Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Hotel Living and London Tourist-ing

I mentioned in my post 'A Hotel In Your Own City' that I'd recently been lucky enough to stay overnight in a hotel with my boyfriend's company. We've now secured a flat, but unfortunately our moving in date was delayed, so I miserably contemplated another three weeks of commuting. Happily, my boyfriend's company once again saved the day, and have booked us into a hotel in central London...for three weeks!

We're staying at the Hotel Russell, moments from Russell Square and a two minute walk from Holborn. The hotel reminds me of my old university, Royal Holloway - it's an old, grand, red brick building like something from the Victorian era. 

It has bellboys in top hats waiting outside it to help you with your luggage, and inside is a huge, old fashioned dark wood foyer, with high ceilings, marbled floors, huge chandeliers and an old fashioned red carpeted staircase. I loved it straight away!

After our first night, I wanted to reacquaint myself with the area and readjust to living in London. What better way than to just go for a walk - there and back again? It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and my boyfriend and I mingled amongst the happy, chattering tourists as we wandered into Russell Square itself. 

The Square is basically a park, with pretty fountains and cool, shady grassed areas. Tourists ate ice creams and laid out on picnic rugs in the sunshine. You would never know you were in the middle of a bustling city.

We sat for a while and then meandered on. What I love about London is not just the little traditional touches...

...but also how you can find an oddity on every corner.

I mean - an entire shop, just selling umbrellas? Where else but England could you find that?!

We ended up at the British museum. If you've never been, I really do recommend a visit. My favourite exhibition is the Egyptian section - I can spend forever staring at the mummies and masks - but in general it's just a great way to spend a few hours feeling like a tourist in London!

After such a lovely, relaxed day I felt back to normal, relaxed in the city I love...and ready for dinner! But that's a story for another day...


  1. the hotel looks really nice and have a royal feel to it haha :)

  2. You're so lucky, that hotel is gorgeous looking! xx

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  3. Aw looks great xo xo

  4. Wow all the photos look amazing (: do you mind if we follow each other ? Do let me know on my blog (: xx

  5. Nice hotel and elegant like the images.

  6. Looks like an amazing place to stay! x

  7. Hotel looks beautiful! I love staying in London Hotels Xx

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  8. Lucky you, living in a hotel and all! I've actually been to that umbrella store! Last time I went to London.. How cool is that? ;) And British Museum is great! :)


  9. London looks so lovely, I can't wait to visit someday!

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  10. Wowser! You're so lucky!

    Hope the flat gets sorted soon for you :)

    hmm maybe...


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