36 hours in London, Cheval Knightsbridge, Oliver Bonas manicure and a day at You Tube!

Earlier in the week myself and my lovely pal Lucy headed up to London for 36 hours in the city, child-free, press days, a little get together then a full days training at YouTube. I have to say for an introvert like me spending so much time meeting people, making small talk and immersing myself in the hustle and bustle of the city isn't always something I feel able to do but I knew that going along with a good friend would make it easier.

Originally we had only planned to make it up for the day but when we were both  invited to the YouTube space with Britmums we knew it was too a good a opportunity to miss. Lucy is one of the people the got me into making videos over on my channel and is one of the most down to earth and genuine people I know. I wasn't really sure I fit into the whole YouTube scene but I'm slowly realising that its OK to be different and you'll find your niche eventually even if it isn't always the easiest path. 

We were lucky enough to stay at one the beautiful Cheval Residences in Knightbridge which I highly recommend. I know when you talk about how expensive or non expensive something is it's always fairly relative but I actually thought the Cheval properties were really good value for location and comfort. Our apartment worked out at about £500 a night but for two rooms (and three beds as one room was a twin) that actually comes out as less than regular hotel room in London which I often end up spending at least £250 on. I think having a entire luxury apartment like this, just round the corner from Harrods no less is brilliant idea for friends wanting a weekend away together but for us it would work really well as a family city break. 

Cheval have the impeccable service you would expect from a luxury apartment, a concierge service and a very welcome greeting upon arrival. They also leave bits and bobs you would need like toast, milk etc but also eggs, croissants and smoked salmon as well as a very welcome coffee machine of course! 

The floral sofa of dreams

I love how they mixed Scandinavian design with industrial design and a pop of floral for good measure!

As two sleep deprived mums of young children the thought of a full nights sleep is thoroughly exciting but even more so when you know just how soft and comfortable the bed is. I took the master bedroom with ensuite (thanks Lucy!) and Lucy had the twin room with the prettiest floral window seat. The floral decor was something I LOVED about this place, especially the sofa. 

As usual it's so hard to take photos at this time of year, I'm not sure mine do the place justice!

In the evening we set off to pop our heads in at the F&F press day and also Paperchase before heading to Oliver Bonas for cocktails and manicures which was such a treat. They served black ice cream cocktails with creamy rum and a few chocolates thrown in for good measure. It was like the most amazing pudding I'd ever eaten! 

The next morning we said goodbye to our lovely apartment which felt like such a shame as it would have been lovely not to have had to check out so early but we need to be at You Tube for 9.30am. 

It's definitely made me want to come back and book again with the family next time, I think London is such a magical city around Christmas time. I was walking past the giant Christmas tree by Harrods and thinking how wide the kids eyes would be had they seen it. A friend of mine has a tradition to make the trip every December and get their photos with Father Christmas in Harrods and I think that's such a special thing to do, it's made me want to start a similar tradition and visit each year. I think if we did we would definitely consider another stay in one of the Knightsbridge Chevals. Especially as the kids could be in bed in the evening and we'd get to enjoy the spacious living area with a glass of fizz in the holidays. 

Thanks to Cheval for inviting us over for the night at their Knightsbridge property. 

If you want to see any video's from our 36 hours in the city then head over to my YouTube channel as I'm vlogging daily in November!


Hannah Latoya Bond said...

I love Harrods at Christmas, especially going through their Christmas department

Melanie said...

Ooo looks really plush and sounds like you had a super time. Love London x

Tanya Brannan said...

Wow what an amazing looking place, and such a perfect location! I would love to have tried the black ice cream and rum combination

Dannii said...

It looks like you packed a lot in. It's made me want to plan a trip to London now.

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