Crave’s List; The Ultimate UK City Break Guide

Friday 18th Sep 2020 |

With everyone travelling to the countryside, it’s the perfect time to take a trip to a quiet UK city for an Autumn getaway!

With that in mind we have prepared our ultimate UK city break guide, you’re sure to find the right location for you girly (or blokey) weekender, romantic break or family get away.

For a mix of fashion & technology city break | W London – Leicester Square |

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Sophisticated and quirky, glamourous and decadent, W London – Leicester Square crystalizes the quintessential dual personality of the British soul. Overlooking the bright lights of Soho below, the sleek hotel recently completed a multi-million transformation of its 192 rooms offering innovative in-room technology paired with immersive in-room experiences by fashion visionary, Jack Irving.

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Mix and mingle over London’s playful brunch, quirky afternoon tea or innovative cocktails at The Perception. 

Rates from £229 per room per night, based on two people sharing

For a sophisticated city break in the heart of Mayfair | Sheraton Grand London Park Lane | 

Steeped in history with its famed Palm Court Lounge, Grade II listed Art Deco Ballroom and Silver Gallery, the iconic Sheraton Grand London Park Lane offers a sophisticated stay in the heart of Mayfair.

The 303 guestrooms offer an elegant, luxury hotel experience, capturing the spirit of the Art Deco era. Moments from London’s finest open green spaces including Green Park and Hyde Park, you can reach the very best sights by foot including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. 

Rates from £224 per room per night, based on two people sharing

For a quintessentially British city break | Courtyard Oxford City Centre | 

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Tucked away between waterways and boasting panoramic views of Oxford’s spectacular architecture from the rooftop terrace, Courtyard Oxford City Centre is perfectly located in the heart of the historic city. Located on tranquil Paradise Street, Courtyard Oxford City Centre provides a peaceful setting within the heart of the world-famous bustling city.

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Cultural sites such as the historic Oxford Castle and Prison as well as The Ashmolean – the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology – lie within walking distance, alongside historic pubs and the city’s growing restaurant scene.

Rates from £150 per room per night, based on two people sharing

The Club Hotel & Spa is located in the seaside capital of St Helier

Close to many of the island’s most breath-taking beaches. This luxury hotel boasts not only an unrivalled location, but also the island’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, Bohemia, led by Head Chef Callum Graham.

On top of that, there’s also the world-class spa, complete with indoor and outdoor pool, thermal suite, salt cabin, herbal steam room, experience shower and five treatment rooms. With everything that’s going on right now, The Club Hotel & Spa is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway a little closer to home.

PARK PLAZA HOTELS AND MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS PROVIDE HALF-TERM FUN!

As the buzz and excitement of London continues to return with the reopening of its best attractions, bars and restaurants, Park Plaza has given guests even more reason to book a fun-filled trip for October Half Term, by extending its exclusive offer of up to 25% off breaks!  

Now valid on bookings made before 31st October 2020[1], holidaymakers can take advantage of the promotion whilst making the most of its exciting partnership with Merlin Entertainments[2] (whose London attractions include Shrek’s Adventure!, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, The London Dungeons, Madame Tussauds and the Lastminute.com London Eye), which gives guests access to 2-FOR-1 tickets to any of its attractions city-wide, for the ultimate London getaway.  

With the half-term holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to book your stay with the family and make the most what the Capital has to offer. Whether you are getting into the Halloween spirit at the London Dungeons, or catching up with the latest celebrity gossip at Madame Tussauds, your Park Plaza hotel will be there at the end of the day for you to relax and unwind.

Guests at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London can also look forward to Merlin Entertainments’ Character Breakfast Meet and Greets on selected dates[3]throughout Autumn – including Half Term. Book your stay and enjoy a Shrek and Princess Fiona photo opportunity on the Plaza level, free of charge. Extra measures will be taken to ensure that guests and staff remain safe with Shrek and Princess Fiona maintaining social distancing through the meet and greet performance.

If London is not for you, worry not as the savings are valid across the many Park Plaza hotels in Europe[4]. Now’s your chance to visit somewhere new such as Cardiff, Leeds and Nottingham. Hotels in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Berlin and Nuremberg are also great choices for those looking to venture further afield.

To ensure the wellbeing of guests, team members and local communities, Park Plaza has launched a robust 20-step health and safety protocol in accordance with the latest government advice.

Reassuring guests, these measures include physical distancing, hand sanitiser stations, heightened cleaning measures of high touch-point areas in public spaces and within guest rooms, and individually packaged and other grab-and-go food options. The brand has also introduced protective screens and regular health checks of team members, as well as contactless check out and cashless payment methods.

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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, WARWICKSHIRE: The Arden Hotel – from £60 pp with the Eden Hotel Collection

With an enviable location next to the River Avon and literally opposite the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, The Arden Hotel has 45 bedrooms, heritage-inspired furnishings, a stylish restaurant (No.44 Brasserie on the Waterside) a cosy bar and a sunny terrace for drinks al fresco. This boutique retreat in Shakespeare’s hometown is a wonderful base for learning about The Bard. No. 44 Brasserie has just re-opened and offers a fresh menu of classic favourite dishes as well as small plates to share.

These shareable, tapas-style dishes allow guests to explore the varied menu, which includes Oven Baked Stone Bass, Piperade and Thyme; Vietnamese Style Tofu Spring Roll; Braised Sticky Lamb Belly, Tamarind and Roast Pumpkin; and Pear and Endive Salad, Roquefort Dressing and Walnuts. Suggesting around five to six small plates between two, the inspiration for the menu comes from a desire to make the dining experience more adventurous and social, whilst ensuring that dining envy is a thing of the past!

Stay overnight from £119 per room/£60 pp (two sharing) including full English breakfast. Call The Arden Hotel on 01789 298 68

BATH, SOMERSET: Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa – from £165 pp with Pride of Britain Hotels

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is a splendid AA five red star property which enjoys a privileged position in Royal Crescent, an iconic example of Georgian architecture, just moments from the historic centre of Bath. Each of the 45 individually-designed bedrooms and suites features spectacular views of either Royal Crescent lawns or the hotel’s secluded gardens. 

The three-AA Rosette Dower House Restaurant has stunning garden views and offers al fresco dining throughout the summer months. Overseen by Executive Head Chef David Campbell, the restaurant serves an innovative tasting menu alongside à la carte options, with dishes such as Barbecued lamb rump and braised neck with wild garlic aioli, cucumber and caraway goat’s curd and Blood orange tart, poached rhubarb and ginger ice cream. The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge offers an all-day menu of main meals and light bites, alongside signature cocktails and Taittinger Champagne.

The Spa & Bath House, located in the hotel’s extensive grounds, is a haven of calm and indulgence, featuring a 12-metre heated relaxation pool, vitality pool with massage jets, Himalayan salt-infused sauna, herbal steam inhalation room, fitness studio and six treatment rooms. Relaxation continues outside in the Taittinger Spa Garden, which offers a nutritious menu of dishes including gazpacho and a superfood salad, plus an indulgent afternoon tea. An impressive collection of artwork adorns the hotel and its one-acre gardens, created by an eclectic mix of world-renowned artists and local artisans, and there is currently a family of hedgehogs that have set up home there. 

An overnight stay costs from £330 per room/£165 pp (two sharing) including unlimited use of the spa and full English breakfast. Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929

LONDON: A five-star weekend break at The Athenaeum– from £125 pp with Pride of Britain Hotels

With its streets quieter than usual, and pre-booking meaning you’re guaranteed a spot at that exhibition or restaurant you’ve been dying to visit, now is the time to enjoy a stylish break in the capital. In the heart of Mayfair, historic five-star hotel The Athenaeum is a luxurious oasis offering chic décor, contemporary dining at newly launched 116 at The Athenaeum, REN Spa and The View, an exclusive top floor private lounge with panoramic views. 

The Weekend Special costs £250 per room per night (£125 pp) and includes one night’s B&B, £25 to spend at 116 at The Athenaeum, and access to The View. Valid Friday and Saturday nights. Contact Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929

EDINBURGH: The Dunstane Houses – from £87 pp with Pride of Britain Hotels

Located in Edinburgh’s West End, just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and a 20-minute stroll to the castle, The Dunstane Houses’ five-star Victorian town houses date back to 1865.

The hotel boasts  35 bedrooms (including four Suites) featuring handmade Vispring beds with Egyptian cotton bedlinen, velvet Chesterfield sofas, Persian rugs, original Scottish artwork, Nespresso coffee machines, Roberts radios, flat-screen TVs, Noble Isle products and high-speed Wi-Fi. Each of the four suites – named Orkney Suites, referencing the owners’ family roots – boast four-poster beds, decadent freestanding copper roll-top baths or wonderful views across the city.  The hotel also offers the benefit of free parking on site for its guests.

The Ba’ Bar & Lounge provides relaxed all-day Scottish dining from 12 noon until 9.30 pm and specialises in fresh, seasonal Scottish produce sourced from small local suppliers.  Dishes may include Crispy Campbells haggis bonbons with Glenkinchie single malt whisky and Arran mustard mayoThe Dunstane Burger topped with mature Orkney cheddar or Scottish Blue Murder cheese and Warm chocolate and frangipane tart with clotted cream. Afternoon tea is also served daily from 12 noon to 5 pm, along with Hendrick’s Gin or Joseph Perrier Champagne options.

The Ba’ Bar has an extensive list of fine wines, premium craft spirits and beers.  The vintage whisky cabinet features over seventy varieties, including some rare single malts and blends. Whisky and cheese tastings, martini masterclasses and cocktail making classes are also available.

The hotel can arrange a variety of city tours of Edinburgh for guests through the eyes of locals for guests. 

An overnight stay costs from £174 per room (two sharing) including full Scottish breakfast. Contact Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929

LONDON HILTON ON PARK LANE 

An icon of British hospitality since 1963, London Hilton on Park Lane has welcomed back guests to its prime central location overlooking Hyde Park.

Boasting over 450 elegant rooms including 56 suites with magnificent views, luxurious modern and spacious facilities, afternoon tea and award-winning dining, stunning sky-high cocktail bar and evening entertainment, there’s every reason to visit.  Also, located a stone’s throw from some of London’s key attractions such as the London Eye, London Aquarium and the Science Museum.

With hygiene, health and safety at the forefront of customer wellbeing, London Hilton on Park Lane has taken all the necessary precautions and implemented procedures to accommodate nothing but choice for all occasions whilst continuing to support key workers and front line staff.  Guests can look forward to a suite of tailored experiences and weekend packages alongside benefitting from newly introduced Clean Stay and Event Ready programmes that will be met with the highest standards.

For September only, guests can enjoy a stay for only £145 per night when dining at award-winning Galvin At Windows restaurant located on the 28th Floor of London Hilton on Park Lane.

Hilton Park Lane // 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE // Tel: 020 7493 8000 // Reservations:LONHI_enquiries@hilton.com

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