I can’t believe it happened to me, but I was lucky enough to win a free stay at the hoxton Holborn hotel (trust me, it’s well worth signing up to their emails folks). The stay had to be taken before the 6th of January, so on the 4th myself and my sister Rachel packed our bags and took a staycation for two nights – dreamy. It actually worked out well taking it after the first week back to work post Christmas as we were both knackered and needed some chill time.
We’ve previously stayed in the hoxton in Paris (you can read my post on it here) We’re also currently booked to visit the New York one in April. Which, as you can imagine, we’re very excited about. However we’ve never stayed in the London ones, although we have visited the hotel for events before. So I was excited to see what it was like and also explore some of the area. Although I work close by to Holborn I don’t venture over this way very often at the weekends. So thought this would also be a good chance to see what the area was like at the weekends. I can confirm it’s a hell of lot less busy and a lot nicer.
We’ve previously stayed in shoebox rooms, however this time we were able to stay in a Roomy and boy was upgrade nice. There was so much space, and the layout made it feel like a mini apartment almost. The bed was giant, I mean honestly so big. I’m fairly certain we could have fit another person in and not noticed. It was perfect, and so comfortable which almost made it a struggle to wake up in the mornings. There are also all the usual little details, from the breakfast bag delivered to your door at a time of your choice. I love this, as it’s so nice to be able to wake up in the mornings and enjoy a little breakfast in bed to start the day. To the chill playlists they put on in the room for you to enjoy. I honestly can’t fault the rooms at all. This one had windows running along the entire length of the room, which at first freaked me out. However once we’d closed the curtains a little, it felt a lot cosier!
We’re big fans of the hoxton and have been before so knew what to expect from the hotel and areas in the lobby. There are two restaurants here, Hubbard & Bell and also the Chicken Shop. We didn’t get a chance to try and Chicken on this visit unfortunately, but we will be back to try it out after hearing good things! We did however have brunch, which I’ve spoken about below and loved it! It has the usual vibe in the lobby and is a popular spot, especially at the weekends. If you’re looking for somewhere to come to even just for a drink then I do recommend hanging out here.
Hubbard & Bell
One of the restaurants they have at the hotel is Hubbard & Bell which we went to on the Sunday. I don’t think you have to book, as we just turned up and managed to get a table. Although I do imagine it can get quite busy at weekends. We wanted to try the brunch menu as we’d seen the menu online. One word: delicious. I had the eggs anyway, scrambled (always scrambled) and Rachel went for the salmon, poached eggs and avocado on toast. It looked incredible too – although I’m not personally a fan of fish for breakfast, Rachel assured me it tasted incredible too. The service was great and I think the prices are reasonable, especially for brunch in central London. The eggs were so damn delicious, I’m already trying to find an excuse to head back to have more.
The location: Holborn
We used the opportunity of being over in the Holborn area to see some of the things I’d had on my list. One of them being the conservatory at Barbican. It’s completely free to visit however it’s only open on Sundays, so plan ahead if you want to visit. Although it’s not the biggest place, it’s still lovely to see something like this in central London (and for free). I also showed my sister around Barbican, it’s actually a nice place to just wander around. I personally like the design of the area and enjoy how hidden it all seems. We also walked around to St Pauls, which I think is always worth a visit if you get the chance. It’s normally packed during the week with workers so it was nice not to have to fight the crowds and be able to enjoy taking it in a little. There is also the museum of London, which we didn’t get the chance to visit this time around, but will be back for sure to check it out!
So that was our little staycation at the hoxton! Have you been to any of them?