The Cleveland Hotel London Blog

The Cleveland  – Boutique Hotel London. Our Central London Hotel near to Hyde Park, Kensington, Paddington Station and Oxford Street, is the perfect base to explore all that London have to offer.

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  • Open House 2017

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    As every year, interesting places around London open their doors to the public.

    openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk provides you access to places you will not otherwise be able to enter (at least legally…) If you have some time to spare that weekend, have a peek. Please note, some places need reservation and tend to get fully booked quickly.

    Enjoy,

  • Mail Rail

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    The Underground network is not the only underground rail system in London. Yes, the National Rail and Eurostar have their tunnels but there is also a slightly more unusual one. While the previous ones transport people and sometimes cargo, Mail Rail one concentrated solely on post. It has not been running for a while, but recently it was adapted and soon will open to visitors. Advance reservation might be required…
     
    https://www.postalmuseum.org/
     
    Enjoy,
  • The Longplayer

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    We recently came across Trinity Buoy Wharf in the docklands and its interesting attractions. One of which is The Longplayer:

    http://www.trinitybuoywharf.com/whats-on/event/longplayer

    A very interesting, innovative musical installation that will play looong after we are gone. Make sure to go to the top of the Lighthouse to listen properly while enjoying the view.

  • Aldwych Station

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Tube is a vast network, well organized, smooth operating and generously overpriced  But there are some parts of the network which were not as successful. There are more examples like that, but this one is apparently one of the best kept and right in the heart of London!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xSzU0oM4mM

    P.S. If someone knows a way in, let us know

  • Easter in London

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    A nice long weekend just started for some which gives a chance to do something interesting, or fun, or both – have it as you wish. We had a look at what can be done. The choice is vast and various and it is difficult to pick a choice, so we decided to take the easy way out and leave it with you 🙂 Here are some proposals, you might do one of these or get inspired to do something of your own!

    Happy Easter from the Team at The Cleveland!

    https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/16-egg-free-ways-to-make-the-most-of-the-easter-weekend-in-london

  • London’s curiosities

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Here is some interesting, sometimes odd, facts about London. I suppose everyone can find something for himself.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/…/54-amazing-facts-about-london-th…

    Enjoy,

  • Tube Extensions

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    London is growing. Crossrail 1 is nearly finished, Northern’s extension already commenced and now Bakerloo’s extension is getting approved. We still have to wait quite a while for them to be completed but, well, things cannot be to easy.

    https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/how-we-work/planning-for-the-future/bakerloo-line-extension

  • Winter Wonderland

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    The winter is not quite yet here. Or, according to some, it is already over…
    Nevertheless it should not be an obstacle to visit one of the best London’s winter attraction. Get scared on a few rides, win a teddy bear, eat a wurst and flash it with mulled wine or cider. Sounds like a nice evening

    http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/#jS1o4bgM2RetFCrp.97

    Enjoy,

  • OId Operating Theatre

    Monday, November 28, 2016

    We noticed that we have not suggested any museum for quite a while. Even after skipping the famous ones there is so many left, and today we chose this.

    http://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

    Today’s medicine is quite amazing, there are many diseases we can now cure and more and more complicated injuries can be fixed. It must be interesting to see how we got there…

    Enjoy,

  • Bonfire Night

    Friday, November 4, 2016

    It will be very bright and loud ion London this weekend. The sky will light up in many places across the city, here is a list of the biggest shows:

    http://www.timeout.com/…/bonfire-night-fireworks-displays-i…

    It might be difficult to get tickets (for example Alexandra Palace is sold-out) but there always might be a spot somewhere around with a nice view. If you want to see the fireworks but do not have the ticket, these option is worth investigating 😉

    Enjoy,

  • New “Boris” bike

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    img_4042_1As much as I like the whole scheme, the bikes are indeed bit slow and heavy. Hopefully the new ones will have this extra fast gear 🙂
     
     
    By the way, we have a few docking stations around the hotel, just in case.
     
    Enjoy,
  • British Film Institute

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Something for cinema lovers. 60th BFI film festival starting in October, I am sure everyone will find something interesting for themselves. It might be worth the bother 🙂

     
    Enjoy,

     

  • Olympic spirit

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Olympic games started last weekend in Rio. Some are lucky enough to be there, for most of them who are not but still want to feel some of the spirit, why not trying out some of the London venues from 2012. For example, if you like cycling (any form, pretty much) the Lee Valley Velodrome would be an interesting place to try out.
     
     
    Enjoy,
  • Fancy a ride?

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    The structure itself, well, I am not a big fan of. It is original though, one has to give it at least that. However, this new idea on how to make it bit more useful and fun for people I do like quite a lot.
    Last summer we had a water slide on street in Hampstead, this time the longest tunnel slide in the world in Stratford. Yummie!

  • The witness

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    One Spanish artist decided to develop his archaeology skills on some walls. And what a wall he chose to play on! I like this piece, simple but bears a weight with it. I guess now we can start a “new chapter” on that wall. I wonder how it will look like when someone looks at it again in the future…

    www.timeout.com/london/art/jorge-otero-pailos-the-ethics-of-dust

    Enjoy,

  • Nothing changes here

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Within the European Union or outside of it, we are very happy to accommodate all our guests. Everybody is welcome and always will be 🙂

  • Cavalcade

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Did you ever consider living on a boat? There is quite a few people who have chosen this type of accommodation and I must admit it looks like an interesting option. You get a space of small flat for only a fraction of the price, you leave in a beautiful area (of your choice) and are generally considered to be “cool”. I only wonder if it’s not too cool in the winter…

    Anyway, if you would like to have a closer look at the boats and the lifestyle of their owners, we are happy to invite you to the “Canalway Cavalcade”, which will take place this weekend in Little Venice (walking distance from our hotel):

  • View from Sky Garden

    img_0935_2dlRemember when we posted about Sky Garden some time ago? Our friend was there since then and took a few pictures. Since we particularly like his work, we decided to share it here and let you enjoy as well :)https://dlugasek.com/2016/03/27/london-from-above/

     

  • Easter chocolate egg

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Easter is coming soon. Which for some means a couple extra days off to celebrate.

    If you are thinking to see something else than the usual Cambridge-Oxford boat race (or GOAT race, they actually do do that:http://www.thegoatrace.org/ ) there is many other options. We choose this one, just to make life bit sweeter:

    http://www.dukeofyorksquare.com/

     

  • Magical Lantern Festival

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    12182773_10153986491228879_1559946577212074691_o Playing with light seems to have gotten fancy this year. Few weeks ago we posted about London Lumiere Festival. Now we have the pleasure to bring you bit closer to bit another, more oriental, take on light decorations – Magical Lantern Festival.

    http://www.magicallantern.uk/

     

  • Adventure Travel Show

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    Another interesting event, this time in Olympia. If you are looking for travel inspiration, this will be the place to go to! Should you get a jealousy attack during your visit, try to turn it constructively into an adventure of your own :)

    http://www.adventureshow.com/index.php

     

  • Lumiere festival

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Wandering what to do this weekend?

    Why not having a nice walk along few places in Central London? I am hearing that the light will be spectacular!

    http://www.lumiere-festival.com/

     

  • All The Best!!!

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    12366379_982199978520005_1363396334810497533_nWe would like to wish everybody a great, happy Christmas and Winter Celebration.

    And we hope the New Year will bring biiig smiles on everybody’s faces! Just like the one above!

     

  • Christmas

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

     As every year, Christmas is coming. That means a lot of Christmas themed goodies to be seen and, if liked, acquired. As always there will be a number of markets and events, and I would like to bring one of them closer. Willing to avoid the big and famous ones, I would like to direct your attention towards Abney Hall.

    On the 5th and 6th of December there will be a particular event, where ceramic makers will exhibit their current impressions. Whether you will find something nice for or not, the market will definitely deliver a nice day out.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/927483960643122/

    Check other events organized by Hackney Flee Market as well.

     

  • The most important thing…

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

     …which for some is to have a good beer with nice atmosphere :)

    To my delight I introduce a little something for beer lovers. This country is pretty good with ales and other beers on the darker side of things. You can find a whole variety of different flavours and the list below is just a taste:

    http://www.timeout.com/…/londons-best-craft-beer-bars-and-p…

    I would add Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington and The Angel in Bermondsey, just at the Thames.

     

  • Alexander Fleming’s joint

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

     After a little break we come back with a little curiosity from our neighbourhood. Ever wonder under what circumstances and in what conditions some crucial discoveries took place? You can have a look at the laboratory of the person responsible for one of the most important inventions in the world of medicine – Alexander Fleming.

    http://www.medicalmuseums.org/alexander-fleming-laboratory…/

    Please note that the opening hours are pretty narrow.

     

  • Notting Hill

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    We wish you all to have great fun and enjoy the view, the food and drinks as well. Hopefully the weather will help, although it might be bit moody on Sunday.

    From my own experience – avoid Central Line at all costs!

    Some more info and advice in the link below:

    http://www.timeout.com/…/things…/notting-hill-carnival-guide

     

  • Shard’s competition

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    img_0985_2dlThere is a new building in the city. “20 Fenchurch Street” is its name but the nickname meets my liking much more – “Walkie Talkie”. If you want to see impressive views of London, check out the link below. The SkyGarden is nice as well, it depends what you fancy more. I was the one turned back to the plants and looking out

    http://skygarden.london/

    Enjoy,

  • Looking down

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    It can get one feel a tiny little bit jealous. Why wasn’t it me flying over London at night taking pictures like these???

    http://www.laforetair.com/galleries.php

    Enjoy,

     

  • Useful site

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    While digging through internet I stumbled across this very resourceful website. You can find a lot of information in the whole spectrum of fields about London and few other big cities as well. Looking for something to do? Or you need to find a bicycle shop close to you? Looking for yet another market? Would like to see how they all look from bird’s point of view? And you want to do all this in the same time? This will help:

    https://placeilive.com/

    I still need to challenge their accuracy 😉

  • Giant Slide

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    This looks like fun!!!

    http://londontheinside.com/2015/05/15/slip-and-slide/

    Coming in August, enjoy!

     

  • Butterfly

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    img_0688_1dlMotyl. La farfalla. Le papillon. La mariposa. Peteliškė. Fluture. Fjäril. Schmetterling. Féileacán. бабочка. пеперуда. πεταλούδα. فراشة. թիթեռ. Just a few examples of nice names for a beautiful creature. Would you care to learn some more about it?

  • A little bit of green next weekend?

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    London is a very green city. There is a variety of  bigger and smaller parks and also garden squares. The latter are usually closed for public. Upcoming weekend however, this will not be the case. Most of them will be open for us to come and enjoy:

    http://www.opensquares.org/

    Enjoy,

     

  • Walk the Line

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    There is plenty paths to walk in or around London. All of them can be interesting, depending what does one like. This is another nice walk but with some extra attractions installed on the way:

    http://www.timeout.com/london/art/the-line

     

  • Urban Food Fest

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Fancy some fancy food?

    You do not need a restaurant to find something good or uncommon (usually both). Go to Shoreditch on (whichever) Sunday and follow the nice smell. You will be brought to a car park transformed into food market with interesting cuisines from various parts of the world. And you will surely find a pint of something good to drink after your meal.

    http://www.urbanfoodfest.com/

    Enjoy 🙂

  • Lee River

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    img_7455_3dlEaster is coming!

    If you are lucky enough to have some time off (as most people do, to be honest) you might want to jump out of the city for a bit. You can go to Lee River Park and enjoy a whole variety of Easterly activities  If not that, the whole River Lee Valley is both interesting and relaxing place to be – both beyond and within London. You can also take your bicycle, go all the way up to Broxbourne and comeback down to London. An enjoyable day trip.

    http://www.timeout.com/lon…/things-to-do/easter-country-fair

     

  • Brunel Museum

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    How about some engineering?

    There is a museum in London showing the work of one Isambard Kingdom Brunel. An engineer ahead of his time. He built stunning bridges, railway lines and all infrastructure connected (including Paddington Station, just 5 minutes from the hotel) and first underwater tunnel (still used today, by London Overground).

    If your mind leans towards the technical side of things, Brunel Museum is definitely a place for you to visit.

  • Speakers corner

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

     Exposing yourself to other peoples views always teaches you something (how to do or not to do things) and it can be quite entertaining as well.

    Please also feel free to share your own thoughts, however significant or insignificant they might be.

    http://www.weird-london.com/hyde-park-speakers-corner/

     

  • Have you ever seen a dinosaur?

    Monday, February 23, 2015

     

    Crystal Palace was a one of a kind structure built for The Great Exhibition in 1851 in Hyde Park. For the first time people could have a glance of the future made of glass and metal. After the exhibition the Palace was moved to South London, where it was a very popular place to visit. I assume it would still be a great attraction if it did not burn down in 1936.

    However the Crystal Palace Park itself is still very nice with several interesting places, like the Dinosaur Park with quite unusual take on the creatures.

  • Universal Points

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    We would like to introduce Universal Points, a scheme to gather independent hotels to stand up against big and soulless hotel chains.

    universalpoints.com

    Independent hotels unite!

     

  • Tower Bridge

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    img_4222_1-dlTower Bridge is one of the most photographed spots in London. Therefore it makes me glad to introduce you to a picture which shows it from a different angle.http://dlugasek.com/2015/02/01/scaffolding/

    As we like this photographer’s work, we might post something in the future as well, should he manage to take another interesting shot.

     

  • The smell of wood

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    This time I would like to bring you to historical place in East London. It is the largest existing tidal mill in the world called House Mill.
    It is worth visiting for history you can embrace, brilliant guided tours and overwhelming smell of wood throughout the building.

     

    You can find more information at http://www.housemill.org.uk/

    Tip: people who wear high-heels – do not wear them.

  • Carboot sales in London

    Friday, January 9, 2015

     Fancy some bargain hunting?

    Now might be a good time, as probably lots of people replaced old gadgets with new presents and are trying to get rid of them. Maybe you as well have something to sell after Christmas?

    This should be just the place:

    http://www.thelondoncarbootco.co.uk/

     

  • Happy New Year

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    May the New Year 2015 bring you all a lot of joy and delight, so you will be making faces like this.All the best in New Year!

    The Team at The Cleveland

  • Snowman

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    424334_10150606393178879_330917220_n Believe it or not, we brought this Snowman up in London :)

    White Christmas everybody!!

    The Team at The Cleveland

     

  • The sky

    Thursday, December 11, 2014


    They say the sky is blue. It is not exactly the case if you look a bit closer or from a different angle, like these photographers:

    http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year

     

  • Prince Charles Cinema

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Anyone a cinema lover?

    Prince Charles Cinema is one of a kind. Do not go there for blockbusters. But please do if you would like to see a proper classic (or three at one go like in “Godfather Trilogy”) or another movie, which is not as popular as the ones from posters in the Tube, but it does not mean it is any less good though.http://www.princecharlescinema.com/

    Prices are reasonable, unless you get a membership for a tenner annually – then it becomes really cheap.

    Enjoy your popcorn,

  • Scandinavian Christmas Market

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Ho, ho, ho…

    Christmas is coming, like every year, and, like every year, everybody is talking about it. Besides talking they also do shopping. And where to shop for Christmas if not on a Christmas Market?

    Let’s skip the obvious ones and try a different approach:

    http://www.scanevents.co.uk/christmasmarket/

     

    Scandinavian Christmas Market. They have regular Christmas thingies but since they have reindeer and Santa I reckon we should expect something extra, right?

  • Alexandra Palace – Curious London

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    This time I would like to invite you to Alexandra Palace, which is located in North London. It is a grand Victorian palace build in the 19th century. You can say that, together with the park, is the equivalent of the Crystal Palace in the south (more about that in the future) with the slight difference that it still exists.

    It hosts many events like Snooker Masters, concerts, fares, exhibitions etc throughout the year. BBC studios used to be there as well, I am not sure what their current status is. It comes with a big park, great view of the city and further attractions like ice rink, boating lake, tropical garden, a pub (naturally) and many more. For example, every Sunday there is farmers market in the park where you can find some really good food straight from its makers – mniam :)

    Please have a look at their website to see exactly what they offer and what events are on:

    http://www.alexandrapalace.com/

    Best way to get there is either via Alexandra Palace Station and W3 bus or via Finsbury Park, from which the W3 bus starts.

  • St Dunstan In The East – Curious London

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Yet another interesting place to visit in London. A little pearl, drop of tranquility if you wish among overwhelming corporate buildings or overcrowded tourist attractions in the heart of The City.
    If you are a busy businessman between stressful meetings or a crazy tourist whose camera cannot take it anymore – here is a place to sit and relax a bit.
  • The future…

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    …is coming to the tube!


    http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2014/10/09/new-tube-train-design-revealed-and-its-pretty-fit/
    But still, we will get a bit older before it arrives

  • Horniman Museum – Curious London

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    This time I would like to invite you to one of London’s countless museums. I shall not mention the big and famous ones as they do not need really need mentioning.

    The museum for today is The Horniman Museum in south London’s Forest Hill. It is not the biggest but offers interesting curiosities nonetheless. That includes the biggest walrus you will ever see – that is guaranteed

  • Open House London

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Free on the on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd of September?

    Here is something that might fill up your weekend. Would you not like to enter one of these big offices buildings, mansions, industrial installations or whatever floats your boat? 
    The annual Open House London will take place the mentioned weekend. Many of usually restricted places will open their doors to the public. You can check the list of buildings which you can access and the way to do it (you have to pre-book in some cases and bring your photo ID in some other – like 10 Downing Street! ) on the website below.
    http://www.londonopenhouse.org/

    Do not forget to plan the route as the sites might not be close to each other.

    Enjoy

  • Tony’s Challenges Worldwide

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Our dear former colleague has undertaken a great new challenge. He is on his way to Zambia to help improve general well-being over there. How does he want to achieve that? You can find the answer to this question by checking the link to his cause:

    https://www.justgiving.com/Tony-Pavlov/

    We would like to express our support and are looking forward to see superb results of our colleague’s great effort.

    Tony, good luck :)

  • London Architecture – Curious London

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    In posts under these series I will try to point out some interesting places in London which are not the most famous nor the biggest ones, yet it does not mean they are not worth having a look.

    I will start with a small place in the centre where, with a little help of imagination, you can take sort of a flight over London without having to arrange a, surely expensive, helicopter ride. Please find a link below.

    www.newlondonarchitecture.org

    Definitely a tasty bite for someone who has an interest in architecture or urban planning.

    Enjoy,

    Marcin Jagodzinski

  • It’s almost time for Carnival!

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

     It’s only a few more weeks – 9 to be exact – until my favourite weekend of the year in London, the Notting Hill carnival (August 24th and 25th, 2014). If you’ve never been, this is one weekend (even if you just spend a day at the carnival itself) that must be experienced at least once in your life. And best of all, its right on the doorstep of the Cleveland Hotel and so you won’t have far to go when you need a break from the rhythms, beats, steel drums and delicious food!

    Taking place annually, the Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event held in London since 1966 over the August bank holiday weekend. Attracting over 1 million people, it is one of the largest street festivals in the world! Attracting people from all over the city, the carnival is a celebration of the diversity of London, led by members of the west indian community. Packed with steel bands, calypso music and delicious food stalls, Carnival is a huge party and everyone is invited!

    Sunday is Children’s Day with a shorter parade route and is the day when the costume prizes are awarded. Monday is the main parade day and has many busy after party options in the evening. With 50,000 performers and 40 sound systems, there is plenty to fill your whole day!
    Here are some tips on how to make the best of your visit:
    1 – Forget the Tube – many stations shut to avoid congestion and so the best way to enjoy carnival is to walk, especially if you are staying nearby at the Cleveland Hotel!
    2 – Ditch the heels – wear comfortable shoes so that you can dance all day and all night.
    3 – Plan where to meet – if you’re meeting friends, make sure to choose a convenient location before hand as it gets very busy and mobile phone networks often fail.
    4 – Jerk chicken – no day at Carnival is complete without tasting this delicious speciality!
    5 – Soca, reggae, calypso, house and dub – make sure you spend some time at the over 40 sound systems set up around the area – arrive early as they also get very busy!
    Enjoy carnival, stay safe, and relax knowing your bed is just a few streets away at the Cleveland Hotel!

     

  • Summer 2014 Activities in London

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Weather forecasters are predicting that the 2014 summer in London will likely be the hottest ever on record! So there has never been a better time to come and visit the capital and enjoy one of the many events that are happening. Whilst 2012 and 2013 have been event packed years in London, the city is showing no signs of slowing down with a number of amazing places, days out and one off events to enjoy.
    Early July (finals 5th and 6th) sees another opportunity to enjoy the best tennis in the world as the Wimbledon Championships take place just down the District line from the Cleveland Hotel. Will Andy Murray do it again? The home crowd will have high expectations this year and will not want to be disappointed. Of course if he doesn’t manage to match his performance from 2013, there will always be the delicious British strawberries and cream to enjoy!
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    If sport isn’t your thing, then the yearly RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will also be happening in early July (8th to 13th). With over 150 specialist flower nurseries and a special preview evening ending with a spectacular fireworks display, the flower show shows that London has something for everyone. During your stay at the Cleveland, we will be more than happy to help you plan your day out and make sure you get to the flower show without any problems.
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    The biggest event in August (25th – 26th) is the Notting Hill Carnival, second only in size to the Rio Carnival! Taking place on the doorstep of the Cleveland hotel, you can enjoy family day on Sunday or the full-on carnival day on the bank holiday Monday, knowing that you are an easy stroll away from your bedroom at the end of what will have been an exciting yet tiring day. Seeing the streets full of people, party goers, floats, steel bands, the smell of caribbean food and of course, the amazing costumes of the dancers, is an experience you will not forget and should be on everyone’s list!
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    Again, proving that London has something for everyone, all a stones throw away from the Cleveland, why not visit Buckingham Palace during its Summer Opening. Open during August and September only, the palace offers a unique opportunity to see inside one of the most famous palaces in the world. Whilst we can’t guarantee that our rooms will quite match the lavishness of the palace itself, we can guarantee that you will have a comfortable and welcoming stay with us to make sure that your visit to London this summer will be just as spectacular!
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    If you have any questions about any of the events happening in the city this summer, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or indeed if you have any questions about the hotel. I can be emailed at victor@thecleveland-hotel.com or we have more information at www.thecleveland-hotel.com. I can’t wait for the summer to start and we look forward to seeing you here with us at The Cleveland Hotel.
  • Getting ready for Christmas in London

    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    I think Christmas is an exciting time of year for many people, bringing families together and with a range of sights and activities, why not celebrete in London.

    The city has many things to offer visitors and Londoners alike, including shopping, theatre, restaurants, christmas markets in the heart of Hyde Park, and christmas carol concerts in fantastic venues like Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

    If you enjoy to ice skating, why not do it in a remarkable setting like:

    • Skate at Somerset House
    • Natural History Museum Ice Skate 2013
    • Tower of London Ice Rink

    Or if your would rather walk around the city and enjoy the Christmas lights, why not visit:

    • The Illuminated Trails at Kew Gardens
    • Southbank Centre Christmas Market
    • Oxford Street Chistmas Lights

    For those of you who like a bit of arts and culture, music, or something for the kids, why not take the opportunity to see:

    • Courtyard Carol Singing at Hampton Court Palace
    • Christmas Past at the Geffrye Museum
    • Hogwart’s in the Snow at Warner Bros Studios

    Where better to stay during your Christmas visit than at The Cleveland Hotel, well located for transport connections across London and with easy access to Hyde Park. Over the Christmas period, we have a number of special offers including 10% off your reservations throughout November and December 2013 if you stay 2 nights or more! If you are already planning your January sales shopping, why not take advantage of our advance booking non refundable offer and enjoy 10% off your stay and a free breakfast. You can book these offers by visiting http://www.thecleveland-hotel.com/free-breakfast-at-the-cleveland-hotel or calling The Cleveland Hotel at +44(0)2075 350 860.

    More information on these festive activities can be found at http://www.timeout.com/london/christmas.

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  • Six cool things to do in Notting Hill

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    In case you did not know, Bayswater is bordering the iconic Notting Hill to the west, which means that quite a few things you may want to see and/or try while staying at the Cleveland Hotel are accessible within a short walk down on Westbourne Grove, Bayswater Road or through the tiny back streets that lay in between.

    Bayswater is perfect in terms of its location and close proximity to Hyde Park, but Notting Hill is definitely somewhere you have to go at least once during your visit in London if you want to feel what the city truly is like.

    We have put together a short guide to the hidden and not-so-hidden cool things to do there.

    The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

    2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR

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    The Brands Museum is small, cozy and more of a time machine than anything museum-like. It traces the evolution of hundreds (if not thousands) of the global brands that we all know over a long period of time (from Victorian times until the present day!). Those of you who are sensitive and nostalgia prone may find themselves walking down the memory lane, because your minds will be heavily stimulated by colours and images which will certainly take you back in time. This place is also highly recommendable for anyone who works in the field of branding, marketing or graphic design. Either way, it is a fun place to visit before heading to one of the bars nearby for an evening cocktail or dinner.

    Street Art by Banksy

    Corner of Acklam Road and Portobello Road, Notting Hill

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    In case you have not heard his name so far, Banksy is an England – based graffiti artist, whose satirical street art is now changing hands for impressive amounts of money. His work often tries to convey strong messages of social and political character and it is mostly done in the signature stenciling technique. Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself; but art dealers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.
    Hurry up and snap yourself next to this one until it is not too late!

    The London West Bank Gallery

    118 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RR

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    The other thing that the area is evidently rich of, apart of the brightly coloured houses, is art galleries. Money and creativity, a signature fusion for Notting Hill, have fostered a flourishing colony of art dealers. There is almost always something going on in the West Bank Gallery and the walls outside of it are covered in art works that change every now than then.

    Portobello Road Market

    Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London

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    There is so much that can be said for Portobello Road Market, that we will have to devote an entire post to the topic in an attempt to cover it all – from the posh boutiques and grand houses of Westbourne Grove, all the way to the more gritty Golborne Road, with a dizzying fall through many strata of London life on the way. There is a little piece of London  there for everyone. Mind you, it does get very crowded on sunny weekend days, but this is also when one can truly feel the vibe of the market.

    • Kensington Church Street

    Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill, London

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    The street that ‘formally’ connects Notting Hill and Kensington has a lot to offer. Littered with antique shops, The Kensington Wine Rooms (yes, the same we already wrote for in our Wine Bars post), The Churchill Arms pub and a number of nice restaurants, it is a truly good blend of finest London scents. Not to mention that it is minutes away from the Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

    • Holland Park

    Ilchester Place Notting Hill London W8

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    The park used to be the grounds of the Jacobean-era Cope Castle, a large mansion hidden in the woods which has now become Holland House. There are 22 hectares of gardens and open woodland here, along with a café, sports areas and children’s play areas, and in the summer there are various activities, including Opera in the Park. There is even more – the park contains an orangery, a giant chess set, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, and (impressively for a London park) peacocks.

  • In vino veritas

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

    With the temperatures slowly rising and spring on the horizon (at last), there is nothing more relaxing than a glass of wine after a busy day in London. Although our hotel does not have its own bar (just yet), the city offers a wide range of wine bars. From very classy establishments to homely feeling bars, we have put together a selection of our three favourite wine bars you should visit while staying at The Cleveland Hotel.

    1. The Kensington Wine Rooms www.greatwinesbytheglass.com

    KWR is thoroughly modern in using dispensers to keep wine fresh for longer, so allowing single glasses to be served and thus facilitating experimentation. In contrast, its handsome, light-filled premises retain a comfort and clubbability that refer back to wine trade tradition. Usually busy, the venue seems to have become an unofficial clubhouse for a fairly smart Notting Hill crowd who drop by for everything from an aperitif and tapa to an evening blowout. Its close proximity to the hotel (15min walk) make it our number one!

    127-129 Kensington Church Street
    Notting Hill
    London
    W8 7LP

     

    2. The Wonder Bar at Selfridges www.selfridges.com

    Located at the heart of one of the most iconic luxury department stores in London, the Wonder Bar fuses together the art of shopping with that of a good glass of wine (ladies beware!). Customers are able to help themselves to small measures from up to 52 different wines, with the tiny 25ml pour bringing extremely expensive wines into the reach of ordinary mortals. What this means for the wine lover is that if you pop down to the Wonder Bar, you can get to try a sip of a Bordeaux Grand Cru for under £3 to see if it’s to your taste before parting with £30 or more for the bottle in the adjoining off-licence. The choice of wines remains good, with a nice mix of favourites and new, challenging flavours.

    Selfridges
    400 Oxford Street
    Marylebone
    London
    W1A 1AB

    3. Vinoteca www.vinoteca.co.uk

    The no-bookings policy in the evening means it’s first come, first served, and such is Vinoteca’s reputation for interesting wine and food at very acceptable prices, there’s always a queue. Go at lunch if you want a guaranteed seat. The 25 wines by the glass change weekly, but typically traverse the globe from Austria (a Kurt Angerer 2009 Kamptal grüner veltliner) to Australia (a 2008 shiraz cabernet from One Chain Vineyards). Each dish comes with a wine suggestion. This lack of pretension combines with excellent dishes (rabbit and pork rillettes; pan-fried hake with broad beans, peas, fregola pasta and Amalfi lemon; or a selection of Spanish cured meats with almonds and olives) to create a winning formula. The punchily flavoured food is produced in full view from a tiny kitchen next to an equally diminutive bar, where there are a few perching stools for those waiting for tables. Ideal place to combine with a visit to the Barbican Centre.

    7 St John Street
    Clerkenwell
    London
    EC1M 4AA