to the tube that’s a short walk from the hotel and headed to the Natural History Museum. We took the pushchair on the tube as we thought it would be easier with a tiny baby and being out all day. Although we quickly regretted not bringing her sling along as carrying the pushchair up and down the underground was a pain. It’s definitely a good if you’re looking for a workout while you’re out and about in London, but I can think of more fun ways to get fit. After the Natural History Museum we headed to the Rainforest Café and then Buckingham Palace before heading back to the hotel.
The following morning we headed down to breakfast and we all went with the same choices we made the previous morning. The staff were so good with Aiden and treated him to one of their chocolate muffins – it was so good because obviously I had to taste test it too!
Before heading home, we checked out the V&A Childhood Museum that as literally just across the road. We loved how conveniently located the hotel and the variety of restaurants that are around it. Also, it’s so close to the tube too and it only takes 15 minutes to get into central London.
Where are your favourite places to visit in London?
*Our stay at The East London Hotel was complimentary for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to do what I love, bringing you wellness content and recipes to help you find your version of balance.