I’ve lived in London for two years now and I love nothing more than a staycation in one of the cities many fabulous hotels. So when LastMinute.com were selling secret hotels for just £29.99 and there was a five star available for the night of my London anniversary I snapped it up and was thoroughly amazed to discover it was actually the Threadneedles.
The Threadneedles Hotel used to be the headquarters of the London, City and Midland Bank but was transformed into the first luxury boutique hotel in the square mile that is the City of London. It’s probably best known for the stain glassed dome that greets you when you arrive.
Underneath this dome is a gorgeous little lounge area with comfy squishy sofas and plenty of power sockets for those wishing to do some work. After checking in though I just went straight upstairs to check out my room and I was suitably impressed. Here’s a video room tour but if you prefer to look at pictures/read keep scrolling!
The room wasn’t particularly large but it was beautiful with a big comfortable bed, polished wood furniture and a spacious wardrobe complete with umbrella and iron/ironing board.
I really loved the artwork above the bed of a nearby London street.
The desk was a great size with a very comfortable chair which made for some excellent blogging. The multiple sockets embedded in the desk made it really easy to make sure that everything was charged up before I left and that my laptop didn’t run out of battery. It was great to see that wi-fi was free throughout the hotel too as so many chains still charge for this.
I don’t drink coffee but I though the Nespresso machine was a nice little added touch and I liked that the tea making facilities were hidden away in their own little cupboard. I was disappointed that despite having a mini fridge there was no fresh milk – honestly hotels, you’re missing a trick. Nobody likes those horrible plastic pots of fake milk!
The bathroom was absolutely gorgeous. A huge bath with shower, a beautiful sink area and large tubes of wonderful toiletries. The towels were large and fluffy and there were dressing gowns and slippers for me to wrap myself up in after a long hot shower. It was delightful.
After taking a wander around the local area and discovering that nothing in the City opens at the weekend (literally nowhere I could find to eat was open not even the hotel restaurant) I returned to my room and decided to indulge in some room service.
Having only eaten chocolate all day (I was at a chocolate making workshop prior to checking in) I ordered the sharing platter which consisted of lamb skewers, chicken satay, prawn and courgette skewers, duck spring rolls, fishcake, and chunky chips each th an accompanying dip. At £32 including tray service it wasn’t cheap but boy was it good and I made sure to eat every last piece. All washed down with a glass of rosé from the mini bar – well I was celebrating!
I spent the rest of the evening in bed watching TV and blogging. It was rather blissful after a busy couple of weeks. Sadly I had to be up early on the Monday morning to head to work but it was a really nice way to spend the night. The contrast of the hustle and bustle of every one on their way to work compared to the ghost town when I had been searching for food the previous night was pretty startling and definitely something to keep in mind if you’re making a booking.
5 Threadneedle Street