Honest Mum and friends at 100 Queen's Gate Hotel

We’ve been super lucky to have had two lush weekends away in London recently including the most ah-mazing stay at 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel (which you can win a family at), and honestly, I didn’t realise how much I needed the breaks until I hit pause and got some quality time my family and friends. Life bounds on at a 100 miles per hour and these tourist breaks in the city I know well and love so much was just what the doctor ordered (literally) post bugs which hit us all.

The first weekend I’m dedicating this post to, was spent with my oldest and closest friend, Carlie and our families a few weeks back that was filled with forever memories that saw us play tourists in the city we know and love, hug, eat, and most importantly sleep like princesses in queen size beds of dreams. Perfection!

Conservatory at 100 Queen's Gate Hotel

Carlie, James and their gorgeous kids live in Manchester so meet-ups don’t come up enough so when they do, we make the most of them and do ALL THE THINGS as you’ll discover in this post.

Carlie and I have known each other since we were 12 years old and even spent some of our 20s as accidental neighbours in West Hampstead after being neighbours in Leeds so many years earlier! Isn’t life crazy?

Carlie is the person I speak to the most on the phone (after my Mum who rings me 188534658906 times a day) and we’ve been there for one another through absolutely everything life has thrown at us over the years. I feel so lucky to have a friendship like ours, one that has endured and thrived over time, place and distance and for so long too. Some people in life are simply your sisters, a bond that can never be broken.

Where we stayed:

Home for the weekend was 100 Queen’s Gate London, Curio Collection by Hilton, a 5 star stunner of a hotel in South Kensington, a short walk from the Science and Natural History Museum and a quick ride to anywhere you fancy in Central London. It only took us 20 minutes to get to Embankment for a trip on the London Eye, with South Ken and Gloucester Road tubes nearby.

A regal Victorian style hotel, 100 Queen’s Gate hotel is in a prime location in the prestigious Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and its multimillion-pound refurbishment within, exudes elegance and style.

The staff were excellent and exceeded all of our expectations with their attention to detail (a receptionist offered to check our tube times without us asking) and the kindness they paid us all and particularly our children in making them feel so welcome and valued, blew us away.

100 Queen's Gate Hotel

The hotel is a pretty Pinterest-worthy dreamboat with its characterful decor and attention to detail. I loved its sleek, modern interiors and statement walls  (the china plates and framed maps are house goals) as well as the further nods to its roots with carefully curated antiques and historical portraits, effortlessly intertwining the old with the new.

100 Queen's Gate Hotel, London

Interconnected rooms also made life easy for us all as the children slept together in ample single beds adjacent to the master bedroom which housed a huge bed overlooking a fireplace in the centre.

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Beautiful.

And there’s nowhere better to get a view of London than from the sky….

The London Eye

Thanks to Buyagift.com, we climbed aboard the London Eye (I can’t believe Oliver was a toddler the last time we visited) and once again, were dazzled by the twinkling skyline, as we floated on, up high. Dinner was also c/o of Buy a Gift with an Italian feast at Prezzo with plant-based options a-plenty and generous portions on their special menu for both adults and children.

The London Eye

The open kitchen layout meant the children could marvel at the chef making pizzas and with its winding olive tree towards the entrance, and neon signage on the wall, it really is the chicest Prezzo I’ve ever been to.

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Sunday saw us wake up late (thanks to the Prosecco the hotel kindly left in our room) before a leisurely breakfast on the ground floor (which included an expansive buffet as well as options to order)…..Yum!

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Ample fuel for a day of fun at the Science Museum’s unmissable Wonderlab in the Equinor Gallery: a hub of interactive and explosive demos, activities and live shows that made for one of the best days we’ve ever spent in London. We all learnt so much (it’s been a long time since I studied Science that’s for sure) and only returned a few days ago as part of Oliver’s temporary homeschoolingThe Science Museum

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We gobbled delicious lunch c/ of The Diner downstairs in the Science Museum (I must recreate the tempura courgette burger which was a taste sensation) and all the food consumed was top-notch across the board. It was wonderful to enjoy a sit-down, leisurely option food too at the museum and works well if you’ve chosen to spend the day there. Then it was bespoke shakes, ice creams and sorbets for dessert by the Wonderlab the kids loved and made for the perfect end to the weekend.

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It’s great to attend a museum which takes its culinary offerings as seriously as its scientific ones and we all felt thoroughly grateful for the generosity the hotel, Buyagift and the Science Museum showed us. Thank you all.

What a perfect weekend.

If you like mini movies, why not watch the vlog!

Excitingly, you can win a weekend in the capital as 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel are kindly offering a family (2 adults and 2 children) the opportunity to stay in a suite. Whoop, whoop!

Simply enter below!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends Dec 28th 2019 at midnight.
If the winner does not respond within 7 days of the email being sent, a new winner will be selected at random.
The prize is for a one night stay in a one bedroom suite inclusive of breakfast based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.
Prize must be redeemed by Dec 2020 and dates are subject to availability.
The prize is non refundable, non transferable, resaleable or exchangeable. No cash alternative.
It cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.
Travel is not covered, you need to make arrangements to be in London in the UK to redeem this prize.
Open worldwide.

Single exterior photo of the hotel by/ copyright Matthew Shaw Photography.

 

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68 Responses

  1. Susan Willshee

    I want to win because this would be a fabulous base for a family weekend in the capital. I really want to take the girls to see Matilda the musical and I know they would go bananas over a ride in the London eye

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  2. Natasha Douglas

    My mum and I would love to treat my sons to a day in London and follow the new snowman trail. An overnight stay would make our day out extra special!

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  3. James Harris

    I would love to be able to treat my children to a trip to London. There is so much to see and do, but we would probably visit one of the museums.

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  4. Kaye Willan

    Would love to win looks like you had a super time and kept the kids occupied too , thanks for the chance to win

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  5. Danielle Short

    I’d love to win this for my mum. She’s been caring for my grandma the past couple of years & she really deserves some luxury & spoiling so i’d love to win this for her 🙂

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  6. Neha Chauhan

    I’ve been reading your blog and entering competitions for long now. This would be a nice family outing.The place looks incredible.

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  7. Stephanie Campbell

    this looks absolutely stunning, a great place to relax after a busy day exploring. we are taking the boys for their first trip to London hopefully in the New Year. just need to find time between all my placements

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  8. Farhana

    We would love to do more family time within the UK so this would be perfect to start with.

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  9. Julia Linsley

    I’d love to win to treat my daughters we love London and do not often have an opportunity for some real family quality time in such a great location and hotel luxury!

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  10. Margaret Davidson

    I miss doing things in London so much – I would love to be able to go back for a break and stay in this amazing place!

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  11. Helen Stratton

    The hotel just looks like it would be the most amazing treat for any family.

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  12. karen Usher

    Would love to win, such a great family friendy hotel plus so close to so many exciting activities that are also family friendly. Would make a weekend in London without the thought of having to get the train and tube home. Fun family weekend!

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  13. Becky Duffy

    It looks like you all had a wonderful experience and I would really like for my family to have the same for my family

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  14. Jodie W

    It looks amazing, its always good to hear recommendations for family friendly hotels to stay. My son is now getting to the age where he would appreciate a trip to London, he wants to go to the transport museum, and I want to show him the stonework on St Pancras station that my great grandfather worked on.

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  15. Michelle Bamber

    I would love to take a break away at this stunning looking hotel, there is always so much to see and do in London and it always seems like we never have enough quality time as a family

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  16. Maya Russell

    I’d like to win because we could stay in a fab hotel and visit lots of famous museums which are close by.

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  17. Karen Weedon

    I’d love to win as when we normally visit London the day is so rushed as we have to allow plenty of time to get home – so this would make the day far more enjoyable

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  18. Angela Kate Webster | Cosmic Kick

    I’d love to win so I can stay near Harrods and have a good look around the store. Everytime I visit London, I’m so tired from walking around the other sights that by the time I get to Harrods I never have the energy to really explore. 😄
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  19. Kellie Steed

    I would absolutely love to win this for my family! It looks so stunning and not the sort of place that we could afford to stay at through choice, so it would be a lovely treat!

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  20. John McDevitt

    This is the nicest looking 5* star hotel ever! It’s not too stuffy or OTT, the decor is just right. Love it.

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  21. Oana

    This would be a dream come true, one year one from the last visit to London as I’d save it again for November and Emma’s birthday! The hotel looks beautiful and visiting the museum and getting on the London Eye would be Emma’s absolutely dream. Keeping everything crossed!!

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  22. Michael Cannon

    Would be lovely to have a night away as a family. My son loves trips to a hotel.

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  23. Marycarol

    Looks amazing and would be lovely to have a family break in such a fantastic place x

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  24. Rachael G

    The rooms are stunning – it would be a real treat away from real life for my family if I was lucky enough to win!

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  25. zatun suleman

    It’s such a palaver booking a hotel in London and parking that we give up! I’d love to take my girls sightseeing, unfortunately gone are the days I could dress them alike!! Your boys are adorable as are you!! I found your link didn’t work but I did read your above post and pics are stunning

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  26. Laura Mott

    Looks fabulous. Would be great to take a family trip to London. Life is so busy & great to take some time out together.

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  27. Cassie Parish

    Wow wow and triple wow. How amazing. I’d so love to win this. It was Mike and hubs 20th anniversary of being together last year but we were both too poorly and suffering money troubles to be able to celebrate. Be amazing to win this and make up for it in style x

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  28. Helen B

    I would love to take my son to a theatre show in London, this would be an ideal place to stay.

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  29. Becky

    We are heading down to London this weekend with our children so we will be sure to check out your recommendations. The hotel looks beautiful.

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  30. Emma

    Sounds like an AMAZING weekend. We haven’t been to London in so long. I do love it at this time of year too.

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  31. Mrs C

    My family and I have had a very tough few years and would love to spend some time together and unwind. It would be lovely.x

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  32. Sadiyya Maryam

    This looks absolutely amazing and would be wonderful to treat my special little family to a stay in this fabulous hotel as the location is just excellent.

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