Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:12:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 The Best Outdoor Dininghttp://www.swintonhotel.com/the-best-outdoor-dining/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/the-best-outdoor-dining/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:08:19 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=1006 Continue reading ...]]> Do you consider yourself a foodie? Do you have a palette that can distinguish the ambrosia from the bland? Then a trip to London is not complete without a visit to some of the best dining experiences in the world. Better yet, take advantage of the summer weather and have these dining experiences outdoors!

There is a world of choice in the bustling metropolis that is the capital city, so how do you decide on the best place to eat? It all depends on taste and experience.

Bleeding Heart

Traditional Full English Breakfast with Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, and Baked Beans

The first on the list of dining excellence is a location with an infamous history. It is the scene of a murder, featured in a novel by Charles Dickens, and without a doubt somewhere with historical significance. The slogan of this amazing pub was once, ‘drunk for a penny and dead drunk for two pence.’ It has moved up in the world since then, offering amazing gastro pub food at great value. Their fare includes a hearty Full English Breakfast, spit-roasted suckling pigs and a succulent Suffolk Lamburger.

Location: 1 Bleeding Heart Yard, Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8SJ. This area is accessible by multiple tube lines depending on your station choice – Chancery Lane (Central) or Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith).

Ognisko

Polish pierogi filled with cabbage and mushrooms.

This hidden gem is a Polish-inspired restaurant which offers delectable dishes from the Eastern European country. The tables – which are highly in demand and are on a first come, first served basis – overlook the stunning vista of Prince’s Gardens. Though it specialises in a largely Polish menu, this amazing establishment also offers light bites that include pan-fried mackerel fillets with olives, or caper and fig salsa.

Location: 55 Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2PN. This restaurant can be reached by heading to Gloucester Road tube station via the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.

Caravan Exmouth Market 

Healthy avocado, egg open sandwiches on a plate with colorful tomatoes against a rustic wood background

This amazing space has a selection of tables, both bookable and ones that they hold open for walk-in diners on a daily basis. The market nature of the space means a laid back atmosphere that is reflected in the friendly service. Looking for a peaceful meal in the middle of a chaotic city? This is the place for you. With a collection of small plates, this is a great place to grab a light bite. There are also plenty of vegetarian options for the less carnivorous diners.

Location: 11-13 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD. The nearest station to Exmouth is Farringdon, which can be reached on Circle, Hammersmith & City or the Metropolitan lines.

The Clerkenwell Kitchen  

Homemade Creamy Potato and Leek Soup in a Bowl

The Clerkenwell Kitchen does not take bookings for its several outdoor tables. But the atmosphere is well worth trying to grab one as you are passing by. The courtyard is surrounded by tall office buildings, but it has an array of flower pots and cute sun umbrellas that create a sunny atmosphere even without the sun. This establishment offers a variation of food in season, from soup to a wide variety of scrumptious sandwiches.

Location: 27-31 Clerkenwell CI, London, EC1R 0AT. This is also located close to Farringdon Tube Station and can be reached by Circle, Hammersmith & City or the Metropolitan lines.

The best place to start your amazing London dining experience is our convenient central London location, near King’s Cross, here at Swinton Hotel. To book a room call us on 020 7837 1451 and start planning your dining experience today!

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Visit London This Summerhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/visit-london-this-summer/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/visit-london-this-summer/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:22:30 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=986 Continue reading ...]]> London is a fantastic place to visit anytime of the year, but especially during the summer. There is just something magical about the capital city during this time of the year, which is the reason for why millions of people head to London every single summer.

Back in 2013 it was reported that there was around 4.9 million visitors between the months of July and September. This made London one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

And it’s not hard to see why people flock in their millions to the big smoke. Summer 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever before – you really don’t want to be missing out on any of these exciting attractions and events!

Zoorassic Park (23rd July – 4th September)

Zoorassic Park is one attraction that you don’t want to miss out on this summer. Taking place at the UK’s biggest zoo – ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – the attraction is set to be one of the highlights of the summer.

There will be life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a fun and interesting exhibit in which you’re invited to delve into the history of these amazing creatures that roamed the earth around 65 million years ago.

It offers hours of fun for the entire family! There will be activities, talks and shows to take part in – you definitely won’t go bored.

Alexandra Palace Summer Festival (23rd July)

Back by popular demand, Alexandra Palace will be hosting another summer festival this month. It’s one of London’s largest celebrations and was a roaring success last year.

The day is full of fun-packed activities to enjoy, as well as unique events, shows and experiences. You can watch a classic film under the stars with the Rooftop Film Club, rave away at the silent disco, spin around on the ice rink, and enjoy lots of tasty street food and alcohol. There is also two fun fairs, an organ concert, live music, a giant water slide and much, much more!

Whatever your age, there is definitely no better to place to be on Saturday 23rd July when at Alexandra Palace Summer Festival!

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

Tickets are now available for those who want to experience London’s most talked about attraction. New for 2016, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide is the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide.

At 178m, you’ll travel down UK’s biggest public artwork – be amazed at the dramatic London skyline as you make your way down. It will take 40 seconds, yet you’ll circle the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times, weaving through the loops of the structure.

The slide has been created by a Belgian artist, Carsten Holler, and is considered as being a leading collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists.

Are you brave enough?

 

 

By choosing to stay with us here at the Swinton Hotel, you’re choosing to stay right in the middle of the action. Our central location means that you’re never too far away from any of the exciting events or amazing attractions.

Despite our prime location, we still pride ourselves on being affordable and modern. Give us a call on today on 020 7837 1451 and we will be happy to give you more information. Alternatively, you can head over to our booking page to book your stay right now!

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Visit London This Summerhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/visit-london-this-summer-2/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/visit-london-this-summer-2/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:41:48 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=997 Continue reading ...]]> London is a fantastic place to visit anytime of the year, but especially during the summer. There is just something magical about the capital city during this time of the year, which is the reason for why millions of people head to London every single summer.

Back in 2013 it was reported that there was around 4.9 million visitors between the months of July and September. This made London one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Tower of London
 

And it’s not hard to see why people flock in their millions to the big smoke. Summer 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever before – you really don’t want to be missing out on any of these exciting attractions and events!

Zoorassic Park (23rd July – 4th September)

Zoorassic Park is one attraction that you don’t want to miss out on this summer. Taking place at the UK’s biggest zoo – ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – the attraction is set to be one of the highlights of the summer.

There will be life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a fun and interesting exhibit in which you’re invited to delve into the history of these amazing creatures that roamed the earth around 65 million years ago.

It offers hours of fun for the entire family! There will be activities, talks and shows to take part in – you definitely won’t go bored.

Alexandra Palace Summer Festival (23rd July)

Back by popular demand, Alexandra Palace will be hosting another summer festival this month. It’s one of London’s largest celebrations and was a roaring success last year.

The day is full of fun-packed activities to enjoy, as well as unique events, shows and experiences. You can watch a classic film under the stars with the Rooftop Film Club, rave away at the silent disco, spin around on the ice rink, and enjoy lots of tasty street food and alcohol. There is also two fun fairs, an organ concert, live music, a giant water slide and much, much more!

Whatever your age, there is definitely no better to place to be on Saturday 23rd July when at Alexandra Palace Summer Festival!

chairoplane at blue hour/sunset
 

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

Tickets are now available for those who want to experience London’s most talked about attraction. New for 2016, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide is the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide.

At 178m, you’ll travel down UK’s biggest public artwork – be amazed at the dramatic London skyline as you make your way down. It will take 40 seconds, yet you’ll circle the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times, weaving through the loops of the structure.

The slide has been created by a Belgian artist, Carsten Holler, and is considered as being a leading collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists.

Are you brave enough?

 

By choosing to stay with us here at the Swinton Hotel, you’re choosing to stay right in the middle of the action. Our central location means that you’re never too far away from any of the exciting events or amazing attractions.

Despite our prime location, we still pride ourselves on being affordable and modern. Give us a call on today on 020 7837 1451 and we will be happy to give you more information. Alternatively, you can head over to our booking page to book your stay right now!

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Exploring the Outdoorshttp://www.swintonhotel.com/exploring-the-outdoors/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/exploring-the-outdoors/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:33:13 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=993 Continue reading ...]]> London is known for its skyscrapers and historic landmarks, as a city buzzing with life and culture, but it is not often associated with the great outdoors. Yet there is a plethora of music, theatre, fantastic food and glorious scenery on offer for anyone who is willing to brave the summer sun.

There’s a whole world to explore in the busy London streets and it is easy to lose yourself in all of the fantastic things, so where do you start?

Gigs in the Park

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The music scene in London is nothing to turn your nose up at. Some of the biggest stars in the world take to the stage in the parks of the capital, bringing the air to life with their music and amazing atmosphere. One such event is a London institution: British Summer Time Hyde Park. In 2016 alone it will see stars such as Take That, Florence + The Machine, Stevie Wonder and Mumford & Sons delight audiences. Don’t miss out this summer, see these amazing artists live for yourself!

Experience Shakespeare

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The Globe Theatre was designed so that the works of its playwrights could be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Today, it houses the works of its most famous playwright: the timeless William Shakespeare. Whether it’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or The Tempest you are bound to find a play that fits your tastes. Everyone should experience a Shakespeare play at The Globe at least once in their life, so make this the summer you do!

Walk the Southbank

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A riverside walk can be a romantic activity for your trip to London, or a pleasant stroll for you and your family to enjoy. The river can be whatever you make it in most instances. There is an amazing book market, a fantastic fountain to paddle in or even a market to explore if you want more to your river than just water.

Hunt for Gelato

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There are a number of options for the best gelato in London. It’s also very subjective, the best gelato for your tastes might be worst in the eyes of someone else. That means a lot of exploration on your part. Go out and try as many different types of ice cream as possible, it’s a perfect accompaniment for the rest of your outdoor exploration after all!

Located in the heart of London near King’s Cross, Swinton Hotel is a great base to launch your summer of outside exploration from. To book a room call us on 020 7837 1451 and start planning your London trip today!

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Top Tips for Family Travelhttp://www.swintonhotel.com/top-tips-for-family-travel/ http://www.swintonhotel.com/top-tips-for-family-travel/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:01:34 +0000 Swinton Hotel http://www.swintonhotel.com/?p=963 Continue reading ...]]> London can be a hectic city at the best of times, but it can feel a hundred times so with children by your side. It’s impossible to predict all of the troubles and small irritations that will surface, especially if you are travelling with toddlers, so you may feel pretty nervous about setting out on your trip to London.

Fear not however! There are a number of things that you can do to ensure that both you and your child have an amazing stay in London; it just requires a little thinking ahead!

Pace Yourself

road sign slow

From travelling, sightseeing and moving from A to B in the city, the greatest commodity you can give yourself is simple – time. Your children will need emergency toilet breaks or have tantrums, they will stall and be awed by the amazing city you have brought them to. It is unavoidable and rather than get stressed about it you should plan ahead for it. We know, we know, this is much easier said than done. But even that little bit of extra time can be a relief and you will thank yourself for it in the end!

Use Public Transport

Big Ben with red buses in  London, England

For most children travelling on a bus, boat or train is a novelty. It’s a change from the norm of mum or dads car and you should utilise this excitement to the fullest. This is especially fun for toddlers as they can learn the stops over the course of the days, building the excitement and giving them an important task in your holiday: after all, how else would you know when to get off without your toddler’s help?

Bring Extras

Diaper Bag Essentials

You never know what adventures the expanse of London can bring. So, it is always best to be prepared for a number of situations that may arise during your visit. Packing light is always the dream, but not always an achievable reality.

Snap Happy Kids

Say cheese!

A camera (kid-friendly obviously) can the perfect tool for drawing your children into their environment and getting them to engage with the city around them. It is also a great way to give them a chance to record the holiday the way they want, they want a picture of a pigeon? They have that power on their own camera and it saves space on yours!

Travel Journal

group of school kids writing test in classroom

For older children another great idea is encouraging them to begin a travel journal. It’s a fantastic way for them to relax and wind down after long, hectic, days and reflect on all that they have seen. It can act as a long-lasting document of the holiday and how they truly experienced it. For their eyes only, of course.

If you are looking for an affordable and convenient hotel, located in the heart of London and a perfect base for your family to explore this amazing city then The Swinton Hotel is the perfect choice for you. To find out more about our services contact us on 020 7837 1451.

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