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Friday, 8 November 2013

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run - Hyde Park

This November Hyde Park will host the traditional London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The car race is run on the first Sunday of November every year and has been running for several decades now. For a car to qualify it must have been built before 1905. The race starts from London’s Hyde Park and finishes 60 miles later at the sea front Brighton.
If you want to watch these spectacular cars at their best then you want to be their early. Many visitors for the race will be travelling down the night before. If you are participating in the races or coming to watch the start as a spectator supporting the great world of motoring sports then why not come early and make a full weekend of it?
The Leonard Hotel is ideally situated walking distance from Hyde Park. You will be able to enjoy the whole weekend in London, relaxing in a luxury boutique hotel, take in the sights, before taking a short walk to the engineering magnificent of the motor car.
This year will be the first time in 117 years of the run that there will be points awarded and a competitive element will be introduced.
For many of the vehicles just being able to get from start to finish is a reward in itself, however this year there will points and awarded.
So if you want to ensure that you are there when we make history in the motoring world then make sure you stay in a hotel near Hyde Park. You don’t want to be late and miss the start of the race.
Ideally you want to be able to stroll out of bed have a fabulous breakfast before having a short walk, where you can marvel at the fine classic cars, the Léon Bollée, Duryea and the Panhard & Levassor before they start.

For more information or to find our out availability contact The Leonard Hotel now. 

Music is alive on Oxford Street.

Oxford Street has always been a place of inspiration and talent. There has always been a buzz about the Street, with celebrities constantly returning to do their launches, shop and be seen. More recently we have seen the musicians strut their stuff and bring the music to life.
Paul McCartney appeared at HMV (Oxford Street). For the launch of his album titled ‘NEW’, Paul McCartney appeared at the new HMV branch in Oxford Street to sign copies of the new release.
This is not the first time an artist has graced the world famous Oxford Street. The likes of S Club, Blue, Enrique, Il Divo, Westlife, Leona Lewis, Sugababes, The Saturdays and Robbie Williams have all at some point walked Oxford Street and had the opportunity to turn on the Christmas lights. 
No matter who you are or what genre of music you like you want to make sure you are there right at the front of the queue. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see your music idol, take a picture standing next to your favourite singer and get a signed autographed memorabilia from them.
It not just in HMV where you can spot the musician, earlier in September Rhianna was launching her new clothing line in River Island.
To avoid disappointment you want to stay the night before in a hotel near Oxford Street. The Leonard Hotel is the perfect location just minutes’ walk away from the busy music filled street and the hotel will cater to your every need. The boutique hotel is not only luxurious but perfect for those weekends in London to meet your music idols.
You don’t have to worry about getting up in the middle of the night to travel from far to get to London on time for the store opening. Come down at your own leisurely pace the night before. Spend the night relaxing at The Leonard Hotel near Oxford Street, allowing you to wake up refreshed and get to the front of the line with not hustle or rush.

For more information on a The Leonard Hotel or to speak with a member of staff contact us now

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The ‘Home Alone’ Christmas adventure.

Everyone knows the classic movie ‘Home Alone 2’ - a little kid alone in the big city, stays in a luxury hotel at Christmas and gets up to trouble. Now image you in your own UK version of ‘Home Alone’. You can stay in a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of London at Christmas time, with Oxford Street giving you everything you could possibly want and need, allowing you pliantly of opportunities to get into trouble and have an adventure.    
So recreate the Home Alone feel and book yourself into a luxury boutique hotel like The Leonard Hotel. You can wake up in a palace, have room service cater to your every need and desire. Let your inner big kid come out and play. Enjoy the marvellous food and dine like a king. Then once you step outside, round the corner you have the magic and wonders of Oxford Street at Christmas!
Christmas on Oxford Street is always a huge spectacle, it starts off with a celebrity turning on the lights. The high street stores introduce their late shopping hours and then everywhere you look there is a special offer or sale.
Jingle bells, snow, Christmas trees, presents, candy cane, mistletoe and everything Christmas is right round the from The Leonard Hotel, on Oxford Street. 
For the family there are plenty of Santa’s grottos to visit and toy stores to shop at. For the adults there are open all hour bars (mulled wine) and shopping sprees. Oxford Street offers a wealth of opportunities and experiences at Christmas and you will never be left with nothing to do.
Once you are tired and all done, return to the boutique hotel that is The Leonard Hotel for a fine dining experience and accommodation that is one in a million. The Leonard Hotel is ideally situated less than 5 min away from Oxford Street you will not have far to walk to a comfortable and warm bed. Make your Christmas shopping experience one to remember, make it a unique and special event. For more information on rooms available at The Leonard Hotel and further information on Christmas bookings contact us.

A boutique hotel is so much more than just a bed.

When you stay at a boutique hotel, it not just a good bed and a big room you want, it’s all about the detail. The small things that help make your stay special. The little chocolate on your pillow, the small toiletry cases in the bathroom and the little notes by the telephone.
The Food:
Here at the Leonard Hotel we have a fabulous restaurant, Seymour’s. The first class restaurant offers the best dining experience, quality food prepared and made fresh for you on the day. The restaurant offers a wide range of food and will cater to your dietary requirements. You will be seated in a beautiful atmosphere amongst beautiful artwork and surrounding that would make the dining experience that bit more special. The food is exquisitely presented and will not disappoint your taste buds.
The Staff:
The staff at The Leonard Hotel are there to ensure your stay at the boutique hotel is everything you expected and more. If you prefer to have your meal in your room simply call reception and they can take your order and ensure you still have everything you require. If you need transport to take you to the theatre, call reception and transport can be arranged. Whatever it is you require - from extra towels and a taxi to a pair of tights and nappies, out friendly staff are here to help and will always try to go above and beyond your expectations.
The Atmosphere:
Many hotels try and give you everything, but miss the most important thing - the atmosphere. You could stay in a palace, but if it feels cold and unwelcoming, you won’t stay where again. Everyone knows that a good quality boutique hotel will have a warm, inviting and friendly atmosphere. The Leonard Hotel makes the extra effort to ensure your stay is somewhere you don’t feel cautious but comfortable, somewhere you won’t stress but instead you relax, a place that has that feeling of “Wow! That was perfect”.
For more information on what our boutique hotel has to offer contact us now.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Thinking about Christmas shopping? Stay in hotels near Oxford Street

It’s no secret that Christmas shopping is a stressful time for shoppers on the high street and whilst many of us plan to start Christmas shopping earlier each year, how many of us actually stick to this plan? Very few we imagine. This year why not do just that? It is likely that right now you will have a vague idea of who to buy for and what to buy, therefore forget the Christmas rush and enjoy shopping in a leisurely fashion.
There is no better place to make a dent on your Christmas shopping list than the shopping mecca itself, Oxford Street. People travel from all over the country to bask in the shopping delights of the many shops on London’s famous street. From the big brand store names to the individual shops offering unique and special items, Oxford Street has it all. If you’re travelling from afar there is no better place to stay than in hotels near oxford street.
Here at The Leonard Hotel, a Boutique Hotel London, we are conveniently located; only a mere stone’s throw away from Oxford Street. You can shop for those Christmas presents to your heart’s content during the day and then relax in the comfort of our beautiful hotel in the evening. Or perhaps a mornings shopping is enough? In which case, why not treat yourselves to afternoon tea? This is the perfect end to a morning of shopping. You could even try the Royal Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne.
Whilst The Leonard Hotel is fantastic for a weekend of Festive shopping and not forgetting the much deserved cocktails, we are also the ideal place to stay for the whole family. Despite being a Boutique Hotel London, we do in fact have a varied range of accommodation options, including suites, rooms and apartments. For more information on our accommodation, please visit our website.
Hotels near oxford street are ideally located for a range of London attractions. If you become tired of shopping during your stay, why not dine in our restaurant, Seymour’s, followed by an evening at the theatre? Our concierge service will be more than happy to assist in finding you tickets.

For more information about our hotels near oxford street, The Leonard Hotel, please visit our website. Should you require any further information, please contact a member of our reception team who will be more than happy to assist. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Enjoy a perfect family break in the Leonard, a hotel near Marble Arch

After a long day visiting London’s finest tourist attractions, The Leonard offers the perfect place for the whole family to relax and replenish. This unique and simply stunning boutique hotel near Marble Arch offers fantastic family accommodation with a choice of family rooms and suites.
When holidaying as a family in London, space can often be limited in hotels, with many children being forced to sleep on sofa/pull out beds which is far from ideal after seemingly endless hours on your feet. This needn’t be a worry when booking a stay at the Leonard, with two bedroom suites offering the perfect getaway.  With spacious living space, two bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen, you’re sure to have everything you need at the end of the day.
Found within the centre of London, guests of The Leonard can enjoy everything central London has to offer and is a great place to bring the family for a fun, exciting and educational break. Being a hotel near Marble Arch; we’re sure both sightseeing and shopping are high on the agenda. Why not grab an ice-cream just around the corner at the beautiful old ceremonial entrance to the northeast corner of Hyde Park at Cumberland Gate known as the Marble Arch? This stunning piece of architecture originally sat in the courtyard in Buckingham Palace with only the royal family and the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery being allowed to pass through. Afterwards why not enjoy a stroll through Hyde Park, pausing to watch fellow holidaymakers and Londoners enjoying the sunshine on a pedal boat on the Serpentine? There’s so much to see, learn and do, the hardest part of your holiday will be deciding what to do first!
When looking for that all important hotel near Marble Arch, make sure The Leonard is top of your list. With beautifully decorated single rooms, classic double rooms, deluxe double/twin rooms, one and two bedroom suites, we have the accommodation to suit your needs.

For more information about The Leonard, visit our website or contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to assist.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Exploring the city using our Boutique Hotel London as a base

Whilst London is a vast city, there are various forms of public transport that can help you explore. Before visiting London, most visitors have an idea of which attractions and areas they would like to visit however these may be dotted all over the city therefore planning efficient routes and travel methods is often recommended. 
Hotels near Oxford Street and other popular locations are highly sought after therefore make sure you research and book well in advance to ensure that you are not left disappointed. Here at The Leonard, a boutique hotel london, we are lucky to have a fantastic location. We are only a stone’s throw away from the likes of Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Edgware Road. However, if you are wanting to explore London in more depth you may want to know more about the various forms of public transport on offer.
In London, we are lucky to have lots of public transport on offer. From buses and cabs, to the overground and underground, getting around this beautiful city can be relatively easy. Transport is as regular as clockwork and there are maps and timetables to assist you in route planning. If public transport is not your thing, it is easy enough to hail a taxi. If you need any help planning your journey from our boutique hotel london, please do not hesitate to contact our reception team.
For those requiring accessible transport, all London buses and Docklands Light Railway trains are wheelchair accessible and there are various services available for disabled travellers on all modes of London transport. If you are looking for family accommodation london, then look no further than The Leonard. You will also be pleased to know that children under five can travel for free at any time on buses, the overground, the tube and Docklands Light Railway. There are also other concessions available for children over the age of five which makes travelling with the family affordable.

If navigating yourself around the city is not something that appeals to you then you may find an organised tour a better way to explore. For more information on the different tours, ask at reception who will be more than happy to assist. 

Choose hotels near Hyde Park to enjoy live music this summer

Spending several days visiting the sights around London can be extremely tiring. Typically, people plan to visit the shopping nirvana that is Oxford Street, Big Ben and the London eye to name but a few however visitors do not realise how much happens at Hyde Park therefore at The Leonard, a hotel near Hyde Park, we recommend that you budget some time to explore this beautiful park and everything that it has to offer.
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London and was opened to the public back in 1637. Prior to this, King Henry VIII confiscated the park from the monks of Westminster Abbey to use the park for hunting. Now, Hyde Park is home to various forms of entertainment, including hosting some of the World’s biggest music acts.
This summer the park will be graced by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, The Saturdays and JLS. If your children and/or teenagers are big pop fans then looking for family accommodation near Hyde Park can seem like a mammoth task. At The Leonard, we offer luxury accommodation for the whole family. As well as offering top music acts, Hyde Park also hosts various family fun evenings so make sure you plan time in your schedule to take part.
As well as hosting current artists, music legends like The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Lionel Richie will also be playing at Hyde Park this year so make sure you search for hotels near Hyde Park and book early to avoid lengthy travel times and stressful commuting.

There are also lots of other activities on offer in the park that the whole family can enjoy, including leisure activities ranging from roller blading and Frisbee to swimming in The Serpentine and horse riding. If you are wanting to include a different element to your city visit then be sure to visit Hyde Park. For more information about the different accommodation available at The Leonard, visit our website or contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to assist. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Location is key. Choose a hotel near The Wallace Collection

So you are traveling to London to bask in the city’s offerings. If you are someone who likes to indulge in the fine arts and you appreciate the history and culture that art can bring, then perhaps one of your key destinations is The Wallace Collection in Central London. For those unfamiliar with the collection, it is a national museum based in London’s Hertford House, Manchester Square that attracts visitors from around the globe.
If you are travelling from afar to this fine collection of historical artefacts and works you will want to stay in a hotel near the Wallace Collection. Here at The Leonard, we are based in a prime location for those visiting the museum as well as other popular attractions in London.
The Leonard is no more than a 10 minute walk away from the national museum whilst also being a stone’s throw away from other popular destinations in London, such as Marble Arch, Hyde Park and Oxford Street. This means that our beautiful boutique hotel London is ideally situated for all your travel needs.
Why not spend the morning visiting the unsurpassed displays at The Wallace Collection whilst then partaking in some sightseeing and retail therapy in the afternoon. In the evening, take in the spectacular views during a stroll around London’s famous Hyde Park and end your day relaxing in the hotel’s restaurant and bar.
It is no secret that travelling around London can be a stressful experience therefore we strongly recommend looking for accommodation with a fantastic location. Hotels near Oxford Street make a great base for exploring this beautiful city, whether you are wanting to visit the shopping nirvana of Oxford Street or immerse yourself in the Wallace Collection.

For more information on our beautiful boutique hotel London, visit our website or contact our helpful team today. 

Monday, 15 July 2013

A boutique hotel London that will go above and beyond

What is the difference between a normal hotel and a boutique hotel? I hear you ask. Well there are several factors that will make a boutique hotel experience different to a stay in a normal large chain hotel. A boutique hotel usually goes that bit further and is the preferred accommodation for many, including being a top choice for family accommodation London.
The Entrance
When you walking into the entrance to a normal hotel you are usually walking into an open space with a reception desk; this is often quite empty and can have a cold, sterile feel. However, upon entry to our boutique hotel London you will walk into a welcoming foyer decorated in a traditional style with a wealth of antique artwork and ornaments.
The Service
A normal hotel will have the basic necessities and will often require you to do most of the work. However at our hotel near Oxford Street you will experience impeccable service. We pride ourselves on not only providing you with the essential necessities that you would expect but by going above and beyond to ensure your stay is relaxing and that you have everything you need. Our friendly and experienced staff are there to help and our concierge is available for your every need, should that be last minute theatre tickets or travel arrangements.
The Rooms
In an ordinary hotel, every room tends to have identical interior. However at our boutique hotel London, each room has its own interior and character. Each of our rooms has been designed with the utmost care and precision. Here at The Leonard we appreciate that no two guests are going to be the same. Not everyone arrives at The Leonard with the same itinerary, therefore we cater your experience to suit you. You can rest assured that every time you stay with us at The Leonard Hotel, each experience will be as individual as you are.

If you are looking for accommodation with a fantastic location, such as hotels near Edgware road or family accommodation London, look no further than The Leonard Hotel. Visit our website or contact our helpful team for more information. 

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The appeal of hotels near Oxford Street for families

 When it comes to family accommodation London is hard to beat. Many of the millions of tourists who flock to the city each year travel as part of a family group and the hotels near Oxford Street are some of the most popular for groups of this type.

Enjoying a convenient central location and easy access to transport links with other parts of London, hotels in the area make the perfect base for a stay in the city. In addition to the obvious retail delights of Oxford Street and the surrounding streets, the leafy splendour of Hyde Park is within easy walking distance. A great way in which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy fresh air and peaceful surroundings, a trip to Hyde Park is a must for visitors.

Near Hyde Park lies the vibrant and multi-cultural Edgware Road. Famous for its many shops and its lively eateries, Edgware Road is an engaging place for a spot of lunch and a little retail therapy. Offering a change from the vast high street retailers of Oxford Street, Edgware Rd. is home to a wide range of independent shops. Nearby Marble Arch is one of London's most famous landmarks and a great location for taking photos. The fantastic marble monument is 180 years old and is adorned with intricate carvings.

Staying in one of the family hotels near Oxford Street puts you right in the heart of the action for evening entertainment. Within walking distance of the world famous West End theatres, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to nights out. Nearby Leicester Square is a great place to head for the evening, with the surrounding streets full of family-friendly restaurants and cafes. You'll find well-known chain brands as well as some excellent little independent eateries. The area is extremely busy and well-lit at all times, creating a safe and lively atmosphere for all the family, day or night.

If you'd like to know more about the benefits of staying in one of the many hotels near Oxford Street, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Our helpful team can be reached via one of the methods listed on our Contact Us page and are ready to answer you queries or offer advice.

The best family accommodation London has to offer

For the most convenient location, many families opt for hotels near Oxford Street. Set right in the centre of London and within easy reach of several major attractions, the area around the West End is perfect for family groups.

Staying in a central location obviates the need to make long trips on the Tube or other public transport. You will also be within easy reach of the mainline stations of Paddington, Victoria and Euston, meaning if you're travelling to London by train you won't face a long onward journey to your hotel.

An ideal location for family accommodation London's West End is full of attractions for all ages. Whether your family enjoys shopping, sightseeing, culture, history or fine dining, staying in the heart of London provides ample opportunity for all these things.

Nearby Edgware Road is a great place to explore the capital's multi-cultural heritage, with its range of independent shops and cafes selling cuisine from all over the world. Hyde Park is conveniently close, too, offering a great break from city life. If the weather is fine, a picnic in this beautiful park is a wonderful way in which to relax and get back to nature.

When looking for family accommodation London may seem overwhelming. This is a huge city and it can be difficult to know where is best to stay. If you opt for central London you will find you spend less time and money travelling to and from major attractions and more time enjoying yourself.

Many major attractions, such as the National Portrait Gallery, Nelson's Column, the Shaftesbury Avenue theatres and the bright lights of Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are within walking distance of the Oxford Street area.

Some of the capital's finest shopping streets are also within easy reach. From the high street mecca of Oxford Street itself, to the luxury retailers of Bond Street and Regent Street, there are plenty of shops from which to choose. Nearby Carnaby Street, famous for its Swinging Sixties heritage, offers a break from the high street, with independent and niche retailers.

England's capital is a great city to visit for all ages and the wealth of family accommodation London has to offer means you will never have any trouble finding a comfortable, centrally located hotel.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Why hotels near Oxford Street are so popular

For anyone staying in London, it's hard to conceive of a better location to stay than hotels near Oxford Street. Home to many of the leading brands' flagship stores, this is the ideal spot for some retail therapy and staying in the area means no lugging heavy bags back to your hotel on a busy tube train. International high street chain stores line the main streets, with the independent niche shops of Covent Garden and Carnaby Street just around the corner, completing this shopper's heaven.

It's not just about the shopping, however. Hotels near Oxford Street are well-placed for transport, restaurants, theatres and all manners of entertainment. Nearby Shaftesbury Avenue, home of London's vibrant theatre scene, is within walking distance enabling you to easily take in a show or two during your stay. The West End is simply bursting with places to eat and drink, from high-end restaurants for a memorable meal, to the cheap and cheerful eateries lining the streets of Soho's Chinatown, there is something for every palate within easy reach of the wealth of hotels near Oxford Street.

When searching for family accommodation London might appear at first to be prohibitively expensive but there are deals to be found. If you're travelling with children, you will probably want to be in a convenient location for the sights of the capital, thereby ensuring that you do not have to spend too much time travelling to and from attractions. Hotels near Oxford Street are great for families as there is plenty to see and do within walking distance, meaning less time spent on the tube or on buses. Family rooms can be very reasonably priced, especially if booked well in advance.

For those who are visiting the city for work rather than leisure and looking for business meeting rooms London has a dazzling array of options. If attendees are travelling substantial distances for a meeting, it's important that you choose a location with excellent transport links to ensure an easy journey for delegates. Hotels near Oxford Street are ideal for business meetings as they are easily reachable from mainline railway stations such as Euston and Victoria, as well as having several tube stations in the immediate vicinity.

Here at The Leonard, we have an amazing choice of accommodation to meet the needs of all of our many guests. From providing family accommodation London to business meeting rooms London, we pride ourselves on being the perfect choice for a central London stay. Visit our website today to find out our latest news and offers or contact us for more information. 

Hotels near Hyde Park: fun for the family

For those who crave the great outdoors, but also enjoy a cosmopolitan break, hotels near Hyde Park offer the ideal solution. Not only are you located right in the middle of the action with the busy shops of Oxford Street to the east and Kensington to the south, but you are also close to one of the most beautiful Royal Parks in London. Hyde Park, at 350 acres, is a peaceful haven, a breath of fresh air from London's busy streets. But it's not only tranquillity and calm, there plenty of activities to exhaust the children!

The sparkling waters of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park have to be one of London's most iconic sights. From May to September the lido and accompanying paddling pool are open to children and adults alike, allowing visitors to experience swimming out in open water. Rowing and pedal boats are also popular and can be pre-booked on busy days. Staff at hotels near Hyde Park can assist with this.

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is teaming during the summer months. It boasts tepees, sensory trails, a beach around a pirate ship and plenty of space to run around in. Privately cordoned off, visitors must be accompanied by a child in order to gain entry and there is also an enticing café at the entrance, providing essential fuel for a lively day.

The park also plays host to a series of family friendly events. These include concerts, plays, fireworks, royal displays and cold, open water swimming, not to mention the famous Winter Wonderland. Concierge staff at hotels near Hyde Park can provide details on the activities that are running at any given time.

Close to the park you will find further family days out including the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and Madam Tussauds. But central London is not only family friendly, it is also a business hub with many hotels also offering business meeting rooms London-specific and local services and much more. If you would rather avoid all things work and are looking for family accommodation London has a great deal to offer. Hotels near Hyde Park thus cater to both business and personal requirements.

Why not explore our website or contact our helpful team if you would like to know more about family days out near Hyde Park.

Hotels near Oxford Street: A shopper's delight

London has long been known across the world for its unique and exclusive shops. The Capital's premier retail outlets offer such variety that there is something to attract every taste. The following are just some of the shops in close proximity if you choose one of the hotels near Oxford Street as your base.

Selfridges is London's second largest department store and was opened by Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909. One of the first shops to put merchandise on display for customers, Selfridge aimed to make the shopping experience enjoyable; an outing for all the family. In fact, the first time television was displayed to the British public was on the first floor of Selfridges in April 1925. And this ethos of integrating education and consumerism continues right up to the present day with fabulous window displays and a huge variety of items, both designer and high street, on offer.

If you are after luxury goods, Liberty is one of London's oldest and most prestigious stores. Stocking designer goods, ornaments, fabrics and art since 1875, Liberty is located on Regent Street but hotels near Oxford Street will give you easy access to the mock Tudor building. The striking frontage was built from the timber of two ships in 1924 and even the interior is testament to the 1920's fashion for Tudor revival. Just wandering around the building can be a fascinating experience for architecture buffs.

John Lewis is a British icon amongst those who care about high quality yet affordable goods. With department stores throughout Great Britain, the Oxford Street outlet is the group's flagship outlet, showcasing an exciting array of haberdashery and household goods.

Hotels near Oxford Street are ideally positioned for a visit to Harrods. This up-market emporium is Europe's largest department store, occupying a 5-acre site with over a million square feet of selling space and 330 departments. For professionals dashing out for a light lunch after a session in business meeting rooms London's leading department store offers an appetising selection of lunch venues. Similarly, for weekend visitors staying in family accommodation London's Harrods store has something for everyone to explore, including clothes, toys, food, beauty items, pets, jewellery and electronics.

If you would like to know more about visiting some of London's most famous shops, why not get in touch with our team who will be more than happy to help.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

For character business meeting rooms London excels

For business meeting rooms London has long been a preferred location although there has been a tendency to take the default option of impersonal chain hotels. With an ever changing market place and competitive playing field, smaller hotels are now taking on these larger players. One of the many ways in which hotel owners do this is by offering businesses a bespoke service.

Hotels, especially exclusive, boutique hotels, have character on their side. They comfortably host clients from every conceivable background including romantic couples seeking solitude and peace and corporate clients looking for a functional yet impressive space. For those seeking family accommodation London will also provide some superb options. However, is it possible for a single hotel to cater to such diverse needs?

Larger hotel chains tend to do so by wiping the slate clean and going for a minimal, clean and practical look. But this offers no personality. The chances are that any event hosted at the hotel will not be memorable or impressive.

For anyone seeking business meeting rooms London hotels with a boutique cachet can deliver the requisite accommodation but with a twist. By developing a micro-branding campaign, a smaller hotel can create meeting facilities that are centred on providing benefits rather than merely services.

Many meetings are held in order to collaborate and develop new ideas. Low tables together with access to snacks and drinks in open fridges can help to engender an atmosphere of free speech.

Another option in the context of business meeting rooms London hotels can provide is a monthly or even annual membership opportunity which is available to clients. This could include a certain level of food and drink as well as access to A/V equipment and the ability to tailor the room to some degree.

Certain areas of London are likely to attract specific types of client. Hotels near Hyde Park, for example, may attract a cosmopolitan bunch, whilst hotels in the East End or north of the City may prefer a more creative space. By understanding the needs of the clients, boutique hotels can offer more than just an L shaped table and filter coffee: they can attract clients again and again by creating a memorable space, perfectly adapted for its function.

To learn more about how we have created a memorable experience for our business clients, please contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Hotels Near Oxford Street - a Perfect Spring Breakthe

Springtime in London is an ideal time to visit for that shopping spree, gallery visit, sightseeing trip or theatre treat. The weather is starting to warm up, flowers are making themselves seen and the sun is hopefully making an appearance.

If you are visiting London for a little retail therapy you may wish to consider any of the hotels near Oxford Street. From here you will be close to all the action and perhaps even become that early bird, ready to grab the best bargains in the spring sales.

Of course, it may be that you're bringing the children to town for a treat to Madame Tussaud's, the Planetarium or even one of the shows currently wowing the crowds in the West End. There's so much going on that you may have trouble deciding where to start.

Getting around London is always easy via the tube or bus. Staff at any of the hotels near Oxford Street will be happy to help you by calling a taxi or advising about bus routes. Combining a work trip with leisure may also prove attractive since when it comes to booking business meeting rooms London is the place to be.

One of the most popular ways in which to explore the city is by any one of the bus tours currently operating. These open-top buses offer some of the best views of London and cover all the main sights. It is amazing the otherwise invisible things which can be observed from the top deck.

You can jump on and off anywhere along the route enabling you to visit places of interest should you wish to do so. Most services include a guide who provides a running commentary and is there to answer any questions. An audio guide is also on offer for anyone for whom English is not their first language.

Don't forget London's famous museums, any of which are worthy of a day in their own right. Another unforgettable attraction is Westminster Abbey with its history of Royal Coronations.

To ensure you get the most out of your trip to London, why not explore our site for helpful information on booking hotels near Oxford Street, together with hints and tips on visits. Alternatively, please contact our team who will be only too happy to ensure that your stay is a memorable one.

Hotels Near Hyde Park: a West End Spring Retreat

Springtime in London is a beautiful time of year. The parks are full to bursting with emerging plants and flowers and brightly coloured crocus and tulips are everywhere. Nature is emerging from under the winter duvet and it is there for all to see and enjoy.

All around there is a sense of awakening with birds singing and wildlife putting on its best show. This is the time to visit and bring the children to soak up some entertainment. So when considering family trips and accommodation London and hotels near Hyde Park are a superb option.

At the end of February Somerset House is host to London Fashion Weekend where the emphasis is strictly on all things cool! There are over a hundred national and international brands showing off their wares, tempting you to spend, as well as live cat-walk shows to stimulate the fashion senses.

In addition to the main show, there are beauty treatments on offer, hairdressers seeking to change your style and a huge choice of eateries where you can enjoy some excellent food whilst listening to top DJs playing the tunes.

For business meeting rooms London offers endless choice if you plan to mix work and leisure. Similarly, the hotels near Hyde Park enjoy excellent transport links that can shrink the size of the city, ensuring that getting about is simplicity itself.

A day out at Kew Gardens is fabulous at any time, but especially so in the spring. There are bluebells, daffodils and a vast, colourful carpet of millions of crocuses to stir the senses. The children will be able to follow nature trails and will even have the opportunity of crawling through a huge badger sett!

The huge glasshouses can be a welcome refuge in a shower and will open up a whole new world of exotic plants and trees.

If you enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the Royal Parks you may wish to stay in any one of the hotels near Hyde Park. You will be amazed at the natural beauty there right in the centre of London.

You can even hire a horse and ride through the park, enjoy a lunchtime concert or perhaps eat in either of the restaurants situated by the lake. Hyde Park is there to be enjoyed by all.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Brand New Deluxe Apartments: Two and Three Bedroom Apartments

The Leonard Deluxe Apartments – 19 Seymour Street – London 

The  Deluxe Apartments are individually decorated with exquisite fabrics and ornate furniture. This fabulous newly refurbished three bedrooms apartment, is literally two minutes walk from Edgware Road, Oxford Street and Hyde Park.  

The apartment holds cable colour TV, broadband connection, bathrobes, hairdryer, slippers, in room safe, iron and ironing board and direct dial telephone. 

Whilst staying at our wonderful apartments you’ll also benefit from the full wealth of the Hotel’s services. Please note that the apartment building does not have an elevator however we have 24h porter who is happy to help with the luggage.

We believe one second inside these apartments will lead to you never wanting to leave.  

Friday, 11 January 2013

Hotels near Oxford Street: Perfect for a Valentines Retreat

If your Valentine's Day plans include a stay in a boutique hotel London offers a perfect romantic getaway for you and your beloved. With some outstanding hotels near Oxford Street, you will be ideally positioned to visit the major sights of the Capital and hotel staff will be only too pleased to advise and assist with romantic dinner reservations.

Staying in hotels near Oxford Street allows you to enjoy a mini break with that someone special, creating a Valentine's experience they will never forget. Alternatively, if close proximity one of London's most notable green spaces appeals, there are a number of hotels near Hyde Park with its serene waters and leafy pathways.

London is a beautiful, romantic city and you'll find no end of ways in which to woo your loved one. From long, romantic walks along the South Bank or through Hyde Park whilst enjoying a hot chocolate, to a romantic dinner overlooking the Thames or a show at the English National Opera, all tastes and budgets are catered for.

Your hotel concierge will be delighted to help you with any suggestions and reservations including restaurants and theatre tickets.

Animal lovers will enjoy London Zoo, or one of the special Zookeeper experiences. Ladies yearning for a little pampering may want to visit one of the Capital's many spas for a top to toe makeover. Why not look at hiring the services of a personal shopper for a day to treat your Valentine to a new wardrobe? Or if your partner is a self-confessed foodie, you could visit Borough Food Market on the South Bank to taste the plethora of delights on offer.

There really is something for everyone in London, including chocolate making workshops, photography walking tours and wine tasting, in addition to the ever-increasing list of tourist attractions. You could consider a boat trip along the river, a "flight" on the London Eye or watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Whatever you decide to do with your Valentine this year, hotels near Oxford Street will offer just the place to relax and enjoy some time out during the most romantic holiday of the year.

For further information or to book your boutique hotel stay, please explore our website for further information, rates and availability.

Combine a boutique hotel London stay with sales shopping

If you are considering staying in a boutique hotel London has a good range in close proximity to the major shopping centres, including hotels near Oxford Street itself.

You will also find plenty of hotels near Hyde Park, a perfect base from which to hit the shops. From your boutique hotel you can access all the major shopping areas and staff there will be able to point you in the direction of anything specific that you may require.

For anyone staying at a boutique hotel London is thus the ideal location in which to combine long days in the shops with some relaxing down time, perfect after a hectic Christmas.

Oxford Street and Regent Street offer a myriad of shops with everything from clothing stores to jewellery havens. You will find technical giants such as Apple and the world famous toy store Hamleys. This is the perfect place in which to spend a younger visitor's pocket money. Don't miss the world famous Selfridges department store, which offers just about everything imaginable under one roof.

Further to the south west, Knightsbridge offers a delightful high end shopping experience with boutiques and independent retailers, guaranteeing some unique purchases. This area is of course well known for Harvey Nicholls and Harrods. Harrods has a globally renowned January sale, which attracts large crowds as well as large discounts. Combining a browse with a glass of champagne in one of the bars or a bite to eat certainly helps to get in the spirit.

London is an exciting, sprawling shopper's delight and you can find just about anything to suit your tastes and budget. The Westfield shopping centre is a mall near the Olympic site, with the major high street brands represented. If you prefer something a little more original or quirky, you may want to visit Camden or Portobello for the markets.

Mayfair is the favoured area to visit for beautiful suits and business wear. The tailors on Saville Row will be able to help with an individual handmade design, perfect for the business executive or for those who are perhaps getting married or attending a special event in the New Year.

When choosing a boutique hotel London may thus represent just the place in which to rest after a hard day flexing the plastic. For more information or to book your boutique hotel stay, please contact our team for further information, rates and availability.

For quality hotels near Hyde Park look no further than the Leonard

As hotels near Hyde Park go, the Leonard Hotel is definitely one of the more intimate feeling; with only 48 luxurious rooms, there certainly is more of a personal touch than some of the larger, centrally located establishments and this boutique hotel London base, although small, has plenty of choice to keep everyone happy; with rooms ranging from standard doubles to exquisite extra-large suites suitable for ranging tastes, needs and budgets.
One often has to dig around for quality hotels near Hyde Park - for such a good location, you often have to compromise on your other needs - but here at the Leonard, quality comes as standard.  We pride ourselves on our ability to cater for everyone - be it a single on a business trip, couples, groups or families, we are sure we can accommodate your needs.  We are also host to ‘Seymour’s’ restaurant that lovingly prepares British meals and provides a 24 hour room service for those whose schedule requires it.
We are just 2mins from a central tube station in one direction, 2mins from Oxford Street in the other.  And being one of the most popular hotels near hyde park, the Leonard is just 2mins walk away from the world renowned gardens where rollerblading, jogging and even horse riding are commonplace - in the heart of the frantic, buzzing city Hyde Park, at over 350 acres, is a not-so-small but cherished oasis.
As we say, hotels near Hyde Park that tick all the right boxes are hard to come by, if you are looking for a classic, traditional and superbly decorated hotel that provides a range luxury rooms and suites and on top of all this is also competitively priced the choice is clear. If you are planning a trip to London, make the first place you look at the Leonard hotel - as well as its incredible location it boasts impeccable service from the knowledgeable concierge to the friendly reception and increasingly popular chauffeur service.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Stay at hotels near Oxford Street for a Christmas shopping trip

As winter draws in, the festive spirit is bubbling up inside of all of us and it will soon be time to start preparations for this merry time of year. One great way to get more enjoyment out of what can be a very panicked and stressful few months is to plan ahead and be prepared – by organising a trip, you can make an enjoyable event out of it - either time to take yourself for some truly dedicated shopping/alone time or invite the girls and make a group escapade out of it. Whichever way you think about it, a shopping weekend is a fantastic way to get prepared and into the Christmas spirit and what better destination than our energetic and vivacious capital in which case you will need to look at hotels near Oxford Street.
Although gift giving is a beautiful thing, the pressures of Christmas can mount up and become too much, this year break the habit of leaving things to the last minute, plan ahead and enjoy the experience more. Allowing yourself to let your hair down with friends will make you feel on top form when the time comes for basting the turkey.
Oxford Street is the central destination for all shoppers, a perfect place to load up on stocking fillers and see the lights. There are a large choice of hotels near Oxford Street but be sure to do your research - although location is massively important (and you should aim to be no more than a stone's throw from the main area if you are to fit in the maximum amount of retail therapy in one day), do not forget about the quality of your accommodation. A boutique hotel like The Leonard is a great option with an intimate feel that can guarantee maximum local knowledge and advice to help with your bargain hunting and set you on your way for a most productive stay.
You may find other hotels near Oxford Street not to the same standard as the Leonard, and it is important to make the most of your stay in London and enjoy a luxurious and comfortable hotel after such a tiring day pounding the pavement spending your hard earned cash.  The Leonard is a beautiful boutique and perfectly located hotel which, unlike other such hotels near Oxford Street, offers a high level of service and a range of beautifully decorated rooms suited for families, couples, individuals and groups. The great place to base yourself for a pre-Christmas weekend in the city, with the West End just a few tube stops away and top attractions like Marble Arch and the London Eye right round the corner.

Looking for Hotels near Hyde Park ready for the winter wonderland?

If you’re looking for hotels near Hyde Park, then look no further than the Leonard Hotel. This boutique hotel London is the perfect base for all the attractions of the capital such as Madame Tussauds and other city centre attractions. Where the location really shines however, is when you consider the proximity to Hyde Park. This year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland event runs from the 23rd November to the 1st January 2013 and features attractions such as ice skating and a Christmas market. The event is a perfect tourist destination this winter and it has activities suitable for all members of family, both young and old.  There are numerous rides to choose from including roller coasters, carousels and even thrill rides.
Unlike a number of hotels near Hyde Park we offer a range of services such as a first class restaurant, family room and luxurious interior design. Considering the Dickensian nature of the Winter Wonderland event, our Victorian elegance is the perfect place to recuperate after a day packed full of seasonal shopping and activities. While the event in Hyde Park runs until 10pm each night, you may opt to restrict your visit to the day time and head out to the theatre in the evening. If this is appealing to you, then why not take advantage of our dedicated theatre desk, which is designed to take the hassle of the booking process and we can then arrange transport to take you to the venue in style.
Hotels near Hyde Park such as the boutique style Leonard Hotel are a fantastic pied-à-terre in the vibrant city of London. Our Hotel is located conveniently close to the Marble Arch Underground station which is on the central line. This line provides very easy access to great attractions, such as the Wallace Collection at Hertford house or the vibrant Soho district (which has many fantastic restaurants and bars to enjoy).
So if you are looking for hotels near Hyde Park in winter 2012, whether or not you are planning to visit the parks Winter Wonderland, then why not treat yourself and your family to a stay at the Leonard Hotel.

What are Boutique hotels? And what makes them different from the rest?

The latest thing in hospitality seems to be the boutique hotels popping up in London and all over the country. There is no shame in admitting that you’re not 100%  sure what the real meaning of the term 'boutique' in this context is, or why in fact this term is used in connection with certain hotels and not others and of course the main question is: what are the benefits of staying in these types of hotels? 

London is filled with huge and anonymous hotels so one major benefit from these so called ‘boutique’ hotels is that they are smaller - the idea being that a higher level of service is provided with the fewer rooms they have. As per the enthusiasts of this business, a hotel with no more than 100 rooms can proudly be called a boutique hotel. It undoubtedly adds a sense of luxury and indulgence to a stay when there is the space to provide a more personal experience.

Boutique hotels often have a unique theme – this can be outlandish and general to the whole hotel (for example, a specific time period, bold colour scheme or motif) or added in more modest touches (with original artwork, designer toiletries or natural materials).

Another key characteristic is the intimacy of the hotel and how this atmosphere is achieved. To qualify as a boutique hotel, particularly in London where there is such competition, the décor needs to be of a very high quality – whether contemporary or elegantly classic, there needs to be an attention to detail and unquestionable authenticity. The ambience should be spot on - an oasis in the heart of London – and, as previously mentioned, it needs to offer a level of personal service that is virtually unachievable in large chain hotels.

Essentially, this comes from the staff themselves who, through a pro-active attitude, can elevate the experience of all patrons - when staying in a boutique London hotel, guests will expect the service to be faultless as a given but the expectation is also that the staff should know, in advance, their requirements as opposed to merely responding to them when asked.

And, although it is true that to feel like a boutique hotel the service should be more personal, it is imperative when operating in major cities and or business districts that everything is still handled professionally. In terms of familiarity it is important to know the line.