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.
Thursday, June 14, 2018Summer is coming, the weather is surprisingly nice recent weeks, time to go to the see. The usual place of choice for Londoners is Brighton. Nice old town, not far away, a large beach (although not sandy…), rich nightlife. When you are there do not forget to visit the pier, just be sure you go to the right one, because one of them is not exactly the safest to access.
Cycling in London
Friday, April 13, 2018Santander Cycles was the only self-hire bicycle rental scheme in London for quite a few years. Not any more though. The market is evolving as we speak and there are new players on the block worth consideration. We still think Santander would be better for daily commute but for occasional use the dockless schemes come in handy, depending on location as well. Have a look.Regards,
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
What is the future going to bring? A difficult question, always has been, open to a lot of speculation. Have a look at this exhibition to tickle your imagination and who knows, maybe you will predict something that will actually come true one day?
Only for the brave!
Friday, November 10, 2017Have you ever visited Oxford Street on a Boxing Day? I saw it once, it seemed like a big, demanding adventure and required a lot of courage to join, which I did not find it. I opted for a secure space in a form of an upper level of a double-decker bus.This however might change next year, as the street might offer much more space for pedestrians according to Mayor’s plan. So, if you are up to a crazy shopping adventure, make sure to go to Oxford Street this Boxing Day!Enjoy!
View of London
Friday, October 20, 2017
We came across a list of viewing points in London. I have visited a few of them and they were worth it, so I am sure the ones I did not check would be enjoyable as well. The one place I would add would be Parliament Hill in Hampstead.
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.
Thursday, August 17, 2017The 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,
Monday, July 3, 2017
We recently came across Trinity Buoy Wharf in the docklands and its interesting attractions. One of which is The 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.
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!
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!
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Here is some interesting, sometimes odd, facts about London. I suppose everyone can find something for himself.
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.
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
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.
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…
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:
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 😉
New “Boris” bike
Tuesday, October 11, 2016By 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,
Wednesday, August 10, 2016Olympic 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!
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…
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 🙂
Friday, April 29, 2016
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
Remember 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.
Magical Lantern Festival
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Adventure Travel Show
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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!
All The Best!!!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
And we hope the New Year will bring biiig smiles on everybody’s faces! Just like the one above!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
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.
Check other events organized by Hackney Flee Market as well.
The most important thing…
Sunday, November 15, 2015
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:
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
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:
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
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:
I still need to challenge their accuracy 😉
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
This looks like fun!!!
Coming in August, enjoy!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
A little bit of green next weekend?
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Walk the Line
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Urban Food Fest
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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.
Monday, March 30, 2015
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.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Please also feel free to share your own thoughts, however significant or insignificant they might be.
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.
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.
Independent hotels unite!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015Tower 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.
Tip: people who wear high-heels – do not wear them.
Carboot sales in London
Friday, January 9, 2015
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:
Happy New Year
Wednesday, December 31, 2014May 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
Friday, December 19, 2014
White Christmas everybody!!
The Team at The Cleveland
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Prince Charles Cinema
Monday, December 1, 2014
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:
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:
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
Sunday, September 28, 2014
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, 2014Here 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.
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:
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
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.
Definitely a tasty bite for someone who has an interest in architecture or urban planning.
It’s almost time for Carnival!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014Sunday 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, 2014Weather 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!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.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!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!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 email@example.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.
Six cool things to do in Notting Hill
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
400 Oxford Street
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