A visit to Borough Market is a great way to spend the day (or any length of time) with tourists and locals alike. Lots of great photo opportunities and so much to eat. You'll find vibrant displays of produce, tempting trays of treats, cheeses of all kinds, and you can smell some truffles for free that you would have to take a loan out to purchase.
This was a great opportunity to try a Scotch Egg. This is a boiled egg, wrapped in ground sausage, breaded and deep fried. We learned that it can be eaten hot when it is freshly made, but is generally considered a picnic food and would be eaten cold. Who knew? Ours was cold and tasty, but I would *love* to try this fresh from the deep fryer. YUM!!
Keep your eye out for the Turkish coffee if you like a strong cup and if it's "holiday season" try the mulled wine anywhere!
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Grange Hotels - Bloomsbury, London
There are so many choices when it comes to places to stay in London. So many neighborhoods and so many types of places - hotels, flats, airbnb, houseboats (seriously), and the list goes on.
After much deliberation, we settled on the Grange White Hall hotel in the Bloomsbury area of London. This hotel was a Georgian townhouse in the 18th century, so it has a lot of character!
Grange Hotels have a number of hotels around London (17!) most of which are 4 or 5 stars and have an affordable price point for their respective locations.
Grange Hotels own several hotels on Montague Street and the parallel Bedford Place. This makes for charming walks down the street in the evening.
Grage White Hall - Location
You're also literally steps away from the British Museum! You could easily pop in and out of the museum throughout your stay because it is so close. See artifacts like the Rosetta Stone, Samurai armor, ancient Mummies and more. I've heard there is a fabulous Bible themed tour here that you can reserve in multiple languages.
You are also a short walk from the Russell Square Tube Station. If you would like a shortcut, walk through Russell Square. Just be aware that the gates do shut later at night. In that case you'll just have to walk around the perimeter. No big deal, just a few more steps. Check out the blog post "Getting Your Oyster Card" so you can hop on at Russell Square Station with ease, if you haven't already :)
Grange White Hall - Breakfast
The breakfast at Grange White Hall Hotel was lovely. Our reservation included the full hot breakfast which was served buffet style in a charming room. Toast and coffee or tea were served to you by staff. The rest of the food you could help yourself to - fruit, cheeses, cold meats, boiled eggs, fried eggs, sausage, ham, grilled tomatoes. Lovely additions like nutella packets and Wilkin & Son's Tiptree preserves and honey in adorable tiny jars were also available.
Grange White Hall - Room
The room featured a double bed with two small end tables. A closet with a safe, a hair dryer, tv, and wifi. There was a console on the wall next to the bathroom which you could pull down and it housed a hot water kettle for making tea or coffee which was also available along with sugar and creamer in that console. Each day we enjoyed biscoff biscuits along with our tea!!
I was pleased with the room. It had everything we needed. It kept very warm, and at times we had to open the windows which was no problem. We requested a garden view room per a tip from tripadvisor, and enjoyed hearing some of the birds singing outside our window!
The bath tub was incredibly tall. I've never had to step so high up into a tub/shower. Be careful when entering, but even more so when exiting because it could be easy to slip when the tub is wet.
Grange Hotel Revarew Rewards Program
Before our visit, we signed up for the Revarew Rewards Program. It's a free program and when you sign up you get some immediate perks like free wifi, express check in and check out, complimentary room upgrades, and complimentary bottled water to name a few.
You also gain points for your stays which can be redeemed for free stays, discounts at Grange Hotels or other partners. I have 400 points now. and Afternoon tea for 2 starts at just 225 points. Or a 3 course table d'hote dinner for two starts at 250 points. So I'm hoping to pass through London again soon so I can cash in on these points! ;o)
I had a great experience at Grange White Hall Hotel and would not hesitate to return to this hotel or try another Grange Hotel!
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