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.
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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