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  • Mason & Company

    July 13, 2016
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    I wanted to tell you about my favourite neighbourhood’s newest addition: Mason & Company. Set on the canal side in the Here East development (the one that’s seriously pushing the neighbourhood along), it’s a craft beer and kitchen from the founder of Five Points and the founder of Italian-America street food stall, Capish?. A pretty good mix, huh?

  • A Night At St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel

    April 10, 2016

     

    Sumptuous is the best word to best describe St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. It's easily one of the most striking, historical buildings in the city, and perfectly placed (adjacent to Kings Cross St. Pancras station) to accommodate guests from far and near. Ed and I were lucky enough to spend a night there last month and it pleases me no end to say it's as special inside as it is from the outside, brimming with 5-star luxuries and steeped in history as the former Midland Grand Hotel. 

    We stayed in one of the beautiful Junior Suites in the Chambers Wing (the original part of the building) which was simply stunning. It was huge — palatial in fact — with a ceiling that went up forever; it was well dressed in tonal beiges, dark woods and marble; and it overlooked the Eurostar lines at St Pancras. I absolutely loved the view: the juxtaposition of the calm, peacefulness in the room and the commuter chaos out of the window totally gets me. 
     
     
     
     
    I could have sat watching the world fly by out there all day, but hotel time is precious so it was time to run a bubble bath in the beautiful marble tub. Midi-sized bottles of REN toiletries are generous and make you feel royally spoilt, as do the extra thick fluffy robes. Heaven!
     
     
     
     
    Feeling relaxed and refreshed, we headed down to the Chamber's Club, the exclusive lounge for guests in the Chamber Suites, which is beautiful, with its grand sweeping staircase, armchairs and nooks, and complimentary snacks for guests throughout the day. From 6pm, it's an open bar (very nice!) accompanied by complimentary canapés. I'm telling you, you feel like royalty here! 
     
    After a soundless night's sleep in the largest, swallow-you-up bed (oh, how I need to invest in a pillowtop mattress), the next thing we were excited for was breakfast. And quite rightly so because it meant freshly cooked waffles! Breakfast for Chamber Wing guests is a very refined affair, served in the Chamber's Club with a sophisticated edit of breakfast bits. There are no giant trays of baked beans here! Couples chatted over their charcuterie and cheese, and gents read the weekend papers with a coffee and a croissant. 
     
     
     
     
    After brekkie, it was time to pay the spa a visit. I do love a hotel with a spa and the one here is very charming. Patterned tiles give it a Moroccan vibe. Though we didn't get any treatments, relaxing in  the little pool, lovely jacuzzi, and on the loungers was bliss!
     
     
     
     
    Leaving was painful. But we'll be back! It's the most charming, historically-rich hotel, and easily one of the most luxurious in London. For a sumptuous stay in London, this is the one, and I'd highly recommend upgrading to a Chamber Wing room for the additional little luxuries.
     
    St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR