We begin with a delightful stay at the historic Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair, Enjoy hearing the story of Red Carnation Hotels who founded this charming property and some insider tips on Mayfair from the Chef and Deputy General Manager.
We then continue to Bath, where we stayed at the delightful Hill House, hosted by proprietors, Douglas, Harry and their lovable dog, Jasper. Douglas gives us the low down on where to eat, drink and explore, and some of the history of this enchanting city.
Having come to the UK from Sweden I started my career in sales. Over the last 13 years I have worked through positions within Front of House including The Eton Collection and later took on the role as General Manager in Bloomsbury for 5 years. I have now joined the prestigious Chesterfield Mayfair hotel and look forward to being a part of the great team here. My approach in the hotel industry has always been to provide a service that is above and beyond expectations that will make your stay unforgettable
Born and bred in London I started my career at North West Kent Collage where I trained as an apprenticeship chef for three years. After finishing my course I started my culinary journey where I learned my passion for this great industry. Working at some of London’s top hotels my passion for food has grown and grown. I am please to be here at the Chesterfield Mayfair where, using fresh local seasonal produce from around the United Kingdom I am sure me and my team can create a dining experience that you will remember forever.
RCH evolved since into what is now an award winning, family owned and run collection of fourteen five and four star boutique luxury hotels, along with a gastro pub and a South African inspired London restaurant. From Africa and the USA to Europe, RCH has established a reputation for timeless décor, exceptional locations, highly personal and genuine guest care, and celebrated cuisine. RCH has become a ‘home away from home’ for the business and holiday travellers who know, feel and appreciate, the RCH difference.
Just minutes walk from Chesterfield, you'll find the bustling hub of Shepherds Market, home to some marvellous pubs, Euro-centric and Middle Eastern restaurants. (We loved Boudin Blanc, a cosy, warm French restaurant with great food and wine list - the carafe wines were a reminder of how fantastic regional simple French wines are!)
And towards the other direction brings you to Sloane Square and Chelsea - great shopping and more great restaurants. For coffee and organic smoothies, try Joe and the Juicer, for a Copenhagen import, and snuggle down to a basement for French small plates and a great eclectic wine list at Le Cercle.
A few other spots to lay your head at night and explore this exciting city.......
If you'd like to stay just a few blocks from Harrods, in the heart of Knightsbridge, yet in a quiet residential street, try The Beaufort, an elegant guest house offering complimentary champagne (yes the real thing), and drinks through the evening and high tea on request. It's close also to the Victoria and Albert Museum and Hyde Park.
Or if you'd like to be nestled in the heart of South Kensington, surrounded by gastro-pubs, shops, all manner of restaurants, and a stone's throw to Notting Hill, try the Millennium Baileys. A renovated Victorian London Townhouse, right on the tube station to Heathrow and Piccadilly. Bonus? Lovely spacious rooms! Try dining at La Bouchee, cosy, romantic, and very French! Or Bibendum for locally sourced dreamy seafood dishes.
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Hill House Bed and Breakfast
|Proprietors, Harry, Douglas and Jasper|
Hill House is a three storey Georgian end of terrace situated in the heart of historic Bath. Originally built around 1760 it has formerly been a hotel, wine merchants and public house. In 2011 it underwent extensive renovation into a 6 bedroom guest house retaining much of its original charm and character with all the amenities expected of the traveller in the 21st century.
Their satisfying and delicious breakfast menu changes seasonally, even to making their own marmalade and preserves!. There is a freshly prepared buffet each day or you can order a hot breakfast cooked to order and made from locally sourced ingredients where possible.
A bit on Bath....
|The Weir used in the Movie, Les Miserables,|
where the fatal dive took place.
For dining, we enjoyed two terrific British meals - one at Circus Restaurant, for a more refined, seasonally focused approach, and The Chequers for an up-market gastro pub experience housed in a building dating back to 1776. The fish and chips in ale batter was to experience indeed!