Tigerlilly Quinn: Hendon Hall

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Hendon Hall


On Friday we headed over to London to stay in Hendon Hall. We had previously enjoyed a night at Bailbrook House earlier in the year (both being part of the Handpicked Hotel group) and were really excited to stay in another of the groups hotels.

Hendon Hall is a 25 minute tube ride or so from central London in the leafy suburb of Hendon. From the tube stop it was a 15 minute walk along blossom filled streets to a welcoming reception and a spacious room to relax in after our day in the city. We noticed immediately just how quiet and peaceful it was from our room which was a contrast to the hustle and bustle of our days adventures.

This is an image heavy post so click to read after the jump!


After dumping our stuff in our room we headed downstairs for cream tea in the restaurant. The staff were really child friendly and the other couple eating found Wilf's dinosaur games entertaining so Tom and I were able to leisurely drink our tea (Darjeeling for me, Russian Caravan for Tom) before our food arrived. I have never seen a little boys eyes light up upon seeing so many delicious cakes, the sandwiches were left to us whilst he devoured at least quarter of the cakes (which I can confirm were very tasty) at an alarming rate.


In need of burning off some sugar we headed out to the gardens.  A real benefit of staying in Hendon Hall are the gardens, plenty of room for outdoor dinning, beautiful flowers and lawns to run along, it was hard to believe we had been in the centre of London just half an hour before.


After a run around we headed back upstairs to chill out a little, I had a lovely relaxing bath (as relaxing as it can be when your two year old pops his head round the door every two minutes) and watched a little kids TV before heading down for dinner. I have to admit we were a bit daunted by the thought of eating again only 3 hours or so after our tea but we had to try and fit it in before toddler bedtime!


Lucky I found room enough for this, although we realised yet another pudding would have been pushing it!


We dragged ourselves to bed where things seemed to running a little too smoothly, Wilf fell asleep in my arms after a story and a cuddle..only to wake an hour later screaming in pain. Unfortunately he had his first earache and we were kicking ourselves for not having anything with us to relive his pain. I am thankful, as I always am in times like this that I am still breastfeeding as this served as an anaesthetic enough to get him back down to sleep for short bursts of time. There was a point a little after midnight that I worried we should get him to an A&E but really I knew all they would do is give him some calpol unless he had had it for over 24 hours. We managed around 5 hours broken sleep and lucky by the morning he felt better but we were all exhausted.

As such we felt breakfast in our room was appropriate.


To be honest after this we could have easily sunk back into that lovely bed but another day in London awaited so we said goodbye to the staff and set off on our way. I hope to come back soon!

Room rates start from a very reasonable £109 and is easily accessible via the tube with a short walk or bus ride to the hotel.

We were guests at Hendon Hall but all words and thoughts are my own 

29 comments:

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

Wow looks amazing. I can't wait till J is a bit older and we can go up to London for the weekend, I will def remember to take Calpol with me though ;) x

Polly Davies said...

looks like a lovely place to stay. We're hoping to take the girls to london next year for a week :)

Kate Williams said...

Sorry to hear Wilf was poorly but other than that it sounds gorgeous! Breakfast in your room looked lush x

Rachel Cooper said...

Sorry to read your son was poorly but the hotel looks lovely!!the food looks lush! X

Victoria MyLittleLBlog said...

wow, it is surprising that you can find such a nice place somewhere not far from London, will bare this hotel in mind

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Poor Wilf and you two. A poorly child is the last thing you want on a weekend away! On the other hand, being somewhere that lovely almost makes up for it! That hotel looks really great. Love a weekend in London.

Kirsty Hornblow said...

It is really interesting to hear that you had a good stay, especially when your little one was poorly. I've been there for a work conference but I didn't stay and what I say was really lovely. It's a great option for a London visit.

Bek B said...

Sorry to hear that your little one was ill. I'm glad to hear that you had a good stay though. This looks like a lovely place with great food.

sonya said...

What a gorgeous looking hotel! Glad your little boy was feeling a bit better by the morning.

Wild & Grizzly said...

looks like you guys had a great get away. The food looks yummy and a long soak in tub sounds like heaven (our is so small it's never much fun). Hope you had fun in London x

lisa prince said...

looks like you all had a great time with fantastic pictures of memories to share too

Jen Walshaw said...

What a beautiful place. I love it when hotels have beautiful gardens

Twinsplustwo said...

What a fabulous please - beautiful photos. I would love to go there!

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins said...

Ooooh what delicious looking food :-) beautiful pictures, it looks like you had a lovely time x

Clare Nicholas said...

Wow it looks stunning and hard to believe it's so close to the hustle and bustle of london

Claire said...

That looks like an amazing place to stay. I'm glad it's child-friendly too. Izzy had her first visit to the doctors (bar for her jabs) today as she got very poorly very quickly. She's on antibiotics and perking up quickly, but I bet if I'd still been feeding her I might not have needed to visit the docs. Hope Wilf's earache is better now. xxx

laura redburn said...

ooh this looks like a lovely place! glad little wilf has recovered from the earache.

Lia Billimore said...

WOW! Looks amazing - especially that food! Sorry to hear about little Wilfs ear :(

AnnieMammasaurus said...

This looks lovely - and that's a really great price per night too! *plans a romantic getaway*

You Baby Me Mummy said...

That looks really lovely and so reasonable. Your photo's are beautiful x

Charly Dove said...

Oh wow this place looks fabulous. Sounds like you had a wonderful time there too and the food looks utterly divine. Beautiful photos ;)

Emma Smith said...

Oh my that all looks so wonderful! I'd love to go! Now!

Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl said...

I want to go! Looks fab x

pinkoddy said...

Oh and my birthday isn't too far away either :)

Orli, Just Breathe said...

It looks like such a great place, and it looks like you had such a lovely time. I would love to go too!

Laura Rocksteady said...

This place looks perfect - so near the city but so peaceful and child friendly - the perfect bolt hole for London :)


Laura x

Sarah Bailey said...

Wow what a gorgeous place, the food looks delicious as well - I don't think I would ever want to leave. x

Life With The Crew said...

Oh, such a nice stay and then for Wilf to not feel good, too bad. :( Not feeling feel well away from home is tough, but having breakfast delivered probably helped things! I love the picture of him on the bed in his little suspenders. I really enjoy reading about your outings and how you manage them with a little one. With my babe being just a big younger, it makes me feel better to know that other couples have the same issues. Short bouts of fun between naps, bribing them with sweets, and eating dinner early like an old fart. We were the only people in the local Mexican restaurant the other day at 4pm!
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Agata Pokutycka said...

What a great place for a short break.
I can't believe is has such a large garden.

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