Monday, 23 April 2018

The Arch London A Luxury Boutique Hotel In The Heart Of London







Earlier this month I spent the night at The Arch London, where we sampled their afternoon tea and stayed in a beautiful suite. Personally, I love staying in hotels. It's a great escape from your everyday life and being a travel blogger means I get to see beautiful hotels all over the world. However, one of my favourite places to stay has to be in boutique hotels in London. They're quintessentially British, small and have their own charisma you can't find anywhere else.

As a London girl, I don't tend to stay in hotels in my home town much, so it's always nice having a short stay at a home away from home. And that's exactly what The Arch London is. It's home away from home, it's luxurious and it's extremely charming. From the moment you walk in, you start to notice the beautiful art pieces that were all commissioned for the hotel all with a nod to something to do with London.

I've been to the Arch London before around the same time last year for Afternoon tea (see here) and ever since then I knew I wanted to have the full experience of staying at the hotel.

On the outside the hotel blends in with the rest of the street, I had stopped outside to take some pictures, and my boyfriend didn't realise that we had arrived. Personally, I liked the fact that it was quite inconspicuous. Unless you're looking out for the large sign, you could miss it.


  
The Hotel

The hotel is made up of seven Georgian townhouses a stones throw away from Marble Arch station. It's on a beautiful residential street which resulted in us going for a late night walk after dinner. The quiet streets made for perfect conversation and beautiful views. We were both so surprised that we were in the heart of London, yet there was no hustle and bustle you usually get in town. Pure bliss.

Once you walked through the hotel, it is anything but inconspicuous. The decor bring homage to London with lot's of different art pieces curated specifically for the hotel. We were lucky enough to stay in the Sullivian suite. A beautiful suite with a blue theme throughout.



The room

The room had all the normal facilities you find in a five star hotel plus more. Staying on the lower ground floor, we had our own private outdoor terrace with outdoor heating, plus a bath with a tv to name a few.

The room also has a spacious shower with four different shower heads. This was something that I took full advantage of and enjoyed the waterfall effect one. Trust me, showers will never be the same now! I also decided to have a bubble bath while there because I'm a sucker for a bath and I needed to try the tv out.



Breakfast

We had the option to have breakfast in the room but decided to head to the dinning area so that we could see a bit more of the hotel while we were there and experience more than our suite. The hotel restaurant is Hunter 486, which offers a best of British menu. We opted for poached eggs on toast, me with avocado and my boyfriend opted for spinach instead. A latte each and a smoothie later I saw some hot croissants come out from the kitchen and just had to have one. It was one of the nicest croissants I've ever tasted, so buttery and flakey at the same time.






Afternoon tea

My second time trying the afternoon tea at the Arch London was just as pleasant an experience as the last time. A typically english menu consisting of smoked salmon, ham and cheese, egg and cress, chicken corrination and cheese and pickle as the savoury options. When it comes to afternoon tea, in my opinion, the simpler the better. Typically english flavour combinations work best and makes me feel quintessentially British.

Desert was a mix of a raspberry trifile, strawberry tart, passionfruit cheesecake, battenberg and a chocolate and orange cake that reminded me of a jaffa cake. However, my favourite part of any afternoon tea has to be the scones. Soft and buttery, I love to load them up with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Tell me, are you a clotted cream or jam first kind of girl?

As I mentioned last time I visited The Arch London, their afternoon tea has been one of my favourites, and I'm sure I'll be back again to try their new menu. I also vlogged my experience at The Arch London so make sure to check it out below.


A huge thank you to The Arch London for hosting us. We had such a wonderful stay.

Have you ever stayed here before? What's your favourite thing about London hotels?

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Monday, 16 April 2018

WHY YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY TO FAIL






It's ok to fail. It's ok not to be the best in the class, and sure is ok not to win every competition you enter.

Now you're all probably thinking what is she on about? But trust me, I have a point. Failure. It's drilled into us from a young age that we should always want to succeed, and I'm not saying forget what you know and start slobbing around the house doing nothing, but what I do mean is that you should work as hard as you can and if the end result is not what you expected. You failed so to speak. It's ok. It's not the end of the world. What you should focus on is what's next.

No one has successfully gone out and done something and first time round got it right every time. I myself have failed many times. I failed my first driving test and I failed at finding journalist jobs. That's life. Did these failures stop me? No. After (a lot of crying) I booked my next driving test and passed a few weeks later. When I couldn't find any journalism jobs I started working harder on my blog and it's now my full time job.

Failure doesn't have to be a negative thing. It's how we react to that failure and what we learn from it that makes it ok. There's that saying, fall seven times, stand up eight times. That's exactly how you should see it. 

That exam you didn't pass, that relationship that broke down, it's ok. As long as you treat it as a lesson, and learn from your mistakes. Didn't revise enough? Got nervous? That's fine, next time take these points on board and work on how to improve where you failed last time.

I'm the sort of person who sees life as what you make it. The harder you work, the more you strive to better yourself, the better your life will be. And I'm slowly learning, it's ok to fail. I'm not a very competitive person, but I am extremely determined. So failure to me just makes me work harder. See your failures as lessons and you'll see how things change for the better.

I was watching something the other day unforutunately I can't remember what it was, but they said to fail fast and fail hard. That way the next time the chance of failure is a lot lower. Since hearing this it has pushed me to put even more of my all into everything that I do. And look at my failures in more of a positive way.


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