Premier Inn: London Review Blog

Posted on 07 Jan 2013 Posted in  Deals & Competitions

By TopCashback member Siobhan O'Grady

As a 27 year old woman there are many different types of weekends you can have in the capital. There is the alcohol fuelled weekend filled with cocktails and dancing; the intellectual weekend visiting the countless museums and art galleries across the city; and the tourist weekend travelling all over the city in an open top bus seeing the most famous landmarks. But then there is the type of weekend that can only be experienced at a certain time of the year – the Christmas Weekend. This was, of course, the option I chose.

My weekend began with a little bit of luxury as I travelled by first class train with a friend from Manchester to London. The glasses of wine, mince pies and Lindor Chocolate Reindeers certainly got the Christmas Spirit flowing. Then it was only 3 tube stops before we arrived at our hotel. The staff at the Premier Inn (Old Street) were great. Despite a busy reception we were greeted with very friendly faces and any questions were answered with a smile –we were even swapped from a double to a twin room which had originally been booked.

After freshening up and having a lovely bottle of bubbles we donned our Christmas Jumpers and headed out to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Now the Christmas Markets in Manchester where I am from are fantastic however they only contain stalls selling crafts, food and drinks. In Hyde Park there are also dozens of rides, a ferris wheel, a circus and an ice kingdom. All of these features come at a fairly steep cost so rather than go on everything we chose a favourite to indulge in – the Star Flyer. The view from the top was breathtaking as you had a real birds eye view over the park. Following our adrenalin rush, the evening was topped off with many cups of hot mulled wine while listening to the numerous bands around the park. The day had been jam packed so a fairly early night was on the cards to ensure we could start it all again the following day.


After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast we headed to Leicester Square to see if there were any shows with tickets for the afternoon. With so much on offer it was difficult to choose what to see but eventually we decided to splash out on some tickets for “Cabaret” starring Will Young. The play was due to begin at 2.30 so we still had a few hours to fill and the best place to fill these hours has got to be...children’s shops. We began at the “M and M” superstore where there were more sweets then anyone could possibly eat in a lifetime! With giant “M and M” figures and plenty of souvenir mugs and t-shirts, this store could keep both adults and children’s attention for hours. What could follow a store full of sweets? Hamleys... the finest toy shop in the world. Five floors filled with everything from teddies and dolls, to chemistry kits and techy gadgets. As you walk into the store and are faced with a wall of bubbles and excited staff, you are sure to get carried away with the feel of the place.


After all of this it was time to head to the Savoy to watch “Cabaret”. I didn’t know the ins and outs of the story so it was great to experience the shock of some of the elements of the play. Be warned, there are sections containing nudity which made the children in the audience giggle but all in all it was a fantastic play. Will Young appeared to be a natural theatre performer and I would not hesitate to watch a play he was in again. This leads us nicely into the evening and a fantastic meal. We went to the Steak Company in Leicester Square where the steak is served on a hot stone so you can cook it to your own preference. The cut of fillet was great quality and washed down with plenty of red wine. With a desert of Haagen Dazs to finish (and of course a few final glasses of red wine) the evening was lovely. Even the hundreds of drunk Santa’s who descended upon the city could not spoil it!


Before we knew it the weekend was almost over. There was only time for another big breakfast and a final visit to Harrods were we could fully embrace the Christmas decorations (and with 50% off all hanging decorations, what could be better?).  However be warned, Harrods is busy on a normal day so visiting on the 2nd Sunday before Christmas makes the store not for the faint hearted! Overall the weekend was amazing – great hotel, great food and great things to do. Our capital city can certainly show you a fabulous time.

Siobhan O’Grady

Our thanks go to Siobhan for her wonderful blog. That concludes our review blogs in association with Premier Inn – we hope our members have enjoyed reading them, and maybe feel inspired to travel more in 2013!

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