Living in London means we actually very rarely head into the centre of town to play tourists. So when we were kindly offered a stay with Apex Hotels we jumped at the chance. It was perfect timing as it was my birthday and we needed something fun to do.
Apex hotels first opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and is an independent family run business with a collection of ten hotels across the UK. We chose to stay in their City of London Hotel which is tucked away on a tranquil street next to the medieval St Olave’s Church. It is moments from Fenchurch Street, Tower of London and is the perfect spot for easy transport links into and out of London. It’s also the perfect location for business and culture. There is a dedicated conference meeting room, 24 hour gym plus a gorgeous spa full of a wide range of treatments.
They have recently undergone an upgrade and I have to say the interiors were absolutely beautiful in the reception areas, I fell in love with light fittings and velvet sofas! We took the opportunity to take a few snaps for my Instagram in the reception area much to my husbands dismay!
I have to say the minute we stepped through into the reception area we instantly felt at home and the staff were so helpful and amazing with the children whilst we were signing paperwork etc for our room.
We were kindly shown to our Family Room for the night and when we walked in were greeted with the kindest gesture for my birthday and of course the little ones ran straight over to their Easter hamper which was full to the brim. Colouring books, pencils, chocolate bunnies all to keep them occupied whilst we had a little nosey around our room.
Our room was beautiful with two big comfortable beds a gorgeous bathroom complete with the famous Apex duck and all the amenities to make us feel at home. From Elemis Spa products to magazines, bath robes and slippers and a much-needed coffee machine for two tired parents.
We were in a lovely large family room complete with two televisions which meant we could stick on the cartoons for the littles and Freddie could catch up on the rugby. Max and Emmie as you can tell from the photos were so excited and over the moon with their bed for the night and made sure they conducted their bounce test.
Once we were settled into our room we headed back downstairs for an early drink before dinner. We were booked in to The Lampery for 7pm which is adjoined to the hotel and offers a fabulous British menu, championing British produce and locally sourced ingredients.
The decor, design and layout of The Lampery was stunning and I couldn’t resist but take a few snaps. The atmosphere is cosy, romantic yet with a cool relaxed vibe. The dim lighting and candles were a lovely touch too. We started the evening off with kir royals to toast my birthday and to the perfect little getaway with the littles.
We all enjoyed a three course meal with the added bonus that children eat for free! I had the courgette fritters to start with, the rack of British lamb for my main with mac and cheese on the side because I’m greedy like that and indulged in a rhubarb parfait for dessert. We were well and truly stuffed!
After dinner it was straight to bed after a busy jam-packed day gallivanting around London. We thought we were going to struggle putting Max and Emmie down to bed and were planning on camping out in the bathroom until they drifted off but as soon as their heads in the pillows they were sound asleep! We then popped on our dressing gowns, turned the TV on and sat eating my birthday cake in bed, bliss!
After a rather lovely 6am wake up call from two excitable children we all headed off to breakfast. Breakfast is held in The Lampery and the spread was incredible. There was fresh fruit, every pastry you can imagine, yoghurts, granola, cereals, banana bread and so much more. There is even an option to order from the breakfast menu which of course we took full advantage of.
I went for a full english with all the coffee and Freddie and Max shared a plate of pancakes. Emmie decided she needed banana bread and wheetabix and we all sat and tucked in. Just to mention that this is all included in your hotel stay price which I think is such good value.
Overall our experience with the Apex Hotels is such a positive one, we were blown away with the level of service. The staff were friendly and really engaged with Max and we were made to feel like part of the family. That is honestly priceless and something as a family we really look for when going away. Our hotel room was clean, spacious and the beds were super comfortable – the best sleep I have ever had in a hotel!
We were so sad to check out and as soon as we got home Emmie demanded we go back to her ‘new home’ as she put it. We will definitely book with Apex Hotels again and we have our eye on visiting their Bath hotel very soon.
If you would like to take advantage of their Easter offer you can book here.
*This is a review of a trip that was kindly gifted to us. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.