It’s hard not to love a staycation in your own city. A night away from washing up and to-dos and a fridge full of food that needs eating up…why not?! So when we were invited to stay over at Princess Victoria we left our chores and laundry in Peckham and headed straight for Shepherd’s Bush for a night of gin and pub grub and plusher-than-plush pillows. Dreamy.
Bizarrely I’d been to the Princess Victoria for a work team away day just a few weeks prior on one of my very seldom trips to West London, so I went knowing where I was going but hadn't been oblivious to the 5 newly converted bedrooms upstairs. We were in 'Bronx', which had a beautiful big bed, a proper homely aesthetic, a slick modern bathroom that was good enough for Pinterest, and most importantly, it was just upstairs from over 100 gins and a chalkboard full of delicious dinner options.
Arrive early for dinner so you’ve time to go downstairs for a drink and soak up the lively, lovely pub atmosphere. Being a former gin palace dating back to 1829, it would be rude not to at least ~sample~ their selection… I went for Bobby’s, my favourite Dutch gin, whilst Ed tried something new: Da Mhile, an organic seaweed infused gin.
There’s nothing more comforting than classic pub food and Princess Victoria does it well. The haddock scotch egg is a winner, the ham hock croquettes come highly commended by Ed, as does the 10oz sirloin rump. I went for the pan-roasted salmon with miso dressing and purple broccoli (delicious) and we made sure we were suitably ready to roll up to bed with two spoons and a sticky toffee pudding too. Delicious.
Roll up to bed, sleep like a log, wake up happy.
PRINCESS VICTORIA, rooms from £109
217 UXBRIDGE ROAD, WHITE CITY, LONDON, W12 9DH