Last weekend we were invited to stay with Merino Hospitality for a couple of nights at their Amp London apartment. Although we live quite close to London – half an hour to London Waterloo on a fast train – we had never had a chance to spend a good chunk of time as a family in London and so we couldn’t wait to use the apartment as a base to explore more of our favourite city.
The Amp London apartment is about a five minute walk from Chancery Lane tube station, tucked away in a quiet street, surrounded by offices and coffee shops. We noticed that most of the shops and services around the apartment were closed at the weekend but it made it so lovely and quiet but it also had so many supermarkets, bars and restaurants just a couple of minutes walk away.
As soon as walked into the apartment building we were blown away. There’s an impressive communal hallway downstairs and a lift to the first floor. Our apartment had two good size bedrooms with fitted wardrobes lead off the main hallway along with a really generous sized bathroom – with a shower over the bath and even space to dry clothes!
The main living area is a split level lounge, kitchen and dining room in one. It has a big window, more like a glass wall that looks out over the pedestrianised area below and the whole living space is beautifully decorated. It has such a retro but funky feel and everything works so well together.
There are bright colours everywhere that go so well against the neutral background and the whole apartment is dedicated to London – red buses, taxis, red phone boxes and pops of red in every room. I have never been in an apartment with such character before and we fell in love with it instantly.
There was also a huge shower room leading off the living area which also had a cupboard inside containing a washing machine, iron and hoover – Merino Hospitality have really thought of everything you could need for any London stay whether it was for business or pleasure. Plus, there was a video entry system in case you had guests and even your own door bell outside the apartment door. It really was a home from home.
The apartment was perfectly suited to a family stay, with two double bedrooms, so many fluffy towels, bath robes and even Netflix available on the TV and set up with a standard account and a children’s account. There was also a Sonos sound system throughout the apartment, a speedy wi-fi connection and Merino Hospitality had even given the children a Mr Men in London book as a gift for the stay. That, along with the really generous welcome basket, beautiful fresh flowers and overflowing fruit bowl really helped to get our stay off to a great start – we had everything we needed for breakfast and I could have a cup of tea as soon as we arrived – they’d even put fresh eggs and juice in the fridge!
Over the course of our weekend we spent time relaxing in the apartment. We had endless cups of tea and Hubby used the french press to make coffee. The children watched TV, played games and read books. The apartment even had it’s own small supply of books that were in keeping with the apartment’s theme and a few games too. They had thought of everything.
The kitchen was fully equipped and had everything we needed to cook if we wanted to – although we ate out mostly. I have never stayed in a self catering property with such a usable kitchen before – there were enough plates and mugs for us to only need to put the dishwasher on once over the entire weekend and there were even dishwasher tablets, bin bags, washing up liquid and washing powder if we needed it. The Amp London apartment was as close to being at home as we could possibly have got and it was such a welcome feel in the heart of London.
The bath was huge and even with four of us having baths and showers the hot water didn’t ever run out. There were also so many complimentary toiletries, little sewing kits, shower caps and pretty much anything else you could need. I have never known luxury like it – and all included in the price of the stay.
We all slept amazingly well through the weekend and I’m sure the pillows and mattress were memory foam – I have never had such a comfortable night’s sleep. The children loved sharing a huge double bed and the blind kept their room pretty much pitch black. Hubby and I were able to relax and watch TV with a glass of wine once they were in bed without fear of waking them. It really was the perfect place for a family break away.
Over the course of the weekend we got the tube everywhere but the apartment is only about a fifteen minute walk to The Strand which is pretty much right next to the Thames. That gives you an idea of how well situated Amp London is for both work and leisure. Chancery Lane is a five minute walk away and on the central line, giving instant access to the whole of London.
As a family we usually choose to stay in hotels when we go away for a weekend. But, most of the time we end up going to bed when the children do or hide out in the bathroom until they’re asleep when we can then venture back to our bed to sit with a sidelight on low and chat in whispers for the rest of the evening so as to not disturb the children.
The weekend with Merino Hospitality was so far from our usual weekend away. We were all able to have our own space and Hubby and I got to have time together too, something that doesn’t happen often. It was the perfect place to spend a weekend and the perfect base to explore London. It really couldn’t have been better.
Merino Hospitality have a range of apartments in London that are all individually styled, having their own themes and personalities. They are the sort of apartments that would give a completely different experience each time you stayed in a different one. We are already looking at which apartment to book for our next London break. You can see all the Merino Hospitality apartments here.
Disclosure: We were invited to stay at the above apartment for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.